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Across The Pond: 2010 Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Promises 54 MPG

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2010 Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion

2010 Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion

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Volkswagen is set to expand its BlueMotion range of fuel misers with the launch of several new models based on the latest Passat sedan and Golf and Polo hatchbacks. The new cars will appear in production trim at this month’s Frankfurt auto show and sadly, the chances of any of these ultra-frugal hitting U.S. showrooms are next to nil.

The highlight of the stand will be the Passat BlueMotion, which for 2010 adopts a 1.6-liter common rail diesel engine developing 104 horsepower. The new engine, replacing the existing 2.0-litre TDI unit currently fitted to the Passat BlueMotion, allows the new car to return 54 mpg on the combined cycle--up from the 48 mpg achieved by the outgoing car. This means that the total range for the 2010 Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion is 840 miles from the one tank.

The engine, however, is only part of the story. The car’s fuel economy also benefits from the results of aerodynamic changes with a 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 remains the Polo BlueMotion, which gets by with a fuel economy rating of 71 mpg, while the Golf BlueMotion rates in at 62 mpg.

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

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  1. These won't be imported to the US because the horsepower-mad automotive media would burn these models at the stake for being woefully underpowered despite the fact that these are probably perfectly suitable machines for the 90% of the time that they'd be used in daily commuting and grocery-getting...
    ...plus the fact that these would likely cost more than the standard diesel models which we don't get here anyway because of unrestrained US Diesel-Phobia.
     
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  2. Wow those are astonishing fuel economy numbers, achievements to be applauded especially for such usable cars! Its so depressing that US car buyers are not even offered the chance at owning any of these VWs. I'm at a loss for words that a car as "large" as a Passat can offer 50+mpg, that is amazing! Please VW, bring these to the US nowww!
     
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  3. Sad but true bepsf, and most people do not realize that what matters for diesels is the torque numbers, which I am sure are decent for the car.
     
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  4. Another reason why they won't be sold in the US is that they require high grade, low sulphur diesel. If you would pour standard US grade diesel in one of these, it would clog the cat and soot filter.
     
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  5. It is important to realize that the EU emission test and the EPA emission tests are very different. The EPA test involved higher speeds, greater acceleration, etc. The Passat Bluemotion would not be rated at 54 mpg combined on the EPA cycle even if VW imported the EU model without changes.
    YOU CAN'T JUST TAKE THE EU NUMBER AND CONVERT FROM L/100KM TO US MPG!
    Take the 2.0L CR Jetta with 140 HP and a 6 speed manual:
    The EU rating from VCacarfueldata.org.uk:
    33.1 / 42.8 / 52.7 (urban / combined / extra urban)
    The same vehicle in US trim from www.fueleconomy.gov
    30/34/41 (city / combined / highway)
    While the average reader may not know this, automotive journalist should. Instead the media reports wildly speculative numbers based on a the EU numbers and then when a car arrives in the US everyone is disappointed by the EPA rating.
     
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  6. Sell gas by the liter and Americans will fall in love with Diesel Engines.
     
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  7. Volkswagen Blue Motion range is fuel efficient car along with the introduction of new models which are designed on the lines of Passat sedan and Golf and Polo hatchbacks. his model will be equipped with a 1.6 liter common rail diesel engine which would generate 104 horsepower.To add to the better fuel economy the engineers have made aerodynamic changes with a front new bumper, a lower ride height.
     
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