Fresh off announcing plans for the Touareg Hybrid, Volkswagen was quick to follow up with official specifications regarding their new range of BlueMotion Passats and the new natural gas powered Passat TSI EcoFuel.

Fresh off announcing plans for the Touareg Hybrid, Volkswagen simultaneously announced official specifications regarding their new range of BlueMotion Passats and the new natural gas powered Passat TSI EcoFuel.

All three models will feature outstanding fuel economy and low CO2 emissions thanks to the company's latest developments dubbed BlueMotionTechnologies. Among the technologies included on certain vehicles are a new start-stop system, regenerative braking, a SCR catalytic converter, and a NOx storage catalytic converter.

The Passat BlueMotion features a new common rail TDI engine that produces 81 kW (110 PS). Fuel economy is rated at 4.9 liters per 100km (57.6 mpg UK) while CO2 emissions come in at 128 g/km (129 g/km for the wagon).

Volkswagen's Passat BlueTDI meets the upcoming 2014 Euro-6 emissions standards by emitting less than 80 mg/km of nitrogen oxide and 137 g/km of CO2. It uses a 2.0-liter diesel engine that cranks out 105 kW (143 PS) and averages 5.2 liters per 100 kilometers (54.3 mpg UK), the wagon fairs slightly worse at 5.5 liters per 100 kilometers (51.4 mpg UK). VW's highly praised six-speed DSG transmission will be available as an option.

Finally the Passat TSI EcoFuel features the world's first turbocharged and supercharged direct-injection engine that was built to run on natural gas. It turns out 110 kW (150 PS) which enables the car to reach a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph) and run from 0-100 km/h in just 9.7 seconds. Fuel economy is rated at 4.4 kilograms of natural gas per 100 kilometers, meaning that given today's rates it would cost less than €4.25 to drive 100 kilometers.

Sales for the Passat BlueMotion have already begun while the Passat BlueTDI and Passat TSI EcoFuel launches within the next few months.

 

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