New Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion II has made its Paris Motor Show debut, promising a stupendous average of 4.1 litres per 100km from a tank.

In future, can you travel in comfort and a bit of style for over 1700km without filling up? Volkswagen imagines such a future, so much so that their new Passat BlueMotion II will attempt to do just that when it comes into production in 2009.

“In the Passat BlueMotion II”, says Dr. Martin Winterkorn, chairman of Volkswagen Group. “The technological components of the BlueMotion concept are being merged with those of the entirely new BlueTDI system for the first time.”

Passat BlueMotion II combines various technologies to achieve numbers such as 109 g/km on CO2 emissions, an average of 4.1 litres per 100km of fuel and a range of over 1700 kilometres from a tank of diesel. Never before have we seen such numbers from a car the size of Passat, so it will be informative to see if they achieve them and exactly how. The technologies to be employed – the car is still in testing – shall include the usual suspects, such as an Automatic Start/Stop system, brake energy regeneration, common rail TDI and a transmission with longer gear ratios.

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