Save Diesel 'till You're Blue(Motion) In The Face

Cammy Corrigan
by Cammy Corrigan

Say what you want about the Prius (and no doubt you will) but it is a car that ushered in a new era of automotive history. It made saving fuel and being “green” trendy. When automotive history is written, the Toyota Prius will be along side cars like the Ford Model-T, The Citroen DS, the Jaguar E-Type and Audi Quattro. But now other car companies are fighting back. Toyota has the Prius, Ford has the Fusion hybrid, GM has the Volt and Volkswagen has the….Golf? Channel 4 reports that Volkswagen are launching the Golf Bluemotion and it wants your attention. For those who like figures (and I don’t mean the Jill Wagner type) here are some salient points for you to chew over:Average fuel consumption of 74.3mpg [Ed:imp. gallons, European cycle… not an apples-to-apples with EPA numbers]Emissions of 99gm/km (which makes it road tax exempt in the UK. A very good selling point.)Maximum torque of 184ft-lb at 1500rpm.Top speed of 118mph103bhp engine.OK so it isn’t going to win any drag races, but it might win some hypermiling rallies. These are highly impressive figures, but let us remember, 5th Gear’s test of the Volkswagen Bluemotion Polo where VW claimed it could get 70+mpg in mixed driving conditions, but 5th Gear could only achieve 46mpg. Also, Toyota aren’t just going to hand their “green crown” over to the Wolfsburg Warriors. Toyota are building their new Auris hybrid in the UK. It aims to have sub 100gm/km (meaning it’ll be road tax exempt in the UK) and because it’ll be smaller and lighter than the Toyota Prius, it should meet or beat the fuel consumption figures of Toyota’s halo car (72.4 mpg [Ed: same caveats]). It’s nice to see that the green race is producing more efficient cars, but it has also, inadvertently, brought up another problem. Which am I going to die of, if I carry on living in Europe? Diesel smog? Or Nickel poisoning?

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  • ZekeToronto ZekeToronto on Oct 30, 2009

    McDuck: True, but that would require me to think in terms of "consumption" instead of "range" ... and like I said I have some kind of mental block in that area ;-) Maybe the growing influence of electric vehicles will encourage metric countries to think more in terms of range too. After all, "a full charge can take you 300 kms" also seems more meaningful than "25kW hours/100kms"!

  • Accs Accs on Nov 01, 2009

    See... what bother me is.. This is old news. Only the germans have been putting time and money into diesel to make it work. The Japanese have given up on trying to produce / bring over the CTDi Civic and or Accord to the US.. And the Americans, who ONLY follow in the majority of fuel economy advances.. WONT even TOUCH deisel in the U.S until the Japanese make it mainstream. Meanwhile.. Everyone has a diesel in the U.K (and the rest of the world), and everyone is getting by on mostly sub-2ltr motors, while the U.S just screws around by throwing buckets of money into the hybrid pit.. What a bunch of crap.

  • Stephen My "mid-level" limited edition Tonino Lambo Ferraccio Junior watch has performed flawlessly with attractive understated style for nearly 20 years. Their cars are not so much to my taste-- my Acura NSX is just fine. Not sure why you have such condescension towards these excellent timepieces. They are attractive without unnecessary flamboyance, keep perfect time and are extremely reliable. They are also very reasonably priced.
  • Dana You don’t need park, you set auto hold (button on the console). Every BMW answers to ‘Hey, BMW’, but you can set your own personal wake word in iDrive. It takes less than 5 minutes to figure that that out, btw. The audio stays on which is handy for Teams meetings. Once your phone is out of range, the audio is stopped on the car. You can always press down on the audio volume wheel which will mute it, if it bothers you. I found all the controls very intuitive.
  • ToolGuy Not sure if I've ever said this, or if you were listening:• Learn to drive, people.Also, learn which vehicles to take home with you and which ones to walk away from. You are an adult now, think for yourself. (Those ads are lying to you. Your friendly neighborhood automotive dealer, also lying to you. Politicians? Lying to you. Oh yeah, learn how to vote lol.)Addendum for the weak-minded who think I am advocating some 'driver training' program: Learning is not something you do in school once for all time. Learning how to drive is not something that someone does for you. It is a continuous process driven by YOU. Learn how to learn how to drive, and learn to drive. Keep on learning how to drive. (You -- over there -- especially you, you kind of suck at driving. LOL.)Example: Do you know where your tires are? When you are 4 hours into a 6 hour interstate journey and change lanes, do you run over the raised center line retroreflective bumpers, or do you steer between them?
  • Mike Bradley Advertising, movies and TV, manufacturing, and car culture have all made speeding and crashing the ultimate tests of manhood. Throw in the political craziness and you've got a perfect soup of destruction and costs.
  • Lou_BC Jay Leno had said that EV's would be good since they could allow the continued existence of ICE cars for enthusiasts. That sentiment makes sense. Many buyers see vehicles as a necessary appliance.
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