The 2009 Frankfurt motor show has a heavy green theme, with electric cars and hybrid cars featuring on many of the manufacturer stands.
However, don’t underestimate the humble diesel – VW and Seat are out to prove it’s still the best eco choice.
Details of the next generation Volkswagen BlueMotion and Seat Ecomotive models have now been released. Here’s the lowdown.
New Polo BlueMotion: 87g/km CO2
The undoubted headline-stealer is the new BlueMotion.
Powered by an all-new 74bhp 1.2-litre, three-cylinder ‘common rail’ turbodiesel engine it emits just 87g/km CO2. That’s 2g/km less than the latest at 89g/km.
And, what’s truly staggering, is that the official combined fuel consumption is a huge 85.6mpg. Outstanding – we look forward to testing the claim soon.
New Golf and Leon: 99g/km CO2
Next up are the new BlueMotion and the latest Seat Leon Ecomotive, which are both down to just 99g/km CO2. This equates to 74.3mpg combined in the Golf – giving it a theoretical range of 899 miles per tank.
The new Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion emits 114g/km CO2 – an improvement from 128g/km over the current version. Seat’s new Altea and Altea XL Ecomotives now emit 119g/km.
1.6 TDI is the secret
Powering all of the above (except the Polo) is a new 1.6-litre common rail turbodiesel, producing 103bhp.
They all – including the Polo – also feature automatic stop-start technology, brake energy regeneration, which is referred to as ‘recuperation’, revised gearing, improved aerodynamics and driver aids such as gearshift indication.
Pricing and full specification is still to follow, but it seems the Volkswagen Group plans to challenge the rise of hybrids as the default eco choice for some time to come.
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