Passat with natural gas turbo on tour in Germany
Photographer Franz Janusiewicz and driver Rainer Zietlow (r.) At the start of the "800 CNG EcoFuel Tour".
It is a world premiere: In the spring, VW will launch the Passat TSI EcoFuel, the first natural gas-powered turbo direct injection engine. In order to make the eco pioneer and its natural gas technology public, the car is touring all of Germany for 80 days. He is supposed to test 800 natural gas filling stations.
VW is expanding its natural gas vehicle fleet with the Passat TSI EcoFuel, the world’s first turbo direct injection. The vehicle is designed bivalent. 21 kilos of gas are stored under the floor, the tank holds 31 liters of petrol. The motor develops a torque of a powerful 220 Newton meters from as little as 1,500 rpm and maintains it up to a speed of 4,800 rpm. The performance is correspondingly sporty. The Passat Variant accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in ten seconds. The top speed is 210 km / h. With its 150 hp, the eco-car should consume an average of around 4.6 kilos of gas per 100 kilometers.
Those who order the car with the new DSG dual clutch transmission can, according to Volkswagen, reduce fuel consumption even further. Only in this configuration can CO2 emissions be reduced to up to 119 g / km.
The market launch (price: from 29,975 euros) is planned for spring. On January 7th, VW sent its gas turbo on tour through Germany. The Passat is to drive to and test all 800 German natural gas filling stations within 80 days.
At the wheel is Rainer Zietlow, who already successfully circumnavigated the natural gas world in a Volkswagen Caddy EcoFuel in 2007. His goal is to complete the tour on time for AMI 2009 (Auto Mobil International, March 28th-April 5th) in Leipzig.
Zietlow wants to cover 20,000 kilometers with a Passat Variant and only refuel 20 times if possible. Because according to the factory, its fuel mixture is enough for the EcoFuel for more than 900 kilometers. The test result will be presented at the AMI. The campaign is supported by the Automobile Club of Germany (AvD).
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