Published on April 15th, 2010 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Volkswagen’s BlueMotion Wins 2010 World Green Car of the Year Award.
At the recent New York International Auto Show in Manhattan, the Volkswagen BlueMotion-models was declared the 2010 World Green Cars.The 59 member jury has given the BlueMotion product brand (available for Polo, Golf and Passat) preference over two other finalists in the 2010 World Green Car award: the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius.
“BlueMotion is one of the most successful efficiency brands worldwide, it stands for tremendous competence in efficient and economical drive trains at Volkswagen” said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. The award was received at the New York International Auto Show by Walter de Silva, head of design Volkswagen Group. As part of the annual World Car awards, World Green Car has become one of the world’s most prestigious, credible and significant program of its kind. Due to the complexity of some of the ‘green’ technologies, three green experts were appointed by the World Car Steering Committee to extensively review all documentation and specs associated with each candidate and then create a short-list of finalists for review by jurors in their second round of voting held in February. Each juror drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their on-going fulltime professional work. Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions worldwide.
BlueMotion models are currently not available in Malaysia but are under consideration by VW Malaysia for introduction in the future.
74 MPG: GOLF BLUEMOTION CONCEPT SETS NEW BENCHMARKS
The Golf BlueMotion is powered by a highly-efficient and refined 1.6-litre TDI common rail diesel engine developing 105 PS and 184 lbs ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. Despite the focus on economy the Golf BlueMotion concept can reach 62 mph from rest in a respectable 11.3 seconds before going on to a top speed of 117 mph. As with all BlueMotion models the Golf BlueMotion adopts a series of changes to drivetrain and aerodynamics in order to maximise the vehicle’s efficiency. A set of low rolling resistance tyres are joined by optimised aerodynamics and revised ratios in the five speed gearbox. The resulting combination of changes works to reduce loading on the engine to drive up economy and reduce emissions. Even in standard non-BlueMotion form, the new Golf sets new economy standards. The entry-level diesel Golf will be powered by a 2.0-litre TDI 110 PS common rail engine capable of achieving 62 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 119 g/km of CO2. This matches the economy of the current Golf BlueMotion model.