Who needs electrons? Diesel burnin’ Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Concept churns out 88.3 mpg

VW Golf BlueMotion Concept

While other automakers are busying themselves with such things as electrons and lithium-ion batteries, Volkswagen is quietly plugging away at its clean diesel technology. The latest fruit of its efforts comes in the form of the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Concept, which recently took a bow at the 2012 Paris Motor Show alongside the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf.

So, what’s so special about VW’s Golf concept? To the naked eye, not a whole lot. Despite the concept moniker slapped at the end of its name, the Golf BlueMotion Concept remains pretty straightforward, with the devil remaining firmly in the details. In addition to ultra-low-rolling resistance tires, VW’s fuel-saving automatic start/stop technology, and some aerodynamic tweaks, the Golf BlueMotion Concept is powered by a 1.6-liter diesel inline four capable of producing 108 horsepower, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The best part? It nets a reported 88.3 miles per gallon.

That means the BlueMotion Concept is capable of returning some truly impressive fuel economy. And while those numbers are based on the Europe’s more lenient test cycle, doing the math sees the Golf Concept netting a more realistic 73.6 mpg.

Unfortunately, for now, it looks like those of us on this side of the Atlantic won’t see this diesel champ anytime soon. While Volkswagen has stated the car will go into production in Europe next summer, no official word has been given regarding a potential stateside release. We reached out to VW regarding the possibility of the Golf Concept reaching North American shores, but have not heard back as of press time. 

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