Saturday, 12 July 2014

  • High levels of equipment with 18-inch alloys and rear parking camera
  • Fitting tribute to six decades of Transporter success in the UK
  • Available in panel van and Kombi forms, SWB and LWB
  • Retail prices start from £29,940 (ex. VAT)
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is celebrating 60 years of the Transporter in the UK with the launch of a new special edition model – the Sportline 60.

The new model replaces the current Sportline and is available in short and long wheelbase forms as either a Kombi or panel van. Distinguished from the rest of the range, the striking exterior features unique 18-inch five-spoke Anthracite alloy wheels, black steel side bars, gloss black door mirror covers and special decals, the Sportline 60 is one of the most stylish T5 Transporters ever offered.

Inside, the Sportline 60 is generously equipped.  Customers are treated to a host of premium creature comforts including an upgraded Kenwood sat-nav infotainment system which features smartphone mirroring functionality, DAB and Bluetooth connectivity. Front and rear parking sensors with camera also come as standard along with new quilted and embossed leather upholstery featuring a special Sportline 60 edition logo.

Also included in the standard specification are a front seat armrest; electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, electric windows, ABS, climate air conditioning, remote central locking and stereo with CD player.

Like the model it replaces, the new Sportline 60 distinguishes itself from other vans on the road with a number of distinctive styling cues. At the front, colour-coded front bumper and lower spoiler combine with a chrome grille. At the rear a roof spoiler, a colour-coded bumper and unique Sportline 60 badging add to the distinctive look. Available in metallic Reflex Silver or Deep Black as standard. Candy White with a Deep Black roof is available as an option.

The Sportline 60’s purposeful appearance is matched by the power that drives it. Thisspecial anniversary modelcomes with Volkswagen’s top of the range 2.0-litre BiTDI 180 PS engine, offering up to 400 Nm of torque.  Customers can choose between a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox. Retail prices start from £29,940 (ex. VAT) for the manual transmission (short wheelbase) and rise to £34,170 (ex. VAT) for the DSG transmission (long wheelbase).
First sold officially in the UK in 1954, the Transporter range has formed the backbone of  the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles range for six successful decades. Over the years, the Transporter has helped millions of owners build businesses and fulfil dreams. From globetrotters to gardeners, the Transporter has become the default choice for many generations. And while the Transporter has evolved dramatically during that time – through five generations – the philosophy and vision that created the original still holds true.

To date, more than 300,000 Transporters have been sold in the UK, with 18,350 sold in 2013 alone. The current Transporter range is one of the broadest in the commercial vehicle sector and comprises of panel van, Kombi, Shuttle, Caravelle and California variants.

Sportline 60 specification
  • 18-inch Sportline five-spoke alloy wheels finished in Anthracite or Black/Silver and with 255/45 R18 103 tyres. Includes Tyre Mobility System
  • Available in Brilliant Silver or Bi-colour finish
  • Body-coloured bumpers and door handles
  • Gloss black door mirror covers with Sportline logo
  • Front spoiler
  • Gloss black upper and lower front grille with chrome detailing
  • Headlights with interior chrome detailing
  • Darkened rear light clusters
  • Black steel side bars
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Sportline exterior badge
  • Quilted, embossed leather upholstery with Sportline logo
  • Front carpet floor mats with Sportline logo
  • Leather-covered steering wheel and gearknob
  • Armrests on driver’s seat
  • Climatic semi-automatic air-conditioning for cab
  • Kenwood DAB Multimedia System, with 7” colour touchscreen, full European Garmin satellite-navigation with real-time traffic information, built-in Bluetooth® phone connectivity. DAB radio and single CD with DVD playback
  • Full iPod or iPhone connectivity with an optional lead
  • Trip computer with multi-function display
  • Front and rear parking sensors with rear parking camera
  • Front fog lights with cornering light function
  • Thatcham Category 1 – approved alarm and immobilizer with tow-away, perimeter and interior cab protection

Friday, 4 July 2014

World premiere of the new Volkswagen Passat

New benchmark: the eighth generation of the world-wide best-seller features superior design, economical engines and state-of-the-art technologies

The impressive Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam served as the ideal setting for the world premiere of a world-wide best-seller: the new Passat. The most successful European business car makes its debut with new engines, less weight and not least with the latest assistance, Infotainment and convenience systems. The car melts away class boundaries.

