2012 Paris Motor Show: Vw Golf 7 BlueMotion Concept is the greenest Golf ever before

Article by Christian A., on September 28, 2012

Volkswagen has unveiled a concept of the new Golf BlueMotion at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris. This Golf is said to be one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the world with a fuel consumption of only 3.2 l/100 km when equipped with a new 1.6-litre TDI (turbodiesel). It emits just 85 g/km of CO2. But even so, the 81 kW / 110 PS Golf BlueMotion is still a five-seat well-rounded vehicle that can reach a speed of 202 km/h and can carry a full family safely and comfortably all through the year.

The launch of the third generation Golf BlueMotion is set to be in summer 2013. It was five years ago that the first generation of the Golf BlueMotion debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. At the end of 2007, the car arrived at the market.

Back then, the Golf BlueMotion established new standards for sustainability. It has a fuel consumption rating of 4.5 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 119 g/km.

In 2009, Volkswagen introduced the second generation Golf BlueMotion (as a concept car) at the Geneva Auto Show too. Its fuel consumption had been lowered to 3.8 l/100 km (99 g/km CO2). Deliveries of the production version of this Golf BlueMotion started in October of the same year.

Its fuel consumption for the third Golf BlueMotion could be cut by 0.6 litres or 15% more and CO2 emissions by 14 grams per km is proof that technical progress is continuing.

The new Golf has a 50-litre fuel tank and has a fuel tank consumption of 3.2 l/100 km. As a result, the new Golf has a remarkable theoretical range of 1,562 km.

Since it has an average annual driving distance of 15,000 km, most drivers will need to refuel this Volkswagen 10 times annually, when the present fuel price in Germany is used in the equation. These data are cited from German Petroleum Industry Association, July 2012. This would come to a total fuel cost for the year of 694 euros.

Golf achieved its lowest ever combined fuel consumption through its modern lightweight design. It reduced the weight of its chassis by 26 kg and its superstructure by 37 kg. It also made modifications on its engine and other innovative measures.

Moreover, it also utilized resistance tires which have an increased air pressure and are incredibly low rolling. Other impressive features include longer gear ratios in a five-speed manual gearbox, a battery regeneration mode, a Stop-and-Start system, and other aerodynamic attributes that are common to Golf cars.

In the aspect of aerodynamics, the anterior of the modern Golf was decreased significantly by 0.03 m2 and the aerodynamic drag was reduced by nearly ten percent. The BlueMotion’s aerodynamics was also enhanced by lowering the chassis by 15 mm and by integrating a roof spoiler, a closed radiator grille, air inlet screens that are partially closed, improved cooling airflow, improved brake cooling channels, a rear window with lateral air guide components, a roof spoiler, and a C-pillar spoiler. These elements make the Golf BlueMotion the most aerodynamic model in its category with a cD figure of 0.27.

Similar to all generation 7 Golf models, the BlueMotion can be ordered either as a four-door or two-door car. It is built with ESC or the Electronic Stability Control and seven airbags. Standard features also include a filler neck which prevents the entry of wrong fuel, an ECO-HMI display with information on improving fuel efficiency, the electronic parking brake with Auto Hold functionality, an indicator for tire pressure, a touchscreen 5-inch TFT monitor, a luggage compartment cover, an XDS limited-slip differential and a multi-collision brake.

Press Release


Making its motor show debut alongside the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf this week in Paris is one of the world's most fuel-efficient cars: a concept for the new Golf BlueMotion. This is a genuine family car with five seats and all the Golf's traditional attributes of comfort and safety which is predicted to return 88.3* mpg on the combined cycle and emit just 85 g/km of carbon dioxide. The third-generation Golf BlueMotion is set for UK launch in summer 2013.

The first generation of the Golf BlueMotion made its debut five years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, with the car coming to market in mainland Europe at the end of 2007. At that time, the Golf BlueMotion set new standards for its class with a fuel consumption value of 62.8 mpg and CO2 emissions of 119 g/km. In 2009, Volkswagen showed the second-generation Golf BlueMotion in Geneva: here was a concept car whose fuel consumption had been reduced to 74.3 mpg and emissions cut to 99 g/km.

The fact that fuel consumption for the third Golf BlueMotion has now been reduced by another 15 per cent and CO2 emissions by 14 grams per km to a class-leading 85 g/km is a reflection of Volkswagen's continuous technical progress. With its 50-litre fuel tank and 88.3 mpg fuel consumption, the new Golf has a theoretical range of 970 miles. Assuming an average annual driving distance of 15,000 km (approx. 9,300 miles), most drivers will only have to refuel ten times a year.

The car's combined fuel consumption has been achieved through innovative lightweight design (including 26 kg less weight in the running gear and 37 kg less in the body), engine-related modifications and a collection of other measures. These include super 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.

The frontal area of the new Golf was reduced by 0.03 m2 and aerodynamic drag (Cd x A) by nearly 10 per cent. Compared to other Golf models, the aerodynamics of the BlueMotion were also refined by a lowered ride height (by 15 mm), a roof spoiler, lateral air guide elements on the rear window, a masked front grille, partially closed air inlet screens, optimised cooling system airflow, special underfloor panels, optimised brake cooling channels and a C-pillar spoiler. These measures provide the Golf BlueMotion with a Cd value of 0.27, making the car one of the most aerodynamic in its class.

At the heart of the new Golf BlueMotion concept is a 1.6-litre 110 PS TDI from the newly developed EA288 engine series. The four-cylinder 16-valve unit develops its maximum torque of 250 Nm from just 1,500 rpm up to 2,750 rpm.

Various measures such as reduced internal friction, an innovative thermal management system with shortened warm-up phase, exhaust gas recirculation, cylinder pressure sensor, two-stage oil pump, switchable electric water pump and water-cooled intercooler right in the intake manifold result in successfully reducing fuel consumption and emissions. To reduce emissions values further, Volkswagen has also implemented an oxidation catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter

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