Just in case you’re in any doubt that car manufacturers aren’t improving the economy of their cars, Volkswagen has unveiled a Golf BlueMotion concept capable of achieving a combined 74.3 mpg while emitting just 99 g/km of CO2 – so matching the economy of the current Polo BlueMotion.
The new Golf BlueMotion concept is powered by a 1.6-litre TDI common rail diesel engine developing 105 PS helping the Golf BlueMotion concept to reach 62 mph from rest in 11.3 seconds and 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, including a set of low rolling resistance tyres, optimised aerodynamics and revised ratios in the five speed gearbox. The resulting combination of changes works to reduce loading on the engine to improve 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.
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.
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.