Volkswagen has revealed the first details of the Passat BlueMotion ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March. VW claim that no other vehicle of its size consumes less fuel: the Passat BlueMotion saloon returns 55.4 mpg (5.1 litres per 100 km) and produces just 136 g/km of CO2.
Volkswagen is feeling that it has to be seen to be making an effort with energy efficient cars.
The Polo BlueMotion is now coming to the UK – launched in Germany in the summer of 2006, its production figures have already been increased threefold due to the high demand throughout Europe. VW say that BlueMotion is now the seal of quality for their model version with the lowest rate of fuel consumption.
When applied to the new Passat BlueMotion this means an average of 55.4 mpg. The Passat Estate BlueMotion almost matches this, with 54.3 mpg, and produces 137 g/km. Both body versions have a driving range of up to 1,350 kilometres (838 miles) with a full tank. With an average annual distance driven of 15,000 kilometres (9,315 miles) in Europe, this means that the driver only needs to refuel 11 times a year.
Volkswagen says that they achieve these low consumption figures through the fine tuning of the 105 bhp TDI engine (with a diesel particulate filter). The Passat BlueMotion has a top speed of 120 mph and 118 mph for the estate.