DUESSELDORF -- Volkswagen says its new Touran minivan is 27 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing model.
The five- and seven-seat people mover was Europe's No. 3-selling medium minivan last year, beaten only by French rivals. (See table, below)
VW says the latest Touran has improved fuel economy thanks to engine downsizing, new fuel-saving technologies and better aerodynamics.
Six of the Touran's eight engines, which include three gasoline, four diesel and a unit the runs on compressed natural gas, are new. The engines are all turbocharged with direct fuel injection and meet new Euro 5 emissions regulations.
The most fuel-efficient gasoline engine is a 1.2-liter gasoline unit, which, when sold with VW's BlueMotion fuel-saving technologies such as stop-start and battery energy recovery, uses 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (about 40 U.S. mpg) and has CO2 emissions of 139 grams per kilometer.