2014 Detroit Auto Show Preview: Vw presents the Passat BlueMotion Concept

Article by Christian A., on January 8, 2014

At the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volkswagen will bring the Passat BlueMotion Concept, in order to show the people how fuel-efficient can a non-hybrid, gasoline-engined mid-sized sedan can be. According to the official press release, the Passat BlueMotion Concept is powered by the 1.4-liter EA211 TSI engine with direct injection and turbocharging and offering Active Cylinder Management (ACT) technology.

The ACT tech is already offered on the European Vw Polo and Golf models, the ACT is able to deactivate the valvetrain on cylinders two and three for situation when the driver only applies light throttle pressure in order to maintain specific city speeds. The Passat BlueMotion Concept delivers 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

Other innovations found on the Passat BlueMotion Concept is the coasting function, offered also on the Jetta Hybrid. How does this work? Well, as soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the DSG transmission decouples the engine, allowing the Passat to roll with the lowest possible mechanical drag from the other moving components.

Additional fuel savings are offred by the stop/start system, which shuts off the engine when the car comes to a temporary stop. Volkswagen says that the Passat BlueMotion Concept is able to deliver an estimated highway fuel economy rating of 42 mpg.

As you can see from the photos, the Passat BlueMotion Concept features a Reef Blue Metallic color that will be introduced on other Passat models too, while the interior comes with two-tone seats that carry blue dividing lines between the darker and lighter leather seating surfaces. The stitching indicates this is a member of the BlueMotion family.

Volkswagen Passat's symmetrical sizes give it an exclusive, ageless and superior styling, mirroring the brand-new Volkswagen Design DNA created by Walter de Silva, the Italian design chief for the Volkswagen Group, and Klaus Bischoff, the German design leader for the Volkswagen Brand.

The trademark clean design, with a prevalence of horizontal body components, fortifies the Volkswagen Passat's stance as the premium choice in the midsize class. The bottom line: this vehicle looks significantly costlier than it really is.

The essential identifying feature of a powerful brand is the aesthetic of its front end. Here the Volkswagen Passat showcases the brand-new horizontal brand face, with the three-blade grille and headlights shaping a single unit.

VW Passat's grille is etched in a three-dimensional shape and stands more upright and gives a more exclusive and exquisite impression in its stricter geometry. Underneath the front bumper is a huge, lower intake with a stunning honeycomb surface and available corner-illuminating foglights housed at each end.

From the side silhouette, the bulky ridge in the sill area generates an exuberant interplay of light reflections. Potently etched wheel arches accentuate the dynamic qualities of the Passat. To accentuate the aerodynamic styling of the Volkswagen Passat, the roof lines glide toward the rear with an almost coupe-like cut of the rear window. Three side windows produce extravagant-class style with an elongated, expanded glass surface.

The rear section is likewise ruled by horizontal lines. The lines of the huge taillights ascend toward the sides, highlighting the dynamics of the exquisite rear styling. Another exclusive element here is the design of the two-section taillights that are incorporated in the rear fender and trunk cover.

Press Release

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT BLUEMOTION® CONCEPT MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT AT THE NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

The Passat BlueMotion® Concept that is being presented by Volkswagen of America at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit shows just how fuel-efficient a non-hybrid, gasoline-engined mid-size sedan can be. Based on the current Passat that was developed specifically for North America, the BlueMotion label defines the version that has the best efficiency in the model lineup.

The Passat BlueMotion Concept features an all-new version of the Volkswagen 1.4-liter EA211 TSI® engine with direct injection and turbocharging. On top, this Passat also offers Active Cylinder Management (ACT) technology, previously seen on the European Volkswagen Polo and Golf models. ACT deactivates the valvetrain on cylinders two and three for situations when the driver only applies light throttle pressure to maintain specific city speeds.

Another Volkswagen innovation that helps save gas is the coasting function, used also on the Jetta Hybrid. As soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the DSG® transmission decouples the engine, allowing the Passat to roll with the lowest possible mechanical drag from the other moving components.

Additional fuel savings come from the stop/start system, which shuts off the engine when the car comes to a temporary stop. As soon as the driver lifts their foot off the brake, the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine starts again. All these measures result in a manufacturer estimated highway fuel economy rating of 42 mpg. The Passat BlueMotion Concept also delivers 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

The Concept's striking Reef Blue Metallic color will be introduced on other Passat models, too. The interior of the Concept also offers two-tone seats that carry blue dividing lines between the darker and lighter leather seating surfaces. The stitching indicates this is a member of the BlueMotion family, which has been rolled out globally since 2006 on many highly fuel-efficient Volkswagen models.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 630 independent U.S. dealers. Notes: This press release and images of the Passat BlueMotion Concept are available at media.vw.com. Follow us on @VWNews "DSG, "TSI", "VW", "Volkswagen", all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG.

Where stated, fuel economy values are forecast manufacturer values for the USA: EPA estimates were not available at the time of release. Mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

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