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Volkswagen announces Passat BlueMotion Concept

Next week marks the start of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a host of exciting concepts offering a glimpse of the future of motoring: and now Volkswagen is taking its turn in the spotlight.

The German carmaker has announced it will introduce a Passat BlueMotion Concept (pictured) at the event - a vehicle that is based on the current Passat but with the best efficiency in the model line-up. It is set to achieve fuel economy of 42mpg making it the best-in-class non-hybrid mid-size saloon car.

Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept

Among the features of the new Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept is a 1.4litre EA211 TSI engine that includes both turbocharging and direct injection.

In addition, the Passat will come with active cylinder management that has been included on the European versions of both the Polo and Golf. It deactivates the valve train on the second and third cylinder when the driver applies light throttle pressure. This will make it the first in-line four cylinder engine to include cylinder deactivation.

The vehicle will also include a coasting function meaning that as soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal the DSG transmission will decouple the engine so the Passat can achieve the lowest possible mechanical drag.

The concept will be showcased in a reef blue metallic colour which will eventually be introduced on other Passat models.

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Paul Lucas

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