VW to show off Passat concept with 42 mpg highway

2014-01-11T15:01:00Z VW to show off Passat concept with 42 mpg highwayTOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer nwitimes.com
January 11, 2014 3:01 pm  • 

Would you buy a midsize car that can haul a small family and still get 42 miles per gallon of gas on the highway?

That car doesn't exist now, but Volkswagen is working on one.

On Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the German automaker plans to unveil the Passat BlueMotion concept, which combines technologies from VWs in other parts of the world to squeeze the high mileage out of a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine.

Automakers usually roll out concept cars at auto shows to get reactions from the press and public before deciding whether to produce the cars. VW won't say if or when it will make the BlueMotion, but spokesman Mark Gillies says the company is looking at all available technology to meet more stringent government fuel economy requirements.

The fleet of cars and trucks will have to average 54.5 mpg by 2025 under U.S. regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency said late last year that cars and trucks sold in the U.S. in 2012 averaged a record 23.6 miles per gallon (10 liters per 100 kilometers) in combined city and highway driving.

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