"This Passat heralds in a new era: when it comes to design and proportions, engines and drive systems, Infotainment and assistance systems or when it is a matter of safety, convenience and driving pleasure," explained Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen on the evening before 500 guests. The Group chief continued: "The new Passat gives the right answers to the major automotive trends of its time. For me this Passat is a premium class car without premium costs. This fits perfectly to Europe's most successful business car – lining up with 20 percent better fuel economy, up to 85 kilograms less weight and a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines – there is even a plug-in hybrid available."

All versions of the Passat belong to the most successful mid-size cars in the world and at 1.1 million units a year (2013) it is the Volkswagen Group's model series with the highest volume sold world-wide. To continue this success in the eighth generation, the new Passat is again offered in saloon and estate versions with a multitude of innovations. Thanks to cutting-edge design methods its proportions were made significantly more dynamic (including lower body, longer wheelbase and larger wheels). At the same time, the latest technologies have been applied. They include systems such as Active Info display (a fully digital instrument cluster), extendible head-up display as well as systems such as an app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablet computers, Front Assist plus City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring and three more world firsts: Emergency Assist (vehicle stops in emergency), Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvring with a trailer) and Traffic Jam Assist.

 The new Passat will be available with 10 direct injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines covering a power range from 88 kW / 120 PS to 206 kW / 280 PS. The engines all meet Euro 6 emission standards and both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were lowered by up to 20 percent. All versions are equipped with a stop-start system and a regenerative braking mode. For the first time, the Passat will also be offered with a plug-in hybrid drive (115 kW TSI petrol engine plus 80 kW electric motor and externally chargeable battery). With a system power output of 155 kW / 211 PS it will be Volkswagen's most powerful plug-in hybrid and a genuine zero emission vehicle as it has an all-electric range of 50 km.

Advance sales for the new Passat begin on Thursday, 10 July.

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New Passat Launch photo links for readers to flicker through below. and  

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Beetle Global Rally Cross Racecar to Debut at Volkswagen Rallycross D.C. Event

With 544 horsepower, the Beetle GRC promises to be an eye-catching addition to the Global Rallycross series

Herndon, VA  — The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team today unveiled the definitive Beetle GRC rallycross car. The Beetle will run later this season in the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship, driven by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.

The team enters the third round of the season, Volkswagen Rallycross D.C., with two victories for Scott Speed driving the No. 7 7UP Volkswagen Polo. Both he and Foust are stoked by the prospect of the Beetle, which features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder TSI® turbocharged and intercooled engine making 544 horsepower. “The Polo has already proved super-competitive,” said Speed, “and we are really looking forward to racing a car that has been engineered specifically by Volkswagen Motorsport for GRC competition.” Foust added: “I know I can’t wait to race the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle. There’s no cooler looking car in the series.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport director, said: “After Volkswagen of America’s impressive start on the rallycross scene with the Polo, the launch of the new Beetle GRC rallycross car represents the next major milestone. The Beetle boasts a unique appearance and state-of-the-art technology. It will sweep fans off their feet.”

This rallycross car is the ultimate expression of the third-generation Beetle. Designed and engineered from the outset as a GRC car, it features a sequential six-speed transmission, with a fixed-ratio all-wheel-drive system that features multiplate limited-slip differentials at the front and rear.
The car uses an all-around strut-type suspension, with ZF dampers and about 9.1 inches of travel to cope with the rigors of the off-road portion of a rallycross course. The car has 14.0-inch diameter front and 11.8-inch rear vented disc brakes, with four-piston aluminum calipers. The 17-inch wheels are shod with 240/640-R17 Yokohama competition tires.

