Το Polo BlueGT είναι το πρώτο αυτοκίνητο της Volkswagen το οποίο φορά τον νέο 1.400αρη TSI κινητήρα με σύστημα απενεργοποίησης των δύο κυλίνδρων. O 1.400αρης TSI αποδίδει 140 άλογα με μέση κατανάλωση 4.7 λίτρα/100 χλμ και εκπομπές CO2 108 γρ/χλμ με το χειροκίνητο κιβώτιο και 4.5 λίτρα/100 χλμ και 105 γρ/χλμ εκπομπές CO2 με το αυτόματο κιβώτιο 7-σχέσεων DSG.
Ο κινητήρας συνδυάζεται με σύστημα Start/Stop και σύστημα ανάκτησης ενέργειας κατά το φρενάρισμα. Το σύστημα λειτουργεί σε μεσαία φορτία και με ταχύτητες έως 50 χλμ/ώρα. Παραδείγματος χάρη όταν ένα αυτοκίνητο κινείται με 50 χλμ/ώρα με τρίτη ή τετάρτη ταχύτητα η εξοικονόμηση ανέρχεται περίπου στο 1 λίτρο/100 χλμ. Αυτό κάνει τον κινητήρα να πιάνει πλέον τα στάνταρ του Euro 6.
To σύστημα απενεργοποίησης θα λειτουργεί στο φάσμα στροφών 1.400 – 4.000 σ.α.λ με την ροπή να κυμαίνεται από τα 25 έως τα 75 Nm. Μόλις ο οδηγός πατήσει το γκάζι δυνατά, οι κύλινδροι 2 και 3 ενεργοποιούνται ακαριαία, προσφέροντας έτσι όλη τη δύναμη του κινητήρα. Τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει σε 7.9 δευτερόλεπτα με τελική ταχύτητα 210 χλμ/ώρα .
Από στιλιστικής πλευράς, το Polo BlueGT φορά 17″ ζάντες αλουμινίου, χαμηλότερη ανάρτηση, αεροτομή, πλαϊνά σπόιλερ και νέο πίσω προφυλακτήρα με διαχύτη. Στο εσωτερικό υπάρχει σπορ δερμάτινο τιμόνι, αλουμινένια διακοσμητικά και μια μεγάλη οθόνη πολλαπλών λειτουργιών η οποία προβάλει όλες τις λεπτομέρειες ανάμεσα τους και το πότε απενεργοποιούνται οι κύλινδροι.
Οι πωλήσεις του θα ξεκινήσουν από το τρίτο τρίμηνο του έτος με τις τιμές του να μην έχουνε ανακοινωθεί ακόμη.
Παράλληλα η Volkswagen ανακοίνωσε ότι ήδη από την αρχή του έτους έχει πουλήσει περισσότερα από 800.000 επιβατικά αυτοκίνητα. Συγκεκριμένα πούλησε 818.800 αυτοκίνητα με τα 399.700 από αυτά να πωλούνται μέσα τον Φεβρουάριο., +17.7% σε σχέση με τα 339.500 αυτοκίνητα που είχε πουλήσει το 2011.
Τέλος ανακοίνωσε ότι έδωσε το πράσινο φως ώστε να κάνει τα εργοστάσια της και τα αυτοκίνητα φιλικότερα προς το περιβάλλον με τα 2/3 των 62.4 δις. ευρώ που θα επενδύσει έως το 2016 να πηγαίνουν σε τέτοιο σκοπό. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
New Polo BlueGT
Extremely fuel-efficient, extremely sporty: Polo BlueGT is first Volkswagen with cylinder deactivation
With 140 PS of power and 210 km/h top speed, Polo consumes just 4.7 l/100 km* Polo BlueGT combines top fuel-efficiency with dynamic performance
Wolfsburg / Geneva, 06 March 2012 – The new Polo BlueGT stands out in its ability to combine superior dynamic performance with extreme fuel-efficiency. The technical highlight of the progressive compact car is the cylinder deactivation system, which is being introduced for the first time in a Volkswagen – also known as active cylinder management or ACT. The system was realised with the new 1.4-litre TSI of the Polo BlueGT. The torque-strong TSI develops a power output of 103 kW / 140 PS, yet has a combined fuel consumption of just 4.7 l/100 km/h* (equivalent to 108 g/km* CO2). If the Polo BlueGT is ordered with the optional 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), fuel consumption drops further to 4.5 l/100 km* – and, bear in mind, this is a petrol, not a diesel (105 g/km* CO2). Nonetheless, this car, with a top speed of 210 km/h, accelerates to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds. This uncommon coexistence of efficiency and dynamic performance is enabled by the systematic interplay of ACT, downsizing (reduced engine displacement plus direct injection and charging) and BlueMotion Technology (Stop/Start system, battery regeneration). As such, the Polo BlueGT closes the gap between the Polo 1.2 TSI (77 kW / 105 PS) and the Polo GTI (132 kW / 180 PS). The new car will already on the market in July.
