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Volkswagen will be using its Frankfurt Motor Show stand to show off newly-revised versions of three BlueMotion models. New Golf, Polo and Passat BlueMotions will have even lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The Polo was shown as a concept alongside the debut of the regular editions in Geneva. The new Polo BlueMotion gets a combined fuel economy rating of 71.3 mpg (U.S.) with CO2 emissions of just 87 g/km! Thanks to a newly developed 1.2-liter TDI engine, the CO2 figures match the Smart ForTwo diesel but add the ability to carry five people.

The next step up the ladder is the Golf BlueMotion that carries a 103 hp 1.6-liter TDI and gets a 61.9 mpg (U.S.) combined rating with CO2 dipping into the double digits at 99 g/km. The mid-sized Passat also manages to get up 53.4 mpg (U.S.) with the greenhouse gas emissions at 114 g/km. The TDI engines in all three models are recalibrated compared to the conventional models and have a reduced idle speed. Further minimizing the idle losses are an automatic start-stop system, low rolling resistance tires and reduced aerodynamic drag thanks to lower front air dams and rocker panel extensions. The press release is after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]


The World's Most Fuel-Efficient Cars in their Classes:
BlueMotion premieres of the Polo, Golf and Passat at IAA 2009
Polo BlueMotion: 3.3 litres and 87 g/km CO2 are the new global benchmarks!

Golf BlueMotion: 3.8 litres and 99 g/km CO2 revolutionize the compact class!

Passat BlueMotion: 4.4 litres and 114 g/km CO2 unbeatable among big cars!
Wolfsburg, 02 September 2009 - What would be technically feasible if money were no object? What is the maximum fuel economy that a truly affordable car could attain? And how clean would its emissions be? Are there cars that can be purchased today that are already eco-friendly for the world of tomorrow? Is it possible for a car optimised for fuel efficiency to be just as uncompromisingly practical in everyday driving? These questions are becoming increasingly important to more and more people. On September 15, at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Volkswagen will be showing what is feasible when the best available yet affordable technologies of our times are sensibly combined – in the new generation of the Polo BlueMotion, Golf BlueMotion and Passat BlueMotion. All three Volkswagens are the world's most fuel-efficient models in their respective size classes; all three are celebrating world premieres as production versions at the IAA; and all three can be ordered later this fall.

Polo with 3.3 litre fuel economy: The new Polo BlueMotion (55 kW / 75 PS) – with an average fuel consumption of just 3.3 litres diesel (equivalent to 87 g/km CO2!) per 100 kilometres – is advancing to become the "3-liter fuel economy car" of the modern era and the most fuel efficient five-seater in the world. Compared to a conventional Polo TDI with 75 PS, CO2 emissions were reduced 20 percent, and fuel consumption was reduced by 0.9 litre per 100 kilometres – thanks to BlueMotion­Technologies that include a new high-tech 1.2-liter TDI. They make the commute to work, vacation trip and long weekend affordable again. A person driving a Polo BlueMotion from Berlin to the IAA in Frankfurt, for example, can cover the 545 kilometre route for just 19 Euros* in fuel costs. Refueling becomes an afterthought, since the 45 litre tank of the Polo BlueMotion leverages a theoretical range of 1,363 kilometres. One more example related to costs: According to the German Federal Bureau of Statistics, the average German car driver drives a total of 11,000 kilometres per year. For Polo BlueMotion drivers this means that they can cruise the entire year on just eight fuel fill-ups and 377 Euros* in fuel costs. The Polo BlueMotion, which can move at 173 km/h if necessary, makes its market debut in 2010.

Golf with 3.8 litre fuel economy: Motoring at a cost level practically as pleasing as that of the Polo is the new Golf BlueMotion (77 kW / 105 PS). Thanks to its fuel consumption of just 3.8 litres diesel (99 g/km CO2), it is the world's most fuel-efficient car in its class. Its theo­retical range is 1,447 kilometres (55 litre tank). Average annual fuel costs: just 439 Euros or about 37 Euros* per month

The most fuel-efficient Golf of all times is powered by a new, quiet common rail turbo-diesel. Like all TDIs, this engine does not lack in power by any measure. Just the opposite is true: The 105 PS sixteen-valve, four-cylinder engine generates its maximum torque of 250 Newton-Meters at a low 2,000 rpm. Equipped with these key performance parameters, the engine accelerates the Golf BlueMotion to 100 km/h in just 11.3 seconds. Its top speed: 190 km/h. The new Golf BlueMotion will first arrive at European dealers in late fall of this year.

