Volkswagen is unveiling the production version of the Golf BlueMotion at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. The Golf BlueMotion is displayed alongside another of VW’s newest creations, the new Volkswagen Golf GTI. The five-seater Golf BlueMotion bears all the traditional attributes of the Golf: safety, practicality and comfort as well as combined fuel consumption of 88.3 mpg on the combined cycle and carbon dioxide emissions of just 85 g/km.
This represents a 15-percent improvement over the previous-generation Golf BlueMotion, which has a carbon dioxide emissions figure of 99 g/km.
The original Golf BlueMotion, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007, returned at that time a class-leading 62.8 mpg with emissions of 119 g/km.
The new Golf BlueMotion can theoretically travel up to 970 miles on a single tank, thanks to its 50-litre fuel capacity and 88.3 mpg fuel consumption. Since an average drive drives around 15,000 km (approx. 9,300 miles) annually, the new Golf BlueMotion only needs to be refueled 10 times a year.
The new Golf BlueMotion’s very low consumption is thanks to its innovative lightweight design that made it 26 kg lighter in the running gear and 37 kg lighter in the body as well as engine-related modifications.
A number of other measures were also implemented, including super low rolling resistance tyres with higher air pressure, longer gear ratios (five-speed manual gearbox), the Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems and specific aerodynamic modifications.
The frontal area of the new Golf was reduced by 0.03 square meter and aerodynamic drag (Cd x A) by nearly 10%.
The aerodynamics of the BlueMotion was further improved by a lowered ride height (15 mm), a roof spoiler, lateral air guide elements on the rear window, a masked front grille. It is likewise enhanced by partially closed air inlet screens, optimized cooling system airflow, special under-floor panels, optimized brake cooling channels and a C-pillar spoiler.
All of these measures allowed the new Golf BlueMotion to achieve a Cd value of 0.27, making it one of the most aerodynamic in its class. Powering the new Golf BlueMotion concept is a four-cylinder 16-valve 1.6-litre 110 PS TDI derived from the EA288 engine series. The engine provides up to 250 Nm of torque from just 1,500 rpm up to 2,750 rpm.