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Volkswagen's BlueSportconcept seams more then just a concept, its a hair trigger away from production. Modern style, around 180hp and get this, its a 42 MPG sipping clean diesel engine.
Volkswagen is starting the new
year by presenting an automotive dream – an affordable,
uncommonly economical and highly agile mid-engine roadster. Its
name: Concept BlueSport. Status: concept. Dynamics: pure. Fuel
consumption: an average of 42 mpg / 4,3 l/100 km (combined;
Highway: up to 50 mpg); less than any other sports car. Positioning:
genuine, low-emissions roadster (113 g/km CO2) that makes every
kilometer, every mile a driving experience. World premiere: Detroit,
Michigan, on January 11, 2009.
Comeback of compact agility
Behind the two sport seats of the 3.99 meter long Concept BlueSport
(axle load distribution: 45:55) is an exclusively charged TDI or TSI
engine that delivers dynamics – these are high-tech engines that
consume little but put out a lot. In the case of the Concept BlueSport
version now being presented in the USA it is a 132 kW / 180 PS
strong Clean Diesel (TDI) with common rail injection and
downstream NOx storage catalytic converter. At a low 1,750 rpm –
i.e. right from the engine speed ‘cellar’ – the 2.0 liter turbo engine
develops its maximum torque of 350 Newton-meters. That matches
the power response of an approx. 300 PS strong six-cylinder gasoline
engine! A 6-speed dual clutch transmission – the most economical
and agile transmission system in the world – transfers this power to
the rear wheels. It is shifted either automatically or via shift paddles
on the steering wheel. In just 6.2 seconds the sports car is moving at
a speed of 60 mph (0-100 km/h: 6,6 seconds); its top speed is 140
mph (226 km/h).
These are the key parameters of a new and at the same time classic
European sports car philosophy. The Concept BlueSport is evolving
into a car that is a lot of fun to drive and at the same time makes an
unmistakable statement in terms of sustainability. The fact is: if the
Concept BlueSport were to go into production it could herald in a
renaissance of the compact roadster. Another fact: this car handles
just as well in the urban environment of metropolises as it does on
very curvy country roads and long expressway routes.
Concept without compromises
Volkswagen defined just two objectives in the car’s development:
maximum driving fun and minimal fuel consumption. And so a mid-
engine sports car was implemented that makes no compromises, that
aims at low weight and maximum agility right from the start.
Although it is best in its class when it comes to body rigidity, the
Concept BlueSport weighs in at less than 1,200 athletic kilograms.
The results: performance that is more than impressive for every life
situation, in addition to the cited fuel economy and emissions
advantages. Low weight was attained by consistent application of
lightweight construction methods (among other things, the soft top –
at 27 kilograms – is the lightest in its class, and the hoods are made
of aluminum), and by a body layout with crisp and compact
Despite all of the sports car fascination included on board, it still
offers a respectable level of everyday utility. In the cargo area under
the front hood, for example, the Concept BlueSport can stow 112
liters of luggage; its counterpart in the rear can handle an additional
70 liters of cargo volume. Altogether that makes 182 liters – enough
for working documents or an extended weekend trip for two. Also
extended, by the way, are the distances between any two fuel fillups.
With a fuel tank volume of 50 liters and the noted fuel economy of
42 mpg (consumption of 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers), the
theoretical range is greater than 710 miles (1,150 kilometers).
Making a positive impact on the car’s range, fuel economy and
emissions are two technologies that could become more and more
commonplace in the future and are part of the so-called Eco mode on
the Concept BlueSport: an automatic start-stop system and braking
energy regeneration. The place where automatic start-stop shines is
in city traffic. When the Concept BlueSport stops at a red traffic
light, for example, it automatically shuts off its engine. As soon as
the light turns green again, just tapping on the gas pedal is enough to
start the engine lightning fast. Its entire operation is absolutely
intuitive and saves up to 0.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers in the
city. Furthermore, primarily when the Concept BlueSport is braked,
energy is generated by the alternator (regeneration), which relieves
the engine and further improves fuel economy.
