• Mar 3, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion Concept

Volkswagen revealed the all-new Polo concept, expected to come to the US market in the next couple of years. This new B-segment car comes in three- and five-door hatchback flavors with a range of gas and diesel engines, but the leader of the pack is the BlueMotion model with 96 g/km of CO2 emissions. More importantly, VW showed a concept for the next-gen. BlueMotion model that will launch in 2010.

The BlueMotion concept uses an updated 1.2L three cylinder TDI diesel, with 74 hp. Combined with 15-inch low rolling resistance tires, a blanked off grille, extended rocker panels for lower drag, automatic start stop, and brake energy regeneration. The bottom line is 71.3 mpg (US) and 87 g/km of CO2 emissions. That makes the new BlueMotion the most efficient five passenger internal combustion car on the road.




PRESS RELEASE

To the Point: BlueMotionTechnologies – Geneva Motor Show 2009

Five World Premieres in the Name of Sustainability
Polo BlueMotion Concept Car: World's most fuel efficient five-seater consumes just 3.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers

Golf BlueMotion: At 3.8 liters the most fuel efficient in its class

Golf Plus BlueMotion: At 4.3 liters the most fuel efficient high-roof compact

Passat CC BlueTDI: World's cleanest diesel sedan with SCR catalytic converter

Touran TSI EcoFuel: Dynamic Twincharger driving for just 4.60* €/100 km
Wolfsburg / Geneva, 03 March 2009 - Volkswagen is expanding its range of extremely fuel efficient, clean and economical models with great vigor. Making world premieres at the Geneva Motor Show 2009 (March 5 to 15) are the Polo BlueMotion concept car, the new Golf BlueMotion, the next Golf Plus BlueMotion, the exclusive Passat CC BlueTDI Individual and the natural gas powered Touran TSI EcoFuel.

World premiere I: Polo BlueMotion Concept Car

* The new Number 1 when it comes to economy is the Polo BlueMotion Concept Car. The world's most fuel efficient five-seater is still a concept. Fuel consumption: 3.3 liter! CO2 emissions: just 87 g/km! Likelihood of going into production: extremely high! High tech on board: a new 1.2 liter common rail TDI producing 55 kW / 75 PS, automatic start-stop and a system for regenerative braking – recovery of braking energy. (For more on the new Polo BlueMotion Concept Car see separate press text.)

World premiere II: Golf BlueMotion

* In the vehicle class above, Volkswagen is showing the fuel efficient car of today in the form of the new Golf BlueMotion. Based on the sixth generation of the bestseller, this is a talented car that should appeal both to those who drive high business mileages as well as private users with an average fuel consumption of 3.8 liters (99 g/km CO2). Like the Polo, the Golf also has an automatic start-stop system and makes use of regenerative braking. Despite all of its economizing, the 77 kW / 105 PS strong Golf BlueMotion is anything but lacking in performance. Just the opposite is true thanks to its 250 Newton-meter of torque.

World premiere III: Golf Plus BlueMotion

* No less is true of the new Golf Plus BlueMotion, which uses the same new 1.6 TDI with common rail injection and identical systems such as regenerative braking and a start-stop system. Fuel consumption for the versatile high-roofed Golf is an average of 4.3 liters (114 g/km CO2) per 100 kilometers, depending on vehicle configuration. That is the best value in a competitive field, and it represents an additional 0.5 liter reduction in fuel consumption compared to the first Golf Plus BlueMotion. This Golf can easily handle 1,100 kilometers on one fill of its 55 liter fuel tank.

