Thursday, 2 October 2014

World premiere of the XL Sport

World premiere of the XL Sport featuring high-tech Ducati engine:
Volkswagen showcases super-efficient concept sports car

Icons – XL Sport powered by V2 engine from Ducati Superleggera

Pure efficiency – 200 PS gives new XL Sport a top speed of 270 km/h

Ten key facts about the world premiere of the XL Sport:
1. The XL Sport was developed on the basis of the XL1.
2. The vehicle is propelled by the world's most powerful two-cylinder engine.
3. The Ducati V2 engine generates 147 kW / 200 PS.
4. Aerodynamics of the XL Sport are better than those of any other sports car.
5. XL Sport's 200 PS sufficient to achieve 270 km/h. A record.
6. The Ducati Superleggera V2 engine revs all the way to 11,000 rpm.
7. The high-tech engine features titanium connecting rods and magnesium alloys.
8. Ducati engine is fitted with legendary desmodromic valves.
9. Completely new chassis reveals layout typical for motor sports.
10. Major design aspects have been developed completely from scratch.

There has never been a sports car like the XL Sport concept being showcased by Volkswagen in a world premiere at the Paris Motor Show. A car that uncompromisingly furthers the development of the lightweight sports car in its very essence. A 270 km/h driving machine based on the XL1, the most efficient car of all time. Efficiency and emotion compellingly recombined. At the rear of the XL Sport sits one of the finest achievements in engine technology – the V2 adapted from the new Ducati 1199 Superleggera, the world's most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle. Like the XL1, of which only 250 units will be built, the Superleggera is also being manufactured in a limited edition (500 units), in a process that embraces hand fabrication and high-precision industrial manufacturing technologies alike. The XL1 and the Superleggera, two icons of lightweight carbon and magnesium design technology, thus unite to create a unique sports car. With the XL Sport, the group brands Volkswagen and Ducati impressively demonstrate how high-tech developments can lead to synergies between brands and be used by both parties as modules for new concepts.

The technical matrix

Pioneering aerodynamics. The Ducati 1199 Superleggera has the best power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle in history. In the world of the motor car, the XL Sport achieves something similar. In this case it is the ratio between weight (890 kg), power (147 kW / 200 PS) and aerodynamics (cd x A = 0.44 m2) that currently makes this concept car the fastest 200 PS car in the world. No other sports car has ever reached a top speed of 270 km/h with 200 PS. One stand-out feature in this is the vehicle's aerodynamics. As indicated above, the coefficient of the drag coefficient (0.258) and the vehicle's frontal area (1.7 m2) is 0.44 m2. This is one of the best values ever achieved and a major triumph for Volkswagen's aerodynamics engineers and designers, made all the more impressive due to the fact that as a thoroughbred sports car, the concept's design brief demands wide tyres, a high requirement for cooling air and optimal downforce. There are a number of individual features that contribute to the XL Sport's arrow-like performance in addition to the uncompromising aerodynamic styling of the body. These include special air curtains that direct the air in the frontal area into specific channels, wheel arch ventilation, a further optimised underbody, lift-reducing air ducts in the bonnet, an extendible rear spoiler (powered by the same unit as in the Lamborghini Aventador) and adaptive waste heat vents incorporated in the rear hatch (louvre that opens and closes automatically as required to conduct excess engine heat away).

The world's most powerful two-cylinder engine. The Ducati 1199 Superleggera's V2 engine was slightly modified for use in the XL Sport but is basically the same as the motorcycle engine. Thanks to its tough, lightweight titanium connecting rods, the 1,199 cc DOHC engine can attain speeds up to 11,000 rpm. The Superquadro's high speeds are made possible by its extreme bore/stroke ratio (112 mm/60.8 mm) and the exceptionally short crankshaft stroke associated with it. In addition, the two four-valve cylinders, which are arranged at an angle of 90° to each other, feature a desmodromic valve control system (positive valve closure) that is typical of the high-revving Ducati engines and requires the finest of precision engineering to ensure optimum valve clearance. Other features of the world's most powerful two-cylinder engine are the magnesium alloy clutch, cylinder head and oil pan covers, the two disks of the throttle valves, and the two injectors per cylinder. Last but by no means least, the XL Sport has a newly developed intermediate gearbox to reduce engine speeds by a factor of 1.86. Torque from the V2 engine (134 Nm) is transmitted to the rear axle via a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG).

Racing chassis. The way this lightweight sports car is propelled by its engine is worthy of some note. The car's acceleration from 0–100 km/h in 5.7 seconds almost becomes a secondary issue when considering the impressive combination of the vehicle's high-revving V2 engine, low weight, perfect aerodynamics and significantly redesigned chassis that together take the XL Sport straight into the realm of the racing circuit. The chassis, incorporated in a high-strength steel space frame, consists of a double wishbone front axle with the dampers connected below in a pull rod configuration, and a double wishbone rear axle with the dampers connected above in a push rod configuration – here too, the parallels with motor racing are impossible to overlook. High-speed tyres sized 205/40 R 18 (front) and 265/35 R 18 (rear) embrace forged magnesium wheels, which offer a total weight reduction of 23.9 kg compared with aluminium wheels. The XL Sport is decelerated by an extremely stable brake system with ceramic discs.

