The first generation of the Golf BlueMotion made its debut five years ago at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007. At that time, the Golf BlueMotion’s fuel consumption value of 4.5l/100km and CO2emissions of 119 g/km were impressive. In 2009, Volkswagen showed the second-generation Golf BlueMotion in Geneva: here the concept car’s fuel consumption had been reduced to 3.8l/100km and emissions cut to 99 g/km.
The third Golf BlueMotion has now cut fuel consumption by 15 per cent to 3.2l/100km and CO2emissions by 14 grams per km to 85 g/km.
Some of the significant gains in fuel efficiency have come from weight reduction,including 26kg less weight in the running gear and 37kg less in the body. Other modifications from the standard car aresuper low rolling resistance tyres with higher air pressure, longer gear ratios (five-speed manual gearbox), the Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems that are standard in all new Golfs, plus specific aerodynamic modifications.
At the heart of the new Golf BlueMotion concept is a 1.6-litre 81kW TDI from the newly developed EA288 engine series. The four-cylinder 16-valve unit develops its maximum torque of 250Nm from 1500 rpm up to 2750 rpm.