Passat with 4.4 litre fuel economy: The driving range of the new Passat BlueMotion may just be record-setting. With an average fuel consumption of just 4.4 litres diesel (114 g/km CO2) per 100 kilometres, it can cover 1,591 kilometres on one fill-up of its 70 litre tank! That adds up to just seven fill-ups per year. Cost point: 502 Euros*. There is no other car of this size on the road today that is more fuel-efficient. Advance orders start in early October, and the new Passat BlueMotion will be at dealers one month later – as a saloon and an estate car. The Passat shares its 77 kW / 105 PS common rail TDI with the Golf BlueMotion. A look at the Passat's superior performance data reveals the tremendous potential of this engine and the aerodynamic properties of the Passat: 193 km/h top speed and 12.5 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h.

TDI + Start-Stop + Regeneration: The BlueMotionTechnolo­gies aboard the three super-economizers make up a comprehensive package of extremely diverse high-tech components and detailed solutions. Building the foundation for the extremely low fuel consumption and emission values of these cars are their new common rail TDI engines with modified engine management software and reduced idling speed. Power transfer is handled by five-speed gearboxes with longer gear ratios. A gear-shift indicator integrated in the instruments ensures that the BlueMotion models are always driven at the gear stage that is optimal for fuel economy.

Other BlueMotion features include energy recovery (regenerative braking), a Start-Stop system (automatic engine shutoff, such as at red lights), tyres optimized for low rolling resistance, especially lightweight low-drag wheels, improved fine tuning of body aerodynamics and a lower chassis (Polo and Golf). In addition, the new BlueMotion models are distinguished from other versions of their respective model lines by stylish modifications and a customized interior. For the first time, Volkswagen – and this represents a clear reversal of market trends – is giving its BlueMotion models dynamic styling features that bridge the gap between sustainability and sporty appeal. The Golf and Passat, for example, are making their appearance with bumpers and side skirts from the avant-garde R-Line; the Polo meanwhile is distinguished by such features as completely new radiator grille styling and special alloy wheels. The Polo and Passat Estate also have an independent rear tailgate spoiler.

Pricing is not left out of the equation by any means, and it is consistent with our declared goal of offering very advanced eco-friendly cars at affordable prices. And BlueMotion is certainly affordable.


* Based on average fuel prices in Germany on July 20, 2009.

For more information on Volkswagen BlueMotionTechnologies go to: www.bluemotion.de.

BlueMotion is just one of the major topics being addressed at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Volkswagen will be presenting its latest technologies, automotive studies and models at a press conference that begins at 11:15 am on September 15, 2009, at the Volkswagen exhibit area in Hall 3.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Months Ago
      Maybe we should legislate minimum 0-60 times and stop all this nonsense.
      I know, I know... highway merges.
      We all live a life of highway merging.

      Maybe a larger full speed electric motor for the type often used for start stop could be rigged to a super-capacitor which only provided extra power for quick acceleration - as in when you put your foot in it to get out onto the highway.
      Because I just don't need it most of the time.
      I mean - I don't want to be killed trying to get onto the highway but other than that I am pretty sure I can spare the 5 or 6 seconds to get up to speed.
        • 8 Months Ago
        The thing is, none of these cars are what I'd call slow. Thed be pretty solid middle-of-the-pack vehicles by even 1990 standards, and I seem to recall that highway merges weren't much of a problem back then. They're all faster than my 4 cylindar ranger, which gets on the highway and cruises at 75-80 without difficulty.

        Heck, they're not much slower than the last gem Prius which seemed to sell just fine to it's target market.

        Is this really a problem with the cars, or with our love of numbers?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not that we'll see any of the 3 in the 'States, of course, because the perception (possibly correctly) is that if it can't do 0-60 in under 8 seconds, even if its a work truck or a minivan, we're just not going to buy it.

        • 8 Months Ago
        I really hope you're wrong, but I know you're probably right... we'll never have a chance to prove that perception wrong.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Love the Passat! Can't wait for it to be launched in Malaysia
      • 8 Months Ago
      Maybe we should drop the speed limit to 80 Km/hr. That would eliminate the problem of having to rapidly speed up and allow us to use less powerful, more efficient engines. Not to mention the fact that by going 80 km/hr instead of 120 km/hr you would be burning approx. 35% less fuel in any car. So cleaner air, more efficiency from all cars, and we can bring over the super efficient cars too.