CFRP body. The XL Sport is a sister model of the XL1. Both share the same basic design. The main element they have in common is the body, many parts of which are manufactured in carbon-reinforced polymer (CFRP), with a monocoque featuring slightly offset seats for the driver and passenger. Here, Volkswagen prefers CFRP components manufactured using the RTM process (Resin Transfer Moulding). The density of this material or its specific gravity is just 20% that of a comparable steel exterior skin, yet it is just as rigid and strong.

Wing doors that swing forwards. The wing doors of the XL1 and XL Sport are reminiscent of those of a high-end sports car. They are hinged at two points: low on the A-pillars and just above the windscreen in the roof frame, so they do not just swivel upwards, but slightly forwards as well. The doors also extend far into the roof. When they are opened, they create an exceptionally large amount of entry and exit space. The door windows are made of polycarbonate. The upper part of the windows is firmly attached to the exterior door skin due to the specifications of lightweight design, while a segment of the lower area of the side windows can be opened. The windscreen of both models is manufactured from a special type of thin glass.

Dimensions and Design

Compelling proportions. Despite sharing ground with the X1 in terms of its underlying design, the XL Sport has a look of its own. The reason for this is that whereas the XL1 was designed for uncompromising fuel efficiency, the design brief of the XL Sport took this a step further with the inclusion of uncompromising driving dynamics. The special requirements regarding the downforce values of a 270 km/h car and the parameters of the drive technology led to the XL Sport being longer and wider than the XL1. Dimensions in detail: The XL Sport showcased in Paris is 4,291 mm long (XL1: 3,888 mm), 1,847 mm wide (XL1: 1,664 mm), 1,152 mm high (XL1: 1,153 mm). The wheelbase has also been increased to 2,424 mm (XL1: 2,224 mm). These proportions in themselves create a compelling look.

Design concept. When extreme proportions encounter an innovative, progressive and precise design, icons are created. Such is the case with the XL Sport. As outlined above, the concept car builds on the dynamic and extravagant design of the XL1. The monolithic surfaces have an even more muscular appearance as they extend over the significantly broader wings and the large wheels. With extreme proportions and lines which are powerful and precise in equal measure, the XL Sport is broad and low on the road, dominating it with an untamed dynamism even when stationary. The precise, clear surfaces and shapes of the XL Sport are more than just the expression of a sporty aesthetic: the aerodynamic engineers and designers have worked hand in hand to create a sculpture that is both highly appealing and aerodynamically perfect.

The design of the front section. The broad front section of the XL Sport exudes an unmistakable charisma with its dual LED headlights and the signature of the LED daytime running lights that is characteristic of the XL1. As mentioned, the front of the XL Sport features air intakes on each side of the headlights for the air curtains which feed the air optimally around the car's bow and front sides. In common with the X1, the front section of the XL Sport does not have a conventional radiator grille, yet it retains the current Volkswagen design DNA, with horizontal lines dominating this area: specifically, a black cross-stripe combines with the dual headlights to form a continuous band. The actual air supply for cooling the Ducati engine is via vents in the rear wings.

The design of the silhouette. Whereas the XL1 is at its widest at the front and tapers towards the rear, the XL Sport is just as wide at the back as at the front. From above, the shape is that of a classic racing car, with the doors retracted like a waist. Looking at a side view of the wings and doors it is obvious why: here, at each of the A and B pillars, there are distinctive air inlets and outlets to ensure an optimum air flow and for cooling the drive unit. In addition it gives the silhouette an exciting stretched appearance that promises power yet exudes a rare elegance and a timeless beauty. Observers will look for door mirrors in vain; replacing them are small streamlined cameras integrated in the wing doors: e-Mirrors (digital outside mirrors) that send images of the surroundings behind the car to two displays inside the vehicle (e-Mirrors made their debut in the XL1). In front of the rear wheel arches, 'Motore Ducati' lettering refers to the 1199 Superleggera engine in the rear.

The design of the rear section. As illustrated, the XL Sport gives off a completely different impression compared with the XL1, especially at the rear, as this is now significantly wider. At the same time, the new XL Sport also has four specific features that catch the eye. First, the extremely wide, flat rear with its distinctive shoulders (powerful, wide surfaces above the wheels) and the extendible rear spoiler which occupies almost the full width of the vehicle's rear end. Second, as with the XL1 there is the coupé-shaped roofline without rear windscreen. Merging into the roofline is the rear hatch that conceals the Ducati engine, the 7-speed DSG and 107 litres of luggage space. Another new feature of the XL Sport: a louvre comprised of five slats that are seated flush in the rear hatch, which, depending on the temperature, open automatically to cool the drive unit. Third, the iconic red LED ribbon that follows the shape of the rear section. At the sides the ribbon is framed by another, vertical, LED element which serves to emphasise the width of the XL Sport. Fourth, there is a black diffuser that merges almost seamlessly into the completely enclosed underbody and is finished at each side with a chrome exhaust tailpipe.

