Friday, July 9, 2010

2011 Volkswagen CrossGolf

The new Volkswagen CrossGolf is debuting in a world premiere at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show with new styling, new TDI and TSI engines and new equipment. After the classic Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Variant, Golf GTI and the Golf R introduced just a few weeks ago, the range covers six very independent models. However, among one another they share the high-tech components of an innovatively conceptualised modular system toolkit. For example, the new Volkswagen CrossGolf, as well as the previous CrossGolf, were developed based on the Golf Plus. The Cross, as an all-around vehicle, bridges the gap between the MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) and SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle); that is, it unifies the variability of an MPV with the ruggedness of a SUV. Common to all of these vehicles is the higher seating position that is in more demand than ever.

Euro-5 engines: pioneeringly economical TDI and TSI

In initial markets, the new VW CrossGolf will already be available for purchase in April 2010. Buyers of the cleverly designed five-door will be able to enjoy a new generation of engines that offer huge fuel economy advantages. These engines are exclusively direct-injection turbocharged petrol (TSI) and diesel (common rail TDI) engines. They are as agile as they are economical. This is illustrated by the example of the Golf Cross 1.4 TSI with 118 kW / 160 PS: The (from 1,500 rpm) 240 Newton-metre strong turbo- and supercharged petrol engine (Twincharger) enables a top speed of 207 km/h, but when shifted by a 6-speed gearbox it has a combined fuel consumption of just 6.8 litres of fuel (equivalent to 159 g/km CO2). Even compared to the 20 PS weaker TSI of the first generation car, it shows a fuel consumption advantage of 0.5 litres. As an alternative the TSI is available with an optional 7-speed DSG; in this case too fuel consumption is 6.8 litres. Other available TSI engines are the variants with 77 kW / 105 PS and 90 kW / 122 PS.

As would be expected, the new common rail TDIs of the Volkswagen CrossGolf are extremely fuel-efficient. They have power outputs of 77 kW / 105 PS (1.6 litre) and 103 kW / 140 PS (2.0 litre) and are paired with a standard diesel particulate filter. For example, the 140-PS TSI, shifted by a 6-speed gearbox, consumes just 5.3 litres of fuel (138 g/km CO2). The torque of this engine already reaches the impressive maximum value of 320 Newton-metres from 1,750 rpm.

Automatic gearbox for a new era: DSG for four of five engines

With the exception of the 105 PS TSI, all other engines may be combined with an automatic, the direct shift gearbox (DSG). For the petrol engines and the 105-PS TDI, the 7-speed version is used; in the case of the 140-PS TDI, there is a 6-speed variant specially designed for extremely high torques. In addition, the entire engine range of the Volkswagen CrossGolf fulfils the strict Euro-5 emissions standard.

Cross exterior: New "Design DNA" defines the front end

In its visual appearance, the second generation Volkswagen CrossGolf follows - like all other new models - the new Volkswagen Design DNA. This is reflected especially clearly in the horizontally aligned band of the radiator grille between the headlights that is reflected in the horizontal form of the front bumper. These lines unify the new car with the Cross features now typical for these models.

Compared to the first generation VW CrossGolf, the rugged all-terrain trim around the vehicle was styled more elegantly, and its lines were adapted to the new Volkswagen "Design DNA". Similar to the new Cross Polo, the look has been intensively modified - especially in the front area. Integrated on the sides here: the standard front fog lights. In a downward direction, the front end finishes with a cross bar in silver that is visually designed as an underbody guard. On its sides, the new CrossGolf exhibits the typical wheelarch extensions together with body sill trim and door add-ons. Like the front bumper, its rear counterpart is also covered and is equipped with a stylised underbody guard in silver. Its dark painted add-on parts, the Volkswagen CrossGolf whose ride height has been increased by 20 millimetres (standard rough road chassis with 111 millimetres ground clearance) can handle even lighter off-road trips smoothly; at the same time, of course, the trim also protects the car in urban everyday driving.

As is usual on the Cross models, the mirror caps are always painted in silver and therefore the same colour as the underbody guard of the front bumper. Harmonising with them are the likewise standard silver roof railings. The exterior styling is rounded out by chrome accents and "CrossGolf" signature on the side trim as well as new 17-inch alloy wheels ("Budapest").

On body colours: Volkswagen is offering the new Volkswagen CrossGolf in six exterior colours - from the continuing trend colour "Candy White" to "United Grey", "Reflex Silver Metallic", "Shadow Blue Metallic" and "Cashmere Brown Metallic" to the classic "Deep Black Pearl Effect".

Interior: Lots of space in the customised interior

Unmistakable styling and a fresh, friendly ambiance are the hallmarks of the interior of the new VW CrossGolf. It comes with sport seats (front) including two-tone fabric covers and top stitched seams as standard features. The inner surfaces of the seats and backrests are upholstered in light-grey "Cellular" seat covers with coloured decorative seams. The lateral seat supports and back sections of the seat are offset in "Titan Black". The backrests of the front seats are equipped with folding trays and storage pockets on the outer sides. The floor mats - decorated with colour seams - upgrade its appearance as well.

In addition, the Volkswagen CrossGolf sports air vents framed in a stainless steel look. Another standard feature: the "small leather package" with three-spoke steering wheel, gearshift lever trim and grip in leather. Last but not least, the new Volkswagen is identified by its new Volkswagen door step inserts with "CrossGolf" signature in the front door entry area and pedal caps in a high-end aluminium look.

Similar to the Golf Plus, the interior of the new Volkswagen CrossGolf is distinguished by a high variability and an especially high seat position. Furthermore, the VW CrossGolf offers plenty of leg room at both the front and rear seats. And that is not all: Depending on the position of the asymmetrically split, longitudinally adjustable and folding rear bench seat, the car's cargo capacity may be varied between a minimum of 395 litres and a maximum of 540 litres. When the rear bench backrests are fully folded, this creates up to 1,450 litres of storage volume.

Standard equipment: Cross also means exclusive

The Volkswagen CrossGolf comes from the factory with features that include electric adjustable and heated door mirrors, rear lights in LED technology, green tinted heat-insulating glass, daytime running lights and central locking with RF remote control. Examples of standard interior features are the car's semi-automatic "Climatic" climate control system, height-adjustable driver's seat, height and length adjustments of the steering column, multi-function display, remote unlocking of the fuel door, lockable and cooling glove box, reading lamps in front and storage compartments in the roof liner and bins in all doors, in front also with brackets for 1.5 litre bottles.

Options that Volkswagen is offering on the CrossGolf include details such as a leather interior ("Vienna" type), bi-xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights and a rearview camera. Customers who wish to simplify parking manoeuvres will want to order the Volkswagen CrossGolf with Park Assist and leave the steering to their Volkswagen. One of the few details that is not on the VW CrossGolf is a sport chassis. This is logical, since we're in a different department here. On the other hand, the Golf GTI and Golf R cannot be had with the 20 millimetres higher rough road chassis of the all-terrain Golf at any price. So thank goodness there the Volkswagen CrossGolf.

2011 Volkswagen CrossPolo

The next generation of the Volkswagen CrossPolo is ready for new adventures. The clever compact in rugged all-terrain look is celebrating its world premiere at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. After the Volkswagen Polo base version presented in 2009 and the Polo BlueMotion (debut in 2010) with its superior and possibly record-breaking fuel efficiency, as well as the VW Polo GTI also debuting in Geneva, the Volkswagen CrossPolo completes the series as a fourth model. With its refreshingly cheeky design, unique world of colours and features, and a higher ride height (15 millimetre gain), the five-door is very appealing as one of the most unconventional vehicles in its class.

This all-rounder is powered by extremely fuel-efficient engines with a power range from 51 kW / 70 PS to 77 kW / 105 PS. Buyers can choose from three petrol and three common rail TDI engines. Three of the six engines can be ordered with a 7-speed DSG, like the one used on vehicles such as the Polo GTI.

Fun and Cross: From special edition to production model

The new Volkswagen CrossPolo continues in the tradition of its successful predecessors: the Polo Fun and the first generation VW CrossPolo derived from it. Originally, a production run of only 5,000 units was planned for the special edition Polo Fun, but great demand exploded all forecasts. The consequence: the step was taken from special edition to production model and to the Cross version.

Exterior: Tough qualities and lifestyle character

The rugged-sporty character of the Volkswagen CrossPolo - always produced as a five-door - are reflected in many of its details. Especially striking: the individually styled front apron - in anthracite colour - with integrated front fog lights and large air inlet at the centre. It gets a black honeycomb insert bordered by fine chrome trim. Towards its lower edge, the bumper finishes with a section in light silver with the visual appearance of underbody protection. Taken from classic Polo styling are the upper radiator grille with its chrome inlay and the VW logo integrated here; the same applies to the dual headlights with standard daytime running lights.

The side profile of the Volkswagen CrossPolo also shows very tough qualities. Here sporty black wheelarch extensions and coordinated body sills set the styling. The latter continue visually into the lower door area. In off-road driving and in the jungle of metropolitan parking spaces, these rugged plastic guards protect the car from damage. Fitting the character of the VW CrossPolo are the 17-inch alloy wheels ("Budapest" style) in 5-spoke design with size 215/40 tyres.

Another unmistakable characteristic of the Volkswagen CrossPolo: the silver anodized roof rails. They are a traditional feature on this model, and are certainly not just decorative. They can be used to mount roof boxes and carrier systems with a weight of up to 75 kilograms. Colour coordinated with the roof railing, like on the previous model: the door mirrors that are always painted in silver. At the rear, the Volkswagen CrossPolo continues the rugged all-terrain look in the bumper, whose lower section is also designed in a black, rugged plastic. At its centre, a separate section painted in silver catches the eye that is styled to look like a diffuser.

Six exterior colours accentuate the powerful style of the VW CrossPolo; offered exclusively on the new Volkswagen are the colours "Magma Orange" and "Terra Beige Metallic". Across the board, the upper areas of the bumpers and handles (door, tailgate) are painted in body colour, while the cover trim of the B and C pillars and the window frames are treated in a high-gloss black.

Interior: Exciting and versatile

The high-end interior of the Volkswagen CrossPolo is a fitting match for the all-terrain look of the exterior. Here it is primarily the two-tone fabrics of the sport seats, the rear bench and the door trim that create a friendly and youthful ambiance. Up to four different colour trims are available, depending on the exterior colour. While the outer areas of the seats are always in anthracite, customers can choose from the colours "Hot Orange", "Orange", "Latte Macchiato" and "Grey" for the inner seat panels and middle sections of the door trim panels. On seat contact surfaces for the back and legs the fabrics ("Dimension" pattern) all have a black webbed structure, making them more durable. The "CrossPolo" signature is embroidered into the backrests of the front seats.

