Frankfurt’s a’comin, so let’s look at some hot numbers set to debut there from Volkswagen. In this case, VW is set to debut BlueMotion diesel version of its Polo, Golf and Passat models. The Golf and the Passat are already here, and word is that the Polo will soon be here. And given the growing interesting in diesels from consumers, green drivers AND car companies, these are three rides worth paying attention to.
It’s easy to see why this is happening. In the first place, Frankfurt is the home show for VW, and diesels are über-popular amongst the continentals. So consider this something aimed more at the home market than America. But then again, the whole world pays attention to Frankfurt, and with two out of three of these guys already in the U.S., and a third coming, it’s pretty plain to see why we should be paying attention.
The three newly revised versions of the Golf, Polo and Passat will have even lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, that’s the real news here. The new Polo BlueMotion for example, gets a fuel economy rating of 71.3 mpg, and puts out a startlingly low 87 g/km of CO2 emissions. The Polo can thank the newly developed 1.2-liter TDI engine for the fact that a car this “big” is able to match the CO2 figures for the Smart ForTwo diesel. And the Polo can carry five people.
Bigger still is the Golf BlueMotion. Under the hood is a 103 hp 1.6-liter TDI mill that turns in very impressive MPG and emission numbers as well. How does 61.9 mpg and CO2 output of 99 g/km sound? Sounds pretty good t’me.
And lastly, we have the mid-sized Passat. Bottom lines for the Passat are 53.4 mpg and 114 g/km of CO2 emitted. And these figures might be the most impressive of the lot. The Passat is not a little car, and since it’s German, it ain’t exactly light. The last time I was driving a VW that got mpg figures like that, it was a 1979 Rabbit diesel.
All three cars have TDI recalibrated engines and have a reduced idle speed. To further maximize fuel consumption, all three have an automatic start-stop system, low rolling resistance tires and feature reduced aerodynamic drag thanks to lower front air dams and rocker panel extensions.
VW, I have three words for you: Bring them here