Volkswagen has continued tweaking their class-leading Polo BlueMotion model to make it even more efficient. When first announced earlier this year, it was rated at 60.3mpg and 102g/km of carbon dioxide emissions. The latest numbers come in at 61.9mpg for the combined fuel economy according the the EU tests and the CO2 emissions are now under 100 at 99g/km.

The Polo still can't match the Smart ForTwo CDi with its 88g/km but it does have seatbelts for five. The Polo has a 1.4L TDI engine with 80hp and 143 lb-ft of torque and comes standard with a particulate filter. Unfortunately we still can't get it in the US and it's unclear if we ever will.

[Source: Volkswagen]

Class leader Polo BlueMotion now consumes even less: Drive 100 kilometres on 3.8 litres

- The battle for every gram of CO2: 99g/km has been reached

Wolfsburg, 18 July 2007 - At Volkswagen, BlueMotion is the label for the most economic models in a class. It started with the Polo BlueMotion in Summer 2006. The Passat BlueMotion is now available and the Golf BlueMotion will follow in the autumn.
These models are also constantly being further developed as standing still would, of course, represent a step backwards. As a result, Volkswagen has managed to cut the already lowest consumption in the Polo class, which was achieved by the Polo BlueMotion, by one tenth of a litre to 3.8 litres. That corresponds with an emissions level of 99g/km.

Optimisation of the engine configuration was the focus of the continuing improvement work. The three-cylinder 1.4 TDI with a comparatively high torque of 195Nm allows a high gear ratio. Low wind resistance is also part of the BlueMotion philosophy. This includes good aerodynamics with a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.30 as well as minimum rolling resistance thanks to fuel-saving tyres. The TDI powerplant that comes with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) as standard has a standard consumption of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres (previously: 3.9 litres).



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