Design without gimmickry
The Concept BlueSport – painted in Flex Silver painted and sporting
an orange colored fabric roof – was designed by the team led by
Klaus Bischoff (Director of Design for the Volkswagen Brand) and
Thomas Ingenlath (Director of the Design Center in Potsdam). “The
design of the Concept BlueSport,” says Klaus Bischoff, “represents a
perfect synthesis of technology and aesthetics. Its form is very clear
and is reduced to essentials; the car body itself has a lean and linear
structure.” Thomas Ingenlath adds: “Emanating powerfully from this
car body are the circular wheel housings, flared out in three
dimensions as in a sculture. The radial surfaces, edges and blending
of forms emphasize the wheels and thereby the agility of the
BlueSport concept car. The lateral air intakes are identifying features
of the mid-engine layout, their volume-reducing design offers
visualization of the car’s sporty low weight.”
Volkswagen is unveiling its most important automotive secret of the year: the new Golf. The car – Europe's most successful with more than 26 million sold – was improved in all areas. "This sixth generation of Golf cars will completely redefine the quality and comfort level of its class over broad categories, offering more customer value than ever before", says Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board at Volkswagen AG. The European market launch of the new Golf will begin in October; following in succession will be Africa, Asia, Australia and North America. The entry price for the German market is around 16,500 Euros.
Innovative power – the Golf democratizes progress
The clear and powerful design of the new Golf is showing the entire brand the way to the future. Its acoustic properties and the overall comfort of the Volkswagen tear down class distinctions. Innovative engines and transmission technologies lower fuel consumption by up to 28 percent. All gasoline and diesel engines satisfy limits of the future EU-5 standard.
Assistance systems such as "automatic distance control" (ACC), "adaptive chassis control" (DCC) and the "park steering assistant" bring additional top technologies on board the Golf. A new ESP system, with finer response over its control range, further optimized crash properties, seven airbags including knee airbag, the special head restraints (WOKS) that counteract whiplash trauma, a "seatbelt detection" feature debuting in the rear seating area of the Golf and daytime running lights – that are standard equipment – provide for a maximum level of safety.
Exterior design – Precision in a new form
The high value of the new Golf is reflected par excellence in its stylish design; all key body elements were redesigned: "We have cast the Golf's core components in a precise, new mold", explains Walter de Silva. And the Italian design chief of the German corporation emphasizes this: "The Golf is the global icon car making. So the architecture and graphic form of new model are also absolutely clear and unique." At the same time, the sixth Golf has a sportier and more distinctive appearance than any previous generation of the model series. De Silva: "It is more accentuated, more three-dimensional than its predecessor; with precisely defined lines and edges, and with finely proportioned flared surfaces and recesses." And Klaus Bischoff, Chief Designer for the Volkswagen brand, adds: "Every detail is uncompromisingly aimed at improving value."
Especially in a direct comparison of generations five and six, it becomes clear just how much the new Golf has changed. The team headed up by de Silva and Bischoff sought to crystallize out the "essential DNA" of the model series and send it on a trip to the future. These stylistic characteristics include the clear front end of the first generation and the C-pillar that was perfected in the fourth generation.
The roof section now rests – similar to the new Scirocco – on a dominant filled out shoulder section. Responsible for this is a prominent curving line that – like a muscle trained down to the last fiber – extends from the headlights back to the taillights. In its side profile, this line – which Volkswagen Design calls the "character line" – also gives the new Golf a fuller, lower stance on the road from a side perspective.
All body surfaces are generally more relaxed, more athletic. In front the new car takes up the horizontally aligned radiator grille trim strip between the headlights of the first Golf generation; the grille itself is high-gloss black. The lines of the bumper match those of the radiator grille. Beneath this is an adjacent section with another air scoop. Also arranged on a black background are the chrome light housings of the dynamically styled headlamps.
In the rear too is characterized by a dominance of horizontal lines. The taillights – very wide now – are identified among other things by an unmistakably unique night design. Stylistically – with their crystal-clear lines for the turn signal and backup lamps – they bear a resemblance to the taillights of the Touareg. Overall, the image of the new Golf – in the interplay of all of its design characteristics – is one of a significantly wider, flatter and even more high-end car.
