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VW to Introduce Passat BlueMotion at Geneva; Planning a New Compact Car

Volkswagen will unveil a BlueMotion version of the Passat at the Geneva Motor Show in March. BlueMotion represents the most efficient and economical vehicle in each of Volkswagen’s car ranges.

VW introduced the first and so far only BlueMotion model, the Polo BlueMotion, at the Geneva show in 2006.(Earlier post.)

The Polo Bluemotion uses a modified version of the 3-cylinder 1.4-liter TDI diesel engine in the conventional Polo to produce the same power output—59 kW (79 hp)—and torque—195 Nm—but with a reduction in fuel consumption of 11% (0.5 liters/100km) to 3.9 liters/100km (60 mpg US). Emissions of CO2 drop by 13% from 119 g/km to 102 g/km.

The Bluemotion TDI engine is 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.

Other factors contributing to the increased efficiency are longer gear ratios (gears three to five have 12% to 24% longer ratios) and the aerodynamic design of front and rear spoilers.

Separately, new VW CEO Martin Winterkorn told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung that he has proposed the development of a new, very small model beneath the Fox.

He described it as an economical small car that would have space for four people, plus luggage.

In the article, he also said that VW would produce hybrid drivetrains for compact-class cars. An article in Automobilewoche in January reported that Volkswagen was modifying its hybrid strategy to concentrate first on an application for the Touareg, rather than on a smaller car such as the Jetta. (Earlier post.)



The increased gear ratios is a very g9ood fuel economizer if you can avoid stop and g traffic. I know on are old 608 mpg behemoth van it would climb to 21 mpg if you kept it in its second overdrive gear.

Elliot Smith

I'm glad VW is getting in to hybrids. I don't like SUVs, but I guess it makes sense to make gas guzzlers into hybrids first so that they can keep selling them uninterrupted when gas prices spike again. The investment goes there first, then to making fairly fuel efficient cars into amazingly efficient cars.

John Ard

A 79 hp diesel would be perfect in a vehicle similar to the current Scion xB. Dodge showed a similiar sized concept vehicle called the Hornet a while back that was supposed to be a project with VW, but that's since been replaced with a Chinese manufacturer. That's a pity, cause I don't see any reason why a 1.4L couldn't get under T2B5.


Wow wintermane, 608 mpg is pretty good. Fish Carburetor? Comprende "Preview"?


Uh oh, George er... Joseph er... whatever name he's going by, is pissed. Can't tolerate the new diesels and the impending DOMINATION of diesel in the US. Pity the little fool, all he can do is randomly attack people for a typo. Silly, silly, bitter little fool.


Heh preview never helps me I still dont see the mistakes I make until a day or so later;/ 4 to 8 mpg was what I was tryin to say.


Well, I look forward to more info on this bluemotion Passat.


I wonder if that fuel consumption is strict highway or a combination. Usually when I see just one number it is a combination and of course the highway figure is higher. I would actually expect the mileage to be higher considering all the diesels in europe that get around 60mpg with bigger engines and more weight.

It's a good looking design, I especially like the longer gear ratios. However, I would rather have a polo with a 1.6l 4 cylinder. I think it would be more fun to drive and if geared right the highway mileage difference would be very small.

JW- I will preview this so as not to offend.




Where does it say this is a hybrid?



Sorry. I didn't read far enough.


Without going into the Diesels are better thing.
Doesn't GM own this technology.

And they are loosing how much money?
I saw an aticle about this on Future cars the other night.

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