Volkswagen to launch 68.9 mpg Passat BlueMotion in Europe
Powering the Passat BlueMotion is VW's 104-horsepower, 1.6-liter common-rail turbodiesel engine mated to a row-your-own six-speed transmission. The diesel-sipping sedan benefits from fuel-saving features, including stop-start technology, modified aerodynamics, a lower ride height, an underbody panel, revised front grill and low rolling-resistance tires.
In sedan form, the BlueMotion Passat emits 109 grams per kilometer of CO2. Meanwhile, its roomier stablemate, the Passat BlueMotion wagon, emits 113 g/km of CO2 and returns a slightly less remarkable, by comparison, 65.7 mpg (54.7 U.S.).
The four-door sedan starts at £19,875 ($31,713 U.S. at the current exchange rate), while the cargo-hauling wagon starts at £21,180 ($33,795 U.S.). Though you can order one now, neither version of the Passat BlueMotion will hit showrooms in Europe until the end of July.
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