Two more in VW BlueMotion range

The Touran and Sharan people carriers, among the most efficient seven-seaters on the market, have boosted Volkswagen's BlueMotion range.

This is a bid to reduce emissions and increase economy by reducing strain on the engine by small changes to body, drivetrain, engine and tyres.

The result is combined fuel economy figures of 52.3 mpg for the Touran and 47.1 mpg for the Sharan. CO2 emissions are 144 g/km and 159 g/km respectively.

As with the conventional cars, the BlueMotion vehicles feature seven individual seats, the rearmost of which on the Touran can be folded flat into the boot floor.

Despite the keen focus on economy, both vehicles retain a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including six airbags, ABS, a CD stereo and air conditioning.

An oxidation catalyst and diesel particulate filter (DPF) are also added to reduce oxides of nitrogen and carbon particles to almost zero.

Both vehicles feature subtly redesigned grille elements with the air ducts redirected to allow the usual airdams to be blanked off and allow for smoother airflow over the front of the vehicle.

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