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VW Polo Bluemotion to arrive in UK

BlueMotion represents the most efficient and economical vehicle in
each of Volkswagen’s car ranges. Set to make its debut on the Polo,
BlueMotion comprises modifications to an already efficient diesel
engine mated to a low kerb weight, improved aerodynamics and longer
gearing. The result is an official fuel consumption figure of over 72
mpg, a potential range in excess of 700-miles and just 102 g/km of CO2.

its heart is an advanced 80 PS 1.4-litre, three-cylinder TDI engine
fitted with electronically controlled, high-pressure direct injection.
A variable geometry turbocharger is added to provide high levels of
torque from just above idling speeds and improve responses. The
modifications increase the engine’s output and overall efficiency to
allow greater performance while simultaneously using less fuel.

the theme are the Polo BlueMotion’s external modifications. Evolved
through work in the wind tunnel the unique alterations improve
aerodynamic efficiency. A unique front bumper sits below a re-designed
grille section to reduce drag. At the rear a pronounced spoiler mounted
on the trailing edge of the rear window smoothes airflow further.
Finally, a set of 14-inch ‘Jerez’ lightweight alloy wheels sit at each
corner fitted with 165/70 tyres that reduce rolling resistance. In
total the Polo BlueMotion weighs 1,084 kg.

weight saving measures don’t come at the expense of safety or comfort.
The Polo BlueMotion is fitted with twin front and side airbags for the
driver and front seat passenger, ABS with brake assist and ISOFIX
preparation as standard. Fresh, colourful new fabrics and finishes
unique to the Polo BlueMotion join the cool blue interior lighting to
help distance it further from the standard car. The simple, concise
dials are intersected by a multifunction computer behind a chunky
four-spoke steering wheel. A radio CD player is joined by speed
sensitive power steering and central locking.

its keen focus on efficiency the Polo BlueMotion remains a usable
everyday car. It will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 12.8 seconds
before reaching a maximum of 109 mph all while returning an official
102 g/km of CO2 and a potential combined fuel consumption figure of
72.4 mpg. Its 45-litre fuel tank enables the Polo BlueMotion to achieve
a range in excess of 700-miles, making a trip from London to the south
coast of France possible using only a single tank of diesel.

The Polo BlueMotion is set to arrive in the UK this summer with prices due to be announced closer to launch.