Interior design. The interior of the XL Sport is based on the interior of the XL1, but has been modified and individualised with a number of special details conforming with the complete realignment of the vehicle's dynamic. For example, the XL Sport boasts a characteristic digital instrument cluster specially designed for motor sports, with an individual lap time and oil pressure display. A flat carbon part that extends the top of the instrument cluster covering to completely eliminate reflections. The XL Sport's steering wheel has decorative red stitching and has been equipped with aluminium shift paddles to facilitate ultra quick gear shifts. There are further classy details to add a sporty touch, with anodised aluminium accents around the air vents, the climate control fascia and the DSG shift gate. Picking up the theme of the contrasting red stitching in the steering wheel, the seat belts are also red. No changes have been made to the perfect ergonomics enjoyed by the driver and passenger.

Please note:
TDI, TSI and DSG are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG or other companies of the Volkswagen Group in Germany and other countries.
Features and technical data apply to models offered in Germany. They may differ in other countries. All fuel economy and CO2 figures on new products are estimated values as of October 2014.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Paris 2014: The World Premiere of the Passat GTE

World premiere of the new Passat GTE at the Paris Motor Show: for the first time, plug-in hybrid drive for Passat Saloon and Estate cars

-Electric car: the Passat GTE can be driven up to 50 km in an all-electric mode
-Touring car: Paris-London-Paris nonstop and with zero emissions in the city

Ten important facts about the world premiere of the Passat GTE:

 1. The Passat GTE is the first plug-in hybrid by Volkswagen offered both in saloon and estate versions.

 2. The new Passat GTE is front wheel-driven and develops a maximum system output of 160 kW / 218 PS.

 3. With a sufficient battery charge and up to a defined minimum outside temperature, the Passat GTE always starts in the all-electric "E-Mode".

 4. The Passat GTE can cover a distance of up to 50 kilometres in the electric "E-Mode" and thus with zero emissions.

 5. The driving range with a full tank and fully charged battery is over 1,000 km. Paris-London-Paris without refuelling.

 6. The standard fuel consumption in accordance with NEDC fuel consumption* is under 2.0 l/100 km (analogous to less than 45 g/km CO2).

 7. The Passat GTE has a top speed in Hybrid mode of over 220 km/h; driven in all-electric "E-Mode", 130 km/h.

 8. Standard: LED headlights, "Composition Media" infotainment system, Front Assist and City Emergency Braking.

 9. The Passat GTE will be available with the optional digital and interactive Active Info Display.

 10. The design of the Passat GTE was customised. One of its identifying features is the C-shaped LED daytime running light.

The new Passat is one of the most innovative cars in its class. Equipped with progressive drive, assistance and infotainment systems, it is high-tech encapsulated in a powerful design with sharp proportions. The eighth generation is currently being launched in Europe, yet already, Volkswagen has come up with something more: the German car maker is showing the Passat GTE in a world premiere at the Paris Motor Show – the first Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive system. It is a zero-emission and long-distance vehicle in one and available as a saloon or estate car. In GTE mode, the Volkswagen also has a very sporty side. Plug-in hybrid, in this case, stands for the combination of a turbocharged direct injection petrol engine (TSI) with an electric motor, which is supplied with energy from an externally (or in Charge mode) chargeable lithium-ion battery. Thanks to this battery, the Passat GTE can cover a distance of up to 50 kilometres in all-electric mode and thus with zero emissions. Important: at the press of a button next to the gear knob, the driver can also control the all-electric mode ("E-Mode") at will – for example, at the end of a long drive when the destination is in city surroundings. For example, London: anybody who drives into the city in a plug-in hybrid such as the Passat GTE or in an electric vehicle such as the e-up! does not have to pay the congestion charge, which is normally mandatory.

218 PS and more than 1,000 km driving range. A contrast to the "E-Mode" is offered by the mode "GTE", which is also accessible at the press of a button – in this mode, the Passat delivers a maximum system output of 160 kW / 218 PS; a wide variety of parameters such as the accelerator pedal and steering are also configured in a sportier way in this mode. The 1.4-litre TSI engine develops a power of 115 kW / 156 PS (as of 5,000 rpm); the electric motor produces 85 kW / 115 PS. The maximum torque of the plug-in hybrid drive system is 400 Newton metres. Performance and power are deployed both efficiently and in an eco-friendly way: The NEDC consumption (for hybrid vehicles) is under 2.0 l/100 km and 13.0 kWh/100 km; these values equate to CO2 emissions fewer than 45 g/km. In combination with the TSI, this results in a driving range of over 1,000 kilometres with a full 50-litre fuel tank and fully charged battery – with it, the Passat GTE covers the route from Paris to London and back to the French capital easily without a single refuelling stop.

