2012 Volkswagen Tiguan facelift model – revealed

February 8th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Following on from recently leaked photos, Volkswagen has released official details and photos for the 2012 Tiguan facelift.

The Tiguan is the latest in VW’s range to receive updates after the 2011 Passat and Eos convertible, making it one of the few Volkswagen models to be updated rather than replaced by an all-new model.

In terms of styling the 2012 Tiguan is given the newer VW corporate face with a new headlight design, grille and at the rear new sleeker tail-lights.

In the cabin the Tiguan appears largely unchanged except for a new steering wheel. But the production model could sport more major updates.

Mechanical specifications will be revealed when the updated Tiguan debuts at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Continue reading “2012 Volkswagen Tiguan facelift model – revealed” »

Volkswagen takes concept Touaregs to Qatar Motor Show

January 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Qatar Motor Show is a new entry on the on car show calender but it is already drawing out some very interesting concept vehicles. Volkswagen has brought two special Touareg concept cars that are sure to turn heads in the desert state.

The first vehicle takes the hardcore looks of the Race Touareg 3 Dakar rally vehicle and puts it into a street legal SUV. Named the Race Touareg 3 Qatar the vehicle is painted in “Magic Morning” metallic white with gold flakes and has some spiffy Race Touareg graphics along the flanks. The SUV also swaps its 16-inch wheels for blinging gold painted 18-inch BBS wheels.

Inside is where the real changes over the Dakar vehicle have taken place with a full stealth look achieved. It’s equipped with Recaro race seats finished in perforated Nappa leather.  There’s bits of matte carbon fibre trim and a roll cage painted in “Serpentino Grey Metallic”. A special tribute is paid to the Dakar Rally where all VW’s ictories are etched in the anodized aluminum of the center console. Even with the added weight, the 228 kW Race Touareg can still perform the sprint to 100 km/h in under 6 seconds.

The Race Touareg 3 Qatar is joined on Volkswagen’s show stand in Doha by the Touareg Gold Edition. As you might have already guessed the Gold Edition is all about bling and is tailor-made for the local crowds. It is fully decked out in 24-karat gold trim inside and out. The gold coating includes the 22-inch wheels, roof rails, window frames, door mirrors, grille surround and badging. The interior is also appointed with gold trim. Other highlights include an Alcantara roofliner, Nappa leather seats, natural brown leather and Walnut Burr veneers. Continue reading “Volkswagen takes concept Touaregs to Qatar Motor Show” »

2011 VW Polo GTI arrives in NZ next month

January 13th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Polo GTI is back in New Zealand and it’s no toy either, packing a 132 kW/ 250Nm torque punch.

The light 1,194kg Volkswagen hot hatch will hit 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of 229 km/h. Under the bonnet lives VW’s award-winning twincharged 1.4-litre TSI engine (turbo plus supercharging). It’s a very strong motor considering its size and has proved a very popular mill in other VW product. The engine puts its power to the front wheels via a globally adopted 7-speed DSG gear box.

The new Polo GTI also has excellent fuel economy thanks to the downsizing of the 1.4-litre TSI engine and the 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. The new Polo GTI is now 25 percent more fuel efficient with a fuel consumption of 5.9 l/100 km.

Comfort features include electro-hydraulic power steering, electric windows in front and rear, central locking, driver seat height adjustment, climatronic air conditioning, cruise control, green tinted insulated glass and privacy glass in rear window and rear side windows with 65% light absorption. And, multimedia is far from overlooked with RCD 510 radio CD system with large high resolution, colour touch screen, 6-disc CD changer, MP3 and MWA file compatible and AUX-IN multimedia socket, iPod adapter cable and Bluetooth phone preparation.

The GTI will be the first Polo to be available with optional bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, LED daytime running lights and corner marker lights.

VW GTI-specific features are always standard, such as red trim on the radiator grill and honeycomb on air intakes and front fog lights as well as a sport seat system with distinctive “JackyŸ upholstery, leather covered multi-function steering-wheel with GTI design DSG paddles, sports suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels in the telephone dialler design.