Throughout the cockpit materials are friendly to the touch. Take the steering wheel: It has a fine perforated leather cover; the steering wheel spokes are produced from a brushed chrome application. The seams of the steering wheel cover and the leather-trimmed parking brake handle are given the colour of the interior trim. The VW CrossPolo's high level of quality is highlighted by the instrument panel, finished in "Slush" technology with its soft surface texture that is pleasant to the touch.

The Volkswagen CrossPolo has an ample array of standard equipment. In the interior, specific standard features include height-adjustable sport seats, an asymmetrically split rear bench and backrest, pockets on the backs of the front seats and sliding drawers under them, leather-trimmed steering wheel, centre armrest in front (with storage compartment), pedal caps in aluminium look and chrome on various switches and components. The latter include the door handles, surrounds for the window lift switches and air vents. Also standard: electric adjustable and heated door mirrors, electric window lifts all around, illuminated make-up mirrors in the sun visors, multi-function display (MFA) including tyre pressure monitoring (tyre pressure monitoring system, TPMS) and central locking with RF remote control.

Estate car qualities: Cargo space increases up to 952 litres

The new CrossPolo also shows off its versatile talents when it comes to space and efficient space utilisation. As mentioned, the rear bench can be folded with a standard 60:40 split. When it is completely folded, the car's cargo capacity increases from 280 to 952 litres. The dual cargo floor - adjustable to two height levels - creates a continuously level loading surface. Four tie-down eyes simplify secure fastening of the cargo to be transported, while two hooks in the side trim panels keep bags from tipping over.

Engine variety: Three petrol, three diesel and one 7-speed DSG

The six engines of the Volkswagen CrossPolo have power levels between 51 kW / 70 PS and 77 kW / 105 PS. The entry level among the petrol engines is represented by the 70-PS version with a 1.2 litre displacement. Following at the next level is a 1.4-litre engine with 63 kW / 85 PS. The top petrol engine is the new 1.2 TSI with the mentioned 105 PS. This turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine accelerates the Volkswagen CrossPolo to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds, reaches a respectable top speed of 188 km/h, yet has a combined fuel consumption of just 5.5 litres of fuel (equivalent to 128 g/km CO2). The highlight here: The Volkswagen not only attains these values in conjunction with the standard 6-speed gearbox, but also with the optional 7-speed DSG, an automatic. Also deliverable as an optional DSG version is the VW CrossPolo with 85 PS.

Among the quietest engines of their kind are the three common rail, direct-injection turbodiesels (TDI) fitted with a particulate filter. All engines have 1.6 litre displacement and are available at the power levels 55 kW / 75 PS, 66 kW / 90 PS and 77 kW / 105 PS. All three variants need just 4.3 litres of diesel per 100 km in combined mode and emit just 113 grams CO2 per kilometre. The 90-PS version can also be combined with the direct shift gearbox as an option; in this case, combined fuel consumption is 4.6 l/100 km. All Volkswagen CrossPolo engines meet the limits of the Euro-5 emissions standard.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

VW has presented an entirely new Volkswagen Jetta design at Times Square in New York. The model series has a global presence with 9.6 million units sold, and it has been a bestseller especially in the USA. The follow-up model to the most successful German brand sedan in America takes a gigantic leap forward - conceptually and especially in its styling. The design projects a more dynamic image than ever before. Offering a preview of the new Jetta's styling was the NCC coupe concept car shown at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Designers of the new Volkswagen Jetta sedan drew their inspiration from the coupe, and this bodes well for the potential sports appeal of the new VW Jetta. This also means that the new Jetta will no longer be sharing any body components with the Golf, rather it will be a vehicle type that is just as independent as a CC or a Tiguan.

The new car's dimensions were re-proportioned compared with those of the concept car and the previous Volkswagen Jetta model: Wheelbase (+ 2.76 inches / + 7 cm) and exterior length (+ 3.54 inches / + 9 cm) grew significantly. The perceptible results: superior performance, more space, greater comfort.

Volkswagen Jetta

Designers and engineers also re-designed the interior down to the finest details; the quality and detailed perfection inside the five-seater now truly exceed traditional class boundaries. For the first time, if the customer is looking for a more customized ambiance it is also easy to have interior accents changed out at a Volkswagen dealer.

German Engineering is the key word that captures the attention of many customers in the USA. And that is not the only place where German engineering stands for the highest quality and efficient technology. The new VW Jetta is a prime example, and a look at its powertrain technologies illustrates this clearly. As a turbodiesel with highly advanced common rail direct injection, the Volkswagen Jetta sets the benchmark. The US version, equipped with a 103 kW / 140 PS TDI Clean Diesel (conforming to the BIN 5 emissions standard) attains a top value for Highway fuel economy with 42 mpg (combined fuel economy: 34 mpg) - making the Volkswagen Jetta one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market. In Europe, Volkswagen will be introducing its smallest TDI - a 77 kW / 105 PS engine - in early 2011. In the BlueMotion Technology version, this Volkswagen Jetta's fuel consumption is a sensational 4.1 l/100 km - a top value for a sedan in the 4.6-meter class.

In addition, Volkswagen has tailored US equipment versions (S, SE, SEL and TDI) to consistently fulfill the wishes of American car drivers, and it has developed a sedan that is one of the best in its class in terms of quality and fuel economy. The already well-equipped base version will launch at prices starting at 15,995 US dollars (European prices for the VW Jetta Trendline, Comfortline and Highline to be announced for specific countries as pre-ordering begins). In parallel, Volkswagen has developed a second version of the safety chassis designed especially for America.

Volkswagen of America - 800,000 cars per year by 2018

By 2018, Volkswagen of America wants to triple its annual sales volume to about 800,000 vehicles from the East Coast to the West. The new Volkswagen Jetta plays a key role here. Today, the Jetta sells at a rate of 110,000 units per year in the USA. We want to increase this figure. One of our recipes for success: a clear focus on customers and not just on the competition. Since the days of the Beetle built by Ferdinand Porsche, this has made Volkswagen unique among high-volume car makers. The Volkswagen Jetta is guiding this philosophy into the future - with its low fuel consumption, excellent vehicle dynamics and a comprehensive safety concept. ESP and tire pressure monitoring are standard systems aboard; based on results of independent crash testing by the US organization IIHS, the previous model was already named "Top Safety Pick". The car's top crash safety has now been further enhanced by further perfected pedestrian protection. The quality of workmanship is pioneering. With a decidedly comfortable interior and a design that is as stylish as it is powerful, the new Volkswagen Jetta is taking on the automotive challenges of our times better than the vast majority of its competitors.

Exterior styling and dimensions

Never before has a Volkswagen Jetta been so large. The new model is 182.7 inches (4.64 meters) long, 57.1 inches (1.45 meters) tall and 70.1 inches (1.78 meters) wide. As noted, this makes the Volkswagen now being presented in New York 3.54 inches (9 cm) longer than the previous model. The interplay of exterior dimensions leads to a powerful balance of proportions. In parallel, the new Volkswagen 'design DNA' sharpens the car's styling. This has resulted in clear, precise lines and athletically muscular surfaces, which lend a timeless elegance and dynamic styling to the sedan.

Front end: Here, the prominence of horizontal lines defines the design. The high-gloss black radiator grille combines with the car's trapezoidal headlights to form a styling unit. Under the unit formed by the grille and headlights there is the fully painted bumper, which is designed as a cleanly sculpted surface. One section lower, another cooling air intake and the tray-shaped front spoiler (in the style of 'splitters' used in car racing) gives the car a sporty finish. The upper front end section shows a powerful transition from the v-shaped engine hood to the fenders on the sides; the shoulder section realized here was derived 1:1 from the NCC concept car, and it produces dynamic and muscular styling.

Side profile: In the side profile of this sedan, styling characteristics that mark all new Volkswagens launched during the past year meld into yet another interpretation of the 'design DNA' conceptualized by the Italian Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group (Walter de Silva) and the German Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand (Klaus Bischoff). The best example of this: the characteristic shoulder or 'tornado' line and the powerfully emphasized arches of the wheel wells. Formally, they intersect the main volumes of the large homogeneous surfaces, conveying a strong dynamic image. Thanks to wide track dimensions, the wheel arches also form a precise transition - as though cut with a knife - to accommodate up to an 18 inch wheel. Meanwhile, the styling of the outside mirrors with their integrated turn signal indicators emulate the larger CC. Compared to the previous model, the new Jetta has also grown in clarity and pre-eminence in its side profile.

Rear section: Harmonized surfaces and sporty shoulders also dominate the look in back of the new Volkswagen Jetta. Powerful in illumination and visually distinctive: the taillights. They are split into two sections, and on each side they extend from the fender into the tailgate.

Interior and dimensions

The interior with its high-end image definitely pushes the boundaries of the vehicle class above. The VW Jetta is significantly increasing its lead over the competition here. One key benefit of the car's extended wheelbase is that it enabled a layout of the rear seating area of the five-seat Jetta that is substantially more comfortable. Compared to the previous model, legroom is now a long 38.1 inches (96.7 cm) - a gain of 2.6 inches (6.7 cm).

Inside, the new Volkswagen Jetta also offers unparalleled perfection in details, and - as a common conceptual thread throughout the car - intuitive controls. The instruments are ideally arranged. The new steering wheel designs (optionally with multifunction keys) impress both visually and to the touch. The right hand rests ergonomically on the gear shift grip; further up on the center console are the newly designed and intuitive controls for the climate control and radio and radio-navigation systems; this console section is slightly inclined toward the driver for an ideal alignment of the cockpit that focuses on the driver's needs. Also in optimal view are the round instruments; the multifunction display (trip computer) is located between them. Even in the base version, the rear bench seatback is split 40/60 and folds, increasing the car's versatility. The tailgate can also be opened from inside the car by a remote unlock switch. Up to six airbags (two front airbags, two side airbags in front, two window airbags / thorax airbags in the area of the front side windows) are also part of the equipment package.

Fuel-efficient engines

Four engines for America: In the USA and Canada, the new VW Jetta is offered with three petrol engines and one turbodiesel direct-injection engine (TDI Clean Diesel). Two of the four engines are new on board: the entry-level engine (85 kW / 115 PS) and the common rail TDI (103 kW / 140 PS). Technically perfected in the new model are the 125 kW / 170 PS 2.5-liter gasoline engine and the sporty top engine, the turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI with 147 kW / 200 PS, which will power the top model Volkswagen Jetta GLI in North America starting in 2011. The new 115 PS engine has a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg (manual transmission); the version with automatic transmission attains a value of 26 mpg. A technical highlight is the new 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel; thanks to conversion to the world's leading direct injection diesel system - common rail injection - the turbocharged engine is as quiet as a gasoline engine and as powerful as a sports car engine (320 Newton-meters maximum torque). A particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter ensure that this TDI meets emissions requirements in all states of the USA. A combined fuel economy of 34 mpg makes the new and very agile VW Jetta 2.0-liter TDI (0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds) one of the most fuel-efficient and lowest emitting vehicles on the North American continent.

