Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Ecology Meets Economy

Text from Volkswagen AG.
Volkswagen launches autogas Sharan

Wolfsburg, 20 June 2006 - In cooperation with the company PrinceGas, Volkswagen is offering another attractive engine version of the Sharan. The Sharan LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) is equipped with the 85 kW petrol engine. This extends the gas vehicle fleet from Volkswagen, including the Touran EcoFuel and Caddy EcoFuel with the addition of a further interesting vehicle engine version. The Trendline version of the Sharan LPG costs €30,175.

Volkswagen has reacted to the continually increasing fuel prices by providing this offer. LPG is the most widely spread alternative fuel across the world and is already being used in approximately 8 million vehicles. Fuel duty on liquid gas is comparatively low in most European countries. Consequently at current fuel prices the additional cost is recouped after approx. 35,000 km.

Alongside this clear economical advantage, the Sharan LPG is also environmentally friendly: compared with the same engine ran on petrol, the gas powered Sharan emits 15 percent less CO².

Technically the Sharan LPG is a vehicle with a bi-fuel drive system. The approx. 60 litre capacity liquid gas tank has been built into the spare wheel well, so as not to compromise the size of the car's interior. As a result, the Sharan receives an additional range of up to 450 km, because it of course retains its 70 litre capacity, enough to cover 730 km at an average fuel consumption of 9.6 litres per 100km.

Since the market launch of the Sharan eleven years ago the high-comfort MPV by Volkswagen has been able to present an astonishing record of success: during the whole production period it is the highest-selling car of it's class in Germany and one of the top three large MPV's in Europe. In the new gas version the Sharan LPG is every bit the versatile touring vehicle for a large family, it is meant to be. With two tanks a total journey of almost 1,200 km can be achieved.

The highly spacious, comfortable and variable Sharan is the classic luxury family car. These characteristics are also reflected in the buyer profile of the Sharan: 93 percent of the owners are either married or live with their partner. 73 percent of them have children under the age of 18. 73 percent are between 30 and 49 years old. As usual in this class, many Sharan drivers use their car for private and business journeys.

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