Posted By RichC on March 2, 2008
The Geneva Auto Show will have another new clean diesel vehicle which would probably appeal to families here in the U.S. — the Volkswagen Sharan BlueMotion. Unfortunately it is headed to the UK later this year with no indication that it is coming to North America. The turbo diesel powered Sharan offers an impressively low CO2 emission number (159g/km) and excellent fuel economy of 45.6 mpg UK — translates to about 38 mpg US.
The Sharan follows standard BlueMotion practice in that its 138bhp two-litre TDI turbo diesel engine has been modified for better fuel economy, while the gearbox has higher than standard ratios fitted. The ride height has been lowered by 25mm and the front cooling ducts have been repositioned, both in the interests of reducing aerodynamic drag.