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World Premiere Of The Polo
BlueMotion Concept Car at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show
Wolfsburg / Geneva - It is still a
concept – the most fuel efficient five-seater in the world. Its
name: Polo BlueMotion. Fuel consumption: 3.3 liters CO2
emissions: just 87 g/km! Likelihood of going into production:
extremely high! However, before a potential production launch,
development must be completed on the brand new 1.2 liter TDI
with common rail injection.
And that is precisely what the
team led by Development Chief Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg is working
on with great emphasis. “I anticipate,” says Dr. Hackenberg,
“that we will be able to go into production in February 2010.
Meeting this schedule will be extremely demanding. Yet the
engine and other systems of the Polo BlueMotion are already
operating with such promising performance that we are on course
to meet our goal.”
The "other systems" to which he
refers include an automatic start-stop system and regenerative
braking. These two technologies alone reduce fuel consumption of
the 55 kW / 75 PS three-cylinder direct-injection diesel by up
to 0.2 liters per 100 kilometers.
But that is not all that is being done. On
the Polo BlueMotion concept car, which weighs in at just 1,080
kilograms, Volkswagen is calling upon an entire array of efficiency
measures, including an aerodynamic package for the body that is lowered
by 10 millimeters (including modified front end), an aerodynamically
optimized underbody and low rolling resistance tires on 15-inch alloy
wheels. Altogether, these modifications yield fuel savings totaling 0.8
liters. This has lowered CO2 emissions by about 20 percent.
Other features being presented on the Polo
BlueMotion concept car at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show include a custom
interior with "Power On" trim, and a display for indicating upshifting
and tire pressure. The design study is painted in the new exterior color
(03 March 2009)