The Touareg Hybrid has a claimed fuel economy of 26mpg (9L/100km) and will go into production next yearEnlarge Photo
Most of the technologies have already been launched in several VW BlueMotion models over the past couple of years, but one new area for the German carmaker is the introduction of hybrid vehicles. Using the Touareg as its entry platform for the technology, VW has mated an electric powertrain with its V6 TSI petrol engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission to provide the SUV with a 333hp (248kW) output and 26mpg (9L/100km) fuel-economy.
The Touareg’s hybrid system features a 52hp electric motor and eight-speed autoEnlarge Photo
Next year will also see the launch of three ultra-clean Passat models. The first of these is a dual-fuel TSI EcoFuel model that is designed to run on either natural gas or petrol or a combination of both, and able to deliver fuel-economy of up to 52mpg (4.5L/100km) from its 148hp (110kW) engine. Second is the BlueTDI, which sports a 141hp (105kW) common-rail turbodiesel engine that delivers a fuel-economy of 45mpg (5.2L/100km). Rounding out the trio is the Passat BlueMotion , which gets several fuel saving technologies such as an engine start-stop system, regenerative brakes, and an ultra-clean catalytic converter. More details on its efficiency are expected to be revealed closer to its launch next year.