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Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion - click above for high-res image gallery

Volkswagen has started taking orders in Europe for the new BlueMotion edition of its mid-size Passat. Like other models bearing the BlueMotion badge, the Passat has been optimized to drive down the fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. As seen in the photos, the BlueMotion gets optimized aerodynamics through rocker panel extensions, a deeper front air-dam and special alloy wheels. Mechanically, it uses the same new 1.6-liter common rail TDI four cylinder found in the smaller Golf BlueMotion along with the 7-speed DSG transmission. Automatic start-stop and brake energy recuperation are also included in the mix.

The starting price of the Passat in Germany is €27,850, which gets buyers a rating of 53.4 mpg (U.S.) on the EU combined cycle along with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.

VW is also spreading the BlueMotion love to other models by incorporating some of the various components. The Golf and Golf Plus are available with the 1.6-liter while the Scirocco, EOS and Tiguan get the 1.4-liter TSI gas engine.


[Source: Volkswagen]

PRESS RELEASE:

Advance sales for Passat BlueMotion now underway
In addition, Volkswagen expands BlueMotion Technology range

Wolfsburg, 04 November 2009 - Never before has Volkswagen had so many fuel-efficient and clean models in its range – now ten more new ready-to-order variants are joining the list. In addition to the Passat BlueMotion, an impressive proposition with a consumption of a mere 4.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of only 114 g/km, Volkswagen is launching three new BlueMotion Technology packages available for various models.

Equipped with the 1.6 TDI engine (77 kW / 105 PS), the Passat BlueMotion provides not only an exceptionally good balance of comfort and dynamics but also fuel efficiency and exemplary emission values. Technologies used in the Passat BlueMotion to lower consumption and emissions include brake energy recovery (regeneration), the start/stop system and various aerodynamic measures. Like the new Polo and Golf BlueMotion, the exterior and interior equipment has also been customised. The Passat BlueMotion has a starting price of €27,850.

At the same time, the basic technologies and innovations from the BlueMotion models are being integrated in an increasingly large product spectrum. As a result, Volkswagen now offers nine additional vehicles with the BlueMotion Technology package: the Golf and Golf Plus engine line-ups now carry the 1.6 TDI with 77 kW / 105 PS, which can be combined with either the 6-speed manual gearbox or the 7-speed DSG. The Scirocco, Eos and Tiguan are available with the new 90 kW / 122 PS strong 1.4 TSI engine. The Tiguan, Passat saloon, Passat estate and Passat CC can now also be ordered with the 2.0 TDI with 103 kW / 140 PS as BlueMotion Technology.

The Passat 1.4 TSI BlueMotion Technology with the 7-speed DSG now provides a new additional function: the new coasting function steps in to make better use of the vehicle's kinetic (coasting) energy. When in overrun, the engine is disengaged and held at idling speed. This allows the vehicle to coast for a longer distance, enabling savings of 0.5 litres per 100 km or more in combination with an anticipatory driving style.


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      • 3 Months Ago
      Well i think this is otter BS why can't we have options... Options will sell cars i've told VW that i will never buy anymore of there products until they bring that 1.6TDI over here. I can't believe how we get a 2.0L when the jetta and golf could use the 1.6 as they are the smallest vws we get then put the 2.0L in the larger vehicles or like i said give us F****** options. His excuse was they'd have to do more crash tests... Well we now have for 2010 a Golf wagon ummmm wouldn't that have needed the same crash test. I just can't believe how corrupt they are and how nieve the general public is. WE may be knowledgeable about what is really going on but this is just disgusting. i could go on forever so i'll say farewell for now...
      • 3 Months Ago
      If there was a market, a 6-passenger version of the station car would be easily made. So easy...

      OT: the average car in Europe has to meet 130 grams/km as of 2012 (?). This will help, as the Passat is a huge seller.
      • 3 Months Ago
      ...waits for the usual Diesel vs. Hybrid debate w/detailed statistics and rationale to start......
      • 3 Months Ago
      How does a non-hybrid recover energy from braking?
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Bill,
        Every car has an alternator in it that generates electricity from motion. Many cars can recover some energy from braking by slowing down with the engine in gear. This will turn the alternator and recharge your battery. But it's not worth doing unless you really know how your car is engineered because your car engine probably continues to ignite fuel while decelerating and your battery is probably fully recharged during regular driving.

        There are lots of cars with "stop-start" technology (especially in Europe like this VW) that cut the engine at a standstill and have a slightly beefier starter motor for repeated restarts. Most of those seem to use a slightly bigger alternator or a motor-generator that is designed to recharge the battery during braking for the next restart. Increasingly their accessories are electrically powered so that everything continues to run while the engine is shut off, and also making more use of electricity recovered from braking. All this seems to get about a 3-5% improvement in Euro fuel economy and a reduction in CO2 emissions (and NO NOXIOUS FUMES for nearby pedestrians and cyclists!!). But often the electric motor doesn't propel the car once it's moving, maybe that's why these systems aren't called hybrids.

        Why aren't stop-start systems and brake regeneration more popular in USA cars?
      • 3 Months Ago
      7 speed? Im guessing this wont be available in manual, that would be hell to shift at every stop light.
      • 3 Months Ago
      Sam, I'm pretty sure the Bluemotion Passat is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission. At least that's what I read from the press release you posted.

      The 7-speed DSG is optional in the 1.4 TSI gas Passat "with Bluemotion Technology". The "with Bluemotion Technology" VWs are not as hard-core as the full Bluemotions.

      The Bluemotion is certainly priced right:
      Passat Bluemotion: 27850€
      Passat 2.0 turbo gasser: 30750€
      • 3 Months Ago
      ...oh, and regarding the Tiguan "Bluemotion Technology": All front wheel drive Tiguans in Europe are Bluemotions. Yes you can get the 1.4 TSI, but there's also the 140hp 2.0 TDI. "Bluemotion Technology" Tiguans are only available with a manual transmission though.
      • 3 Months Ago
      now that Vw is the worlds largest automaker maybe we can start getting some of these models in N/a. C'mon vw, spoil us.
      • 3 Months Ago
      Be good to see a comparison road test between this car, the Fusion Hybrid and the Prius.