World premiere IV: Passat CC BlueTDI

* The new Passat CC BlueTDI takes you even further with a range of over 1,300 kilometers. Admittedly, the fuel tank is a bit larger and so is fuel consumption. Yet this car is a genuine sensation, since its engine – the 105 kW / 143 PS BlueTDI with downstream SCR catalytic converter that significantly reduces nitrogen oxides – is considerably more powerful and is simultaneously the cleanest diesel in the world! This 214 km/h fast cruising sedan needs just 5.2 liters (!) of diesel to cover 100 kilometers. CO2: 139 g/km. Even today, this Volkswagen already meets the emission limits of the Euro-6 standard planned for 2014. Upon request, the Passat CC BlueTDI can be ordered with an automatic 6-speed dual clutch transmission. This much is certain: In the everyday business world this car answers practically all of the questions posed by our times. Simply put: it is sustainable. By the way, the BlueTDI version of the touring sedan being shown in Geneva is based on the brand new Passat CC Individual. Identifying feature: the finest of materials and most exclusive equipment. This Volkswagen is ideal as an alternative for all those car drivers who want to drive a high performance touring sedan while simultaneously making a statement about sustainability. Because the Passat CC BlueTDI Individual unites both of these: high exclusivity and extremely low emissions.

World premiere V: Touran TSI EcoFuel

* That is what the Touran TSI EcoFuel does well too – possibly better than any other van in the world. That is because the "normal" Touran EcoFuel (80 kW / 109 PS) is one of the most successful natural gas cars in Europe. Now, however, Volkswagen is presenting the world premiere of an entirely new natural gas version of the van: the Touran TSI EcoFuel. Its key technical trademark: dual charging via turbocharger and supercharger ("Twincharger"). Its dynamic performance is unlike that of any other natural gas vehicle previously seen. Excellent performance contrasts with a high level of efficiency here: the new Touran TSI EcoFuel is so economical that 100 kilometers in this van, with its 110 kW / 150 PS of power, only costs about 4.60 Euros (based on average price of natural gas in Germany, February 2009). Although the Touran TSI EcoFuel goes to work with a passion thanks to its "Twincharger", the van consumes just 4.8 kilograms of natural gas per 100 kilometers when paired with a standard 6-speed transmission (129 g/km CO2; 7-speed-DSG: 4.7 kilograms and 126 g/km CO2).

BlueMotionTechnologies – New umbrella brand for a world of efficiency

* Each of these five new Volkswagens represents an individual solution tailored to meet the challenges of our times. Volkswagen is presenting all of these vehicles together under a new umbrella brand: BlueMotionTechnologies. This label covers all production-mature or near-production technologies and products that significantly reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. These are developments such as the start-stop system, energy recovery by regenerative braking and the highly innovative SCR catalytic converter. They also include the NOx storage catalytic converter already successfully introduced in the USA, electric and hybrid drive systems and innovative drive systems like the one on the new TSI EcoFuel.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      This could be great! I'm not familiar with the size of the Polo though.

      I think a lot of people miss the point. I currently have a prius, while it looks small I usually take the prius instead of the maxima because the prius is MUCH larger in the backseat.

      You can't 100% compare this car with the Prius. Although they both are "mileage" based that's not all they do. Would you compare a Bentley with 600hp with a Z06 Vette because they both have high HP? NO.. there are other factors.

      If this car is a compact (Fiesta / Yaris / Versa) then the price of this better reflect that. A gas version should start at like $13,900 and diesel should start below $16,500

      This would allow room for the Jetta which is technically 2 classes bigger (Polo, Rabbit, Jetta) to be more competitive with the Prius.

      The emissions are great! I wonder what the new prius will be. The current one is now over 5 years old so of course emissions won't be the most advanced after 5 years (2004). I think people also tend to forget about emissions and just focus on mileage.