130 km/h in all-electric mode, over 220 km/h by TSI. The pioneering low power/fuel consumption and emission values contrast with a powerful driving performance: the Passat GTE, always with front-wheel drive and equipped as standard with a 6-gear dual clutch gearbox especially developed for the hybrid drive, accelerates to 100 km/h in less than 8.0 seconds and achieves a top speed of more than 220 km/h; in the "E-Mode," 130 km/h.

Comprehensive electric mobility strategy. The Passat GTE will be launched in the second half of next year – both as a saloon and an estate. With the market launch of the plug-in hybrid, a total of nine drive versions, covering a power range from 92 kW / 125 PS to 206 kW / 280 PS, will be available for the European version of the Passat. All versions meet the EU 6 emissions standard. The Passat GTE also constitutes an integral part of the strategy for electric mobility at Volkswagen. After the XL1, e-up!, e-Golf and Golf GTE, the Passat GTE is the fifth, or sixth model (saloon and estate car) that can be operated by electric motor on daily distances with zero emissions.

Equipment – high-tech features and GTE design

Independent. The Passat GTE is an independent equipment line. On the one hand, its standard equipment includes many features also available in other models of the range, either as an option or without extra charge, depending on the equipment version: LED headlights (for dipped beam and main beam), Driver Alert System, Automatic Post-Collision Braking system, Front Assist ambient monitoring system including City Emergency Braking function, rain sensor, the ParkPilot for the front and rear, chrome strips on the side windows and comfort seats in the front. On the other hand, as a high-tech flagship in terms of drive technology, the model features several unique elements and equipment upgrades inside which distinguish the Passat GTE from the rest of the range.

Exterior. In the upper section of the front end, the Passat GTE can be recognised by a specific chrome radiator grille unit with additional blue line. The front bumper was also redesigned, and distinctive here are the striking cross panels in the lower air inlet and the C-shaped LED daytime running light. The LED modules integrated directly in the bumper have advanced in the Passat GTE to an unmistakable and charismatic signature of the plug-in hybrid. The "C"-shaped LED daytime running light and the blue line in the radiator grille unit are stylistic devices purposefully deployed by Design: blue is the Volkswagen "e-mobility colour" and in conjunction with the C-shaped daytime running light, it constitutes an identifying feature of all Volkswagen's electric and plug-in hybrid models. When viewed from the side, 17-inch "Astana" alloy wheels identify the Passat GTE as a plug-in hybrid.

Interior. The interior was likewise fine-tuned for the new drive system. With a menu matrix for the functions and displays related to the drive system, the engineers and interface designers at Volkswagen TE (Technical Development Centre) tailored features such as the standard "Composition Media" infotainment system and the instrument cluster (with power meter) for the plug-in hybrid drive. In addition, the innovative Active Info Display with specific displays will be also available as an option for the Passat GTE. Standard details such as the blue ambient lighting, leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel with blue decorative stitching, GTE-specific gear knob with blue stitching and seats covered in "Sevilla" cloth with a blue basic structure have also been especially configured to the Passat GTE. Furthermore, the interior was enhanced by the "Waves" design (aluminium look) and "Piano Black" (high-gloss black) as well as a GTE logo in front of the gear shift gate.

Controlling functions via app. The owner of the new Passat GTE can make use of the "CAR-NET e-Remote" app, by which the charging of the battery, for instance, can be started via smartphone. Likewise, all climate control functions can be activated via the smartphone. In addition, information on the vehicle status, state of charge of the battery, recent driving data or last parking position can be queried. It is also possible to check whether the doors are closed and the lights turned off.

Instruments – specific displays of the Passat GTE

Touchscreen. The new Passat GTE will be launched with the high-resolution 6.5-inch display of the standard "Composition Media" infotainment system. Optional: the "Discover Media" (also with a 6.5-inch display) and "Discover Pro" (with an 8.0-inch display) radio-navigation systems. Both devices feature numerous additional functions in the Passat GTE. They include a "range monitor", an "energy flow indicator", "zero-emission statistics", "e-manager" and – when the optional navigation system is installed – the "360° range" feature.

• Range monitor: depicts the momentary electric driving range of the Passat GTE; the additional range potential that can be achieved by turning off auxiliary consumers that might be in use is also shown.
• Energy flow indicator: this indicator utilises animated graphics to depict the energy flow when accelerating (blue arrows) as well as braking, i.e. regenerative braking (green arrows).
• e-Manager: up to three departure and charging times can be programmed here, and heating or cooling of the interior can be activated via the stationary air conditioning, which comes as a standard feature.
• 360° range: the driving range in "E-Mode" is shown by the so-called 360° zone on the map of the surrounding area. The highlighted zone depicts the one-way electric driving range of the car. Charging stations can be displayed and used in route calculation.

