Volkswagen Passat Bluemotion

Over in Europe, Volkswagen has officially launched the BlueMotion version of its latest Passat. Rated at 68.9 miles per gallon (57.4 mpg U.S.) on the highway, the Passat BlueMotion is set to become one of Europe's most fuel-frugal four-door sedans.

Powering the Passat BlueMotion is VW's 104-horsepower, 1.6-liter common-rail turbodiesel engine mated to a row-your-own six-speed transmission. The diesel-sipping sedan benefits from fuel-saving features, including stop-start technology, modified aerodynamics, a lower ride height, an underbody panel, revised front grill and low rolling-resistance tires.

In sedan form, the BlueMotion Passat emits 109 grams per kilometer of CO2. Meanwhile, its roomier stablemate, the Passat BlueMotion wagon, emits 113 g/km of CO2 and returns a slightly less remarkable, by comparison, 65.7 mpg (54.7 U.S.).

The four-door sedan starts at £19,875 ($31,713 U.S. at the current exchange rate), while the cargo-hauling wagon starts at £21,180 ($33,795 U.S.). Though you can order one now, neither version of the Passat BlueMotion will hit showrooms in Europe until the end of July.

[Source: Autocar]