The European-market Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion has been selected as a finalist for the 2007 World Green Car title. A jury comprised of more than 40 international automotive journalists representing the world’s most significant automotive outlets chose this year’s finalists. The World Green Car of the Year will be declared April 5 at the New York International Auto Show.
The Polo BlueMotion is Europe’s most economical five-seat automobile, offering the equivalent of 60 miles per gallon. The key to the Polo BlueMotion’s efficiency is the optimization of an already economical package. Incorporation of longer ratio gears in the standard five-speed manual transmission, application-specific light weight alloy wheels, and lower rolling resistance 165/70 R14 tires all contribute to increased fuel economy. The lightweight body structure has enhanced aerodynamics to further improve its efficiency. The Polo BlueMotion doesn’t ask its owners to compromise, as its sprightly performance and sporty chassis dynamics provide the “fun to drive” element inherent in Volkswagen’s brand DNA.
The Polo BlueMotion is the first model to be launched under Volkswagen’s BlueMotion sustainability initiative aimed at developing low-emissions and low-fuel consumption vehicles at affordable prices.