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Saturday, May 16, 2009
VW Golf BlueMotion Diesel
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Volkswagen Creates The BlueMotion Golf - 61.9 U.S. MPG (3.8 L/100 km)

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - At the Geneva Motor Show this year, theirEarth photographed VW's new diesel powered Golf BlueMotion concept car, which has broken all past fuel efficiency numbers for VW's most successful selling model. The new Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Diesel achieves an incredible average fuel consumption of 3.8 L/100 km (61.9 U.S. MPG). The VW BlueMotion Golf acheives this excellent fuel efficiency while at the same time generating just 99 g/km of CO2. VW is on the verge this year of having the largest worldwide car sales, and by continuing to bring higher efficiency products to market like the Golf BlueMotion Diesel they will enhance their appeal amongst the efficiency seeking younger generation.

The BlueMotion Golf TDI is based on the new 2009 sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf Chassis, and inside it is extremely well finished with VW's comfortable yet sport-inspired contoured seats. We recently tested the handling characteristics of the new 2009 Golf Diesel and found that it performed very well on the road and gave excellent driver road feedback in cornering and braking. Also, VW's new Park Assist system works extremely well in identifying objects at front and rear bumper level while parking. The model we tested was a 2009 TDI Diesel, and we found that with VW's new noise reduction technology, the new Golf has a very quiet passenger compartment while driving or idling.

The technology behind the new Golf BlueMotion Diesel is it's common rail 16V  1598 cc 4-cylinder turbo diesel that generates 77 kW (105 hp) and a maximum torque of 250 N.m at 2000 rpm. In Volkswagen's acceleration tests, the new BlueMotion Golf accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h (62.5 mph) in 11.3 seconds, and achieved a top speed of 190 km/h (118.8 mph). Diesel particulate is kept very low on the BlueMotion Golf by using a Volkswagen next-generation diesel particulate filter system, enabling it to meet the Euro-5 emissions standards.

Volkswagen's BlueMotion development engineers have specified low rolling resistance tires on this new Golf and have also improved the sixth-generation Golf's body aerodynamics over the standard 2009 model. To improve efficiency, the BlueMotion Golf's 5-speed manual transmission is designed with longer gear ratios, especially the final fifth gear, which drops engine revs for highway cruising and lowers diesel fuel consumption. Speculation is that VW's release date for the new Golf BlueMotion TDI is next year as a 2010 model, but the company has not formally announced this.

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