Essen Motor Show: Volkswagen at Essen

Wolfsburg, Germany– Volkswagen presents an innovative spectrum of new models and technologies at the 2003 Essen Motorshow. For the first time at Essen, Europe’s most successful automobile manufacturer presents a further luxury class highlight: The Phaeton as chauffeur version. The wheelbase of the new model grew approximately 120 millimetres to three metres. The rear passengers benefit exclusively from the obvious increase in leg room. With the introduction of the long wheelbase version, the luxury class limousine is available in eight different engine, gearbox and body configurations and, is also now available in the USA. The long-wheelbase Phaeton will be available in Germany with V8 (246 kW / 335 PS), V10 TDI (230 kW / 313 PS) and W12 (309 kW / 420 PS) engines. The extended rear doors and a newly designed radiator grille characterise the car’s exterior. In addition to the already comprehensive level of standard equipment, the long-wheelbase Phaeton comes with an even more extensive range of standard equipment. The Volkswagen Individual GmbH programme allows the almost limitless individualisation of all Phaeton cars.

The world’s most successful car

The Golf, the most successful German automobile of all time, and now in its fifth generation, has been on sale since 17 October 2003 with overwhelming success: In detail: The new Golf is available during the start phase with two petrol engines (1.4 with 55 kW / 75 PS and 1.6 FSI with 85 kW / 115 PS) and two TDI engines (1.9 TDI with 77 kW / 105 PS and 2.0 TDI with 103 kW / 140 PS). All engines comply with the Euro4 standard. Four additional engine specifications are to follow shortly. Furthermore, the top sporting motorisation will be available in the third phase.

Sporting icon

The Golf GTI is regarded the icon among all sporting compact cars. Not only that: The abbreviation GTI has become the symbol for an entire breed of car and the epitome of precise handling. At the 2003 Essen Motorshow, Volkswagen now presents – after the world premiere at the IAA – the next stage in the evolution of this icon of driving pleasure: A fifth generation Golf GTI-Study. It embodies the pure GTI philosophy. Powered by a completely new FSI-Turbo engine with 147 kW / 200 PS, the two-door GTI revisits the roots, both conceptually and visually, of the legendary original vision of the Grand Tourisme Injection: The Golf GTI of the year 1976. Nevertheless, the GTI study casts a glance at the future front design of a Volkswagen generation. The Golf GTI start of production is scheduled for autumn 2004.

Lifestyle trendsetter

With the Polo FUN presented in Essen, Volkswagen expands the range of the successful compact car (more than eight million units produced so far) with an attractive, life-style oriented automobile of the special kind. The new exterior colour “Limette” visually accentuates the progressive styling. The distinctive bumpers have been completely redesigned in Touareg Sport style. Thanks to the robust form of the bumpers, and the increased ground clearance (plus 20 millimetres) the comprehensively equipped Polo FUN, including an electric sliding/tilting sunroof, looks like a small “Off-roader”. This impression is further emphasised by the quality 17-inch alloy wheels and silver roof rails. The Polo FUN is available with a choice of seven engines (40 kW / 55 PS up to 74 kW / 100 PS).


Volkswagen continues to expand their range of engines and gearboxes. The most recent example on the subject FSI: The Touran 2.0 FSI with 110 kW / 150 PS, a top speed of 201 km/h and an average fuel consumption of 7.9 litre / 100km. The 2.0 FSI will also be available in the Golf. Furthermore, this engine forms the basis of the next stage of FSI evolution: the FSI-Turbo engine of the future Golf GTI with 147 kW / 200 PS. The most recent example on the subject of gearbox: The direct shift gearbox (DSG) shown originally in the Golf R32 is now available in the Touran 1.9 TDI. It combines the agility and pleasure of a manual gearbox with the comfort of a conventional automatic, and all without the inferior fuel consumption normally associated with an automatic gearbox. The most recent example on the subject of TDI: The powerful 100 kW / 136 PS Passat 2.0 TDI. This version of the engine will be equipped with a remotely located additive assisted particle filter as standard. The Passat 2.0 TDI has an average fuel consumption of only 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres and a top speed of 211 km/h (Variant: 6.3 litres/100 km, top speed 205 km/h).