Power meter is central instrument. On the left side of the instrument cluster the Passat GTE's power meter supplements the tachometer and shows information such as whether the high-voltage battery is being charged by regeneration or whether – and how much – energy is being consumed. The speedometer is still on the right side. A colour display (multifunction display Premium), which is located between the power meter and speedometer, continually displays the electric driving range and the momentary operating mode. In a separate LED field in the lower segment of the multifunction display, the "READY" message also appears after starting the e-motor, indicating that the car is ready to be driven. This is done because the electric motor cannot be heard when the car is stopped.
Active Info Display. Volkswagen is offering an instrument cluster that has been designed as a full interactive display in the new Passat GTE as an option: the Active Info Display. All instruments – thus also the specific displays in the Passat GTE – are implemented virtually by software. Navigation information can be shown in 2-D or 3-D views on a 12.3-inch display. Its resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels enables extremely precise, high-quality graphics and interactive display of all details. Take the Navigation mode, for instance: here the speedometer and tachometer are relocated to the sides to make more room for the map display. Information on driving, navigation and assistance functions can be integrated into the graphic areas of the speedometer and tachometer as needed. Data that is displayed on the centre console via the infotainment system, such as phone contact pages or CD covers, can also be shown in the Active Info Display in the Passat. In fact, the driver can find all information relevant to driving in his direct field of view. As described above, he can pull up important data he needs according to the situation at hand and then use it in an individually selected display.

Drive system – with zero emissions whenever possible

TSI, electric motor, DSG, battery. As outlined above, Volkswagen uses a turbocharged direct petrol injection engine (1.4 TSI) and a three-phase permanent magnet synchronous motor as electric motor to power the Passat GTE. Like a turbine, the e-motor revs up from a standstill and provides a maximum torque of 330 Nm. The electric motor is supplied by the lithium-ion high-voltage battery; the battery's energy capacity amounts to 9.9 kWh. The gearbox that Volkswagen uses here is an automatic 6-speed DSG with three clutches (dual clutch plus disengagement clutch) that was specially developed for hybrid use. Whenever possible, the disengagement clutch disengages the TSI from the driven front axle and shuts it off – such as in phases of "coasting"; in this case, the Passat GTE makes use of the car's kinetic energy and coasts without any added propulsive power. Volkswagen integrated the electric motor into the gearbox housing. Additional components of the hybrid drive include the power electronics (converts DC power from the battery to AC power for the electric motor) and a charger. An electro-mechanical brake servo and an electric air conditioning compressor also ensure optimal and energy-efficient operation of the brakes and air conditioner in "E-Mode".

Operating modes – starting in the "E-Mode"

From "E-Mode" to "GTE". The Passat GTE can be driven in four different modes, and which one to choose is very intuitive. "E-Mode", "Hybrid", "Battery Charge" and "GTE". The driver can always see which mode is active on the multifunction display of the instrument cluster.
Starting in the "E-Mode". Upon starting the car, the Passat GTE drives automatically in the "E-Mode" (except when the battery is not sufficiently charged or the outside temperature is very low, in which case the TSI takes over immediately). When a minimum charge level of the battery has been reached or when there is very high demand for power, the drive system automatically switches over to the "Hybrid" mode. In this state, "E-Mode" is deactivated, and the Passat GTE now behaves like a classic full hybrid vehicle that charges the battery regeneratively during deceleration and automatically uses the TSI and/or electric motor, depending on the driving situation. The charge state of the battery is maintained at a constant level in this mode. By pressing the "E-Mode" button (to the left of the gear knob), the driver can manually switch to "E-Mode." This button opens simultaneously a selection window in the infotainment system, in which the three "E-Mode", "Hybrid" and "Battery Charge" modes can be directly selected.

"Battery Charge" via menu. In addition to the "E-Mode" and "Hybrid" modes, you can set another mode via the infotainment system menu, as described: "Battery Charge" (charge the battery). In this mode, the high-voltage battery is charged during the drive.
Sporty in the "GTE" mode. By pressing the "GTE" button (also to the left of the gear knob), the driver can switch to "GTE" mode which activates the very sporty nature of the agile Passat GTE. The driver (and all passengers) notice the following: The characteristics of the accelerator pedal, gearbox and steering are made sportier. In connection with optional DCC, the chassis is firmer. The tuning of the TSI is also more performance oriented. In addition, in the "GTE" mode the TSI and electric motor work together, in what is known as "boosting", to make the full system power and the maximum system torque available.

