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Three new highly-efficient additions to the Volkswagen BlueMotion range have been announced.

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Three new highly-efficient additions to the Volkswagen BlueMotion range have been announced.

The Golf, Passat and New Polo BlueMotion models emit just 99 g/km, 114 g/km and 87 g/km of CO2 respectively.

Each model looks different from the standard car, due to the aerodynamic changes necessary to reduce emissions and increase fuel economy. New front bumpers, sill extensions, a lower ride height and relocated air ducts give a sleek, modern look whilst increasing efficiency.

The most efficient model of all, the new Polo BlueMotion, has according to VW, an all new 1.2-litre three-cylinder common rail diesel engine developing 75 PS. The latest engine combined with longer gearing through the five-speed gearbox, regenerative braking and Stop-Start systems allows the new Polo BlueMotion to achieve a superb 85.6 mpg. Don’t expect thrills and spills, but do expect great value motoring.

The Golf BlueMotion is powered by the usual 1.6-litre TDI common rail diesel engine developing 105 PS. Using the same technologies as above and longer gearing again, the Golf BlueMotion emits just 99 g/km of CO2 and can achieve a combined economy figure of 74.3 mpg.

The Passat BlueMotion adopts a 1.6-litre engine developing just 105 PS. The new engine, replacing the existing 2.0-litre TDI unit currently fitted to the Passat BlueMotion, allows the new car to return 64.2 mpg on the combined cycle – up from the 57.6 mpg on the previous model.

Prices will be announced closer to the early 2010 launches, but don’t expect much change out of £14k for the New Polo Bluempotion, with the SE version in the 1.6 TDI engine already a relatively steep £13205.

Despite the hefty price, the new cars are worth waiting for, an 85mpg small family car for £14000 is not to be sniffed at. And with looks that outshine the new Golf, our money is on the new Polo.

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