Volkswagen has announced plans to use the Geneva Motor Show to introduce the Polo BlueMotion concept car which strongly hints at what we can expect when the company releases their most fuel efficient Polo of all of time in 2010.
Volkswagen has announced plans to use the Geneva Motor Show to introduce the Polo BlueMotion concept car which strongly hints at what we can expect when the company releases their most fuel-efficient Polo of all of time in 2010.
Power comes from a new three-cylinder direct-injection 1.2-liter TDI engine that produces 55 kW (75 PS) and emits just 87 g/km of CO2. Thanks to the engine's small size and a host of fuel saving technologies, the concept boasts an extremely frugal fuel consumption of just 3.3L/100km (71.3 mpg) which makes it one of the most economical models in the world.
In order to have such impressive figures, Volkswagen went all out in an effort to keep the Polo BlueMotion as light as possible (it weighs 1,080 kilograms) while still equipping it with all the latest fuel saving technologies. The concept features an advanced engine start/stop system as well as a regenerative braking system which is used to reduce alternator related engine loads.
The concept also features a unique exterior which has been specifically tuned for improved aerodynamics and reduced drag. Among the eco-minded design tweaks are a 10mm reduction in ride height, a modified front end, an aerodynamically optimized underbody, and 15-inch alloy wheels which feature low rolling resistance tires.
Considering that the current Polo BlueMotion already averages 3.8L/100km, it's a pretty safe bet that the technology showcased on the concept will make its way into production when the next generation Polo BlueMotion is launched in 2010.