Volkswagen AG is aiming really hard to launch a 100 mpg Golf in the year 2020 – that is if the world doesn’t end in 2012, which it won’t. Anyway, this Golf will meet the new outrageously-stringent EU fuel economy regulations.
During an interview with our friends at Autocar, Senior VW sources said that it will be the greenest Golf ever made, which suggest that it will be a blue-e-motion type car that will hopefully achieve an average CO2 rating of about 75g/km.
The new EU regulations, which are similar to our US CAFE requirements, demand that makers must average just 95g/km by 2020. This puts a heavy load on many manufacturers’ shoulders.
The green Golf 8 will feature much of the technology showcased in the XL1 concept and will expectedly use a next-generation version of the two-cylinder hybrid powertrain.
The engine will feature improved combustion technology with new materials that will hopefully increase the engine’s power density while also minimizing fuel consumptions.
The biggest issue for the German make though is making the Golf lighter and aerodynamic for this application, considering that the weight is crucial to achieving the projected fuel economy figures that VAG established.
– By: Chris Chin