Charging the battery. There are two different ways to charge the battery in the Passat GTE via the charging socket in the radiator grille. First: the standard charging cable is plugged into a 230 volt mains electrical socket. The battery is then charged by alternating current (AC) from the mains at a power level of 2.3 kW. From completely flat, it can be fully charged (100 per cent battery charge level) in four hours and 15 minutes. Second: Volkswagen offers an optional wall box for a garage or carport which charges at a power level of 3.6 kW. Using this method, the battery is fully charged after only two hours and 30 minutes. Like the wall box, there are also public charging stations that "refuel" electric cars at a power level of 3.6 kW.

Please note: TDI, TSI and DSG are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG or other companies of the Volkswagen Group in Germany and in other countries.
 All of the fuel economy and driving performance data in this press kit are estimated values, as of October 2014.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Amarok Atacama special edition Debuts at IAA Nutzfahrzeuge 2014 in Hannover

Successfully on the market for four years, the Volkswagen Amarok already boasts a number of interesting special editions in the most varied of designs.

Based on the Amarok Trendline, the attractive Atacama special edition is now being unveiled for the first time at the IAA. While the interior has many of the features of the Amarok Highline, coloured stitching is used on the steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake.

New interior fabric also adds to the stand-alone character of the attractively priced special edition. From the outside the Amarok Atacama can be identified by lettering with designer stripes and new 17" Albany wheels. In addition, bi-xenon headlights light up the road in ideal fashion.

Aside from the special editions, the Amarok range is also extended by the option of automatic transmission on the Single Cab, with or without all-wheel drive. 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Paris 2014: World premiere of the new Golf Alltrack


World premiere of the charismatic Golf Alltrack in Paris: Crossover of Estate car and SUV brings together on- and off-road worlds

-For all terrains: Golf Alltrack launches with all-wheel drive and off-road look
-Four powerful engines: one new TSI with 180 PS and three TDI engines with up to 184 PS

Ten key facts about the world premiere of the Golf Alltrack:

1. Passenger car and SUV in one: new Golf Alltrack brings together the on- and off-road worlds, both technically and visually.

2. The multifaceted Golf Alltrack, like the larger Passat Alltrack, is based on the versatile body of the Estate version.

3. Standard equipment includes permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

4. An off-road driving profile and up to 20 mm additional ground clearance perfect the vehicle's characteristics on unpaved trails.

5. The engines produce 81 kW / 110 PS (TDI), 110 kW / 150 PS (TDI), 132 kW / 180 PS (TSI) and 135 kW / 184 PS (TDI).

6. 180-PS and 184-PS versions will launch with an automatic 6-speed DSG as standard.

7. The front and rear of the vehicle feature independent designs, and the car has flared wheel arches and side sills.

8. Sophisticated high-end interior with unique materials and accents match the vehicle's sporty character.

9. The Golf Alltrack will arrive on the market in spring 2015.

10. The Golf Alltrack continues the Volkswagen product offensive. It is the twelfth new Golf version within 24 months.

Volkswagen introduced the Passat Alltrack to close the gap between the on-road and off-road worlds. Now Volkswagen is transferring this concept to another vehicle class in the new Golf Alltrack. Europe's largest carmaker is celebrating the world premiere of this all-wheel drive model at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris (02 to 19 October). Technical and visual properties of the Golf Alltrack include a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, higher ground clearance, wheel arch mouldings and flared side sills that offer body protection, newly designed bumpers and many other independent exterior and interior features. Available power units are a petrol engine (TSI) and three diesel engines (TDI) – all are powerful turbocharged direct-injection units. The 1.8 TSI with an output of 132 kW / 180 PS is an entirely new addition to the Golf range. TDI versions of the Golf Alltrack will launch at these power levels: 81 kW / 110 PS (1.6 TDI), 110 kW / 150 (2.0 TDI) and 135 kW / 184 PS (2.0 TDI). The versions with 180 PS and 184 PS transfer their power to the all-wheel drive system via a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard.

Permanent all-wheel drive 4MOTION.

The new Golf Alltrack was designed for good performance on both paved roads and light off-road terrain. The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system creates the technical foundation here. This system, which is equipped with a latest generation Haldex coupling, activates even before slip occurs and prevents nearly all losses in traction thanks to a proactive control system that adapts to the momentary driving state. Under relatively low engine load conditions, or when coasting, forward propulsion comes primarily from the front axle, while the rear axle is decoupled. This basic drive layout saves on fuel. If necessary, the rear axle can be variably engaged within fractions of a second. This is done by the Haldex-5 coupling, which is activated via an electro-hydraulic oil pump. A control unit continually adjusts the ideal drive torque for the rear axle and controls how much the multi-plate clutch should engage by activating the oil pump. If necessary, nearly 100 per cent of the drive torque can be directed to the rear axle.

EDS and XDS. In addition to the Haldex coupling that acts as a longitudinal lock, the four-wheel EDS system – operating as an electronic differential lock that is integrated in the ESC electronic stability control system – assumes the role of a differential lock at both axles. The Golf Alltrack is also equipped with XDS at the front and rear axles. It optimises steering response by braking the wheels on the inside of a bend during fast driving. As soon as the electronics detect excessively reduced load at one of the wheels on the inside of a bend, the hydraulic unit of the ESC system applies brake pressure to this wheel to restore optimal traction.

