Don’t pass up on the Passat EcoFuel concept

On the Volkswagen stand at Geneva the Passat TSI concept car will demonstrate the EcoFuel system which will mix petrol power with natural gas economy.

A 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS engine features both a supercharger and a turbocharger operating sequentially to provide relatively high power outputs from a small capacity engine.

The EcoFuel meets the ‘Euro 5’ standards of greater economy and lower emissions. With a top speed of 130 mph and the capability to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 9.7 seconds, this makes it a practical road vehicle.

Volkswagen plans to sell a saloon and estate version in mainland Europe by the end of 2008 yet has still to announce a launch date for sales in the UK.

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