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Wolfsburg, 12 September 2005 – Volkswagen will present a series of new models including sixteen world and motor show premieres at the 61st International Motor Show in Frankfurt (IAA).
The highlights include the debut of the new Eos cabriolet/coupé, the Golf R32, the Golf GT TDI and the Golf GT and Touran with dual-turbocharged FSI engines (Twincharger).
The Twincharger engines, which are equipped with a turbocharger as well as a compressor for the Golf GT (125 kW) and Touran (103 kW), herald the beginning of a new generation of powerplants. Furthermore Volkswagen will present the Caddy EcoFuel and Touran EcoFuel that run on natural gas, a new version of the Multivan as well as the new top of the range versions of the Passat, Passat Estate, Phaeton and Touareg.
Cabriolet coupé Eos: The new Eos from Volkswagen is the world’s first four-seater car to have a five-piece CSC roof, which combines the characteristics of a coupé, sliding and cabriolet roof. You will have fun all year round with this cabriolet/coupé thanks to its unique roof system, sporty driving properties and between 85 kW / 115 hp and 184 kW / 250 hp of power.
Golf GT: Following on from the Golf R32 and the Golf GTI, Volkswagen will launch a third dynamic version of the most successful European car on the market, the Golf GT, at the end of 2005. It provides endless power in a double-pack. The new Golf GT comes with a dual-charged FSI engine — a world premiere — (Twincharger = turbocharger plus compressor) as well as the so far most powerful VW four-cylinder turbo diesel. Both engines deliver 125 kW / 170 hp. Characteristics: more performance, lower consumption. Let’s take the Golf GT with the 1.4-litre 125-kW Twincharger engine, for example. Its four-cylinder engine is the most powerful in an all-new engine range. The Golf GT reaches 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds with this powerplant. Top speed: 220 km/h. Average consumption: 7.2 litres. For example, the Golf GT 2.0 TDI, which uses the latest piezo unit injector system and four-valve technology, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 220 km/h. Average consumption: 5.9 litres. The Golf GT models will be launched with their own individual styling and equipment.
Golf R32: The new Golf R32, the second generation of the most powerful Golf of all time, will be launched at the Frankfurt motor show. Again, it comes with permanent four-wheel drive, but now has a greater output of 184 kW / 250 hp. Like its predecessor, the new top of the range Golf also features its own distinct look and design. The Golf R32 has a maximum speed of 250 km/h and, as an alternative to a six speed manual gearbox, it is also available with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The “R32” then has even greater acceleration reaching 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds instead of 6.5. It will be launched at the end of September.
New Beetle, New Beetle Cabriolet: The new generation of the New Beetle and New Beetle Cabriolet will make their motor show debut in Frankfurt. The distinguishing features include headlights, rear lights, bumpers and wings in the style of the New Beetle Ragster study presented at Detroit. The latest New Beetle represents an even stronger statement for people who like their car to reflect their attitude to life. More than 800,000 people drive the closed or open variations of the world’s most famous and recognisable automotive design.
Jetta: Volkswagen is launching the new Jetta in Europe to tie in with the Frankfurt motor show. The fifth generation of the saloon also sees the company introduce a single name for all markets across the globe. In Germany / Europe, the Bora will therefore be called the Jetta again. It has more space to offer for long journeys than ever before. Compared with the Bora, the length of the new Jetta has grown around 18 centimetres to 4.55 metres. It also has an impressive 527-litre boot (a gain of 72 litres). This combination definitely works. In the USA, for example, the Jetta has managed to secure the position of best-selling car among all European manufacturers year after year. In Europe too, where sales have reached the 6.6 million mark, Volkswagen will now position the Jetta more as a sporty and elegant compact saloon like the US concept. The power ranges from 75 kW / 102 hp to 147 kW / 200 hp
Touran 1.4 TSI, 103 kW: The 125 kW / 170 hp Golf GT will not be the only dual-charged model in the future. The principle of “more power, lower consumption” will also take the Touran even further. A lower performance version delivering 103kW / 140 hp is on its way. In Germany, it will be launched in the 1st quarter of 2006.
