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BlueMotion Volkswagen Polo with a more streamlined radiator grille
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BlueMotion is a tradename for certain car models from the Volkswagen Group with an emphasis on higher fuel efficiency. [1] [2]


Volkswagen introduced the name in 2006 on the Mk4 Polo BlueMotion, [2] [3] and in 2007 a version based on the current Passat was released. BlueMotion versions of the Golf Mk5 and Touran, as well as the then 13-year-old Sharan, were released in 2008. [4] It was also made in 2009 for other models including Jetta, Caddy [5] and Touareg, [6] and others afterwards. The name refers to Volkswagen Group's corporate colour, blue, with the word 'motion' added to denote mobility, [2] and echoes DaimlerChrysler's BlueTec engines which are equipped with advanced NOx reducing technology for diesel-powered vehicle emissions control.

The technology has also been used in SEAT's models like the SEAT Ibiza or the SEAT León under the name 'EcoMotive, [7] and in the Škoda Fabia and Superb, where the technology is called "GreenLine". [8]

The BlueMotion Polo (based on the Mk4 Polo) and Ibiza Ecomotive used a special 1.4 L three cylinder Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine [3] which develops 59  kW (80  PS ; 79  bhp ) achieves 3.9 L/100 km (72 mpgimp; 60 mpgUS) [2] [3] while producing just 99 grams of CO2 per kilometre (base model), or 102 g/km with the higher specification trim package (with air conditioning, etc.). [3] The Ibiza was subsequently changed to the 1.2 L TDI engine. The BlueMotion Golf Mk6 uses a new 1.6 L TDI engine, and Polo Mk5 uses a new 1.2 L TDI engine, which produces 87 to 90 g/km of CO
. [9]

Fuel economy

The cars combine a fuel efficient engine with fuel efficient design and technological strategies that include a more aerodynamic body, a low ride height, auto stop-start, programmed battery charging system (so the alternator only runs when necessary), longer gearing and low rolling resistance tires. On 30 June 2011 a Volkswagen Passat 1.6 TDI BlueMotion set a world record for the greatest distance driven on a single tank of fuel, recognized by the Guinness Book of Records, achieving 1,526.63 miles (2,456.87 km). The average consumption amounted to 74.8 miles per US gallon (3.14 L/100 km; 89.8 mpgimp). [10] BlueMotion vehicles are available in North America.

BlueMotion strategy

BlueMotion technologies include all products, basic technologies and innovations that significantly improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. These basic technologies represent the foundations of BlueMotion. Currently, they cover the TDI (turbocharged diesel direct injection) and TSI (boosted petrol stratified direct injection) engines as well as the extremely efficient Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). They are supplemented by technological innovations that include drive variants such as EcoFuel (natural gas engines), BiFuel (liquid natural gas engines), MultiFuel (ethanol engines), hybrid systems and electric drives, as well as NOx emissions control, regenerative braking and the Stop-Start system. These basic technologies and innovations are getting incorporated into a growing range of products. These products / vehicles are currently grouped at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles into three concept brands: ‘BlueMotion’, ‘BlueMotion Technology’ and ‘BlueTDI’. [11]

The BlueMotion brands represents the most fuel efficient model of its line and has the following:

Revised engine mapping, diesel particulate filters and oxidising catalytic converters [3] help the fuel consumption and lower NOx levels. In the more modern incarnations there's also a start-stop system that halts and restarts the motor at brief stops.
The last two gear ratios are longer than on standard TDI engine gearboxes. [2] [3]
Reduced rolling resistance
Low-resistance tires and better aerodynamics through lowered suspension, redesigned spoilers and additional enhancements underneath each car so the air is better channelled giving less drag which produces better fuel economy. [2] [3]

BlueMotion Technology

Volkswagen offers BlueMotion Technology packages over the whole range and it can be configured with TSI and TDI engines. The package includes start-stop system, change gear indicator and regenerative braking technology. [11] The 2015 Golf GTI (mark VII) is available in BlueMotion version.

In Brazil

Currently BlueMotion in Brazil focuses on reduced rolling resistance and taller gearbox ratios, among other changes.

The Polo Bluemotion, the first model with the BlueMotion label in Brazil, uses the 1.6 TotalFlex (gasoline/alcohol) engine which is found in the other models. In April 2012 VW introduced in Brazil the Fox Bluemotion with the same engine. [12]

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles offer a Multivan, Transporter and Crafter BlueMotion and BlueMotion Technology packages across the whole range. [11]

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