February 14, 2007 Volkswagen has released first details of the Passat BlueMotion ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and is claiming that no other vehicle of its size consumes less fuel: the Passat BlueMotion saloon returns 55.4 mpg (5.1 litres per 100 km) and produces just 136 g/km of CO2. The first BlueMotion model was the Polo, launched in Germany in the mid-2006 which was such an immediate success its production figures have already been increased threefold.
When applied to the new Passat BlueMotion this means: an average of 5.1 litres of diesel over 100 kilometres (55.4 mpg). The Passat Estate BlueMotion needs 5.2 litres (54.3 mpg) and produces 137 g/km of CO2 – also a top value, even in comparison to vehicles worldwide. Both body versions have a driving range of up to 1,350 kilometres (838 miles) with a full tank. With an average annual distance driven of 15,000 kilometres (9,315 miles), this means that the driver only needs to refuel 11 times a year with an average of 68 Euros* in fuel costs per month.
Volkswagen achieves these low consumption figures through the fine tuning of the engine – a 105 bhp TDI engine with a diesel particulate filter – which was already extremely efficient.
This fuel efficiency does not, however, reduce levels of agility. The Passat BlueMotion has a top speed of 193 km/h (120 mph) (118 mph for the estate). That is key to the BlueMotion philosophy: fuel efficiency and agility in a combination that still makes driving fun.