Offroad driving profile and off-road suspension. The combination of the up to 20 mm higher ground clearance, "Offroad" driving profile and 4MOTION four-wheel drive system give the newest Golf off-road driving traits that are typical of an SUV. The "Offroad" driving profile activates a hill descent function (automatically brakes the car), modified accelerator pedal characteristic and off-road configuration of the ABS system (modified control interval when braking forms desirable wedge of gravel in front of wheels). The Golf Alltrack not only offers exceptionally good off-road properties and active safety benefits; it is also an ideal towing vehicle, designed to handle trailer loads of up to 2,000 kg (braked on 12 % incline).

Direct-injection turbocharged engines

One TSI, three TDI engines. As mentioned, the new Golf Alltrack will launch with four four-cylinder engines; they all fulfil the EU-6 emissions standard. The power range of the engines: 81 kW / 110 PS to 135 kW / 184 PS.

1.8 TSI with 180 PS. For the first time in the Golf, Volkswagen is offering a 1.8-litre TSI with 132 kW / 180 PS (from 4,500 rpm). The direct-injection four-cylinder turbocharged engine is ideally suited for use in the Golf Alltrack, because it develops an impressive maximum torque of 280 Nm from a low 1,350 rpm, and maintains this constant value up to 4,500 rpm. The Golf Alltrack 1.8 TSI is equipped with a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard. The versatile vehicle has a top speed of 217 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds. This agility contrasts with an economical fuel consumption figure of 6.8 l/100 km (equates to 158 g/km CO2).

High-tech diesels. All three turbodiesel (TDI) engines of the Golf Alltrack come from the EA288 engine series. These common rail four-cylinder engines, which were introduced in the latest seventh generation Golf, are among the most efficient in the world. Despite their different engine displacements and power levels, they share several key technology modules, including emissions-relevant components such as the fuel injection system, turbocharger and intercooler within the induction module. A sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation system is also used. Also included: oxidation catalytic converter, diesel particulate filter and NOx storage catalytic converter.

1.6 TDI with 81 kW / 110 PS. The entry-level engine to the Golf Alltrack range is a 1,598 cc TDI with 81 kW / 110 PS which consumes just 4.7 l/100 km (equates to 124 g/km CO2). The engine reaches its maximum power between 3,200 and 4,000 rpm, and its maximum torque of 250 Nm is available between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. This engine accelerates the Golf Alltrack 1.6 TDI to 100 km/h in 12.1 seconds and enables a top speed of 187 km/h.

2.0 TDI with 150 PS. At the next power level up, Volkswagen uses a 1,968 cc TDI with 110 kW / 150 PS in the Alltrack which has a combined fuel consumption of just 4.9 l/100 km (127 g/km CO2). This 2.0-litre TDI has two balancer shafts which makes it run very smoothly. It develops its maximum power between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm, and its maximum torque of 340 Nm is available from a low 1,750 rpm (up to 3,000 rpm). The Golf Alltrack 2.0 TDI has a top speed of 207 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds.

2.0 TDI with 184 PS. This Golf Alltrack 2.0 TDI sets a record with an output of 135 kW / 184 PS (at 3,500 to 4,000 rpm), becoming the most powerful Golf ever in an Estate body. The two-litre turbocharged engine delivers its maximum torque of 380 Nm to the 6-speed DSG – which comes as standard on this car – from a low 1,750 rpm. It maintains this constant value up to 3,250 rpm. The car's power and torque figures, along with its all-wheel drive system not only perfect its off-road properties but also enable trailer loads of up to 2,000 kg (braked on 12 % incline). The engine, which was adapted from the Golf GTD, also delivers extremely sporty driving performance: 7.8 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h and 219 km/h top speed are proof of this. The Golf Alltrack 2.0 TDI consumes just 5.1 l/100 km (134 g/km CO2).

Design and customised features

Exterior – side profile. The Golf Alltrack, which has up to 20 mm additional ground clearance, essentially has the same car body as the Golf Estate. However, much of the exterior of the new model was customised, resulting in a very charismatic vehicle. From the side, the black wheel arch mouldings of the Golf Alltrack are visually prominent; this rugged protection is continued in mouldings that run above the side sills and into the lower areas of the redesigned bumpers. The side sills, painted in matt "Reflex Silver" have sporty flares that offer additional protection. The car's side body styling is complemented by 17-inch "Valley" alloy wheels designed specifically for the Volkswagen Alltrack models, door mirror caps painted in glossy "Reflex Silver", an "Alltrack" badge on the wings, a chrome trim strip (matt) beneath the side windows and the "Silver" anodised roof rail.