All engines are offered with a manual transmission as standard equipment. Of course, an automatic transmission is also available with each engine version as an option. On the new 2.0-liter TDI and 2.0-liter TSI, Volkswagen is implementing the 6-speed DSG - one of the most advanced and efficient automatic transmission systems in the world.

Six engines for Europe: In Europe, the engine strategy will conform to prevailing market conditions. Smaller engine displacements and charging are key objectives here. This means somewhat less power in the base engines, significantly lower engine displacements, and all engines are charged. Four of the six engines are new to the Volkswagen Jetta program and will be added in 2011: The 1.2 TSI (77 kW / 105 PS), 1.4 TSI (118 kW / 160 PS) and two common rail turbodiesels 1.6 TDI (77 / kW 105 PS) and 2.0 TDI (103 kW / 140 PS). As usual, the 1.4 TSI (90 kW / 122 PS) and the 2.0 TSI (147 kW / 200 PS) offer high-tech in proven form. Except for the 1.2 TSI, all engines may be paired with a 6-speed DSG (77 kW TDI, 103 kW TDI, 147 kW TSI) or 7-speed DSG (90 kW TSI, 118 kW TSI).

Naturally, every Volkswagen Jetta engine offered in Europe fulfills requirements of the EU-5 emissions standard. The 1.2 TSI and 1.6 TDI are also equipped with the BlueMotion Technology package. This means that their technical features include a Start-Stop system and battery regeneration. The new Jetta 1.2 TSI BlueMotion Technology consumes just 5.3 l/100 km (equivalent to 123 g/km CO2) - an absolute top value for a gasoline-powered sedan with a top speed of 190 km/h. The Volkswagen Jetta with 1.6 TDI BlueMotion Technology attains a sensationally low combined fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100 km (109 g/km CO2); with this engine, the VW Jetta is the most fuel-efficient 4.6-meter sedan in the world.

2011 Volkswagen Phaeton

At the Transparent Factory in Dresden Volkswagen produces one of the finest automobiles in the world: the Volkswagen Phaeton. The limousine's quality and comfort (four-wheel drive and air suspension as standard) set a unique benchmark. Volkswagen, the most successful carmaker in Europe and China, has now made the VW Phaeton even more perfect. The company's new flagship was unveiled for the first time at Auto China 2010 in Beijing.

Its contours are defined by the Volkswagen design DNA developed by Walter de Silva, the group's Italian chief designer. Around the completely new front section in particular the design team has further refined the model's very own stylistic aplomb. In the process the timelessly elegant Volkswagen Phaeton has gained a broader and more powerful appearance. The new model is also characterised by modifications to its rear section and silhouette.

At the same time, new technical features have been added. These include Dynamic Light Assist (camera-based dynamic main beam regulation) and a navigation system that, if desired, can integrate online data from Google into the map display. In addition to this, the Volkswagen Phaeton's optional front camera enables it to 'see' road signs, with speed limit signs visualised on the instrument panel and centre console's touchscreen. The system will also be able to recognise and depict 'no overtaking' signs - the first in the world to do so!

The VW Phaeton will be available with a choice of two wheelbase options, two back seat versions (three seats / two individual seats) and four engines (a turbo diesel and three petrol engines). The six, eight and twelve-cylinder engines range in capacity from 176 kW / 240 PS to 331 kW / 450 PS. The standard drive unit used in the Volkswagen Phaeton is a V6 petrol engine producing 206 kW / 280 PS. At the capacities above the V6 FSI the choices available are a V8 and a W12 petrol engine, delivering 246 kW / 335 PS and 331 kW / 450 PS respectively. On the diesel front Volkswagen is offering an extremely frugal and smooth-running V6 TDI. In Europe it is the most frequently selected engine for this car. The turbocharged common rail direct injection engine delivers 176 kW / 240 PS and accelerates the VW Phaeton V6 (top speed in this case 237 km/h) from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.6 seconds. This is accompanied by average fuel consumption that has now been reduced still further to just 8.5 litres per 100 km (equating to 224 g/km CO2).

Volkswagen Phaeton

Volkswagen Phaeton exterior

Depending on wheelbase, the 2011 model VW Phaeton is between 5.06 and 5.18 metres long. As mentioned above, a completely new front section has been developed for this flagship of the Volkswagen brand. In keeping with the current Volkswagen design DNA, its form is dominated by horizontal lines. Unlike all other Volkswagens created to date on the basis of this new DNA, the Volkswagen Phaeton does not have a shiny black radiator grille cover, but instead a completely new chrome element. Along with the likewise restyled headlights, this radiator trim is a major influence in the new Phaeton's design and underlines its uncompromisingly independent character. In detail the new grille is more upright, while its stricter lines and impressive alternation of materials between polished and matt chrome make it even more striking. The horizontal linking of grille and headlights follows the Volkswagen design criteria and impressively emphasises the vehicle's width. As a sign of its class specific to this model the Volkswagen Phaeton also features three-dimensional moulding of the grille and bonnet, with precise edges that carry the grille's heightened expression of quality on into the sculptured contours of the vehicle body. Once again in the centre of the grille is the classic VW badge, which now - despite integrating the ACC (automatic distance control) system's radar sensors - has a new-look surface design.

To the left and right of the grille are new Bi-Xenon headlamps, which are standard across the range. Integrated within them are cornering and adaptive lights. Not just in visual terms, but from a technical perspective too, this is a whole new generation of headlamps. Firstly, the indicator and adaptive cornering lights are highly visible and stylistically striking LEDs. Secondly, as with the new Touareg, the VW Phaeton will also be available with optional Dynamic Light Assist. Using a camera integrated into the rear-view mirror, this complex technology 'detects' other road users and regulates illumination of the carriageway accordingly (see separate section on Dynamic Light Assist).

The bumper has also been redesigned in keeping with the radiator grille and headlamps. Here too horizontal lines form the guiding principles of the new design. Even the fog lamps have been designed as narrow, horizontal LED strips. Last but not least, the bottom final section of the bumper is now also colour-coordinated with the car body. Compared to the previous model the new generation Phaeton thus looks even sportier and more imposing on the road.

Also modified, the back of the car underlines this impression. The design team decided here not to change the classic, clear and powerful basic style that this area has always had, but instead to develop new LED rear light clusters. Each cluster features dotted lights and an M-shaped LED strip. The result is an unmistakable, elegant look both in daylight and at night. Also new is the VW badge - now likewise in 3D format - on the boot lid.

As at the front, the rear bumper has also been redesigned. It now has a new, three-piece chrome bar and the section of the bumper trim near the road is now also colour-coordinated with the car body. The same goes for the bottom section of the side skirts. Also noticeable in silhouette view are modified side trim strips, narrower LED indicators in the wing mirrors and new 18-inch ('Experience') alloy wheels.

Volkswagen Phaeton interior

The VW Phaeton's interior ranks as one of the most elegant, high quality and comfortable in the entire premium class. The 4-zone air-conditioning system, for example, that works totally free of any draughts, and the award-winning ergonomic 18-way seats are unsurpassed. All of the Volkswagen Phaeton interior's functions are also intuitive to use. In addition to the version with three rear seats (5-seater), the limousine can be optionally ordered with two electrically adjustable individual seats (4-seater). Furthermore a version of the Volkswagen Phaeton is also available that is twelve centimetres longer. Meanwhile, the limousine can be almost infinitely personalised with a wide range of leather, alcantara and wood trim, plus optional equipment such as a fridge or multimedia systems from Volkswagen Exclusive. This also applies to the completely redesigned multifunction steering wheel. It can be ordered either in leather or in a wood/leather combination matching the relevant wood trim features.

Information and entertainment systems

The intuitive nature of the BW Phaeton's controls has been fully transferred to the new generation of radio and navigation systems (RCD 810 and RNS 810). Equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen, the systems form a functional unit with the air-conditioning and multimedia controls.

Use of online services: Volkswagen is for the first time offering an Internet-based Google function in the new Phaeton as a map display add-on for the RNS 810 radio navigation system with 30-gigabyte hard drive. The relevant data gets loaded onto the system over the Internet via mobile telephone and a proxy server specially set up for the purpose. The visualisation on the touchscreen's display is the same as the Google Maps 'Satellite' view familiar from the conventional Internet and equivalent to the iPhone's 'Hybrid' view. In the Volkswagen Phaeton the satellite images naturally get supplemented by the navigation system's appropriately highlighted route recommendation.

Particularly interesting in this feature are the POIs (points of interest) that can be accessed. Addresses, tourist sights, businesses, sports venues, doctors' surgeries and restaurants integrated within Google can be selected in seconds and transferred directly into the route navigation. In perfect conditions the system loads the data via UMTS connection. The telephone itself gets completely integrated into the system via remote SIM access profiles (rSAP). Alternatively, anyone who wants to use a mobile phone with hands-free profiles (HFPs) can also do this linked up with the new VW Phaeton (in this case Google is disabled). In HFP mode phones that are 'Phaeton compatible' include, for example, Apple's iPhone.

Road sign recognition: However the latest generation VW Phaeton's information and entertainment system can do even more! By virtue of the camera integrated in the rear-view mirror the Volkswagen Phaeton now detects road signs and shows the relevant information on the system's touchscreen and/or the multifunction display (between speedometer and rev counter). It displays not only the maximum permitted speed but also any important additional information (e.g. '10pm - 6am' or 'When wet'). The system will also be able to alert drivers to overtaking restrictions - the first vehicle in the world to do so!

For the RNS 810 radio/navigation system further add-on options are also available. These include a rear-seat multimedia entertainment system (the High End) and a 1,000-watt sound system with digital 12-channel amplifier from hi-fi specialists Dynaudio.

Electronic assistance systems

The Volkswagen Phaeton's electronic assistance systems include Dynamic Light Assist (dynamic main beam control), ACC (automatic distance regulation), Front Assist (surroundings monitoring) and Side Assist (lane change assistance). A tyre pressure control system also provides standards of safety.

Dynamic Light Assist in detail: Volkswagen is introducing for the Volkswagen Phaeton a new optional camera-based main beam control system called Dynamic Light Assist, which represents a major technical innovation in passive safety. Linked in with a camera integrated behind the windscreen the system keeps the main beam modules of the standard Bi-Xenon headlamps permanently on. It merely masks the areas of each beam that it calculates could potentially disturb other road users. For the driver this means appreciably more light, clearly enhanced safety and a more relaxing drive. The function is achieved by an additional aperture between the reflector holding the Xenon bulb and the lens. Combined with an intelligent, lateral tilting of the complete module (via the cornering light function) and individual control of the left and right headlights, this additional aperture arrangement enables the light source to be masked only in those areas that could otherwise cause other motorists to be dazzled.

