Updated 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan goes on sale in NZ

September 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The new 2012 Tiguan has touched down in NZ and is now on sale from VW dealers. The refreshed small SUV features reworked design and upgraded features.

In terms of styling, the latest VW design language has been incorporated into the front end of the Tiguan with the family face now extending across the full New Zealand Volkswagen range. The new front fascia includes halogen headlights, front fogs with cornering lights, rain sensor, privacy glass and a chrome work package. There’s optional kit as well which includes bi-xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights, panorama sliding glass roof and a mirror package to fold away wing mirrors.

There’s also some high-tech driver assistance systems in the 2012 model with front and rear ParkPilot being a feature. This takes care of parallel parking with the push of a button, drivers only need control braking and acceleration. Safety has been improved with a new fatigue detection system and a lane departure warning system also available.

There’s a Sport & Style package that includes 4Motion all-wheel drive, traction control and an approach angle of 18° as standard with an off-road package available adding under body protection, an increased approach angle of up to 28° and off-road electronic programme. The Tiguan has a towing ability of up to 2,000kg trailer load. Also new in the Tiguan is the XDS electronic differential lock which helps the SUV grip the road during fast cornering. Continue reading “Updated 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan goes on sale in NZ” »

Volkswagen unleashes Amarok ute into NZ market

February 21st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Volkswagen NZ has officially launched it’s new Amarok ute into the competitive kiwi market and is ready to take on the big boys of the segment.

At a special event held for NZ’s motoring press, VW issued heavy-footed journalists an Amarok to test on a course of paved road, gravel road, beach and difficult off-road sections. The Amarok was impressive on every surface and was unbeaten by any obstacle. So should other ute makers be scared? You bet, the Amarok is competitive in every area and easily class-leading in some.

Amarok is the fifth model series by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and the first ute by a high-volume European producer in New Zealand. Meaning “Wolf” in Inuit this ute is no wolf in sheepŸs clothing — the exterior design is based on the new Volkswagen “design DNA” with design features also found on the latest Golf and the new generations of the Transporter, Multivan, Caravelle and California.

Potent Powertrain

The high performance Twin Turbo TDI 120kW Amarok produces a hefty 400Nm of torque, whereas the 90kW TDI delivers 340Nm of pulling power. All models offer diesel engines with a 6-speed manual transmissions. The optional 4Motion model gives shiftable all-wheel drive with high/ low gear ratio for almost every type of terrain, while the Amarok is equipped with rear wheel drive as standard. With the higher-spec Twin Turbo TDI models, two exhaust turbo chargers provide an impressive vehicle response at low revs and more powerful performance at high revs. Despite the high performance the Amarok has fuel consumption from just 7.3 litres per 100 km. Continue reading “Volkswagen unleashes Amarok ute into NZ market” »

New 2011 Volkswagen Touareg now available in New Zealand

November 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Volkswagen has launched its completely redeveloped Touareg into the New Zealand market with a special event held this week.

The 2011 Touareg is coming out swinging into the competitive luxury SUV market with an updated range of engines that are up to 25 percent more fuel efficient. There’s also some clever new driver assistance and safety systems. The Touareg V6 TDI with 7.4 litre combined fuel consumption now posts among the best value in the segment.

The new standard model Touareg was lightened by over 200 kgs, but has greater torsional rigidity and is built lower to the ground with improved aerodynamics. Together with front end styling based on the new Volkswagen family face, this results in a smaller frontal area. All engines are now offered with a standard 8-speed automatic transmission.

The V6 TDI models feature VolkswagenŸs BlueMotion Technologies — which include a revolutionary start-stop system that automatically shuts off the engine when the car is stationary, a regenerative braking system which recycles braking energy and low friction tyres.

Also modified in pursuit of reduced fuel consumption was the standard all-wheel drive system. All new generation Touaregs have all-wheel drive (“4Motion”) with a Torsen limited-slip differential. The 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. The V6 TDI can also be ordered with an optional “Terrain Technology” package that includes a traditional transfer case designed for off-road duty. It includes reduction gearing and centre and rear differentials, each with up to 100 percent locking.

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New Volkswagen Polo launched in NZ

September 30th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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The new Volkswagen Polo was unveiled in NZ yesterday at a launch event held in Auckland. The new model marks the fifth generation of the Polo which has been a global sales success with more than 10.6 million vehicles sold worldwide.

Offering updated safety, technology and specification the all-new Polo has adopted Volkswagen’s distinctive new corporate face. It’s longer, wider and has space for five people and a larger luggage area than the outgoing model.

The car’s gain in width combined with a reduction in height lends the Polo a more dynamic stance. The design language itself is defined by sharp lines helping maintain an ultra-modern look and assisting VW Polo 2009 safetywith potentially high resale values.

Volkswagen put together a safety package for the new 5th-generation Polo including an optimised body structure, a highly effective belt and airbag combination and driver assist systems. The new Polo has been subjected to the more stringent Euro NCAP crash tests and received the best possible score of five stars.

In addition, the Polo is equipped with ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Program) as standard. This includes Hill Hold Control, ABS, TCS (Traction Control System) and EDL (Electronic Diff Lock).

A network of 6 airbags are also standard, including driver and front passenger airbags, combined head-thorax airbags (integrated in the front seatbacks) and side curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers.

Despite increasing standard equipment and specification, the Polo’s body weight has been reduced by 7.5 percent.  This, combined with innovative engine concepts and the 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG), has resulted in improvement in fuel economy and reduced emissions.

The first engine to be available in New Zealand is a 1.4L fuel injected petrol engine producing 63kW of power and 132Nm of torque.  When combined with the 7-speed DSG transmission, only 5.8L of fuel is required to travel 100km — an improvement of 16% when VW Polo rqcompared to the previous generation.  CO2 emissions are just 135g/km.

By the middle of 2010, a second Polo model will be introduced, the Polo TSI. It will make use of Volkswagen’s new 1.2L TSI, turbo-charged four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine produces 77 kW, while consuming 5.5L of fuel per 100km and producing 129 g/km of CO2. The TSI has 175Nm of torque available from 1500-3500rpm. This low-down accessibility to the torque of the engine should give the Polo TSI some good pace.

Standard specification for the new Polo includes a Climatic air conditioning system, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, a leather covered steering wheel, electric windows front and rear, a CD player and 15″ steel wheels with a full size spare wheel. Security is taken care of by an alarm and immobiliser that includes remote central locking.

Volkswagen NZ is offering a 3 year unlimited kilometre mechanical warranty and roadside assistance programme, including a 12 year anti corrosion warranty on the galvanised body.

Dean Sheed, Volkswagen General Manager for New Zealand, is excited to be launching in New Zealand one of Volkswagen’s most important models: “The new Polo is a great all round package that represents real value for money. Like the new Golf did in its class, the new Polo has redefined the level of refinement available in a small car.” He continued: “Volkswagen’s 7-speed DSG transmission has added a level of technology never before seen in this class and this sophistication will take another step up with the arrival of the Polo TSI next year.”

Pricing for the Polo 63kW 7DSG is $27,990 plus on road costs. Final specification and pricing for the Polo TSI 77kW 7DSG will be confirmed in 2010.

A small number of the new Polo will be visiting dealerships around NZ during October, giving potential owners a chance to check out the new Polo in person. Deliveries are expected to begin shortly after in November.

For further information visit the Volkswagen NZ website by clicking here.