Many cities around the world have started bike-sharing programs, but VW is set to launch a car-sharing system in Hanover, Germany that will see residents drive their latest model, the Golf BlueMotion. The program, named “Quicar – Share a Volkswagen”, will allow the citizens of Hanover to share the Blue Motion, which is powered by a 1.6-liter TDI diesel engine, and boasts an average fuel consumption of 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers – that’s 62 miles per gallon.

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While the car may not be electric or hydrogen powered, you have to admit those are some impressive stats. VW is also expected to add similar efficient models later in the year, including the Caddy and the Beetle.

VW is working closely with the city’s government on a new low carbon transportation plan. The city of 520,000 is a major industrial hub and one of Germany’s biggest trade-fair venues. “It is the ideal setting for such a project,” the city’s mayor, Stephan Weil, said in a press release.

Hanover will soon see its streets beseiged by 200 Golf BlueMotions, with 50 pick-up and drop-off locations throughout the city. Once a citizen registers for the program, they can book a Golf BlueMotion via the Internet, smartphone or through a call center. After that, they can jump in a vehicle by simply waving a card over a reader fitted to the vehicle. Moreover, all vehicles in the Quicar program will be fitted with navigation and entertainment systems.

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via Green Auto Blog