DEKRA is a popular vehicle inspection company and recently it supervised the successful test run of the Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion. The Golf TDI BlueMotion proved itself to be a real three-litre car on a trip from Nantes to Copenhagen. With its 110 PS engine the consumed exactly 2.92 litre of diesel per 100 km, returning a record-breaking 97 mpg. The distance between the two destinations is 1,602 kilometers and the car completed it on a single 50 liter tank of fuel.
Simon Thomas, Head of Marketing of the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars said, “This is a really impressive result. The trip shows that the interaction between fuel-saving BlueMotion efficiency technology and a well thought-out proactive driving approach allows economy figures that are hard to match.”
The route of this long trip went from Nantes in the West of France, the “European Green Capital 2013”, via Paris, Antwerp, Bremen and Hamburg to Copenhagen, situated on the Baltic, “European Green Capital 2014”. The aim of this ride was to prove that the standard consumption figure, which stands at 3.2 liters per kilometer can even be beaten. After a long run of 20 hours and 45 minutes in normal city traffic conditions, Drivers from the Volkswagen Driving Experience succeeded in reaching a verified value of 2.92 liters.
Talking about the Golf TDI BlueMotion, it is one of the technically advanced vehicles from Volkswagen’s stables. It equips a standard start-stop system, regenerative braking mode, perfected aerodynamics, low weight, modified six-speed manual gearbox and optimised tires for low rolling resistance, all of which contribute to the high efficiency of the Golf TDI BlueMotion.
‘Think Blue’ is an initiative from Volkswagen which focuses on innovative, environmentally compatible products with various powertrain technologies. Simon Thomas says, “Through ‘Think Blue.’, we show that low consumption driving can be combined with driving pleasure. This is why Volkswagen offers fuel saving training in a number of countries, for example ‘Think Blue. Ecotraining’ in cooperation with ‘Naturschutzbund Deutschland in Germany.’”