Thanks to the front camera the cornering light control system detects the exact position of the vehicle in front and at speeds of 60 km/h or more 'pushes' the cone of light up to the rear of the vehicle or even to its side and on past it - without dazzling the driver. The increase in safety and driver convenience provided by Dynamic Light Assist is considerable and can be ranked on a par with that achieved at the time by the introduction of Xenon technology.

ACC and Front Assist in detail: Automatic distance regulation (ACC) relieves the driver of the burden of active braking and acceleration. ACC significantly improves driving comfort and passive safety, especially on longer motorway journeys. At the same time the system (when activated) ensures adherence to the legally prescribed minimum distance from the vehicle in front.

An integral component of ACC is Front Assist. This ACC extension is designed to help prevent rear-end collisions. Using a radar sensor, the system monitors the distance to the vehicles in front of the Volkswagen Phaeton. If this is becoming too short, the system alerts the driver in two stages. At the same time the vehicle is prepared for possible emergency braking by the driver. Even before certain situations arise, Front Assist takes preventative action by putting the brakes into a preconditioned status that otherwise only gets activated when the brake pedal is pushed. The system thus acts as a means of reducing the car's stopping distance.

Automatic distance regulation is operated via relevant buttons on the redesigned multifunction steering wheel. It is operated in many aspects in the same way as the cruise control system. With ACC enabled the car automatically slows down (if necessary to a stop) and speeds up within a speed range set in advance by the driver. ACC can be switched on at speeds of between 30 and 200 km/h. The system then uses radar to detect any traffic within an angle of 12 degrees travelling up to 200 metres in front of the VW Phaeton. ACC is enabled and disabled via an ON/OFF button on the left of the multifunction steering wheel. All of the driver assistance systems, including ACC, can also be switched on or off simultaneously by pressing a button in the centre of the indicator stalk for more than a second. The ACC also gets disabled as soon as the driver pushes the brake pedal. The system can be switched back on via the 'Resume' button on the steering wheel. It then continues to use the desired speed set prior to it being disabled.

The key information about the automatic distance regulation system can be seen quickly and clearly laid out on the multifunction display.

Side Assist in detail: Another assistance system in the Volkswagen Phaeton is the lane change assistant (Side Assist). At speeds of 60 km/h or more this system monitors the area behind and to the side of the VW Phaeton via radar sensors in the rear bumper (one sensor each for the area to left and right) and indicates via a warning light in the wing mirror frame any risk of potential collision. The area monitored by the sensors covers a distance of around 50 metres to the rear and 3.6 metres to the side of the car.

If Side Assist detects a critical situation to the left or right of the Volkswagen Phaeton and the driver has not switched on the blinker to indicate a change of lane, the warning light in the wing mirror frame comes on to draw attention to the special traffic situation. If, however, the driver turns on the indicator while there is traffic in the adjacent lane, the light flashes four times to warn of the potential danger. The brightness of the warning lights can be adjusted to one of five levels via the multifunction display. In an interesting interlinking of the car's systems the ambient brightness detected at any given time by the rain and light detection sensor gets automatically taken into account in determining the brightness level.

2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI

The Volkswagen Polo GTI is back. A powerful 132 kW / 180 PS comeback! This GTI lives up to its legendary name: Superior handling properties unified with uncompromising engine dynamics and a maximum of safety. The list of high-tech features runs through the new VW Polo GTI like a common theme. Take the engine: This Polo is powered by a new 1.4-litre TSI with petrol direct injection plus turbo- and supercharging. Textbook downsizing. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a 7-speed DSG, which is standard equipment. An electronic transverse differential lock (XDS) reduces the tendency to understeer and especially improves handling in quick driving through curves.

Equipped in this way, the Volkswagen Polo GTI - available in a three-door and a five-door version - is extremely agile and super efficient underway: Weighing 1,184 kg, the VW Polo GTI accelerates to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 229 km/h. At the same time, it is the most fuel efficient and lowest emitting GTI of all times. Combined fuel consumption: just 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres. That is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km.

By comparison: Its direct predecessor with regard to power - also equipped with a 180 PS 1.8-litre turbo engine - consumed 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres (equivalent to 188 g/km CO2). This means that the new car is 25 percent more fuel efficient. That's real progress. The GTI is also the first Polo to be available with bi-xenon headlights including cornering light, LED daytime running light and corner marker light as well as a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof.

Volkswagen Polo GTI

TSI drive: More power by engine charging

The tradition of the sporty top VW Polo model versions reaches back nearly a quarter of a century and is based on the legendary Polo Coupé G40 from 1986. As the first car ever to be equipped with a mechanical G-charger - it re-defined the vehicle dynamic limits in this segment. Its engine had a power of 83 kW / 113 PS and made the Polo G40, which in top condition today is a coveted collector's item, nearly 200 km/h fast. In contrast, the predecessor of the new Volkswagen Polo GTI first switched over to turbo technology in the year 2006. Its base version had a power of 110 kW / 150 PS; the legendary Cup Edition then took this figure up to 180 PS.

Back to the future: At the end of May 2010, the first new Polo GTIs will appear in Germany, and will then progressively be introduced across Europe and in Japan. The combination of direct injection, supercharger and turbocharger under one engine bonnet will generate plenty of excitement in this segment. The 180 PS Euro-5 16-valve four-cylinder engine reaches its maximum power at 6,200 rpm. Its maximum torque of 250 Newton-metres is also impressive for an engine of this size. It is already there from 2,000 rpm and stays at a constantly high level up to 4,500 rpm. These numbers highlight the fact that very torque-strong and rpm-loving 1.4 TSI has an easy game of it with the VW Polo GTI. It breathes a rare level of agility into the quick front-wheel drive car in all of life's situations and at all engine speeds.

DSG transmission: Extremely efficient, extremely sporty

Having a positive effect on this dynamic is the standard 7-speed DSG. The direct shift gearbox unifies the sports appeal and economy of a manual gearbox with the operating convenience of an automatic. As an alternative to the fully-automatic mode, the DSG may also be shifted manually - either by gearshift lever via the Tiptronic shift gate or via the standard shift paddle on the steering wheel.

Sport chassis: 15 millimetres lower and 17-inch tyres

The top performing variant in the Polo model range is a thoroughly sporty and safe car. Among the systems responsible for this is the GTI sport chassis including ESP and the XDS electronic transverse differential lock. It ensures that the Volkswagen Polo GTI's power is cleanly transferred to the road, even in tight serpentine curves. The running gear is based on the fundamental layout of a McPherson front suspension and semi-independent rear suspension combined with exceptionally dynamic tuning. New, stiffer dampers are linked to specially modified springs that lower the ride height by 15 millimetres compared to "Normal versions". The effect: lower angles of body roll and a lower centre of gravity. Both have positive effects vehicle dynamics through curves. Serving the same purpose are the low-profile tyres (215/40 R17 87V) on alloy wheels in GTI-typical 5-hole "Denver" styling (7Jx17), whose look the new top Polo shares with the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Perfectly regulated: ESP plus XDS sets the direction

When it comes to safety, the Volkswagen Polo GTI is fully equipped right from the factory, e.g. with generously dimensioned brakes and the standard ESP stabilisation programme. Networked with this are numerous other electronic modules such as the anti-lock braking (ABS), hill hold control, anti-slip regulation (ASR), engine drag torque control (MSR) and electronic differential locks (EDS). Tyre pressure is also sensed by the standard tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

A modern extension of familiar EDS functions is the XDS electronic transverse differential lock, like the one Volkswagen presented for the first time on the Golf GTI. XDS improves handling through fast curves and calibrates the car to be more "neutral", since it prevents slip of the unloaded wheel at the inside of the curve by active brake intervention, improving traction. This system, standard equipment on the VW Polo GTI, accesses existing sensor data such as steering wheel angle, yaw rate and wheel speeds. The effect: more safety and driving fun, because the Volkswagen Polo GTI steers even more precisely with XDS.

GTI features: Sporty and legendary

The new top model in the Polo range is easy to recognize as a GTI at first glance - inside and outside. It openly displays the visual insignia of this unique badge.

Exterior: Here the sportiest Polo stands out from the crowd with the two classic red trim strips on its radiator grille. From its role model - the larger Golf GTI - it has adopted the honeycomb structure of the air inlets inserts in the uniquely styled front apron. Also GTI-specific are the fender flares and the rear spoiler painted in body colour. Other exterior details of the Volkswagen Polo GTI include the already mentioned 17-inch alloy wheels in "Denver" styling that offer a clear view of the red painted brake callipers, as well as a customised rear apron with a diffuser look in its lower section. Integrated on the left side are the chrome dual tailpipes of the exhaust system.

Two other features are available as options for the first time on the new Polo GTI in this model series: the electrically operated panoramic tilt/slide sunroof extending back to the B-pillars, and the completely new layout of the bi-xenon headlights. As mentioned previously, also integrated in the dual headlights were the LED daytime running lights, corner marker lights and cornering lights.

Interior: Here too the 180-PS Polo impresses with genuine GTI ambiance. This is already achieved by the standard top sport seats with their classic fabric covers in typical diamond pattern, which stylishly recall the first GTIs of the 1970s. The roof liner, roof pillar trim, grab handles and sun visors are all styled in a sporty black; a glossy black surface treatment also decorates the panels of the centre console. They are coordinated with intentionally contrasting colour and material accents such as brushed chrome for the air vent surrounds and chrome accents for the round control knobs. Also completely styled in this brushed chrome look are the inside door handles, frames for the gearshift lever and parking brake, the DSG gearshift gate and the three spokes of the leather sport steering wheel. Styled in classic red are the distinctive decorative seams on the gearshift boot, parking brake grip and steering wheel.

Moreover, the extensive list of standard features emphasise that sportiness and comfort are not incompatible concepts in the new VW Polo GTI. Along with the features already mentioned, they also include pedal caps in aluminium look, electric window lifts in front (three-door) and rear (five-door), electric adjusting and heated door mirrors, air conditioning, RF remote control of central locking and front fog lights. The leather trimmed steering wheel is equipped with two DSG paddles, one on the left and one on the right. Then there is of course a passive safety package with driver and front passenger airbags, head-thorax side airbags and belt tensioners in front, as well as Isofix points on the rear bench seat for suitably fitted child seats - features that make this Volkswagen not only the best and most fuel efficient Volkswagen Polo GTI since the model series was begun, but also the safest.

2011 Volkswagen Sharan

With over 600,000 units sold, Volkswagen Sharan is the favourite vehicle of countless families all over Europe. Coming now, after a world premiere at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show, is a completely new generation of this best seller. Equipped for the first time with sliding doors in the back, the new Volkswagen Sharan has been enhanced in every area. There are only two parts that the new and the old VW Sharan have in common: the sun visors. That's it! Everything else - every screw, every exterior and interior part and all of the technology, including the TDI and TSI engines (103kW / 140PS to 147kW / 200PS) and transmission systems (DSG optional) - is new. Volkswagen Sharan 3.0, as it were, offering world-record performance in fuel efficiency: at 5.5 litres per 100km (51,4 mpg), the 140PS Volkswagen Sharan 2.0 TDI achieves lower fuel consumption than any other MPV in this class.

