The Polo BlueMotion was first unveiled this past March as a concept in Geneva, Volkswagen has plans of bringing the production version of the very efficient alternatively fueled compact city car to the Frankfurt Motor Show with sales slated to begin early in 2010.
The Polo BlueMotion is powered by a newly developed common rail 1.2 Liter TDI engine that produces a maximum output of 75 HP that gets nearly 75 MPG. According to the manufacturer, a person driving a Polo BlueMotion from Berlin to the IAA in Frankfurt, for example, can cover the 545 kilometer route at a cost of only 19 Euros for fuel.
The new 220 pound city car was developed with an entire array of efficiency measures in mind, including an aerodynamic package for the body that is lowered by about half an inch, as well as an aerodynamically optimized underbody. The German team of efficiecy enngineers even equipped the Polo BlueMotion with a set of lightweight 15 inch alloys wrapped in low rolling resistance tires.
Press release after the jump.
The new Polo BlueMotion (55 kW / 75 PS) – with an average fuel consumption of just 3.3 litres diesel (equivalent to 87 g/km CO2!) per 100 kilometres – is advancing to become the “3-liter fuel economy car” of the modern era and the most fuel efficient five-seater in the world. Compared to a conventional Polo TDI with 75 PS, CO2 emissions were reduced 20 percent, and fuel consumption was reduced by 0.9 litre per 100 kilometres – thanks to BlueMotionTechnologies that include a new high-tech 1.2-liter TDI.
They make the commute to work, vacation trip and long weekend affordable again. A person driving a Polo BlueMotion from Berlin to the IAA in Frankfurt, for example, can cover the 545 kilometre route for just 19 Euros* in fuel costs. Refueling becomes an afterthought, since the 45 litre tank of the Polo BlueMotion leverages a theoretical range of 1,363 kilometres. One more example related to costs: According to the German Federal Bureau of Statistics, the average German car driver drives a total of 11,000 kilometres per year.
For Polo BlueMotion drivers this means that they can cruise the entire year on just eight fuel fill-ups and 377 Euros* in fuel costs. The Polo BlueMotion, which can move at 173 km/h if necessary, makes its market debut in 2010.