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Tuesday, September 08, 2009
2010 Volkswagen Polo - BlueMotion
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New 2010 Volkswagen Polo Three Door Has Efficiency At The Core

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - The new 2010 Volkswagen Polo - Three Door (see photo) will make its world debut at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany later this month (September 17-27, 2009). One of the stars of the VW Polo line-up for 2010 is the new Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion 3-Door TDI Diesel, which has an amazing average fuel consumption of just 3.3 L/100 km (71.3 U.S. MPG / 85.6 Imp MPG) and emits only 87 g/km of CO2. 

The new 2010 Polo Three-Door will go on sale at VW dealers in Europe in the Fall and the Polo BlueMotion Diesel is expected to be available for an early 2010 (Jan-Feb) release. There will be six engine sizes available on the new Polo line-up ranging from 44 kW / 60 hp to 77 kW / 105 hp in output power. The most reasonably priced 2010 Polo will be the 1.2-litre petrol (gasoline) 'Trendline' model, which will sell in Germany for 12,150 Euros inclusive of German VAT (sales tax).

Volkswagen says that their new highly advanced 2010 Polo BlueMotion model can technically go up to 1,363 kilometres (851.9 miles) on a full tank of diesel, meaning that for the average motorist in Germany who travels 11,000 kms (6875 miles) per year, the new Polo BlueMotion could be refuelled as little as eight times a year. The top speed of the Polo BlueMotion is 173 km/h (108.1 mph), giving it enough top-end speed to take to Germany's autobahn motorways without losing face.

The improved efficiency at the core of the new 2010 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion is Volkswagen's concentration on efficient motion combined with energy conservation. The BlueMotion Polo has a lowered chassis for aerodynamics than the standard model, and uses low rolling resistance tires mounted on aerodynamic profile wheels. 

Volkswagen's BlueMotion technology is available on the 2010 VW Polo, the 2010 VW Golf and the 2010 VW Passat models and each uses a five-speed manual gearbox that has taller gear ratios to drop engine speed. Additionally, BlueMotion technology incorporates VW Start-Stop technology, and regenerative braking that uses the alternator at a raised voltage polarity to charge the battery during braking or deceleration.

The 2010 Polo BlueMotion's Start/Stop system will shut the engine off during extended idle at red lights, and then quickly restart it when the driver's foot is taken off the brake pedal. The Polo BlueMotion also has a lower engine idle speed than the standard diesel model. There is also a larger energy storage battery used on the Polo BlueMotion which when integrated with the alternator's regenerative braking charging, allows the digital engine management system to choose periods to set the voltage polarity of the alternator at zero, reducing drag on the engine, saving fuel, and increasing the engine power available for acceleration. 

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