Volkswagen brought a natural-gas vehicle in Geneva, the Golf TGI BlueMotion.
It is a production car that will launch in summer as a hatchback and in the autumn as an estate car. The Golf TGI BlueMotion also marks the rebranding of Volkswagen’s natural gas vehicles from “EcoFuel” to “TGI BlueMotion”.
The Golf TGI BlueMotion is powered by a newly developed natural-gas turbo engine that develops 110 PS. The bi-fuel 1.4 TSI (designed for natural gas and petrol) helps the car achieve impressive driving ranges.
In pure CNG operation (with natural gas), the range for the version with a 6-speed manual gearbox is 420 km. In this mode, the car’s consumption is 3.5 kg of natural gas per 100 km (equivalent to 94 g/km CO2). When petrol is also used, this adds 940 km to the car’s range, for a fuel consumption of 5.3 l/100 km).
When the two natural gas underbody tanks (together 15 kg) and the petrol tank (50 liters) are completely full, the Golf TGI BlueMotion has a range of up to 1,360 kilometres. If the Golf TGI BlueMotion is equipped with the optional 7-speed DSG, an even greater driving range is achieved thanks to a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 kg/100 km natural gas or 5.0 l/100 km petrol.
The Golf TGI BlueMotion accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 194 km/h.
by Dan Mihalascu
) - Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 - filed under Geneva Motor Show
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