Volkswagen has updated its Transporter Bluemotion to further improve the efficiency of its most environmentally-friendly medium van

With a price tag of £19, 245 excluding VAT, the Transporter Bluemotion, which is available only as a panel van, has official fuel consumption on the combined cycle of 48.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 153g/km – representing a 3.9mpg improvement in fuel economy and 13g/km reduction in emissions compared to the previous Bluemotion model.

VW claimed the revised van could theoretically cover 850 miles on a tank of fuel.

The manufacturer said it achieved the improved performance through modifying the engine management system and transmission, using low rolling-resistance tyres, start/stop, battery regeneration systems and cruise control.

“Every aspect of the vehicle’s specification has been optimised to reduce weight and improve aerodynamics,” said VW.

The Transporter Bluemotion is powered by VW’s 2.0-litre 114hp common rail TDI engine.