Volkswagen has introduced a new BlueMotion model to its latest Transporter van range, offering a claimed fuel economy of up to 51mpg.
The Transporter BlueMotion is based on the short wheelbase body of the T6 Transporter range, and uses the same 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine as the regular Startline specification. The new model gets improved aerodynamics, lowered suspension, taller gear ratios, lower rolling-resistance tyres and a speed limiter, all of which improve fuel economy from the regular model’s 47.9mpg to 51.4mpg on the combined cycle lab test. CO2 emissions, still one of Volkswagen’s favourite talking points, are claimed at 145 g/km, an 8 g/km reduction from the standard model’s 153 g/km.
The BlueMotion model also gets the same start-stop and battery regeneration systems found in other members of the T6 family, as well as a standard cruise control system.
The new BlueMotion has a gross vehicle weight of 2.7 tonnes. The maximum payload of 839 kg is up to 121 kg more than that of the short wheelbase T26 2.0-litre diesel 102hp five-speed manual model.
Prices for the new Bluemotion start at £19,670 on-road (basic price ex VAT), and is available to order now.