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New Volkswagen BlueMotion models at Frankfurt

versions of three new additions to the BlueMotion range have been unveiled
ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show, including the new Polo which achieves an excellent 85.6mpg.

The new Polo,
Golf and Passat BlueMotion models emit just 87g/km, 99g/km and 114g/km of CO2
respectively, while every variant is also capable of travelling a minimum of
840 miles on a single tank of fuel.

Each model
has aerodynamic changes with new front bumper, sill extensions, a lower ride
height and relocated air ducts behind the grille elements. The result is less
aerodynamic drag leading to less loading on the engine and greater economy.

The most
efficient model of all, the new Polo BlueMotion, adopts an all-new 1.2-litre
three-cylinder common rail diesel engine developing 75 PS. The new engine
combined with longer gearing through the five-speed gearbox, regenerative
braking and Stop-Start systems allows the new Polo BlueMotion to achieve
85.6mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 87g/km of CO2 to make it one of
the most efficient vehicles currently on sale.

The new Golf
BlueMotion is powered by a 1.6-litre TDI common rail diesel engine developing
105 PS. As with the Polo, the Golf features optimised aerodynamics and longer
gearing to maximise the efficiency of the engine. Low rolling resistance tyres
and automatic Stop-Start also play their part.

Through a
series of small but effective changes the Golf BlueMotion emits just 99g/km of
CO2 and can achieve a combined economy figure of 74.3 mpg which equates to a
theoretical range of 899 miles on a single tank of fuel.

The Passat
BlueMotion adopts a 1.6-litre common rail diesel engine developing 105 PS for
the first time. The new engine, replacing the existing 2.0-litre TDI unit
currently fitted to the Passat BlueMotion, allows the new car to return 64.2
mpg on the combined cycle – up from the 57.6 mpg achieved by the outgoing car.
At the same time emissions fall from 128g/km to just 114g/km of CO2.

All three
models are due to go on sale in the UK in early 2010 with prices and
specifications due to be announced nearer the time.