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The definition of the World Green Car of the Year was expanded a bit today when the World Car of The Year organization named Volkswagen's BlueMotion product brand – including the Polo, Passat, and Golf models – as the 2010 World Green Car during the 2010 New York Auto Show. The 59-member jury's statement declaring BlueMotion the winner took a swipe at hybrid technology when is said:
It is not necessary to add an electric motor and a heavy battery pack to achieve class-leading efficiency. Based on Volkswagen's common-rail diesel engines, the BlueMotion models are among the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market. In fact, the Passat BlueMotion can travel just about 1,000 miles on one tank of fuel in the European cycle. As far as internal combustion engines go today, these models are the ultimate you can get.
Even with these critical words, the organization did pick the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight as the Green Car of the Year runners-up. In other World COTY news, the VW Polo won the overall World Car of the Year title.


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[Source: Volkswagen]


Volkswagen BlueMotion Models Honored as 2010 World Green Car

NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today the BlueMotion product brand consisting of the Golf, Passat, and Polo, was declared the 2010 World Green Car of the Year by the World Car of The Year organization.

The Volkswagen BlueMotion models were awarded Green Car of The Year by 59 World Car jurors from 25 countries throughout the world. The 59 member jury awarded the BlueMotion product brand over two other finalists in the 2010 World Green Car award: the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius.

Jurors felt that, "It is not necessary to add an electric motor and a heavy battery pack to achieve class-leading efficiency. Based on Volkswagen's common-rail diesel engines, the BlueMotion models are among the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market. In fact, the Passat BlueMotion can travel just about 1,000 miles on one tank of fuel in the European cycle. As far as internal combustion engines go today, these models are the ultimate you can get."

"BlueMotion is one of the most successful efficiency brands worldwide. It stands for tremendous competence in efficient and economical drive trains at Volkswagen," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, delighted about the appreciation by the jury.

The award was received at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday morning by Walter de'Silva, head of design for Volkswagen Group.

As part of the annual World Car awards, World Green Car has become one of the world's most prestigious, credible and significant programs of its kind. Due to the complexity of some of the 'green' technologies, three green experts were appointed by the World Car Steering Committee to extensively review all documentation and specs associated with each candidate.

Text and photos are available at www.volkswagen-media-services.com

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the New Beetle, New Beetle Convertible, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Passat Wagon, Eos, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. All 2010 Volkswagens come standard-equipped with Electronic Stabilization Program. This is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called ESC the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or www.media.vw.com to learn more

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Does this mean my favorite concept car could be closer to reality? I want a blue sport so bad! Mid-engine'd TDI DCT's for everyone!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Go Vw, bringing you hybrid like fuel economy since the 1990's. Nice to see the Rest of the car world finally starting to catch up, but they have a ways to go.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own both a 2008 Civic Hybrid and a 2010 VW Jetta Diesel. They were about the same price. The VW is a better vehicle. Much better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You are not going to stop global warming. We have no control over climate change. Get over it! We are just along for the ride. Better start raising your seawalls.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, let's do a comparison.

      The Passat is similar to the Prius in size, the Golf and Polo are smaller. The 1.6L BlueMotion model has an 'unladen weight' (kerb weight) of 1,486kg compared to the Prius 1,420kg, so the Prius is 66kg lighter despite the 'heavy battery'. (The Prius is constructed of high-tensile steel, which is lighter for the same strength - and the battery weighs about 40kg, half the weight of a passenger.) The VW's base price is £19,710 while the Prius is £19,505, so the Prius is slightly cheaper too.

      On the EU driving cycle, the Prius manages 3.7L/100km of PETROL to the Passat's 3.8L/100km of DIESEL on the extra-urban (highway) part. On the urban part there's no contest: the Prius' Exhaust Heat Capture system, which speeds up engine warmup, helps it to 3.9L/100km compared to the VW's 5.4L/100km. Combining the two parts gives Prius: 3.9L/100km, Passat: 4.4L/100km.

      On CO2 emissions there's really no contest: diesel produces more CO2 per litre of fuel burned so it's no surprise to see the Passat producing 114g/km compared to the Prius 89g/km. The Passat wins on Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions, 185mg/km to the Prius 258, but the Prius emits nearly no NOx (6mg/km) compared to the Passat's 138.

      But hybrids are slow-coaches, right? Nope. The Prius manages 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds. But the Passat should beat it? No again: 12.4s. Must be all those gear shifts. (Acceleration times are from Toyota.co.uk and Volkswagen.co.uk respectively.)

      Downsides: the Prius doesn't have towing capability, and its top speed is a little lower: 111mph rather than 120. They're also all made in Japan, which adds a bit to the emissions profile before you take delivery.

      Toyota should really get on with introducing smaller models, as the Prius is a bit unwieldy when parking on European city streets - the spaces left by smaller cars are often too small. The figures for the Auris Hybrid are supposed to be slightly better than the Prius despite the poorer aerodynamic profile, so we'll see how it compares to the same-sized Golf when it arrives.
        • 5 Years Ago
        BlackSwan: you may be thinking of a previous generation of Prius. The current one is classified as a mid-size car, as was the second generation sold from 2004 to 2009. The 2001-2003 model was classified as compact.

        I OWN a second-generation Prius and I can guarantee you that it is larger than a Ford Focus (my previous car) and a VW Golf, which is about the same size as a Focus.

        The EPA classification is done on passenger and luggage volume. The passenger volume of the Gen 2 Prius is given by the EPA as 96 cu. ft. which is the same as the 2009 Passat. The luggage volume is Prius: 16 cu. ft., Passat 14 cu. ft. The 2010 Prius loses 2 cu. ft. of passenger volume but goes up to 22 cu. ft. of luggage volume. Toyota claim that the reduction in passenger volume is due to some peculiarity in the EPA's measuring protocol - they feel that the passenger cabin is larger than before, not smaller.

