New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

VW's 3.3 litres/100km Polo

2009-09-03 08:59

Volkswagen will be showcasing its latest “green” models at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show with the unveiling of the the new generation of the Polo BlueMotion, Golf BlueMotion and Passat BlueMotion. According to VW these three cars are the world’s “most fuel-efficient” models in their respective segments.

Key features of these cars are new common rail TDI engines with modified engine management software and reduced idling speed. Furthermore power transfer is handled by five-speed gearboxes with longer gear ratios. There is also a gear-shift indicator integrated in the instruments ensures that the BlueMotion models are always driven at the gear stage that is optimal for fuel economy.

Other BlueMotion characteristics include energy recovery (regenerative braking), a start-stop system (automatic engine shutoff, such as at red lights), tyres optimised for low rolling resistance, especially lightweight low-drag wheels, improved fine tuning of body aerodynamics and a lower chassis (Polo and Golf).

Polo with 3.3 litre fuel economy:
The Polo BlueMotion gets a 55 kW 1.2-litre TDI engine with an average fuel consumption of just 3.3 litres of diesel, while the C02 output is 87 g/km. With a 45-litre fuel tank the claimed range is 1 363km.

Golf with 3.8 litre fuel economy:
Under the bonnet of a the Golf BlueMotion is a 1.6 TDI unit with a power output of 77 kW. VW claims a fuel consumption of just 3.8 litres of diesel and a C02 output of 99 g/km. Its theo¬retical range, with a fuel tank capacity of 55 litres, is 1 447 km. Equipped with these key performance parameters, the engine accelerates the Golf BlueMotion to 100 km/h in 11.3 seconds and it reaches a top speed of 190 k/h.

Passat with 4.4 litre fuel economy:
With an average fuel consumption of 4.4 litres diesel (114 g/km CO2) per 100 kilometres, the Passat BlueMotion can cover 1 591 km on one fill-up of its 70 litre tank. It features the same TDI engine as the Golf BlueMotion.


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