Touareg Turns Hybrid, Passat Finds BlueMotion
The Passat BlueMotion has a 4.9 liter fuel consumption and 128 g/km CO2 emissions. Priced at 26,750 euros, the model has a Start-Stop system and conforms to the Euro-5 emissions standard. It has a range of over 1,400 kilometers on one tank of fuel. The Passat BlueMotion will also be available as a wagon, at a price of 27,900 euros.
The Passat BlueTDI is a 105-kW diesel and also the first TDI to conform to the Euro-6 emissions standard, set to be implemented in 2014. The Passat BlueTDI costs 29,225 euros and is fitted with a SCR catalytic converter that reduces nitrogen oxides to less than 80 mg/km. Fuel consumption of the model is 5.2 liter/100-km with 137 g/km CO2 emissions. The “BlueTDI” will also be available as a wagon, for 30,375 euros.
The Passat TSI EcoFuel is the only VW model powered by natural gas. Thanks to its 110 kW engine, the Passat TSI EcoFuel reaches a top speed of 210 km/h. The car accelerates from naught to 100 km/h in 9.7 seconds, thanks to the world’s first turbocharged direct-injection engine configured for natural gas operation.
If the natural gas on board should run low before the next fill-up station, the engine controller switches over to gasoline mode. The Passat TSI EcoFuel will be offered at a starting price of 29,975 euros for the sedan and 31,125 euros for the Wagon.
In line with the ecofriendly new Passat versions, Volkswagen will introduce a prototype of the future Touareg V6 TSI Hybrid (333 PS / under 9.0 l/100 km). This model will enter production in 2010 as the world’s first hybrid SUV to have 3.5 metric ton towing capacity. The German carmaker is using an alliance of a V6 TSI (245 kW) boosted by supercharger and an electric motor (38 kW). Up to a speed of 50 km/h, the Touareg V6 TSI Hybrid can be driven by just the electric motor.