Volkswagen teams up with Streetcar to trial Bluemotion products

Volkswagen teams up with Streetcar to trial Bluemotion products  
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on 09/15/2007

Source: Volkswagen UK

Volkswagen is set to launch one of the world’s most fuel-efficient liquid-fuelled cars, the Polo BlueMotion, which returns a combined fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg and emits just 99 g/km of carbon dioxide. To mark its launch, Streetcar, the UK’s largest pay-as-you-go car club and Volkswagen customer and partner, will be trialling the Polo BlueMotion across 25 locations in London, creating a partnership between the most efficient car on the road and the most efficient way to drive.

Streetcar provides a highly flexible, convenient and cost effective alternative to car ownership. Members book a car online or over the phone, as little as 30 seconds ahead of time, and use remotely activated smartcards to unlock the vehicle, which is typically within three minutes walk of their home. The company, which has tripled in size each year since its launch in 2004, now has over 20,000 members and 600 cars across 400 locations in London and five other cities. By 2012, Streetcar expects to have 150,000 members across the UK.

The first UK examples of the Polo BlueMotion join Streetcar’s fleet this month, with a view to a potential expansion in the future. Next year, Volkswagen will introduce BlueMotion models in its Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Estate, Jetta, Touran and Passat, Passat Estate ranges.

Andrew Valentine, Streetcar co-founder, said: ‘Streetcar is committed to efficient driving – for every Streetcar introduced we take 20 privately-owned cars off the road. And, along with rapid expansion comes the need for us to maximise the efficiency of our fleet. BlueMotion technology provides us with a great opportunity to offer a more efficient option, without compromising the quality, style and comfort our members have come to expect from us. We view this as a very exciting development.’

Vincent Kinner, Head of Volkswagen Fleet Services said: ‘We’re delighted to move our relationship with Streetcar forward with the Polo BlueMotion. The Polo is a highly efficient, practical and benchmark model and new BlueMotion products will enhance our choice to customers in future. Transport is changing and we recognise customers – particularly in cities – are seeking new mobility solutions.’

The Polo BlueMotion is powered by Volkswagen’s three-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI 80 PS engine. Additional fuel economy benefits come from lower aerodynamic drag, low rolling resistance tyres, longer gearing in 3rd, 4th and 5th and small weight savings that do not affect safety or durability. In summary the Polo BlueMotion can seat five, has a top speed of 109 mph and returns a combined fuel consumption figure of 74.3 mpg with prices starting at £11,995 on the road. It is available with three or five doors and aimed at customers seeking benchmark environmental credentials in a car with conventional service and repair requirements, ease of ownership and low overall running costs.

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