Exterior – front and rear. The independent front end of the Golf Alltrack features a low-profile radiator grille crossbar in the upper front area that sports an aluminium look (matt) and extends into the headlights. The radiator grille in honeycomb design with a chrome "Alltrack" badge was designed in matt "Black". The lower cooling air intake in the fully redesigned bumper also has a honeycomb structure. Another visual highlight here is a distinctive crossbar in "Reflex Silver", which extends across the entire width of the bumper and into the side body where, like a wing, it integrates the standard fog lights (with integrated cornering lights). Underbody protection in "Reflex Silver" completes the lower section of the front end. At the rear, the Golf Alltrack – which is equipped with dark-red rear lights – has a new bumper design with a visually dominant underbody protection in "Reflex Silver". The version with the 180-PS TSI engine can be made out by its dual-branch exhaust system with separate chrome tailpipes on the left and right. Meanwhile, the TDI versions have a sporty visual presence with dual chrome tailpipes on the left side.

Interior. The high-end interior of the Golf Alltrack reflects its sporty off-road character. In this car, interior styling is defined by such details as a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shift lever, custom seat covers with the "Alltrack" badge on the backs of the front seats, accents in "Dark Magnesium" (centre console) and "Tracks" (dashboard and interior door trim) as well as ambient lights in the door trim. Other standard features (in addition to the "Comfortline") include: automatic climate control ("Climatronic"), LED reading lights for the front and rear seats, lights in the front footwell areas, "Composition Touch" infotainment system, Driver Alert System and cruise control system. Exclusive features include a chrome trim strip with "4MOTION" lettering on the centre console compartment lid, stainless steel door sill plates with "Alltrack" lettering and chrome accents for various switches and buttons (lights, electric windows, mirrors). Sporty features include the (optional) black rooflining, including upper roof pillar trim elements, and custom pedals and foot rest with an aluminium look. The Golf Alltrack will go on sale in the spring of next year.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

World premiere of Volkswagen TRISTAR at the IAA 2014




•Concept car combines features of the current T model series, providing an outlook on future generations

 •20-inch display, video conferencing system and espresso machine

Hannover, 22 September 2014 – Multifunctional like a Swiss Army knife. Variable, reliable and an all-rounder: on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the first Syncro concept car, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents the TRISTAR, an unprecedented combination of all the good features of the current T model series. Its extreme off-road capability combined with flexible transport and storage capacities make the TRISTAR the perfect service, transport or surf mobile, at your choice.

Transporter of the future. On the occasion of this year’s IAA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents a concept vehicle with the legendary name of TRISTAR. The beefy pick-up with extended cab, styling bar and short wheelbase has a permanent four-wheel drive with mechanical rear axle differential lock and 30 mm additional ground clearance. Fitting its name, the designers have developed a high-precision, new and yet familiar design language: the sharp, wrap-around lines, LED headlights and a changed architecture of the whole front give the concept car a powerful and wide appearance. The monolithic dashboard is reminiscent in its shape and simple functionality of the earlier models of the VW Transporter. The load can be distributed on two separate levels: there is a spacious, dust-proof and watertight drawer under the flatbed section, where a deep-tread spare tire is also housed. The interior has a 20-inch tablet table and state-of-the-art video conferencing and sound systems alongside the turnable and slidable driver and passenger seats, turning the TRISTAR into the perfect place for meetings. We even thought of having an espresso machine installed.

All-rounder for specialists. Its extreme off-road capability in combination with flexible transport and storage capacities make the TRISTAR into a mobile workshop, a mobile high-tech office or into a perfect surf mobile. Safe, high-quality and flexible, the new Volkswagen TRISTAR is a versatile tool for every user. Whether an architect, a film crew, service expert, landscape gardener or an expedition participant.

Benchmark of its class. Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, speaking at the world premiere: “The TRISTAR shows an unprecedented combination of all the good features of the T model series. It demonstrates its potential and proves it is still the ultimate benchmark. Hence the TRISTAR combines yesterday and tomorrow: On the occasion of the anniversary of the first Syncro concept car, its strikingly shows the company’s all-wheel drive expertise and demonstrates its future viability.” He continues: “We take the needs of our customers seriously and are continuing to develop our best-seller with great purpose. We are thus redefining the benchmark of the class with each and every new model.”

Facts overview

Name: Volkswagen TRISTAR

Character: Transporter of the future as all-rounder for specialists. The best for your business – whatever it may be.

Dimensions: Length 4.788 mm; width 2.320 mm; height 2,066 mm; (30 mm additional ground clearance)

Drivetrain: Permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive, mechanical rear axle differential lock

Alloywheels “Rocadura” 245/70 R17

Engines / power / gearbox: 2,0 l TDI 150 kW, 450 Nm 150 kW at 4000 1/min 450 Nm at 1400 1/min 7-speed DSG

Vmax 185 km/h 0 – 80 km/ h in 6,7 s 0 – 100 km/ h in 10,0 s