      Lets do it!
        • 8 Months Ago
        Ummmm, no.

        I'd prefer not to take 50% longer to get places. This will be a moot point when electric drivetrains are dominating the roadways in 15-25 years anyway.

        It is more than a little disturbing when people's first inclination is to limit other's behavior rather than simply working with it. If you want to drive a slower car, fine. Have at it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here's hoping they drop that diesel in the Passat CC and bring it over to the US!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stick another 30kW through the rear axle with 'through the road' electric assist and you could make it a PHEV quite easy. Would nudge the 0-60 time down a few seconds too.
      • 8 Months Ago
      If your doing 160 km/hr on a regular basis( 50% faster) I'd suggest stopping off at your local law enforcement and handing over your keys. We need less of you on the road.
        • 8 Months Ago
        doh, nightshift!!
        • 8 Months Ago
        Math fail -- 160 km/hr is 100% faster than 80 km/hr. D'oh!
        • 8 Months Ago
        "But, if you belive we should do that then you are the type of human being, that myself and many good people think is what we would call, Evil. Or communist. Or facist. or just the type of person who dosn't deserve to think."

        Don't forget one of those (past) evil dictators that your refering to that actually invented roads without speed limits. It is our democratic nations that limits speeds. Not for control of the population as you suggest, but mainly for safety reasons. There are many reasons to limit speeds on roads. In Germany, on smoggy days speed limits are reduced to reduce emissions and improve air quality. I don't see the problem with doing that on a regular basis, if we're actually all hype about the environment.

        The same argument can be said about safety of small cars, just because there are large SUV's on the road should we ban small cars because they're incompatible with the larger ones, or Limit the amount of large cars on the road? I think in the end we live in a society that wants everything X times larger than what we really need and it's time we all rethink our needs vs our wants.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Eh, he's speaking in general, most of us don't think in metric.

        160 kph is about 98 mph, no?

        That is a little fast in most conditions, though with some of the unbelivably long, unbelivably strait roads here in the US I think a 100 mph speed limit wouldn't be unreasonable.

        Anyway, I agree with Demos. I mean, if we really wanted to save the planet, ban beef- cows are much worse for the enviroment than cars. Make soy protein and vitamin bars the only food you would be allowed to eat (we'd save money on healthcare). Outlaw smoking and drinking, because they are self destructive. Outlaw skiing, skydiving, and recreational boating, so we wouldn't need to ever to search and rescue. Outlaw concerts- speakers draw tons of power, and people often drive for miles to go to them (and people tend to smoke and drink at concerts, tsk, tsk). Sterilize the mentally and physically handicapped, and only let good, healthy, smart citizens who do what they are told reproduce. If we did all that our basic existence would be much easier.

        But, if you belive we should do that then you are the type of human being, that myself and many good people think is what we would call, Evil. Or communist. Or facist. or just the type of person who dosn't deserve to think.

        The fact is you can drive a slow car that does 0-60 in 12 seconds- thats not all that bad. I mean I do it all the time (hell my car probably does 0-60 in 15 seconds). You just get going up to speed while your coming out of the onramp turn, check the side mirrors, and *yield* if you are about to smack into somone. If the guy behind you has to slow down a little while you get from 50 mph to 65 once you've merge- so what? He has breaks, he can pass you, and you will be going his speed in 3 more seconds- big friggin whoop. You can manage to drive a car slower than everyone elses, you don't need to force everyone else to do the same.
      • 6 Years Ago
      0-60 in a half hour ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      0-60 in 12 seconds is very reasonable for a Passat with that kind of fuel economy, IMO. That's faster than the old Ranger I use for commuting today, and 184 lb/ft of torque is pretty decent, should have good driving feel for a non-sports car.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'd take that Passat Diesel in a heartbeat. The Jetta Diesel is great but small size limits it as a contender for my family of five.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Use the 1.6L 105HP engine in the Polo and you would have something that would work for North America capable of getting to 60 in under 10 seconds and it would still get 60mpg+.

      There is such a thing as diminishing returns.

      Does dropping 28 HP and going bog slow to save 0.5L/100KM, really make sense?

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