New generation of engines. The 1.4 TSI in the Polo BlueGT is the top engine of the entirely new EA211 series of petrol engines. These petrol engines and the EA288 series diesel engines, which are also new, are technological pillars of the future Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). One property shared by all of these engines is an identical mounting position in the car – and indeed across vehicle classes and brands.
Fuel savings by ACT. Even before the MQB is introduced, Polo BlueGT buyers will get to enjoy the new high-tech TSI with cylinder deactivation. Volkswagen is the first carmaker to introduce active cylinder management as a fuel-saving technology in smaller engines – they were previously only known in larger eight or twelve cylinder units. Shutting down the second and third cylinders under low and medium load states reduces fuel consumption in the EU driving cycle by about 0.4 l/100 km. In constant speed driving at 50 km/h in third or fourth gear, fuel savings are as much as one litre per 100 km. But even when driving at 70 km/h in fifth gear, fuel consumption is still reduced by 0.7 l/100 km.
ACT mode of operation. ACT becomes active at engine speeds from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm, and at torque outputs from 25 to approx. 100 Nm – a broad swath of the operating map that includes nearly 70 per cent of all driving states in the EU driving cycle! When the driver presses the accelerator pedal, the two cylinders are imperceptibly reactivated. The high efficiency certainly does not come at the price of a high level of smooth engine running: even with two cylinders, the excellently balanced 1.4 TSI of the Polo BlueGT runs just as quietly with as little vibration as it does when all four combustion chambers are active. All mechanical switchover actions are completed within one half of a camshaft revolution; this only takes between 13 and 36 milliseconds, depending on engine speed. The transitions are smoothed by supporting interventions to the ignition and throttle valve. Ingenious: thanks to an accelerator pedal sensor and intelligent monitoring software, the system can also detect non-uniform driving profiles – such as while driving through traffic or in a sporty manner when driving on a country road. In such cases, cylinder shutoff is disabled. The driver is informed whether two or four cylinders are active by an indication in the multifunction display located between the speedometer and tachometer.
ACT camshaft adjustment. To further reduce emission and fuel consumption values and improve torque in the lower engine speed range, the intake camshaft was designed to be adjustable over a range of 50 degree crank angle on all EA211 engines; in the 1.4 TSI of the Polo BlueGT, an exhaust camshaft adjuster is added. It adjusts to the desired spread of control times, thereby ensuring more spontaneous response from low revs; at the same time, it also improves torque at high revs.
Exterior of the Polo BlueGT. The new Volkswagen is clearly distinguished both inside and out. From the outside, it is the new 17-inch alloy wheels with spoke styling, GT signatures at the front and rear (and additional ‘BLUEMOTION’ at the rear) and new tailpipe trim that are identifying characteristics of the Polo BlueGT. In addition, numerous standard features were adapted from the Polo GTI or the Polo BlueMotion. GTI features are the rear spoiler, rear bumper with diffuser, front bumper and fog lights including daytime running lights. BlueMotion elements are the side sills and the front rain channels (outside on the windscreen). The Polo BlueGT is also upgraded by a black painted radiator grille, R-line ventilation screen in the bumper and black door mirrors. Having a positive effect on aerodynamics are the Polo’s 15 mm lower ride height and special underbody trim.
Interior of the Polo BlueGT. Interior features were upgraded by extended functionality of the multifunction display (ACT message and tyre pressure), the GTI instruments, a cruise control system, black roofliner and black pillar trim in GTI style, vanity and interior lights tuned to match, a leather-trimmed sport steering wheel with ‘BlueGT’ emblem, sport seats in front with newly designed trim (fabric type and colour) as well as various chrome surrounds.
* Forecast values as of February 2012
Deliveries by Volkswagen Passenger Cars top 800,000 for first time in period to February / +8.0 percent*
- Strong performance in month of February with rise of 17.7 percent to 399,700 vehicles*
Wolfsburg / Geneva, 06 March 2012 – The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand made significant gains in the month of February, with deliveries increasing by 17.7 percent to 399,700* (February 2011: 339,500) units. Based on the cumulative figures for the first two months of this year, the brand therefore achieved record deliveries of 818,800 (January-February 2011: 758,100; +8.0 percent)* vehicles. “Despite difficult conditions on some markets around the world, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand continued its excellent development in the first two months of this year. We were able to maintain our brisk pace thanks to our strong, young product range”, Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, commented on Tuesday on the occasion of the Geneva Motor Show.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars reported gains outside Europe in particular. In the Asia / Pacific region, the brand grew deliveries by 10.6 percent in the period to February, handing over 333,200 (301,200) vehicles to customers. During this period, 300,300 (274,300; +9.5 percent) units were delivered on the single market of China (incl. Hong Kong). Vehicle sales on the American continent during the first two months of the year were also very encouraging. Volkswagen Passenger Cars grew deliveries in the North America region by 29.2 percent to 83,500 (64,600) vehicles, of which 57,800 (39,900; +45.0 percent) units were handed over to customers in the United States. Vehicle sales in the South America region remained stable: 121,100 (121,000; +0.1 percent) units were delivered there in January and February.