The Beetle cuts quite a dash with its outsize rear wing, widebody fenders, and aggressive front fascia. Overall, the car is 168.8 inches long and 71.7 inches wide, and has to weigh in at a minimum of 2668 pounds, per series regulations. With this combination of low weight, high horsepower, and all-wheel-drive traction, the Beetle GRC is predicted to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in an incredibly quick 2.1 seconds.

About Andretti Autosport
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series. Andretti Autosport also campaigns multiple cars in Indy Lights and Pro Mazda championships. In 2013 the team announced intent to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross starting in 2014. The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Firestone Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007). For more information, please visit

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Unsurpassed: the new Amarok Ultimate

•Special model with bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and modified appearance
•Further engine variants for single and double cab

Hannover, 11th June 2014 – The successful Amarok pick-up is starting its new model year with a variant that is particularly comprehensively equipped. The primary identifying feature of the new Amarok Ultimate is the modified front appearance with new bi-xenon headlights and additional chrome elements.

Based on the already comprehensively equipped Amarok Highline, the Amarok Ultimate shines as a new top model of the Amarok range with numerous interesting features. Especially striking is the intricately devised graphic of the bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED lighting strip. They give the Amarok not only improved lighting, but together with the two twin chrome bars on the radiator grille they give the Amarok Ultimate a greatly modified visual appearance as well. These new headlights can now also be ordered for all other Amarok models. The Amarok is thus the world's first pick-up of its class for which bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are available as an option.

Further visual features of the 'ultimate' Amarok are the silver wing mirror covers, darkened rear lights with LED number plate illumination, polished 19-inch 'Aragonit' alloy wheels with 255/55 tyres, special lettering, a silver-coloured design underbody guard and a styling bar as well as sill sidebars in chrome. The Amarok Ultimate also comes as standard with ParkPilot, including Rear Assist reversing camera, electric folding and heated wing mirrors, alarm system, heated front seats and the 'RNS 315' navigation system complete with mobile phone preparation. The interior is further enhanced by anthracite and titanium black Alcantara seat covers and special cut-pile floor mats. The vehicle body colours available are Candy White, Natural Grey, Reflex Silver, Starlight Blue, Toffee Brown and Deep Black.

The Amarok Ultimate is powered by a choice of TDI engines delivering 103 or 132 kW in combination with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, manual or automatic transmission, with the exception of the models with BlueMotion Technology.

Prices for the Amarok Ultimate start from €34,770 (net) or €41,376.30 (incl. VAT).

There are two further models now also new in the range: the Amarok SingleCab with 8-speed automatic transmission combined with permanent all-wheel drive and the 132 kW TDI engine (from €31,267.25 incl. VAT) and the equally powerful versions of the rear-wheel drive variants of the Amarok (SingleCab and DoubleCab).

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

La bella Italia – Volkswagen’s Ogier wins his fourth rally of the WRC season

  • Rally Italy produces WRC victory number 20 for Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia
  • Volkswagen and Ogier lead at the halfway point – tenth win in a row
  • Latvala/Anttila third, Mikkelsen/Fløene fourth
Cool result at a hot rally: Volkswagen extended its lead in all three competitions within the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) on Sardinia. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) claimed their fourth win of the season in extremely tough conditions at the Rally Italy. Volkswagen thus remains unbeaten in 2014 and has increased its winning run to ten victories in a row. For long periods of the rally, fans were treated to one of the most thrilling duels of the season: Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) were for a long time embroiled in a two-car battle with their Volkswagen team-mates Ogier/Ingrassia for stage wins, fractions of a second, and the overall lead before a puncture cost the Finnish pair the lead and saw them drop back into third place. The third duo in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC also impressed with a strong and mature display: Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) ended the sixth rally of the season in fourth place.
“Ogier verses Latvala – that was one of the most exciting battles I have seen for a long time,” said Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, Volkswagen Board Member for Technical Development. “I think this duel will continue to provide us with a lot more entertainment over the rest of the season. The entire Volkswagen team did a fantastic job. Thank you to everyone involved in this success.”

