Wednesday, June 29, 2011

VW Passat BlueMotion goes 1526 miles on one tank


Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion
Over in Europe, Volkswagen has officially launched the BlueMotion version of its latest Passat. Rated at 68.9 miles per gallon (57.4 mpg U.S.) on the highway, the Passat BlueMotion is set to become one of Europe's most fuel-frugal four-door sedans.

Powering the Passat BlueMotion is VW's 104-horsepower, 1.6-liter common-rail turbodiesel engine mated to a row-your-own six-speed transmission. The diesel-sipping sedan benefits from fuel-saving features, including stop-start technology, modified aerodynamics, a lower ride height, an underbody panel, revised front grill and low rolling-resistance tires.

In sedan form, the BlueMotion Passat emits 109 grams per kilometer of CO2. Meanwhile, its roomier stablemate, the Passat BlueMotion wagon, emits 113 g/km of CO2 and returns a slightly less remarkable, by comparison, 65.7 mpg (54.7 U.S.).
The four-door sedan starts at £19,875 ($31,713 U.S. at the current exchange rate), while the cargo-hauling wagon starts at £21,180 ($33,795 U.S.). Though you can order one now, neither version of the Passat BlueMotion will hit showrooms in Europe until the end of July.


Volkswagen has already announced today that one of their VW Passat BlueMotion managed to go 2456.872 km or 1,526.63 miles on one tank of fuel. This is the new official Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled by a standard production passenger car on a single tank of fuel. The VW Passat BlueMotion that traveled for almost 2,500 km on one tank started its journey from Madison in Kent, went to the South of France and then returned.

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Renault Fluence Z.E


Renault has announced that its electric Renault Fluence Z.E will cost from £17,850 (including the government’s £5000 Plug-In Car Grant), making it the “UK’s most affordable electric car.”

Set for launch next year, customers will also pay £75 per month on battery leasing.

The entry-level ‘Prime Time’ Fluence Z.E gets 16-inch alloys, climate control, cruise control, ecoMeter and sat-nav, as well as charging sockets on both front wings.

Power for the Fluence Z.E comes courtesy of a 94bhp/167lb ft of torque electric motor, with a claimed range of 115 miles, “depending on driving and road conditions,” according to Renault.

The electric Renault Fluence Z.E is available to reserve online now for £20.





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