VW Polo BlueMotion Concept: A Link to the Past

March 20, 2009
Volkswagen was thrilled to show off the new 2011 Polo at the recent 2009 Geneva motor show.  So thrilled in fact that they also dropped a BlueMotion concept.

Although using the word "concept" on this car doesn't quite work for me as this car is exactly what will be seen on the roads of Europe in a few short months. Hopefully we will get a chance at it here after the eventual release of the Polo in the U.S.

The Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion reminds me of a different model in Volkswagen's history that cemented their reputation of small diesels and created quite a following over the years, the Rabbit diesel. The Rabbit was a lightweight and very efficient little hatchback available as a two door, a four door, and a pickup truck. According to my father who owned and loved an early model, the Rabbit was capable of around 50 mpg and would go forever. Other reports are similar and fawn over the reliability as well.

source: Popular Mechanics

source: Popular Mechanics

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The new Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion concept does make some compromises in order to carry the diesel torch, but does so somehow while achieving both better mileage and low emissions that will allow it to be sold in all 50 states. It also manages to keep the weight low while incorporating all the new safety requirements of today's cars--it has airbags, traction control, antilock brakes, stability control, and air conditioning that works. Not only that but it also can hit 60 mph quite a bit quicker and should be good for around 70 mpg.

We here at Volkswagen Reviews hope that it arrives here soon to give diesel another push into the mainstream and bring back the little, ultra-efficient Volkswagen we remember from ye olden days when Rabbits were everywhere. Until that day we will just have to live with the 40+ mpg that the Volkswagen Jetta TDI is capable of under normal use. It's capable of even more in the hands of Helen and John Taylor who hit 58.82 miles per gallon covering 48 states--or in the hands of our friend Colin Mathews, who apparently likes his diesel squeezed out of burgers and fries, as we learned over at TheCarConnection.com in his recent drive of the Jetta TDI Sportwagen, where he manages 52 mpg.

[Source: Fuel Academy and thecarconnection.com]

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