More Sportier BlueMotion Models From VW?

Tuesday March 24th, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Cool, cool and most definitely cool. This is cool news for car fans that are also environmentally aware. Recently Volkswagen rolled out a new drivetrain, dubbed BlueMotion, which was a leaner & cleaner diesel. Not only was it 50 state legal (we’re looking at you Cali), but they also dropped it into a devastatingly neat mid-engined drop top “show car”, the BlueSport Roadster, that was sort of like a cheap, green version of Porsche’s Boxster. Now comes word that BlueMotion will also find its way into more VW models.

The BlueSport Roadster concept, from the last Detroit Auto Show, featured a 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel engine that got 35/62 mpg in the European Combined Cycle ratings. Now, reports from the U.K.’s Evo magazine are that VW is working on a production version of the BlueSport concept for 2011. Before that model hits the market, the BlueSport name may be applied to a performance-minded diesel version of the European Scirocco and possibly an oil-burning GTI as well.

Yes please! There’s no reason a car can’t be better for the planet AND fun to drive at the same time. As a matter of fact, I’d like to think that doing that is pretty damn imperative. Doing something because “you have to” is never that much fun, now is it? ‘Eat your broccoli, it’s good for you,’ never really would cut it for me when I was a kid, and it doesn’t really make it for other people when they hear, ‘You should drive XXX car, because it’s good for the environment.’ Make a car that’s fun AND good for the environment, and everybody wins.

Source: AutoBlogGreen

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VW Bluesport Production Likely

Wednesday January 21st, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: tonyb

VW BluesportThis is the kind of rumor from the Detroit show we like to spread: Word has it that the Volkswagen Bluesport, the drop-top mid engine sports car motivated by the 180 HP diesel that gets 57 miles per gallon will be produced and imported into the U.S..

It was plain to see that the Bluesport was essentially production-ready, and that got our mouths watering. And then to fan the flames of our hopes, two VW execs have given indications that a road-going version is on the way. In Auto Motor und Sport, VW’s Ulrich Hackenberg said the Bluesport was headed to production, and also gave a price quote for the roadster: between €22,000 and €24,500, depending on engine options. Also, VW engineer Thomas Inglenath backed up Hackenberg, saying the Bluesport could be in showrooms as early as 2012.

The Bluesport was shown in Detroit with a diesel, but Hackenberg said the production car would be available with a range of engine options, in addition to the company’s TSI powerplants. Also, VW’s dual-clutch semi-auto transmission would be part of the mix.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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