The hallmark of the new Volkswagen Sharan is a complete design concept that includes the extremely flexible EasyFold seating system (up to seven easily adjustable seats), high-end quality, uncompromising safety (seven airbags, Light Assist automatic main beam control, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running and position light) and numerous clever details. Also new to this generation of Volkswagen Sharan are adaptive chassis control (DCC) and a level regulating system. This comfortable multi-purpose vehicle in the upper B segment of the market has been tailored to families with two or more children and high-mileage business users with a need for extra space.

Volkswagen Sharan

The new VW Sharan's drive and handling matches the levels of comfort and dynamic response provided by the excellent Passat. Added convenience and safety is provided by an electronic handbrake and the second-generation parking manoeuvre assistant. This means automatic steering for parking in even smaller spaces, including on pavements, between trees and even on corners, plus now, for the first time on an MPV, for parking at an angle to the traffic. Cutting edge entertainment systems, a huge, electrically operated panoramic sliding roof (with a 300% bigger opening than with a conventional sliding roof) and a powerful 3-zone climate control system guarantee great travelling conditions at any time of the year. Available in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline versions, even the base model of the Volkswagen Sharan is supplied with features such as semi-automatic air-conditioning ('Climatic') and radio/CD system ('RCD 210'). As the only vehicle of its class to offer this, the third generation of this MPV will again be available with four-wheel drive (Volkswagen Sharan 2.0 TDI 4Motion with 140PS). In the first markets where it is available orders for the new Volkswagen can be placed from as early as the end of March, with the full launch beginning in the summer of 2010.

Four frugal engines

The Volkswagen Sharan's four direct injection turbo petrol (TSI) and turbo diesel (TDI) engines are up to 21 percent more fuel-efficient! The two TSI engines deliver 110kW / 150PS and 147kW / 200PS, while the TDIs develop 103kW / 140PS and 125kW / 170PS. With power outputs of up to 170PS the engines use a start-stop system and energy recuperation (recovery of kinetic energy, which gets temporarily stored in the battery). With average consumption of 5.5 litres per 100km (51.4 mpg, 145g/km of CO), the 140PS version of the VW Sharan 2.0 TDI - top speed 194 km/h (119 mph) - sets a new benchmark for fuel efficiency in this segment of the market! The theoretical driving range is correspondingly impressive: 1,273 kilometres (805 miles) from its 70 litre fuel tank. Both TDIs are also fitted with an SCR catalytic converter (SCR = selective catalytic reduction), which specifically eliminates oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and makes the Volkswagen Sharan, even as a turbo diesel, one of the cleanest MPVs in the world.

For the first time, all of these Euro-5 engines will be available in combination with Volkswagen's agile and efficient direct shift gearbox (DSG) systems - the automatics of the new age! In the case of the 200PS TSI, DSG comes as standard.

Design and dimensions

Thanks to the turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, every version of the new Sharan has gained significant extra agility. Completely new styling reinforces this. Its concise front and rear contours, in particular, plus its prominent wheel arches, create a totally new street presence. The vehicle's relative proportions also has a more dynamic effect, with the new model - at 4.85 metres in length - being 22 centimetres longer than the old VW Sharan. Its width has also grown, adding 9.2 centimetres (measured from door handle to door handle at the front) to now measure 1.9 metres. At the same time its height is now 1.2 centimetres lower, at 1.72 metres. The result is a fascinating interplay of proportions and a very powerful overall impression. The reduced height, however, does not come at the expense of interior headroom.

The third generation Volkswagen Sharan is the company's first MPV range to be designed by Walter de Silva (Group Chief Designer) and Klaus Bischoff (Brand's Chief Designer) based totally on the new Volkswagen design DNA matrix. The design of the vehicle body, which is both appealing and functional, is thus epitomised by clear, horizontal lines. It is fresh, yet certainly not dictated by any transient fashion. The aim of the design is rather to create with its balanced proportions and minimal lines an ideal basis for giving the body an extremely energetic look.

Front end

Following the new DNA, the Volkswagen Sharan unmistakably reflects the new era Volkswagen design, especially in the typical VW front end with its strong emphasis on horizontal planes and a clearly defined shape. A very elegant look is created by the gloss black bars across the radiator grille, the integrated chrome clips and the VW logo, also in chrome. The double headlights (with daytime running lights) incorporated into the V-contour of the bonnet can be ordered both in the standard and bi-xenon versions. In addition, as a new feature on the VW Sharan, there will also be a further headlight version with automatic main beam control (Light Assist). Based on a camera system, this dynamic main beam regulator detects both oncoming traffic and the vehicles in front and adjusts the beam such that nobody gets blinded (the headlight is partially masked) and the best possible illumination of the carriageway can also be achieved for the driver. If the Volkswagen Sharan is ordered with bi-xenon headlights, a newly designed LED daytime running and position light is also included within the headlamp module. It is made up of 15 individual LEDs that are positioned inside the module in a concise pattern.

Under the body-coloured bumper is a further air inlet and, on the left and right, fog lamps with optional indicator light function (standard on the Volkswagen Sharan Highline). Varying by equipment line, Volkswagen uses chrome trim in this area as well. If the Volkswagen Sharan is ordered with bi-xenon lights, the indicator light function is integrated there within the headlamp module.

Rear end

The rear look of the VW Sharan is just as clearly structured as that of the front. The visually dominant elements here are the concise roof-edge spoiler, the very deep tailgate (sill height: 0.67 metres) and the very large rear lights, which match the headlamps and also create an unmistakable appearance at night. The tailgate itself can optionally be opened and closed electrically.

Side profile

A distinctive feature of the Volkswagen Sharan is its smooth side profile. The background to this is that in designing the VW Sharan, De Silva and Bischoff put particular emphasis on the homogeneity of the vehicle's surfaces, as - allied to the relatively long wheelbase of 2.92 metres and the MPV's overall length - it makes the integration of the sliding doors perfect. The position of the door handles to the left and right of the B-pillar is extremely practical, as it enables the driver or passenger to open the front or rear door with single movement of the hand, without changing position. Anyone with small children in tow will appreciate this feature! The fact that the sliding doors open to the rear also creates an extremely large opening and thus easy access into the back.

The designers also gave a unique feel to the geometric, clearly defined look of the side windows. They sit relatively low on the vehicle, conveying a sense of airiness and transparency. The bottom edge of the row of windows rises dynamically at front and rear, giving the roof's A and D pillars a character of their own.


Volkswagen has developed a totally new configuration of the interior for the Volkswagen Sharan. It includes a choice of three base version interiors with five, six or seven seats. Thanks to the new EasyFold seating concept, the individual seats of the second and third row no longer need to be taken out in order to make use of the vehicle's full flexibility, but instead get stowed away in the floor using an easy-to-operate folding mechanism. Like the front seats, the ones in the second row can also be moved forwards and backwards, while their tilt can be adjusted by 20 degrees. The redesigned rear seat headrests are both highly practical and safe. Not only can they can be fully extended in order to provide optimum protection even for tall passengers, but also pushed down almost flush with the top of the seat backs when not in use.

First row of seats (driver and front-seat passenger)

One of the great strengths of the first two generations of the Volkswagen Sharan was the upright, comfortable sitting position of driver and front-seat passenger. The development engineers have improved comfort on the new model still further. While keeping the seat height almost identical, this has been done by making the sitting position sportier. In conjunction with the extremely clear and elegant dashboard and the positions of the central armrest and gear lever, the best possible ergonomic sitting and driving position is thus assured at all times. For the first time, a 12-way electrically adjustable seat, including driver's side memory function, is now also available as an option for the Volkswagen Sharan.

Second row of seats

The ergonomic design of the seats has been completely revised. Take, as an example, the second row, i.e. the traditional back seats: this comprises individual seats that can be moved 160mm back and forth and which now provide much more legroom thanks to, among other changes, the height of the seats being increased by 58mm. The internal height, meanwhile, has stayed at the same level. An important point for families is that the two outer seats can again be ordered with an integrated child seat. They offer younger passengers optimum safety and comfort. The seats are suitable for children aged three and above. The seat's surface is raised for the children via a simple mechanism, while adjustable seat sides hold them snugly in place. Side supports on the backrests (secured to the head rest guides) also ensure that they remain seated in the ideal position.

It is also very easy to fold down the second row and thus to create a level surface with the cargo floor: simply unlock the seat via a handle on the top of the back rest, fold it into the EasyFold position and let it slide down into the floor.

Third row of seats

Getting into the third row of seats has been made much easier. Firstly, the sliding doors open extremely wide and, secondly, the outer seats on the second row can be pushed forward and tilted. The EasyFold system has simply been supplemented here with an equally intuitive Easy Entry function, which creates ample room to reach the two additional seats in the Volkswagen Sharan - even for adults. In fact, while the two rear-most seats in MPVs of this size are generally reserved for children, the extended wheelbase (75mm longer at 2.92 metres) means that for most journeys these seats in the Volkswagen Sharan are comfortable for adults as well.

Boot / luggage area

No matter which of the seats in the back are folded down, what is produced here is always a totally level surface for loading in luggage. Even if just the third row of seats is folded down via the easy-to-use, single-hand mechanism, that alone provides a space 1.3 metres deep. Loaded up to the bottom edge of the window the luggage capacity is 711 litres. Thanks to an easily fitted mesh partition, the Volkswagen Sharan can alternatively be loaded right up to the roof without any safety concerns. The luggage capacity then increases to 1.167 litres.

The seats in the second row are folded down via an equally easy-to-use folding mechanism. This also produces a continuous luggage space, which - measured up to the backrests of the front seats - is 2.1 metres long. With the luggage area extended to this maximum length the capacity provided when loaded up to the roof is 2,297 litres. Moreover, using a cargo management system that has also been newly developed, the luggage can be securely held in place. The system consists of a net and two movable telescopic rails, which get anchored in the sidewalls. It also provides further retaining elements, allowing items such as bags to be held in place.


The basic layout of the dashboard is a completely new interpretation of that in the previous model, albeit that the key instruments, such as the light switches and air-conditioning controls, are in practically identical positions - only now much easier to see and operate. The entire dashboard area features a strictly horizontal division, with a precision-made décor trim running from side to side between the upper and lower sections. All of the materials are also of a quality unequalled by the competition. This is shown, for example, by the frequent use of metal on the vents and switch surrounds.

