Fans of fuel savings get a new concept car in Europe to drool over today as Volkswagen pulls the wraps off its latest BlueMotion machine. This time, the badge which identifies the most miserly of VWs is affixed to the sixth-generation of the German automaker's most popular car in Europe, the Golf. When run through the standard European testing procedures, the Golf BlueMotion Concept manages to eke 74 miles from a single gallon of fuel and emits just 99g/km of CO2. It should be noted that it wouldn't score that well in the States, but it would definitely be a certified hybrid hunter. Equipped with VW's 1.6-liter TDI engine with 105-horsepower and 184 lbs.-ft. of torque at a 2,000 rpm, the car also benefits from low resistance tires, minor aero tweaks and new gearing in the five speed transmission to help its low consumption cause. Expect to see the concept badge-less version sometime in the middle of '09 in the U.K.
99 G/KM, 74 MPG: GOLF BLUEMOTION CONCEPT SETS NEW BENCHMARKS
Volkswagen has today unveiled the remarkable Golf BlueMotion concept vehicle, a car capable of achieving a combined 74.3 mpg while emitting just 99 g/km of CO2. This matches the economy of the Polo BlueMotion, itself among the most efficient vehicles currently on sale.
The BlueMotion label was first attributed to the Polo in 2006 and represents the most efficient model in each of Volkswagen's passenger car ranges. Since the Polo made its debut, BlueMotion versions of the Golf Mk V, Golf Estate, Golf Plus, Jetta, Touran, Passat, Passat Estate and Sharan have been launched.
The new Golf BlueMotion concept is powered by a highly-efficient and refined 1.6-litre TDI common rail diesel engine developing 105 PS and 184 lbs ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. Despite the focus on economy the Golf BlueMotion concept can reach 62 mph from rest in a respectable 11.3 seconds before going on to a top speed of 117 mph.
As with all BlueMotion models the Golf BlueMotion adopts a series of changes to drivetrain and aerodynamics in order to maximise the vehicle's efficiency. A set of low rolling resistance tyres are joined by optimised aerodynamics and revised ratios in the five speed gearbox. The resulting combination of changes works to reduce loading on the engine to drive up economy and reduce emissions.
In common with every diesel model in the forthcoming new Golf range the BlueMotion concept is fitted with a diesel particulate filter.
Even in standard non-BlueMotion form, the new Golf sets new economy standards. The entry-level diesel Golf will be powered by a 2.0-litre TDI 110 PS common rail engine capable of achieving 62 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 119 g/km of CO2. This matches the economy of the current Golf BlueMotion model.
The new Golf will go on sale in the UK in January next year; the BlueMotion model will follow around mid 2009.