Duel of the demon drifters: Ogier vs. Latvala

First verses second – the duel for the lead in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) took centre stage at the start of the Rally Italy. Remaining true to the Volkswagen motto “may the best man win”, which rules out the use of any team orders in the duel for the World Championship, Jari-Matti Latvala moved into the lead on the fifth special stage. Sébastien Ogier won stages of his own to match his team-mate step for step. On Saturday afternoon, the battle between the two Volkswagen drivers, which also formed the story of the previous round in Argentina, came to a head. Just 12.3 seconds separated the two Volkswagen Polo R WRCs with 100 kilometres of the rally remaining. However, a slip-up from Latvala – on the 13th special stage of all places – brought the spectacular duel to a premature end. Latvala hit a rock and damaged a wheel, which he had to replace there and then. While Ogier went on to claim a comfortable 13th win in Volkswagen colours, Latvala remained hot on the heels of Mad Østberg (Citroën) in second place right down to the final Power Stage. Third place was enough to give Latvala/Anttila their 43rd podium finish – and their eleventh in 19 rallies with Volkswagen.

All-Norwegian comeback: fourth place for the third time in a row for Mikkelsen

A successful Norwegian reunion: Andreas Mikkelsen and his new, and old, co-driver Ola Fløene enjoyed a fine first outing together, finishing an impressive fourth. This was Mikkelsen’s third fourth place in a row. Mikkelsen/Fløene spent the majority of the Rally Italy in a duel for third place with Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S, Citroën) until they hit a rock the size of a wheel in the middle of the road on the twelfth of the 17 stages, resulting in a damaged damper. Over the remaining stages, Mikkelsen/Fløene refrained from taking any unnecessary risks to secure fourth place with a cautious drive.

Scorching heat, fine dust – the Rally Italy poses a real test for the competitors

The Rally Italy proved to be a genuine test of man and machine. Loose sand offered little grip for the early-starters among the World Rally Cars, who had no option but to sweep the racing line clean for the cars behind them. Arriving in Italy in first, second and third place in the World Championship, the regulations required the Volkswagen duos to be the first three cars onto the route. Despite this handicap, the ended the first third of the rally in first, second and fourth. The crews’ physical fitness played a major role: temperatures of 36 degrees in the shade made it particularly hot work in the cockpit. And despite expecting sunshine throughout the entire rally, the weather crew also had their hands full sifting out the correct data to assist with the tyre selection. It became hot unusually quickly in the mornings, with temperatures climbing by up to nine degrees Celsius within just two hours.

Tensational: winning run continues – facts and figures from the Rally Italy

The winning run continues: the fourth win of the season for Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia sees Volkswagen add another chapter to an ongoing success story. Starting at the end of the 2013 season, the last ten victories have gone to Wolfsburg. The Polo R WRC now has 16 wins and 28 podiums to its name from 19 outings in the World Championship. However, the World Rally Car from Wolfsburg is not just quick, but also reliable. In the 19 rallies since the Polo R WRC made its first appearance in 2013, the team has not suffered a single retirement as a result of a technical fault. Volkswagen drivers have won 226 of the 343 special stages since last year’s Rally Monte Carlo. By the end of the Rally Italy, the Polo R WRC had accounted for 521 of the 953 possible top-three times.

Long days, short nights – a show of strength from the Volkswagen team

A lot of work and little sleep – the sixth round of the World Rally Championship was a real physical challenge for the service crews. Despite this, the guys watching the Volkswagen duos’ backs still produced their usual flawless and reliable performance in the eight services. The mechanics also spent several hours trekking across the country roads of Sardinia to get to the 15-minute midday service on Friday, which was located in Buddusò, 120 kilometres from the Service Park in Alghero. The long liaison stages not only meant the service crews were already hard at work at six in the morning, but also well into the night from nine in the evening. During the flexi-services, the three Polo R WRCS are each maintained for 45 minutes, one after another, before they are taken to Parc Fermé.

