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VW's 3.3 litre/100km Polo

2009-03-11 08:10

With the launch of the new Volkswagen Polo at last week’s Geneva Motor Show, the German carmaker also unveiled an important fuel efficient concept version which is destined for production.

VW claims that the Polo BlueMotion concept car is one of the most economical cars in the world.

With a state-of-the-art 1.2-litre TDI engine the Polo BlueMotion has an average fuel consumption of just 3.3 litres per 100km.

Furthermore its diesel engine reduces the Polo’s C02 emissions to just 87 g/km

The Polo BlueMotion weighs in at just 1 080kg thanks to an array efficiency measures, including an aerodynamic package for the body that is lowered by 10 millimeters (including modified front end), an aerodynamically optimised underbody and low rolling resistance tires on 15-inch alloy wheels.

Altogether, these modifications yield fuel savings totaling 0.8 liters. This has lowered CO2 emissions by about 20%.

Other efficiency technology includes a start-stop system and regenerative braking, which helps to recover energy that would otherwise be lost in driving in as efficient a way as possible.

Market launch of the most fuel efficient Polo yet is expected in February 2010. 


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