Centre console

The centre console has been consciously 'pulled out' a long way towards the gear lever, thus making its controls even easier to operate. It houses the various audio, video and navigation systems, plus - arranged below these - the Climatic or Climatronic air conditioning controls. The entire control unit for these systems has been positioned appreciably higher. All of the elements can therefore be found more quickly and are more intuitive to operate. For the navigation systems (RNS 315 and RNS 510) and premium audio system (RCD 510) a touchscreen display is used.

Located below the display and ideally positioned so that it can be easily reached is the switch for the hazard warning lights. Above it, as usual in the VW Sharan, in all models from the Comfortline up is a lockable storage compartment. The lower-most level of the centre console contains another row of switches for more rarely used functions, such as temporarily deactivating ESP or the Park Assist system. Where the Volkswagen Sharan has been ordered with the Kessy automatic locking and starting system (available on this model for the first time), the engine starter button is located directly in front of the gear lever on the centre console. Integrated in its customary position between the seats is the 'handbrake lever'. However, it is now no longer a lever but - as the handbrake is activated electronically right across the range - an intuitively operated switch.

The new MPVs instruments are more closely aligned to VW's car range than they were in the previous model. The speedometer and rev counter, the two central round instruments, are sporty and elegant, both with silver rims. The steering wheel and steering column levers will be familiar to Volkswagen drivers from current models such as the Golf, Tiguan, Scirocco and Passat CC. Despite being totally family friendly, the door trim - just like the entire front seat area - has also been given a sporty design.

Equipment versions

The new VW Sharan will be available in three equipment versions: Trendline (base version), Comfortline (mid-level version) and Highline (the most exclusive version). It will be sold in nine different colours. In standard configuration the MPV is initially a five-seater (2:3). In addition to this, there will also be a so-called '6-seater pack' and a '7-seater pack'. As a 6-seater, the Volkswagen Sharan's second and third rows of seating each get fitted with two seats, including cushioned armrests (2:2:2), with the second row then no longer having a middle seat. Instead, the two remaining seats are positioned more centrally and thus offer even greater comfort. The 6-seater is thus ideal as the business version. Where the customer opts for the 7-seater, the second row again has three seats, as in the 5-seater version (2:3:2). The 6 and 7-seater versions of the Volkswagen Sharan are supplied with several added features across all equipment lines. These include a 3-zone (Climatronic) air conditioning system, incorporating a rear air conditioning unit for separate climate control in the back (the third zone).

VW Sharan Trendline

While the term 'base model' is correct for the Sharan Trendline in terms of model hierarchy, it certainly does not accurately describe the level of equipment - for even this Volkswagen Sharan is already well equipped as standard! In terms of safety, for instance, the standard equipment features seven airbags (including a knee airbag) on the driver's side, the ESP electronic stabilisation programme (including brake assist and trailer stabilisation), tyre pressure indicator, automatic activation of hazard warning lights in the event of sudden, hard braking and electric child locks for the rear doors and rear window. Also a standard component is the electric handbrake with hill-start assistant. On the outside the Trendline equipment includes two chrome strips in the top radiator grille, electrically heated and adjustable mirrors, daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels with 205 tyres, tinted windows and all body-coloured trims.

On the inside the Volkswagen Sharan Trendline is equipped with attractive fabric seats (in 'Titanium Black' with the 'Move' pattern), height-adjustable driver's seat, matt chrome decorative trim, up to 33 storage compartments, height-adjustable arm rest (which can also be moved back and forth and contains a further storage compartment), cargo floor with separate, lockable compartments (5-seater), luggage area cover and automatic door-locking when the vehicle pulls away (can be deactivated). As outlined above, in terms of functional equipment many features come as standard, e.g. central locking with RF remote control, electro-mechanical, speed-regulated power steering, fully adjustable steering column, electric windows all round, ('Climatic') semi-automatic air-conditioning and the 'RCD 210' radio/CD system with four loudspeakers - a long, but by no means exhaustive list!

VW Sharan Comfortline

In purely external terms the more refined Sharan Comfortline stands out from the Trendline model by virtue of features such as its 16-inch ('Memphis') alloy wheels with 215 tyres, a chrome rim around the bottom radiator grille, the side windows' chrome border, black roof rails and a windscreen also fitted with heat reflective glass.

Inside the high quality 'Bridge' upholstery in 'Titanium Black' or 'Palladium Grey', plus seats with sportier contours and decorative inlays in the 'Triangle Titan' design produce a more refined feel. The driver's seat can also be adjusted electrically (height, tilt, forwards and back) and has a manual 4-position lumbar support function. In addition, there are pockets and folding tables on the back of both front seats. For loading long objects, the front passenger seat can also be completely folded over. It too is height adjustable and provides lumbar support.

The tray on the centre console is provided in this range with a cover, while in the roof, in addition to the standard storage compartment, there is also a compartment for glasses and in front of each of the outer seats of the second row there is another storage compartment integrated into the floor. On top of all this on the functional side come details such as the automatic anti-glare rear-view mirror, rain sensor, automatic running light activation (including 'Coming home' and 'Leaving home' function), indirect background lighting and a cruise control system.

VW Sharan Highline

The Volkswagen Sharan Highline cuts an even more elegant figure. Externally features such as 17-inch ('Sydney') alloy wheels with 225 tyres, heated windscreen washer jets and chrome-trimmed roof rails set this top-of-the-range version apart.

On the inside the Highline equipment includes contoured sports seats in leather / Alcantara (available in 'Titanium Black', 'Palladium Grey' or 'Corn Silk'), decorative trim in brushed aluminium, heated front seats, floor lights for the front and second row seats, the 'Plus' multi-function display, a leather steering wheel and leather gearshift knob.

Special options

Over and above the three equipment lines and seating configurations the Volkswagen Sharan can also be tailored to satisfy customers' individual demands. Technical highlights include the new Light Assist system (automatic main beam control), electric sliding doors and tailgate, a new generation 2.0 Park Assist (automatic steering function for parking, now even in extremely small gaps, on pavements, between trees and - for the first time - at an angle to the traffic), a 300 watt Dynaudio sound system and the 'Keyless Access' lock and ignition system. Caravanners, horse and boat owners will also be delighted by the new, pivoting tow-bar. In fact, in many respects the Volkswagen Sharan leaves the normal boundaries for this class of vehicle far behind. Not, however, in one aspect: extremely reasonable prices!

2011 Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen has unveiled the completely redeveloped Volkswagen Touareg as a world premiere at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. It is the most technically innovative "VW" since the brand has been in existence. This Volkswagen Touareg is reinterpreting the fascinating multipurpose SUV idea in a contemporary way - thanks to a range of engines that are nearly 20 percent more fuel efficient and a large variety of new assistance and safety systems. The VW Touareg will also be the first and only off-roader in Europe by a German car maker to be available in a hybrid version too. It sets standards among fully off-road capable SUVs with petrol engines that have a fuel consumption value of just 8.2 litres fuel per 100 kilometres. The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid can be driven up to 50 km/h in purely electric mode - emissions-free. Among the diesel engines, the Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI with 7.4 litre combined fuel consumption now posts the best value in the segment of genuine SUVs. Both versions, the VW Touareg Hybrid and V6 TDI, are the most fuel efficient petrol and diesel SUVs ever built in Europe in this large vehicle class.

New era SUV - lighter, more aerodynamic and fuel efficient

As has already been accomplished on the globally successful, smaller Tiguan, Volkswagen is systematically striving for sustainability on the new Touareg too. The first precondition was met: The SUV was lightened by 208 kilograms in the base version! A quantum leap. Yet, the body has five percent greater torsional rigidity, which makes it the leader in its competitive class. A second precondition was met as well: Designers attained a significantly improved Cd value. Along with aerodynamic refinement efforts, another factor at work here is that this Volkswagen Touareg is built lower to the ground than the previous model. Together with front end styling based on the new Volkswagen design DNA, this results in a smaller frontal area. The third precondition: All engines, now offered with a standard 8-speed automatic transmission - a first in this market segment - demonstrate significant fuel economy advantages over the previous model; in some cases the advantage is far greater than two litres per 100 kilometres.

Volkswagen Touareg

SUV for all trails - All-wheel drive in two versions

Also modified in pursuit of reduced fuel consumption was the standard all-wheel drive. In the base version ("4Motion"), all new generation VW Touaregs have all-wheel drive with Torsen limited-slip differential (4MOTION; climbing ability: 31 degrees). Like the Tiguan Track & Field, the VW Touareg also has an "Off-road driving programme", which - at the press of a button - tunes the ABS, EDS and ASR for off-road duty, activates Hill Descent Assist and adjusts the automatic gearshift points.

Instead of a Torsen differential, the V6 TDI can be ordered with an optional "Terrain Tech Packet" that has an even more rugged transfer case designed for off-road duty. It includes reduction gearing and centre and rear differentials, each with up to 100 percent locking (4XMOTION; climbing ability: 45 degrees). Similar to the first generation Volkswagen Touareg, this version also has a rotary switch the driver now uses to adapt the car to specific duty conditions over five levels: 1. "On-Road"; 2. "Off-Road" (like "Off-road driving programme" plus automatic control of the mechanical locks); 3. Low (like "Off-road" plus activation of reduced gearing, higher shift points, no automatic upshift in manual mode); 4. Addition of centre differential lock; 5. Addition of rear differential lock. Equipped like this, the Volkswagen Touareg can conquer any terrain on Earth.

SUV for everyday driving - more space, more innovations

Volkswagen has not only made the new VW Touareg lighter, more fuel efficient and an agile performer; it has also made it into an even more versatile, all-round vehicle. The new interior was made more functional, the seats more comfortable and leg room in the rear is larger. Now the rear bench seat has 160 millimetres in longitudinal adjustment, and the backrest angle can be adjusted. Electrically unlatched at the press of a button as an option, it folds down in seconds and frees up 1,642 litres of cargo space. Already standard equipment in the base version is a radio-CD and info system, which is intuitively controlled over a 6.5-inch touch-screen.

The parking brake is now activated by pushbutton. The engine (V6 versions) automatically shuts off at traffic lights and restarts as soon as the driver releases the brake pedal (Stop-Start system). As an option, the tailgate can be opened and closed by a RF remote control unit integrated in the car key. The largest panoramic sunroof of all SUVs provides for light even on overcast days. The innovative "Area View" utilises four cameras to detect the Volkswagen Touareg's surroundings and this enhances safety. Also offering protection are up to nine airbags. Lane Assist ensures that the vehicle does not stray from the right path; meanwhile, Side Assist warns of vehicles approaching from the rear when changing lanes. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with integrated Front Assist can brake to a stop in an emergency and tension the seatbelts as a precautionary measure. Bi-Xenon headlights with Dynamic Light Assist perceive oncoming traffic and adjust the light beam to eliminate unwanted glare, and adaptive roll compensation ensures that the Volkswagen Touareg sits solidly on the street. For the first time, there will be special features on the new Touareg under the new "Exclusive" badge from Volkswagen Individual. Options that can be ordered include 19-inch alloy wheels ("Girona" type), fine wood inserts ("Olive Ash") and a leather interior ("Nappa") in the two-colour combinations "Dark Burgundy / Titan Black" or "Pepper Beige / Titan Black".

