According to a report by autoevolution, Volkswagen has discreetly discontinued sales of the diesel powered BlueMotion variant of the Polo hatchback in Europe. The diesel powered eco-version of the hatchback failing to garner expected sales figures, is cited as the reason.
The BlueMotion variant was priced above the €17,000 mark, when compared to the regular TDI diesel version which was €1,300 cheaper. The BlueMotion featured the addition of low profile tyres, lower ground clearance and minor changes to the body and mechanical carriage for an increase of 10.1 mpg (0.4 litres/100 km) economy over the regular TDI variant, which made it hard to justify the increase in price mentions the report.
After the limited edition XL1, the Polo TDI BlueMotion variant was the most fuel efficient car that Volkswagen ever produced. The hatchback achieved an economy figure of 91.1 mpg (3.1 litres/100 km) in a combined cycle with it emitting 82g/km of CO2, featuring a 1.4 litre three cylinder diesel engine that produced 74 hp of power. It was offered in the S trim and featured a unique grill which is considered to be the signature of the BlueMotion variant and was offered both in 3 door and 5 door bodystyles.
However the manufacturer continues to offer the BlueMotion technology in the petrol powered 1.0 litre TSI Polo which was introduced this year.
The BlueMotion 1.0 TSI produces 93 hp with its three cylinder petrol engine emitting 94g/km of CO2. The petrol powered hatchback returns a combined efficiency of 68.9 mpg (4.1 litres/100km). The variant features 15 inch ‘Buenos Aries’ alloy wheels with low profile tyres and ‘Think Blue’ trainer that provides tips on driving more economically based on analysed driving patterns. The hatchback also gets Volkswagen’s Driver Assist system along with the Composition Media infotainment system. The petrol powered Polo BlueMotion variant is priced from €15,925 and is available in 3 door and 5 door bodystyles.
[Source – autoevolution]