The present situation in the markets in Southern Europe impacted deliveries in Western Europe (excluding Germany). The overall market contracted by some 12 percent. Volkswagen could not entirely escape the effects of this trend and delivered 131,000 (137,400; -4.7 percent) vehicles. 85,000 (86,000; -1.1 percent) vehicles were delivered to customers in the home market of Germany. In contrast, the brand reported a substantial 63.6 percent increase in deliveries in the Central and Eastern Europe region to 35,800 (21,900) units. Deliveries in Russia continued at a high level with 20,700 (9,700; +112.5 percent) vehicles handed over to customers there.
*) expected figures
Volkswagen Group gives go-ahead for fundamental ecological restructuring
- Ambitious new sustainability targets
- 30 percent reduction in CO2 emissions during period from 2006 to 2015
- More than two thirds of €62.4 billion investment program for period to 2016 earmarked for ever more efficient vehicles, powertrains and technologies as well as environmentally compatible production
Wolfsburg/Geneva, 05 March 2012 – The Volkswagen Group is raising the bar for environmental protection higher and has set itself ambitious new sustainability targets. In light of this, the Group will be spending well over two thirds of its entire €62.4 billion investment program for the coming five years directly or indirectly in ever more efficient vehicles, new powertrains and technologies as well as environmentally compatible production at its plants all over the world. “Geneva 2012 marks the start of a fundamental ecological restructuring of the Volkswagen Group”, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Volkswagen Group Board of Management, announced on Monday on the eve of the Geneva International Motor Show. “Our declared goal is to make Volkswagen the leading automaker in ecological terms, too.”
Volkswagen stands for responsible conduct towards employees, society and the environment. “That is the fundamental element and core of our Strategy 2018. To take pole position and to sustain that lead over the long term, you have to understand all these dimensions of our business and to practice them convincingly at every level,” Winterkorn said, and continued: “We are raising the bar much higher when it comes to sustainability.” In this context, he stated that the Group would be reducing CO2 emissions by its European new vehicle fleet by some 30 percent during the period 2006 to 2015. “As a result, emissions by the Volkswagen Group fleet in 2015 will be below the important threshold of 120 grams CO2 per kilometer for the first time,” Winterkorn announced. He went on to say that every new model generation would on average be 10 to 15 percent more efficient than its predecessor.
Modular Transverse Toolkit: Efficiency technologies available as standard in all new models
According to Winterkorn, the “Modular Transverse Toolkit” (MQB) would make significant improvements in efficiency and alternative powertrain technologies accessible across all brands and segments. “Based on the MQB, the Volkswagen Group’s efficiency technologies will be available as standard in all new models over the coming years. The next big milestones this year are the Audi A3 and our best-selling model, the Golf”, Winterkorn said.
He declared 2013 the “year of e-mobility” for Volkswagen, starting with the e-up!, which would then be followed by further all-electric or partially-electric vehicles from many Group brands.
25 percent improvement in environmental compatibility of production
Sustainable production and sustainable energy resources represent a further focus of the multi-billion investment program. According to Winterkorn: “Volkswagen is not only working on developing the most environmentally-friendly vehicles, but also on building them with the greatest possible sustainability. That is why we have set ourselves the target of making production in the Volkswagen Group 25 percent more environmentally compatible by 2018.”
He also announced that the Group was aiming for a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with production-related energy supplies by 2020: “To that end, we will be investing some €600 million in expanding the use of renewable energies such as wind, solar and hydroelectric power.”
Overview of the Volkswagen Group’s targets:
- The Volkswagen Group will be investing €62.4 billion worldwide plus an additional €14 billion in China during the period to 2016. Well over two thirds of this investment program will be spent directly or indirectly on ever more efficient vehicles, powertrains and technologies as well as environmentally compatible production at Group plants.
- CO2 emissions by the European new vehicle fleet will be reduced by some 30 percent during the period from 2006 to 2015 – emissions will be below the threshold of 120 grams CO2/km for the first time by 2015.
- Every new model generation will on average be 10 to 15 percent more efficient than its predecessor.
- There is to be a 25 percent improvement in the environmental compatibility of production in the Volkswagen Group by 2018. In specific terms, that means 25 percent less energy and water consumption, waste and emissions.
- 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with production-related energy supplies by 2020.
- To that end, some €600 million is to be invested in expanding the use of renewable energies such as wind, solar and hydroelectric power.