The NZ Golf GTI will be in a four-door body shape and will have safety features consisting of a highly effective airbag network, belt tensioners, front head restraints designed to avoid whiplash trauma as well as Isofix points on the rear bench seat. An electronic transverse differential lock (XDS) reduces the tendency to understeer and improves handling especially for quick driving through curves. Like all versions of the model series, the Polo GTI also comes equipped with the standard ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) including hill hold control.

The New Zealand 4-door Polo GTI will be available at an RRP of $37,500 in February 2011. Continue reading “2011 VW Polo GTI arrives in NZ next month” »

VW design boss lets slip on new Kombi

November 25th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It might just be time to dust off the dream of a new Volkswagen Kombi with news that Klaus Bischoff, chief designer for VW, believes a new version of the classic Camper is a fundamental part of his job. This rumour isn’t new and has certainly come around before, but with the success of the New Beetle’s ten-year production their may be a sound business case for a full Kombi revival.

At one point, there were plans to offer a production version of the 2001 Microbus concept that made waves at that year’s Detroit Motor Show, but potential costs put an end to that project. Now, a new Microbus seems back on, according to Bischoff, and Volkswagen is trying to figure out how conventional or creative to go with it. Volkswagen design offices around the world are being asked to offer input to help develop a vehicle with broad influences. At this stage possible platforms and powertrains are unknown but if it all goes ahead a new Kombi concept is likely in 2012.

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.

Continue reading “New 2011 Volkswagen Touareg now available in New Zealand” »

Volkswagen confirm return of Golf Cabrio in 2011

November 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Last week, VW confirmed that the Golf Cabrio would return in 2011 with a brand new version of the iconic model. Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen made and announcement that the 2011 VW Golf Cabrio will enter production next year at the company’s plant in Osnabruck.

While no details of the new Cabrio have officially been released yet, it’s expected to be a soft top, just like its predecessors. With the Golf Cabrio in production, 1,800 jobs will be created at Volkswagen’s Osnabruck plant by the end of next year.

In terms of engines, the new rag-top Golf will most probably offer the same choices as the hatchback. This means it should receive both petrol and TDI diesel engines. As far as the top of the line performance model’s go, no details have been revealed. However, a 2011 VW Golf GTI Cabrio seems very likely as does a GTD model.

Check back as we bring you more details and specs on the future 2011 VW Golf Cabrio, as they become available.

VW Amarok scoops up International Pick-up Award

October 27th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The new Volkswagen Amarok still hasn’t launched here in NZ but it is already picking up awards overseas. The Amarok recently took top honours in the inaugural International Pick-up Awards 2011.

It wasn’t easy either with the Amarok facing some well proven competition for the award, against the current generations of the Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max and the kiwi-favourite Toyota HiLux.

In taking the title the Amarok scored marks for its “effortless off-road abilities” and best-in-class on-road performance. The Amarok’s interior was also a source of points scoring and contributed largely to its victory.

“The new Volkswagen Amarok distinguishes itself by fantastic driving qualities, both on- and off-road. It sets new standards in the pick-up category in respect to load capacity, interior room, comfort, ergonomics and fuel consumption,” a statement from the Award jury read.

Kiwi buyers keen to take a closer look at the 2011 Volkswagen Amarok will have to wait for the official launch in the first half of 2011.

Official details for the NZ-spec Amarok haven’t been released but it should be initially launched with a double cab body and a single cab may follow later. In terms of engines the Amarok will be powered by a bi-turbo 2.0 TDI diesel engine developing 120kW and 400Nm of torque, and achieve an impressive fuel economy of just 7.8l/100km.

VW Eos updated with GTI engine and design refresh

October 8th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Volkswagen has pulled the covers off its mid-life updates for its convertible Eos model. Along with a number of interior and equipment updates, the updated Eos now features the Golf GTI’s 2.0 litre four-cylinder TSI petrol engine, replacing the previous range-topping 147TSI.

The 155kw GTI motor will be made available with either a six-speed manual or VW’s dual-clutch transmission  and will take the 1580kg Eos to 100kph in a respectable 7.8 seconds.

Volkswagen has also included Hill Start Assist standard on the 2011 Eos, along with classy Vienna leather upholstery, heated seats, 17-inch wheels and an updated grille and taillights. The exterior tweeks will visually bring the Eos into line with the rest of the brand’s small car lineup.

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