Bluemotion Going the Distance

VW Golf Bluemotion (Photo credit: Quickpic)Malcolm Kinsey is not what you might call conventional; during his career he has been a motor sport and powerboat photographer, a publishing editor, a motor racing and rally driver, a free-lance motoring journalist and, more recently, an avid cyclist.

His most recent achievement adds to the list of unconventional adventures he has undertaken. Starting at Zimbabwe’s Beit Bridge along with his cousin Rod Kinsey, two VW Golf TDi’s, four fellow drivers and 1941km of open road, he set off for Cape Town. What separates this from any other journey across county? Well, just one tank of fuel.

Having won no less than ten Total Economy Run’s, Malcolm is no stranger to frugal driving techniques. So if you’re wondering how it was done, here goes; squeezing approximately 70 litres of Total’s finest diesel into the Golf’s standard fuel tank was an important starting point – giving the VW’s an approximate range of 2000km at a predicted consumption level of 3.5l/100km.

Averaging just 67km/h was the next step required to match their predicted 3.5l/100km, which may sounds easy, butVW Golf Bluemotion (Photo credit: Quickpic) trust me, it isn’t. The concentration level required to hold a gentle foot over 29 hours of driving is immeasurable.

Jan Hettema, a man who has been involved in organising the Total Economy Run since its inception, over saw Malcolm and his team’s journey to Cape Town. Having observed the fuelling of both vehicles, he sealed each vehicle’s tank, rode as a passenger in each and unsealed the tanks once in Cape Town – thereby confirming the legitimacy of the run.

This remarkable run isn’t necessarily indicative of the economy you might achieve in everyday life. However it does show that manufacturers have made enormous strides in achieving maximum efficiency through energy recuperation systems, better aerodynamics and improved engine technology. Not to mention that how you drive has a very definite impact on your car’s efficiency. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Price: R 270,900
Engine: 1,598 cc turbo charged diesel
Power: 77 kW
Torque: 250 Nm
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 11.3
Top speed (km/h): 190
CO2 emissions (g/km): 99
Fuel consumption (l/100km): approx 3.45 (achieved)
Tyres supplied by: Goodyear
Fuel supplied by: Total

Miles Downard

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6 Responses

  1. Brenwin says:

    I wonder how the Polo Blue Motion would fare.

  2. Phumulani says:

    What speed were they driving?

  3. Vusi says:

    I still say the consumption is still high cause they were travelling @ 67 km/h and 70 litres of fuel tank is too big for a 1.6L engine!

  4. Deon Goosen says:

    I got one of these cars and with a heavey foot, still gets 18 – 19 km/litre.

  5. Lawrence says:

    @ Vusi, I agree, hardly an achievement, travelling at 70km per hour I could have achieve the same with my previous car, the 2006 Renault Megane 1.9 dci.

  6. Joe says:

    technical point proven,i have always said VW rocks and now with this bluemotion technology you people have out done your selves.loved the story and my third car will again be vw just like my first

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