      If I can pick up one of these though for say 17k and get 60+mpg, then I'm in for one for a daily commuter car, that's for sure!
      • 5 Years Ago
      that figures out about 1300 miles from one full tank of the black stuff.
      3 words: "sign my up"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing. Someone tell me why we need needlessly over complex hybrids please....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because this isn't simple either. It speaks of regnerative braking and such on this, you think that comes simply? Because the hybrids are doing their mpgs on gas, which means they consume 15% less energy per gallon and produce 15% less CO2. Also, because the hybrids do better in the city.
        • 5 Years Ago
        diesel is still use fuel
        we want to get off of that
        sure hybrids are too, but as time goes along and the infrastructure is setup we could move onto full electric cars better, and sure plants use coal, but really all of this sets things up so that we can get off of coal for power plants etc and go to renewables fully.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Isn't this still a smaller car than the Prius? I mean even before this we've heard of 70mpg diesel cars thrown around but when it comes time to comparison, it's still a smaller car and we invariably come back to comparing the Prius to the Jetta, which is around the same fuel efficiency as the Prius.

        And I imagine after the next gen (2010) Prius, Toyota will move to plug-ins which will separate hybrids from diesels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not an expert in any of this but I would think that if this gets 50mpg, wouldn't it be more "green" than a hybrid, especially when you consider the batteries in the hybrid and the manufacturing of those batteries?

      I guess you could also say that keeping the vehicle you own for 10+ years is more green since you are not buying something made from more raw materials. If you keep the same vehicle, you use less of the materials needed to build a car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great car - good for the environment and would help in freeing ourselves from Middle East oil and reduce the U. S. dollars going to terrorist.

      The reason you can't buy one in the United States is the California Air Resources Board says you can't. CARB just tells us all to eat dirt and keep sending our money to the Jihadist.

      Disgusting!
      • 5 Years Ago
      SEVENTY-ONE Mile Per Gallunz!? I'm seriously hoping VW can get this to production, THEN bring it here. They were smart enough to bring over the Jetta TDI....But they were also dumb enough to cancel plans to Import the Tiguan TDI, so this one is up in the air for now.

      I like the touch of HDR to each pic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll buy one today VW.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Production shouldn't be a problem, since they've been building them for decades, and the current TDi makes around the same fuel economy as this concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      70+mpg... love it.

      This kind of stuff makes me sad that I'm in the US, people don't like diesel here because of the stereotype attached to it.

      This emits less pollution, and is more economical, I'm sure hybrid fanboys will still come up with"SOMETHING" to complain about though.

      Proof that we as americans don't REALLY care about economy/efficiency: The fact that this car is not over here in the states. Even with the horrible recession going on people still ignore great things like this which speaks of our level of ignorance. The fact that diesel is slightly more expensive can't be argued when you are getting 70+MPG!

      What is common here for "economical" cars are gas engines that get mid-30's. So with this blue motion you DOUBLE your MPG's, diesel is not double the cost... anyone that truly wants to be economical and penny wise would be chomping at the bit to get this car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car is great -- but the price point will be relatively high given the complexity of the emissions equipment, etc. But if VW can sell this car for around $22K, it will have a big winner on its hand.

        The only thing holding VW back is its crappy dealer network in the US. I never take my TDi near a dealer, because they simply don't know what they are doing. Already, numerous people on tdiclub.com have reported dealers putting in the wrong oil (which is a very big no-no). Unless VW gets serious about training its mechanics, the diesel models will remain only for those who like to do their own maintenance.

      • 5 Years Ago
      so i will be greener (toyota prius 104g/km) and more economical than the prius and of course cheaper and you will not look like a environment hippie freak in this but just a regular person who wants to spend less gas/money. Thank god. Another fact that hybrid is not the way to go and is more marketing than helping the environment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Forget whether the Opel Ampera has a prettier face than the Chevy Volt. That's not GM's biggest problem. Vehicles like this (and every other common rail or high efficiency diesel) will slaughter the present generation of hybrids in the European market, especially in countries such as France where diesel is already taxed very favourably.

      71.4% of new cars registered in France in 2006 were diesels. Even in countries (like here in the UK) where diesel is more expensive than regular unleaded, those kinds of mileage figures make Priuses and Amperas seem like lame ducks. My thinking is GM should be spending more time squeezing every mpg possible out of their European line-up, and concentrating their hybrid efforts on the North American market.
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