2012 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Volkswagen unveiled the Golf BlueMotion concept on the eve of the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
- The company called it the most fuel-efficient Golf ever.
- Volkswagen says the Golf BlueMotion consumes just 3.2 liters of diesel fuel per 100 kilometers.
PARIS — Volkswagen unveiled the Golf BlueMotion concept on the eve of the 2012 Paris Auto Show. The company says it's the most fuel-efficient Golf ever.
"This car is a key component in our strategy to meet our long-term sustainability goals," said Volkswagen Chairman Martin Winterkorn.
Although the diesel-powered coupe was labeled a concept, a production version will go on sale in Europe next summer.
This is the third generation of a car that was first introduced at the Geneva auto show in 2007. The BlueMotion name refers to Volkswagen's use of various technologies to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
Central to that goal is the use of a 1.6-liter diesel engine that consumes just 3.2 liters of fuel to go 100 kilometers. Volkswagen noted that this is a considerable improvement over the first-generation car, which consumed 4.5 liters of fuel to travel the same distance. Given its 50-liter fuel tank, the 2014 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion has a theoretical range of 1,562 kilometers, or just over 970 miles.
The new direct-injection engine develops 108 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
Additional changes for improved efficiency include low-rolling-resistance tires, a 15mm-lower ride height, a roof spoiler and a closed grille. Together the changes reduce the Golf BlueMotion's coefficient of drag down to 0.27.
There are no plans to export the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion to the U.S. at this time.
Edmunds says: Volkswagen is intent on proving that diesel power can be every bit as environmentally friendly and efficient as a hybrid drivetrain. Cars like the BlueMotion go a long way toward proving it right.