The 2011 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion has been launched in Australia, becoming the second most fuel efficient vehicle on the market.

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The BlueMotion is based on the already existing Golf 77TDI Trendline. It features the same basic 77kW/250Nm 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine, although unlike the Trendline, it is available only with a five-speed manual transmission (no seven-speed DSG option).

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The BlueMotion’s engine features modified management software and operates at a reduced idling speed. Brake energy regeneration and Start/Stop work in tandem with lengthened gears (third, fourth and fifth), a gearshift indicator and a range of aerodynamic enhancements to dramatically improved the vehicle’s efficiency.

Theoretically, the Golf BlueMotion can cover an incredible 1447km on a single 55-litre tank before needing a refill when driven in official ‘combined’ urban and extra-urban conditions.

On top of the Trendline, the BlueMotion scores body coloured front and rear spoilers, chrome radiator grille, darkened rear taillight cluster, lowered sports suspension, low rolling resistance tyres and a low tyre pressure indicator.

The BlueMotion is forced to make do with a puncture repair kit with sealant rather than a space-saver spare wheel, which is a dealer-fit option. Unlike the Trendline, Park Assist, Media Device Interface (iPod/USB connectivity) and an anti-theft alarm are not available as options on the BlueMotion.

The 2011 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion is available now from a manufacturer’s list price of $28,990.

CarAdvice’s Alborz Fallah is at the launch of the Golf BlueMotion in Adelaide today and will post a drive review shortly. Stay tuned.

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