Body Styling

The new Volkswagen Touareg has made dynamics strides - not just with regard to its engines, but also in its looks. The latter are of course attributable to its new styling and - associated with this - an even sportier layout of proportions. The team led by Volkswagen design head Klaus Bischoff set out to give the Volkswagen Touareg a significantly more elegant appearance based on the new Volkswagen Design DNA. This applies as much to the new horizontally aligned front end with its distinctive headlights as it does to the rear section typical of the VW Touareg and its unmistakable night-time rear light design and leaner, athletic body. This has resulted in an SUV that has a sustainable visual effect, timeless styling that makes a qualitative statement, showing dynamic proportions and presence, yet remaining reserved in its elegance and stylish.

Specifically, the designers created an absolutely clear and superior car that is distinctive from every perspective and takes an independent stance, a typical Volkswagen and equally a typical Volkswagen Touareg that practically every car driver immediately recognises as such. This is hardly sometime to be taken for granted in today's world - because never before in the history of the automobile have there been anywhere near as many vehicles or segments on the global automotive market. The new VW Touareg, more elegant and visually equipped with a portion of reserve - a visual tribute to the theme of sustainability - stands out from the crowd as an appealing and unmistakable design statement. And this applies as much to the horizontally aligned Volkswagen face of the present as it does to the leaner and more extended car body.

Front end

With the debut of today's Scirocco, Volkswagen introduced its new Design DNA and at the same time a new concept for the "face" of the models in a wide variety of vehicle classes. Common to all - as a sort of hereditary code of the Volkswagen family - is a clear horizontal structure and orientation. Key elements here are the black, high-gloss trim of the upper radiator grille with its continuous chrome trim strips, the headlights that are always visually integrated in these lines, the middle level of the bumper painted in car colour, and a U-shaped and lower air inlet framed nearly entirely in chrome trim as a third level. Every model and every class, however, displays its own unique visual character - unmistakably. And that applies to the Volkswagen Touareg as well.

Depending on the segment, all of the named details show clear differentiations, especially with regard to the interplay of proportions, the styling of the bonnet and fenders and the form of the headlights that come together to create an entirely unique "face". In the front-end styling of the Volkswagen Touareg, designers implemented the new Volkswagen face for the first time in a luxury class vehicle.

The modulation of the V-shaped bonnet and the dominant shoulder line underscore the rugged, powerful appearance of the VW Touareg, while the clarity of its surfaces emphasise in parallel, the elegance of the new SUV.

The horizontal band - consisting of the relatively flat grille, the VW logo integrated there and the trapezoidal headlights - defines the superior character of the Touareg and is at the same time a key element of the vehicle's Design DNA. The styling of the lower of the two chrome inserts that are worked into the radiator grille is continued into the headlights that narrow toward the grille.

These dual headlights with their complex, technically styled inner lives are both visual and technical highlights. They are available in three versions: as halogen headlights, bi-xenon headlights and for the first time in the world as bi-xenon headlights with Dynamic Light Assist (continuous main beam).

Beneath the middle section of the bumper that is painted in body colour are the lower air intakes. In the case of the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid and Touareg V8 TDI, the middle intake is styled with chrome fins and another U-shaped frame. Located in the bumper's lowermost segment are the front fog lights and the radar sensors of the optional adaptive cruise control system (ACC plus Front Assist).

Side profile

Thanks to the lower body height, short overhangs, a dynamic line of side windows and the clear sculpting of its surfaces, in contrast to other SUVs this car's side profile does not in the least have a massive appearance. Just the opposite is the case: Just like on a sports car, the car body tapers slightly in the area of the doors. This results in a partial channelling between the A and C pillars, which captures light and lends a muscular, athletic image to the entire side section.

This character is reinforced by the precise edges of the wheel arches and the rear side section. The side window look that narrows toward the rear corresponds to the rear shoulder section that is prominently sculpted. Also serving as clear SUV characteristics are the rugged wheel arches with their black trim extending toward the wheel wells. Here the core properties of this vehicle class - power and durability - are highlighted by the visual emphasis of the large wheels (standard 7.5J x 7 on the V6 TDI and V6 FSI, 8J x 18 on the Hybrid and V8 TDI).

Just as beautiful in form as they are practical are the outside mirrors with integrated indicator lights and the door handles that open in the pulling direction and are therefore crash optimised. In their side profiles, the two top Volkswagen Touareg versions - the Hybrid and the V8 TDI - exhibit, along with their independent 18-inch alloy wheels, a chrome frame around the side windows and a chrome trim strip above the side skirts. Roof railings in black or chrome are available as an option on all versions.


Even from the rear, the new VW Touareg is immediately recognisable, even without its signature. The reason: Designers took the look of the first Volkswagen Touareg and intentionally developed it further without ignoring the previous model. In this process, Volkswagen styling avoids short-lived effects and is based on a continuous evolution. A strategy, which for example has accompanied the sensational success of the Golf right up to today and makes it simply "inimitable". It also gives a Volkswagen longer life and more stable value retention than many other cars.

Like the front end, the rear of the new VW Touareg is also marked by horizontal lines. At the top, the tailgate has a spoiler that was styled to aerodynamic criteria, which simultaneously extends the roof section visually. The large rear window extends into the D pillars; the tailgate can be automatically opened by an electric motor as an option.

Parts of the tail lights were integrated in the tailgate. These inboard segments each exhibit a second tail light as well as the reversing light. The outboard segments house the functions tail light, brake light and indicator lights. Distinctive visual details of the dual tail lights: four elements designed in the form of an "L" (mirror image on right side), which distinctively frame the four pupil-like central elements. This creates an absolutely unmistakable night look. Once again located centrally between the lights is the VW logo. The load sill guard on the Hybrid and V8 TDI Touareg versions is a standard chrome step area on the load sill of the bumper. Worked as narrow strips into the lowermost segment of the bumper that is painted in body colour are the rear fog lights. Only the middle section with the tailpipes of the exhaust system integrated on its left and right ends is treated in black. While the V6 FSI and V6 TDI Volkswagen Touareg versions have round tailpipes, the two top versions can be recognised by their chrome rectangular pipes.

Significantly lower weight

The VW Touareg's kerb weight was reduced by between 203 and 222 kilograms, depending on the version - a result of targeted body modifications, material selection and a lighter weight powertrain. For the first time in this vehicle class, body-related measures include the use of what are referred to as multi-layer insulating materials to insulate against noise. They weigh much less than conventional insulating materials yet are more effective. The kerb weight of the Volkswagen Touareg V6 FSI was reduced to 2,035 kilograms. The turbodiesel versions weigh 2,099 (V6 TDI) and 2,222 kilograms (V8 TDI); the VW Touareg Hybrid comes in at a weight of 2,240 kilograms. The weight of the body-in-white was reduced by five percent to 398 kilograms.

V6 FSI with 280 PS

The entry-level engine in the petrol area, the optimised V6 FSI, continues to output 206 kW / 280 PS. At 9.9 l/100 km it consumes an incredible 2.5 litres less than the previous version. This combined fuel consumption is equivalent to CO2 emissions of 236 g/km - 60 g/km less than before.

The smooth six-cylinder unit develops a maximum torque of 360 Newton-metres, which is constantly available between 3,000 and 4,000 rpm and guarantees superior high-torque performance. The power of the 24-valve engine peaks at 6,200 rpm.

Compared to the V6 FSI of the previous model, the updated engine is equipped with a new engine controller (MED 17.1.6), which among other things integrates the new thermal management system, Stop-Start system and regenerative braking. Other modifications: The conversion to a new, more precise machining process for the cylinder crankcase, modified piston rings and weight-optimised forged pistons produce lower friction values with immediate fuel consumption reduction.

Changes were also made in the air intake system to modify the charge changing process.

Another innovation in the area of emissions control: Here two ceramic main catalytic converters near the engine are used instead of the previous pre-converter and main catalytic converter system to assure conformance to the Euro-5 emissions standard. In addition, a newly positioned lambda probe makes a contribution toward impressively fulfilling the ULEV-2 emissions standard in the USA. The Volkswagen Touareg V6 FSI is 228 km/h fast and accelerates to 100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds.

V6 TDI BlueMotion Technology with 240 PS

Based on engine power level, entry into the world of the Volkswagen Touareg among the diesels begins with an advanced offshoot of the successful V6 TDI that still outputs 176 kW / 240 PS (at 4,000); it will be available right at market launch. Like all VW Touareg versions, it also satisfies the Euro-5 emissions standard. In North America, a version tailored for the USA market will be launched.

The European version of the common rail turbodiesel (injection pressure: 1,800 bar) with 2,967 cm3 displacement develops a strong 550 Newton-metres torque from 2,000 rpm and consumes a pioneering low 7.4 l/100 km (equivalent to 195 g/km CO2); this is 1.9 litres less than on the previous 240-PS version. CO2 emissions were also reduced: by 49 g/km compared to the previous Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI and a respectable 24 g/km compared to the already very good predecessor with BlueMotion Technology and 168 kW / 225 PS. The new generation of the Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI BlueMotion Technology reaches a top speed of 218 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in a sporty 7.8 seconds.

New V8 TDI with 340 PS

Entirely new to the Volkswagen Touareg programme is the V8 TDI with 4,134 cm3 displacement and 250 kW / 340 PS (at 4,000 rpm). The new V8 TDI, like the V6 TDI, has common rail direct injection. In this case, the injection pressure reaches 2,000 bar. At 9.1 l/100 km (equivalent to 239 g/km CO2), its combined fuel consumption is extremely good considering its enormous power and incredible maximum torque of 800 Newton-metres (between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm). By comparison: The retired previous version, a V10 TDI with 230 kW / 313 PS, had a combined fuel consumption of 11.9 litres - 2.8 litres more. In parallel, CO2 emissions are reduced by about 25 percent. This engine also has a specific thermal management system with switched water pump to shorten the warm-up phase.

The VW Touareg V8 TDI reaches a top speed of 242 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in only 5.8 seconds - like a sports car.

Stop-Start system in detail

A look at the functionality of the intuitively operated Stop-Start system for the V6 models is interesting: The driver approaches a red light with the Touareg and brakes it to a stop. At this moment the engine is automatically stopped. The text "Stop Start" now appears in the multifunction display. As soon as the light turns green, the driver releases the brake, the engine starts, the "Stop Start" indicator disappears, and the driver resumes driving.

Regenerative braking in detail

Regenerative braking helps to utilise the energy used in driving as ideally as possible. During coasting and braking phases - i.e. whenever the driver simply releases the accelerator pedal or decides to brake - the system elevates the voltage of the alternator (generator), and it is used to intensively charge the vehicle's battery.

