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Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion 2010
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2010 VW Passat BlueMotion - 1,591 Kilometres On A Tank Of Fuel

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - Volkswagen announced recently that they will start delivery of the new 2010 Passat BlueMotion in November 2009 at European dealers. The 2010 Passat BlueMotion is a VW TDI diesel powered car with their latest high-efficiency advanced technology. The Passat BlueMotion is available in either a 5-passenger saloon or estate (station wagon) configuration - but the heart of the new Passat BlueMotion is its incredible fuel efficiency.

In pure numbers, the 2010 VW Passat BlueMotion is capable of achieving an average fuel consumption of just 4.4 L/100 km (53.5 U.S. MPG / 64.19 Imp MPG) when driven efficiently. One fill-up of the Passat BlueMotion's 70-litre tank can give you as much as 1,591 kms (994 miles) of driving distance and VW says that for the average European motorist that may equate to just seven fill-ups per year or approximately 502 Euros in fuel charges.

The new 2010 Passat BlueMotion is not slow either and has a top speed of 193 km/h (120.6 mph). The acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62.5 mph) is achieved in 12.5 seconds, but for most motorists the satisfaction will be that there is still performance available with the added benefit of incredible fuel efficiency from this advanced technology Passat model.

For 2010, Volkswagen's highly efficient BlueMotion technology is available on the VW Polo, the VW Golf and the VW Passat model line-up. The new 2010 Passat BlueMotion uses the same 77 kW / 105 hp advanced technology common rail TDI diesel engine as found in the 2010 Golf BlueMotion.

Volkswagen's BlueMotion diesel technology includes regenerative braking and the activation of VW engine Start-Stop feature when the car sits at idle for a while or is stopped at the traffic lights. The regenerative braking uses the Passat's alternator and raises the polarity voltage during deceleration so as to charge the battery. During acceleration, the BlueMotion engine management system can set the alternator's polarity at zero, and thus reduce the drag and fuel consumption of the engine, making the full power of the engine available for acceleration while the accessories are run off the battery. VW uses a special high-capacity battery on the Passat BlueMotion in order to store the alternator's regenerative braking energy.  

The 2010 Passat BlueMotion is equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission, whereby the gear ratio's have been made longer so as to reduce engine speed during sustained cruising. The tires are new low rolling resistance type and the wheel rims have been designed by VW to have an aerodynamic profile. For exterior trim, the 2010 Passat BlueMotion uses the bumpers and side skirts from the Passat 'Avant-Garde' R-Line, and VW says this a clear reversal in market trends where buyers are opting for high-technology efficiency combined with luxury appointments for the popular image.

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