        Data from http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You've compared the wrong cars: The Prius is much smaller than the Passat, being EPA categorized as "compact" as compared to "mid-size" for the VW. In fact the Prius is slightly smaller than a Golf (very slightly) and is the correct comparison vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was about to say exactly this. Most people don't realize diesel has more energy (so for the same efficiency you should expect to go farther on a gallon) and more CO2 (thus for the same mpg, diesel is higher in pollution).

      If you do an apples to apples comparison, the hybrids still come out on top, but most people (esp car people) just hate hybrids (don't know the reasons, but probably for perceived "smugness").

      As a counter example to hybrids, they usually use the Polo, which is both smaller and has much less power/acceleration, to get even close in CO2/efficiency.

      However, assuming the Polo is lower in CO2, and given it is cheaper, I suppose it deserves the award (although confusingly I find all sorts of CO2 ratings for the Polo and it seems it varies depending on if it is UK ratings or if it is Euro ratings).
        • 5 Years Ago
        VW are on their third generation of Polo BlueMotion, and there's a wide array of engines (petrol and diesel) and models (trim levels) across the Polo range. They're complicating it now by adding 'BlueMotionTechnologies' descriptions to some of the Golf and Passat models which use the standard body, while the BlueMotion model/trim level has modified aerodynamics and auto stop/start to get a lower emissions profile for that car.

        As an example, there are four 1.6L diesel engines available for the Golf in the UK. One develops 90PS (German horsepower measure), the other three 105PS. One of those three is just described as 1.6 TDI 105PS, the others are 'BlueMotion 1.6' (available only on BlueMotion model) and 'BlueMotion Technology 1.6' available on the SE model only.

        Consumption/CO2 figures (urban/extra-urban/combined/CO2 in L/100km x 3 / g/km)

        90PS: 5.7 / 3.8 / 4.5 / 118
        105PS 'ordinary': 5.7 / 3.9 / 4.5 / 119
        BlueMotion: 4.7 / 3.4 / 3.8 / 99
        BlueMotionTechnology: 5.2 / 3.5 / 4.1 / 107

        Those are all with 5-speed manual gearboxes. With 7-speed automatic DSG (automated clutched manual with sequential shift) the 'ordinary' and BMT use more fuel on the urban part, slightly less on the extra-urban, for slightly more combined and slightly higher CO2 emissions.

        'ordinary' Auto-DSG: 5.6 / 4.2 / 4.7 / 123
        BMT Auto-DSG: 4.7 / 3.9 / 4.2 / 109

        The Polo BlueMotion is a bit simpler, no 'BlueMotionTechnology' version here and no other diesel engine the same size. The current model is given as 4.2 / 3.1 / 3.5 / 91. Close, but no cigar. There is a diesel car that beats the Prius on CO2 emissions: the 33kW Smart fortwo manages 88g/km (3.4 / 3.2 / 3.3). However, it doesn't currently have a particulate filter and they'll have to withdraw it in January as it doesn't meet Euro 5 toxic emissions standards.

        The UK uses the standard EU test profile, but manufacturers can choose to submit different models if their UK offering is very different. I think the requirement is to submit different test results if engine, powertrain or final drive wheel size are different: there are different Prius results for the T4 and T-Spirit models (without sunroof) because they have a wider tyre on the 17" wheel compared to the 15" wheel on the base T3 and the T-Spirit with sunroof. (Everything goes up by 0.1L/100km and CO2 up to 92g/km.)

        You'll see miles-per-imperial-gallon ratings, but these are calculated from the *rounded* metric litres-per-100-kilometres results. As a result you won't see anything on the database between 72.4mpg (=3.9L/100km) and 74.3mpg (=3.8L/100km) as the results are rounded to 0.1L/100km before conversion. I use the metric figures as they cannot be confused with US EPA miles-per-US-gallon ratings; the UK mpg(I) ratings are always higher because the imperial gallon is 20% larger, and the EPA testing much more stringent, testing air conditioning, cold weather, and high-speed driving.

        The UK database is at http://www.vcacarfueldata.org.uk/ but it can be a bit behind if new models are announced but not yet on sale. I got my data from volkswagen.co.uk.
      • 5 Years Ago
      a pathetic statement of how little actual innovation has reached production cars yet. even though the Polo bluemotion which gets over 30km/L (and you Sebastian for unknown reason refuse to report on despite me reminding you several times of the obvious need for it) is a significant improvement over the average combustion engine car it has no future if global warming is to be stopped. neither of the drivetrains of those 3 cars have any future. the Tesla Roadster should be the winner despite it's high cost.
      it's the only car type with any future. next year it can be the Leaf and the Volt or the iMiev perhaps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny how Volkswagen of America doesn't market their TDI's as a component of their BLUEMOTION Technologies. In Canada and Europe the DSG and TDI fall under the BLUEMOTION Technologies catagory for reducing fuel consumption (not just STOP/START feature).

      Check it out

      And a chart of the technologies
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think you meant since the 70's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hi Detroit:
      Are you listening to this? (Because you sure as hell don't listen
      to us). Where are your new highly efficient little turbo diesels? You
      are again going to wait until you get your ass handed to you by VW
      before you react, years behind. Man you piss me off. Remember the
      swarm of bugs around 1952? You responded a few years later with the
      Corvair, remember? What a piece of crap! VW is still selling bugs by
      the thousands and most people alive today weren't even born yet when
      the Corvair landed on the trash heap of history (and deservedly so).
      God you guys have to be the slowest learners on earth!
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