Thanks to this alternator control as a function of engine load, and the optimally charged battery that results, the voltage of the alternator can be reduced when this is desirable - e.g. when accelerating or constantly maintaining a desired speed. The alternator may even be shut off entirely. This relieves the engine, which in turn reduces fuel consumption. Regenerative braking requires a special software for energy management and modified engine controller software.

Transmission - 8-speed automatic

In all Volkswagen Touareg versions, a new 8-speed automatic transmission is being used - an advanced development of the previous 6-speed automatic transmission. That makes this Volkswagen the first SUV in the world with this type of transmission. The automatic is designed for engine torques of up to 850 Newton-metres. Due to the two additional gear levels, a 20 percent larger gearing spread can be attained between 1st and 8th gears. This accomplishes two objectives: First, thanks to this larger spread, the engines operate with even greater efficiency over all speed ranges, making them both more fuel efficient and responsive. Second, it was possible to lay out the 7th and 8th gears as speed-reducing gears (20 percent reduction) - fuel-saving overdrive gears.

On the transmission of the previous model, 6th gear handled this job. On the new 8-speed automatic, on the other hand, the car's top speed is reached in 6th gear. The lower engine rpms attained in this way have a positive effect on noise levels as well. If the engine speed required to reach top speed in 6th gear is considered 100 percent, this means that in 8th gear engine speed is reduced by 34 percent. An example: At 130 km/h cruising speed, the Volkswagen Touareg's V6 TSI only turns at about 2,200 rpm. To optimally isolate the drivetrain from vibration generated by engine torque, further improvements to the torsional damping provided by the torque converter have been made.

In the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, the 8-speed automatic - which shifts faster than the gearbox on the previous model - is coupled to a transfer case with Torsen differential. This results in a 40:60 distribution of the propulsive force between the front and rear axles. The Torsen differential is already being used in a similar form within the Volkswagen Group, but it was further refined for the Touareg to improve its weight and efficiency.

Back to the automatic: By using a low-friction transmission fluid (Automatic Transmission Fluid / ATF) and a newly developed heat exchanger, additional fuel economy gains were achieved by lowering friction losses - especially in the cold running phase of the automatic transmission. The so-called plate heat exchanger has been mounted on the back of the transmission, and both coolant from the engine cooling system and ATF circulate through it. The heat exchanger serves two purposes: As soon as the ATF exceeds a predefined temperature, the heat exchanger is used to cool the oil. If there is further need to cool, an auxiliary ATF-Air heat exchanger in the front end is also activated. This assures that optimal temperatures are maintained in the automatic even under extreme conditions, which are not all that rare in an SUV.

To implement the VW Touareg's smoothly transitioning Stop-Start function in every driving phase, the transmission must be provided with sufficient oil pressure to ensure slip-free power transfer within the gear elements. Conventional gearboxes only accomplish this once the engine has attained a specific idling speed, so that the mechanically driven transmission oil pump can build up sufficient oil pressure and oil flow. This is different on the Volkswagen Touareg's 8-speed automatic: Here the system is supplemented by an electrically driven pump, which is able to maintain a stable oil pressure level within the hydraulic system during the engine's stopped phase.


New generation Volkswagen Touaregs with the base version 4MOTION system have an all-wheel drive system with limited-slip Torsen differential (climbing gradient 31 degrees) and electronic differential locks (EDS) at all four wheels. Like the Tiguan Track & Field, the Volkswagen Touareg also has an "Off-road driving programme", which - at the press of a button - tunes the ABS, EDS and ASR for off-road duty, activates Hill Descent Assist and adjusts the automatic gearshift points.


Nonetheless, there is still a worldwide clientele that uses the SUV under the most extreme conditions. As before, these customers can obtain the 4XMOTION drive (climbing gradient 45 degrees) with the VW Touareg V6 TDI. This option is offered as a "Terrain Tech" package. Like its predecessor, it consists of a locking centre differential with electrically controlled multi-plate differential and reduction gearing (2.69:1), increased ground clearance (10 millimetres in front, 15 in rear) and a fuel tank with 100 litres instead of 85. In normal operation, a slip-dependent and variable distribution of propulsive forces occurs between the front and rear axles (40:60). Moreover, the centre differential can also be locked for a rigid power distribution.

The reduction gear level can be electrically engaged via the switch on the centre console. It permits maximum utilisation of propulsive force at low speeds. This is how the Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI attains the noted climbing gradient of 45 degrees - a 100 percent grade. As an option, a rear differential with transverse lock and 100 percent locking effect can be ordered. The driver initiates activation of the differential lock (100 percent). To improve traction and dynamic performance, the transverse lock is automatically activated and metered according to the driving situation.

To operate the different functions, the Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI with "Terrain Tech" package has a rotary switch - similar to the one on the first generation VW Touareg - which the driver uses to adapt the car to driving conditions over five levels: 1. "On-Road"; 2. "Off-Road" (like "Off-road driving programme" plus automatic control of the mechanical locks); 3. Low (like "Off-road" plus activation of reduced gearing, higher shift points, no automatic upshift in manual mode); 4. Addition of centre differential lock; 5. Addition of rear differential lock.

On both the 4MOTION and 4XMOTION drive systems, it is possible to manually deactivate the Stop-Start system in off-road driving. With the 4XMOTION system, it is also possible to deactivate ESP. On vehicles with air suspension, the "Lock" switch can also prevent unwanted lowering of the vehicle from the Off-Road level to the Normal level by locking the system at 70 km/h.

Running gear

Volkswagen has further developed the Volkswagen Touareg's high-performance running gear with independent suspensions at all four wheels on the second generation of the successful SUV. The basic layout is still characterised by two double wishbone suspension at the front with upper aluminium suspension links and lower steel links. At the rear, the double wishbone suspension has forged aluminium upper links and lower wishbones made of steel. The increased track widths compared to the previous model are 1,656 millimetres in front and 1,676 millimetres in the rear. Like the first VW Touareg, the new version will also offer a standard steel suspension and optional air suspension system.

Chassis modifications on the new Touareg

Design changes and more intensive use of aluminium has reduced the weight of the running gear by a considerable 47 kilograms. To also attain greater responsiveness and even more precise steering, the elasto-kinetics were also optimised, and the rigidity of the suspension joint was increased at the rear suspension. In summary, the Volkswagen Touareg's optimised running gear offers very good vibration control and ride comfort, a low roll angle, responsive handling, excellent dynamic stability and of course very good off-road performance.

Off-road specific performance values

The running gear of the new VW Touareg with its double wishbone suspensions continues with a proven layout that enables large spring displacements and good wheel lift (4MOTION: 157 millimetres / 4XMOTION: 173 millimetres) in off-road driving. In front, the version with standard steel suspension and 4MOTION also produces an approach angle of 22º; the rear scores points with a 23º departure angle. With the "Terrain Tech" package (4XMOTION), these values increase to 26º each. It gets even more extreme when the Volkswagen Touareg is equipped with an air suspension: In the 4MOTION version, the values are 24º (front) and 25º (rear). The combination of air suspension and 4XMOTION produces the maximum angle of 33º, front and rear.

In alliance with its ground clearance of 220 millimetres, the new Volkswagen Touareg also cuts an excellent figure off of the paved peaks. When the SUV is ordered with the "Terrain Tech" package, buyers enjoy a ride height increased by an additional 10 millimetres in front and 15 in the rear. With the optional air suspension, ground clearance even increases to a maximum of 300 millimetres. Fording depths of 500 millimetres (steel suspension) and 580 millimetres (air suspension) ensure that the fish stay outside of the new VW Touareg too.

Air suspension - Levelling control and electronic dampers

As an option, Volkswagen is offering an air suspension on the new Touareg once again. Integrated here are an automatic levelling control system and ride height adjustment as well as electronic damper control. The air suspension guarantees exceptional comfort on drives on paved roads and - based on speed-dependent chassis lowering - the dynamic performance properties of a very sporty automobile. In off-road driving, the air suspension also improves off-road properties while still offering exceptionally good comfort by its variable ride height.

As an alternative to the automatic "Normal" mode (lower ride height resulting in reduced Cd value), the driver can select "Comfort" or "Sport" mode. When "Comfort" is selected, the skyhook system essentially aims to compensate in the best possible way for road unevenness, while "Sport" mode, with ride height lowered 25 millimetres, optimises road contact and enhances dynamic performance.

Compared to the previous model, the air suspension in the new Volkswagen Touareg has been implemented as a closed system for the first time. This reduces the reservoir volume needed for the air system and permits the use of a smaller compressor. This, in turn, reduces power consumption, since the pressure difference to be overcome by the compressor is significantly lower than in an open system. These combined measures contributed toward reducing the weight of the air suspension by about 20 kilograms.

Vehicle dynamics package with adaptive roll compensation

To calibrate the driving properties of the new Volkswagen Touareg more in the direction of "dynamic", there are two other options. First: a sport chassis with stiffer damping. Second: a completely independent layout of the air suspension - the Driving Dynamics package with adaptive roll compensation.

When a buyer chooses the Driving Dynamics package, the VW Touareg is delivered with sportier tuning of the air suspension and a 25 millimetres lower ride height. This gain in dynamic performance and safety is also attained by the use of reinforced stabilisers, dampers controlled as a function of steering wheel movement and modified control software. In the suspension's Comfort mode, ride comfort is just as good as on versions without a sport chassis.

Wheels, tyres and brakes

V6 versions of the Volkswagen Touareg (FSI and TDI) have standard 17-inch alloy wheels and size 235/65 VR17 tyres (speed rating up to 240 km/h). In the case of the V8 version and the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, 18-inch alloy wheels and size 255/55 WR18 tyres (speed rating up to 270 km/h) are used. The tyres reduce rolling resistance by up to ten percent depending on tyre size.

The V6 FSI and V6 TSI versions of the VW Touareg are equipped with a 17-inch brake system; the more powerful Hybrid and V8 TDI models each have an 18-inch system. Naturally, disc brakes are used at all wheels. On the V6 FSI and V6 TDI engine versions, the diameter of all four discs is 330 millimetres. On the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid and V8 TDI, on the other hand, the front axle has 360 millimetre discs. Other standard equipment that is always provided is an anti-lock braking system ABS (including off-road ABS) and the ESP electronic stabilisation program (including trailer stabilisation).

Electronic parking brake with auto-hold function

The classic parking brake on the first VW Touareg has been retired in the new SUV-Generation. In its place, an electro-mechanical parking brake (EPB) is being implemented in all versions. Thanks to electronic control and CAN networking with other in-vehicle control modules, the functional range of the brakes has been extended considerably. New on board are a dynamic hill start assistant, the so-called auto-hold function and dynamic emergency braking function.


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