2010 Volkswagen Polo BiFuel launched in Germany

Article by Christian A., on March 13, 2010

More than 310,000 orders have been received for the new Polo ever since Volkswagen launched the model in March 2009. Volkswagen announced that it is now offering another version the Polo BiFuel, which can operate either on LPG gas, or on gasoline. In LPG mode, the Polo BiFuel emits 9 percent less carbon dioxide per kilometer as compared to the gasoline mode.

Since fuel costs are only at about EUR5.18 for 100 kilometers in the LPG mode, this car is also highly economical. Another advantage to this model is its bivalent drive of the Polo BiFuel, with the driver being able to switch to gasoline at the touch of a button.

Powering the Polo BiFuel is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 82 hp of max motive power in LPG mode. Average fuel consumption is 8.1 liters per 100 kilometers (29 miles per gallon), while emissions level is 132 grams of carbon dioxide per km.

When in gasoline mode, the 1.4-liter unit can produce 85 hp of peak output and has an average fuel consumption of 6.1 liters per 100 km (38.5 miles per gallon). Its emissions level is rated at 146 grams of carbon dioxide per km.

Similar to the VW Golf BiFuel, the VW Polo BiFuel has the gas tank located where the spare wheel would typically be. With a tank capacity of 52 liters, the Polo BiFuel can boast a range of about 640 kilometers in LPG mode.

If we consider the gasoline mode range of 660 kilometers -- from a 45 liter tank -- this new VW Polo can actually run without refueling for 1,300 kilometers. The factory solution for the new Polo BiFuel has some clear advantages over LPG aftermarket systems.

The most valuable advantage is the fact that the new VW Polo BiFuel was subjected to crash tests, where it was found that risks are minimal in case of an accident.

The customer also receives warranty for the entire vehicle, including all gas components. The new VW Polo BiFuel is offered in Germany for a starting price of EUR16,325. The new car is available in three trims -- Trendline, Comfortine and Highline.

The system found in the VW Golf BiFuel as well as VW Polo BiFuel offers a number of considerable benefits, compared to aftermarket systems. One of these is that vehicle along with its fuel tanks is crash tested as a complete system, which does not happen with aftermarkets. In addition, the powerplant for the Golf BiFuel and Polo BiFuel was specifically set up for LPG function, which means it is longer lasting and more durable compared to engines initially tuned as gasoline units but converted to LPG mills.

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