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Over in Europe, Volkswagen has officially launched the BlueMotion version of its latest Passat. Rated at 68.9 miles per gallon (57.4 mpg U.S.) on the highway, the Passat BlueMotion is set to become one of Europe's most fuel-frugal four-door sedans.

2011 Volkswagen Passat – Click above for high-res image gallery

Gavin Conway, writer for the Sunday Times, buckled into a Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion and embarked on a journey. This trip was not your typical Sunday jaunt, nor was it what we'd call a grocery run. Let's just say that Conway had Guinness World Record visions dancing in his head. Followed by independent representatives who verified the run, Conway and the Passat hit the French roads and never looked back.

The Euro 5-ready Phaeton TDI may be the more exciting vehicle that Volkswagen is bringing to Auto Mobil International 2007 this week, but let's not forget the debut German appearance of the Passat BlueMotion and the new VW Golf estate.

In a clever PR touch, Volkswagen will bring 102 of its new Polo BlueMotions to Geneva. That's one vehicle for each gram of CO2 the car emits per kilometer it drives (in testing, at least). We know a little about the car (see here) and the other goodies VW is bringing to the show (like the Passat BlueMotion you can see below), but not much about these: the Caddy Life Edition concept car and the Multivan Panamericana and VW's 'Future of the Car' interactive display. All the company is saying now

Click on the image for a high res gallery of the BlueMotion Passat

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