Volkswagen is investigating the launch of dual-fuel petrol-LPG Golf in Australia at the same time as Hyundai’s local division has given up the chase for an LPG-hybrid Elantra.
VW’s interest has been kicked off by the recent launch in Europe of the Golf BiFuel, which is factory-fitted with a dual-fuel system for its 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine.
Volkswagen Group Australia managing director Jutta Dierks confirmed preliminary investigations were underway, but said it was too early to forecast if or when the BiFuel would join the mainstream Golf VI range, which launches here later this month.
“At the end of the day we have to see whether we can bring it in at a price the customers can afford it,” she said. “Sometimes you cannot bring a car in because it does not make sense on the financial side, sometimes it just fits our market perfectly.”
Volkswagen claims average fuel consumption of 9.2 L/100km and 149 g/km CO2 emitted in LPG mode for the BiFuel, while switching to petrol delivers 7.1L/100km and 169 g/km CO2. Total theoretical range is more than 1100km.