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VW Introduces Next-Generation Touran at AMI in Leipzig; 4.6 L/100km with BlueMotion Technology

The new Touran. Click to enlarge.

Volkswagen introduced the next generation of its popular Touran MPV at the Auto Mobil International (AMI) in Leipzig, Germany (10-18 April). VW has sold 1.13 million units of the Touran to date. In Germany, it currently holds a market share of nearly 50% in its segment and across Europe, the Volkswagen ranks among the top five in its class.

The new Touran features a full range of more fuel-efficient gasoline and diesel engines, led by the Touran TDI BlueMotion Technology (77 kW / 103 hp) with combined fuel consumption of 4.6 l/100km (51.1 mpg US), equivalent to 121 g/km CO2.

The Touran also features a new entry-level gasoline engine, the 1.2-liter TSI, a turbocharged direct-injection engine with 105 PS (77 kW). It develops 175 N·m (129 lb-ft) of torque from just above idle speed, and consumes 6.4 L/100km (36.8 mpg US) fuel in combined mode (equivalent to 149 g/km CO2). As an alternative, this variant is also available with BlueMotion Technology, together with the Start/Stop system and battery regeneration. In this case, values for combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced to 5.9 L/100km (40 mpg US) and 139 g/km, respectively.

All eight engines (power range from 66 kW / 90 PS to 125 kW / 170 PS) are turbocharged direct-injection engines. All new Tourans meet the requirements of the Euro-5 emissions standard.

In addition to the 1.2L entry-level gasoline engine, two 1.4-liter TSI engines were adopted from the previous model; they have power outputs of 103 kW / 140 PS and 125 kW / 170 PS. The 170 PS version is paired with a standard seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox; on the 140 PS TSI this extremely fast operating automatic gearbox can be ordered at extra charge.

The EcoFuel natural gas version consumes 4.7 kilograms of natural gas (CNG) per 100 kilometers in combined mode driving, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 128 g/km. When combined with the optional seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox, fuel consumption is reduced to 4.6 kg/100 km and CO2 emissions to 125 g/km.

Four turbodiesels complete the engine line-up. Although their power values match those of the previous model, they are completely new TDIs in which Volkswagen has attained significant fuel savings. The entry-level engine of the TDI quartet is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 66 kW / 90 PS. Its combined fuel consumption (5.1 litres, 46.1 mpg US) represents a fuel saving of 0.9 L/100 km compared to the previous model.

At the next power level up, there is a 1.6-liter variant with 77 kW / 105 PS. Upon request, this TDI may be ordered with a seven-speed DSG or in the BlueMotion Technology version (six-speed manual).



Interesting performances and fuel economy from a fair size vehicle.

Henry Gibson

Many of the readers of this site are familiar with the company, AC Propulsion, who at one time showed on their site a solar powered plane that stayed in the air day and night for many hours.

A plane that used biofuels, and certainly fossil fuels, would be cheaper build and operate. Articles like this only promote the false idea that solar electric cells are a worthwile investment and are useful for automobiles. Solar energy is too dilute for many uses, and requires large areas of expensive materials to collect it in addition to the cost of the ground. Just ask any country how much they would charge for land sold permanently without any taxes to your heirs. None would sell it to you, so land is infinitely expensive to most buyers. ..HG..



What is AC's relationship with the VW Touran?

With todays primitive solar energy converters and massive e-storage units, solar vehicles are currently out of the question.

However, with ultra light weight (500 Kg) very low wind-road resistance vehicles, 50+% efficient ultra light weight solar converters, 1000+ Wh/Kg batteries, light weight drivers could go a long way on sun power on bright sunny days.

Meanwhile, the 51 mpg Touran is an interesting accomplishment.

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