The 30th, 31st and 32nd time: bonus points for the Volkswagen duos on the Power Stage

For the first time in the history of the Polo R WRC in the World Rally Championship, every single bonus point up for grabs on the Power Stage went to the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer. Andreas Mikkelsen was fastest to pick up three bonus points for the first time. Second place meant a further two points for Jari-Matti Latvala, while Sébastien Ogier was third to score one extra point. In 18 Power Stages, Volkswagen drivers have picked up bonus points on 32 occasions. The Power Stage result in Italy was also the 25th time that the three Polo R WRCS had finished one-two-three on a special stage. On a side note: Mikkelsen’s fastest time on the Power Stage was the 24-year-old’s only stage win at the Rally Italy.

“Joker” for Ogier – World Championship lead extended

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia increased their lead in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship to 33 points with their fourth win of the season – at the same time their fourth podium – and the bonus point from the Power Stage. As such, the defending champion is now guaranteed to end the first half of the season at the top of the WRC standings, regardless of the result at the coming Rally Poland. They can even afford to finish outside the points. Their closest rivals are team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila. And another Volkswagen drivers is right in the thick of the battle for third place in the World Championship: Andreas Mikkelsen is just three points behind Mads Østberg in fourth place.

Quotes after day three of the Rally Italy

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“I am overjoyed! This win was definitely one of the toughest of my career. Right from day one, Julien and I have pushed ourselves to the very limit here on Sardinia. In this heat, and with the extremely slippery conditions on the roads, we had to risk everything to put Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila under pressure. It ultimately paid off, and we won. We may lead the World Championship at the halfway point in the season, but that is no reason to relax: Jari-Matti is on top form at the moment. However, we also have an eye on the others. Mads Østberg was impressive, and congratulations to Andreas Mikkelsen for his win on the Power Stage!”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“I can’t really be too happy with third place. We led since Friday and were in with a good chance of winning here. Unfortunately Saturday’s skid and the resulting puncture dashed any hopes of victory. We also had a few other minor problems. We tried to catch Mads Østberg on Sunday, but his lead was too big. However, we did pick up two bonus points on the Power Stage. As far as pace is concerned, we were very good here on Sardinia. There is no doubting that. This has obviously not made the situation in the championship any easier, but there are still seven rallies to go, and we must look ahead to those.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“We were in an easy position at the start of today. There was a big gap to third place, and an even bigger gap to fifth place behind us. We spent the entire morning concentrating on saving the tyres as much as possible for the Power Stage. This paid dividends, although we did make a few minor mistakes. Despite this, I managed to win my first Power Stage. Awesome! All in all, I am very happy with the Rally Italy. We achieved what we set out to achieve. I am happy to have Ola Fløene back at my side as co-driver. He immediately did a great job. That was my third fourth place in a row. I would like to go at least one better next time out. I am confident we can achieve that. The only way is up now for Ola and me.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“Respect to the entire team, and congratulations to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. They not only repeated last year’s victory here in Italy, but also ensured that Volkswagen will lead all three competitions in the World Rally Championship at the halfway point of the season. Behind this success lies a lot of hard work put in by the entire team on-site, in Wolfsburg and in Hannover. I would also like to pay a big compliment to Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila. They led the rally for a long time and were involved in a spectacular duel with Sébastien Ogier. Unfortunately a skid brought that battle to a premature end. However, I am sure there is more of that to come over the rest of the season. Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene produced an outstanding display and proved that they belong among the best in the world. We will continue to work hard to ensure that the Polo R WRC and our drivers remain the ones to beat.”

And then there was ...

... sleepless in Alghero. The late service times at the Rally Italy produced a unique atmosphere in the Service Park, which was located directly on the harbour in Alghero. Thousands of spectators, a party mile with street vendors, and yachts in the background – perfect for the Italian soul and an atmospheric backdrop for the World Rally Championship.