Interior – imploding class distinctions
The car's exceptional value also applies to the newly designed interior, whose refined surfaces and features completely transform class distinctions, both to the touch and visually, especially in the cockpit area. The appearance and layout of materials and details such as brushed chrome accents and round instruments derived directly from those of the Passat CC leave the impression that one is actually sitting in a car of the next higher segment. Ergonomic properties of the car's interior were also further developed. For example, all operating controls are even easier to use. They include the control of the automatic climate control system (Climatronic) – presented for the first time on the Passat CC – and the power window controls that are now located further forward in the door trim, making them easier to access.
There is a common thread here: Volkswagen's typical attention to perfection of every detail in the car. Take the example of "seatbelt detection" in the rear: if the Golf is ordered with rear side airbags, the user can recognize on the multifunctional display in the cockpit whether the occupants have their seatbelts fastened in the rear – separately for each seat. Or take the example of leather seats: a new, more robust leather surface is being used. Or the example of the cargo area: four practical hooks ensure that after shopping, the contents of shopping bags are not strewn across the cargo area. Or the example of the outside mirrors: thanks to an aerodynamically optimized shape they get significantly less dirty. They are easier to adjust from the interior, since the power mirror adjustment control is now located further up and more forward in the door trim.
Noise reduction – the quietest Golf since the first model
The new Golf is characterized by first-class acoustic properties. A special damping film in the windshield also reduces driving noises, as does the newly developed seal concept for the doors and side window guides. The new shape of the outside mirrors also significantly reduces wind noise. Furthermore, special modifications were made to acoustically isolate the engine and passenger compartments from one another better. Very quiet rolling tires and new engine bearings round out the noise reduction package.
Diesel engines – migration to common rail injection
Making a significant contribution to the pioneering acoustic properties are the exceptionally quiet TDI common rail engines being used in the Golf for the first time. Two balancer shafts also put an end to undesirable vibrations. Plans call for a TDI power range extending from 66 kW / 90 PS to 125 kW / 170 PS. Right at the market launch, Volkswagen will be offering the Golf with two 2.0 liter TDI engines; they output 81 kW / 110 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS. Always there as production equipment: a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
The new TDIs are exceptionally fuel efficient. The 110 PS strong entry-level diesel is satisfied with 4.5 liters of fuel (119 g/km CO2) per 100 kilometers – that represents a 0.6 liter reduction! Even the 140 PS version only requires 4.9 liters of diesel (129 g/km CO2), which is 0.6 liters less.
Gasoline engines – more economical than ever before
Four variants will define the range of gasoline engines in the launch phase: 59 kW / 80 PS, 75 kW / 102 PS, 90 kW / 122 PS and 118 kW / 160 PS. Starting at 90 kW / 122 PS, the TSI engines come with supercharger and/or turbocharger. The fact is that the gasoline engines too are pioneering when it comes to fuel economy. The optimized 80 PS entry-level engine consumes just 6.4 liters of Super per hundred kilometers (149 g/km CO2) – that is 0.5 liters less than the previous model. The other TSI engines are also taking the stage as prime examples of efficiency: at 122 PS the new Golf 1.4 TSI consumes just 6.2 liters of Super (144 g/km CO2); this yields a fuel consumption advantage of 0.1 liters. Even the new 160 PS top version of the 1.4 TSI attains an excellent value at 6.3 liters. Compared to the retired 150 PS FSI, the 160 PS TSI's fuel consumption was even lowered by 1.6 liters.
DSG – replaces conventional automatic
With the exception of the entry-level versions, all gasoline and diesel engines can be paired with Volkswagen's dual clutch transmission (DSG). Depending on the engine torque, either a 6-s0eed or 7-speed DSG is used. On the Golf, the extremely efficient and agile DSG has thereby replaced the classic torque converter automatic. Just how efficient the alliance of TSI plus DSG can be is demonstrated by the average fuel consumption of the 1.4 TSI with 160 PS and 7-speed DSG: 6.0 liters (139 g/km CO2). This high-tech duo replaces the 2.0 FSI with 150 PS and 6-speed automatic. Average fuel consumption there: 8.3 liters. Savings: 2.3 liters per hundred kilometers or 28 percent – progress in its best form.
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