Touran 2.0 TDI, 125 kW: While the 125 kW / 170 PS 2.0 litre TDI with piezo unit injector and diesel particulate filter as standard makes the Golf GT a sports car, it turns the Touran into a sports MPV. Its four-cylinder turbo delivers powerful acceleration. The international premiere of the Touran 2.0 TDI will also be at the IAA. This TDI is, of course, also available with the dual clutch gearbox (DSG). On sale from December.
Touran EcoFuel / Caddy EcoFuel and Caddy Life Colour Concept: From 2006, the successful Touran and Caddy ranges will include natural gas versions. The 80 kW / 109 hp multi-talents will also be able to run on petrol. During exclusive gas operation, the range of the Caddy is approx. 430 kilometres and of the Touran approx. 310 kilometres. After that, you can drive on with petrol or stop at one of Germany’s around 650 natural gas garages. The four natural gas tanks have been integrated as under-floor solutions in the rear section (Caddy: 26 kg; Touran: 18 kg). If you prefer conventional drives, but still want an unconventional car, we recommend the Caddy Life Colour Concept. The exterior and interior of the spacious compact van for young families are not just colourful, they have exclusive equipment details like 15-inch alloy wheels as well as leather steering wheels, gearstick knob and handbrake lever.
USB interface: In future, Volkswagen will offer an interface for a USB stick/player in the Golf, Golf Plus, Jetta and Touran. You will therefore be able play MP3 and other file formats on the standard audio system. It is then operated with the buttons that are usually used for the CD changer on the radio.
Passat / Passat Variant 3.2 FSI V6 4MOTION: As of the fourth quarter of 2005, a newly developed 3,169 cm3 V6 engine will be available for the Passat and Passat Estate. It delivers 184 kW /250 hp and develops a maximum torque of 330 Newton metres. The six cylinder uses direct fuel injection (FSI) and accelerates the Passat 3.2 V6 FSI to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds (estate: 7.2 seconds). Top speed: 246 km/h (estate: 243 km/h). The top of the range models, which come with the DSG double-clutch gearbox and four-wheel drive (4MOTION), have an average consumption of 9.8 and 10.0 litres (estate) every hundred kilometres.
Multivan “Sport Edition”: The Multivan “Sport Edition” is another world premiere. Its emphatically design-orientated equipment includes Xenon headlights, sports suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, interior décor applications of brushed aluminium and exclusive two-coloured leather seats. The Sport Edition comes with the five-cylinder TDI (96 kW / 131 hp and 128 kW / 174 hp) or the V6 engine (173 kW / 235 hp).
Phaeton W12 / Touareg W12 Executive: The Volkswagen range covers a performance spectrum of 40 kW / 55 hp in the Fox up to – from now on – 331 kW / 450 hp in the Phaeton and Touareg. The performance of the new Phaeton W12 has been increased with modifications to the engine by 22 kW / 30 hp. At the same time, the maximum torque has been increased from 550 to 560 Newton metres and is now available from 2,750 instead of 3,000 rpm as before. The overall effect is an even smoother delivery of power. The new Touareg W12 Executive is just as powerful. Alongside the Touareg W12 Sport is the world’s only twelve-cylinder off-roader. In terms of technology and features, the powertrain on this exceptional SUV with its maximum torque of 600 Newton metres is unrivalled by any other vehicle in this segment.
Technology Park: In addition to its innovative new cars like the Eos cabriolet/coupé, the dynamic Golf GT and the highly economical Touran EcoFuel, Volkswagen will be presenting a range of exciting technologies from today, tomorrow and the future at the 61st International Motor Show in Frankfurt. In hall 3.0, Europe’s biggest car brand has reserved 1,100 m2 of its 5,300 m2 fair booth for the Technology Park. This section features its own special design. The six subject areas of engines, gearboxes, chassis, comfort, electronics and drive and fuel strategy provide an insight into the work of Volkswagen’s Research and Development department merging the present with the future. The technology ranges from the latest Twincharger engine for the Golf GT and the diesel particulate filter to CCS combustion technology. Incidentally, this autumn, Volkswagen will start a widescale retrofit campaign for over six million diesel vehicles. CCS (Combined Combustion System) is a combustion method that combines the advantages of diesel and petrol engines and could become an important engine concept for the coming decades.
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