World premiere II: New Passat BlueMotion with fuel economy of 5.1 liters per 100 kilometers
Technological highlight: Phaeton with first V6 TDI meets future Euro-5 standard
Wolfsburg, Germany - At the International 77th Geneva Motor Show held from March 8 to 18, Volkswagen is presenting an abundance of innovative new models. Presented as world premieres are the new Golf Variant and the Passat BlueMotion. Another technological highlight is the Phaeton featuring new technical details; the sedan with a new V6 TDI is the first car offered by the corporation that already fulfills the Euro-5 standard that goes into effect in 2009. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is in Geneva with two concept vans: The Caddy Life Edition and Multivan PanAmericana.
World premiere I: The new Golf Variant
Debuting in a world premiere is the third generation of the Golf Variant, with more than 1.2 million units built since 1993. As a TDI with 77 kW / 105 PS it consumes just 5.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (CO2 = 137 g/km). The cargo space of the new Golf Variant is 1,550 liters. The first cars will be delivered in early summer. Engine power ranges from 75 kW / 102 PS to 103 kW / 140 PS.
World premiere II: The new Passat BlueMotion
With the world premiere of the Passat BlueMotion Volkswagen is demonstrating in Geneva that minimalistic fuel consumption values are also feasible one car class higher (see separate press folder or www.volkswagen-media-services.com). Although it can go 193 km/h if necessary, this most economical of the Passat versions is also satisfied with 5.1 liters of diesel as a sedan (CO2 = 136 g/km); or 5.2 liters as the Passat BlueMotion Variant (CO2 = 137 g/km).
Technological highlight: New Phaeton V6 TDI
Early this summer Volkswagen will already be introducing another technological highlight in the diesel area to the market: The Phaeton V6 TDI. This powerful 233 PS luxury sedan fulfills the Euro-5 standard that go into effect in 2009. This hurdle can only be cleared by diesel cars whose engines are capable of reducing particulate emissions to limits that are 80 percent lower than those of the current Euro-4 standard. Numerous new technical features were designed into all versions of the Phaeton, such as "Front Assist" stopping distance reduction, "Side Assist" for peripheral monitoring, bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and a navigation system now with DVD support.
Concept cars: Caddy Life Edition and Multivan PanAmericana
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is presenting two concept vans that are also powered by economical TDI engines: The Caddy Life Edition and the Multivan PanAmericana. While the Caddy sets the stage as the sportiest version of this model series, the Multivan PanAmericana was designed for life’s biggest adventures with its elevated ground clearance.
Exhibition highlight: Golf Variant in detail
For 45 years now, Volkswagens with extra-large cargo areas have been called – unless they are a van – "Variant". To date, more than 6.1 million of them have been sold worldwide. Now there is a new one: The Golf Variant. Its market introduction will begin this summer, initially in Europe.
Once again the Golf Variant is characterized by an ideal ratio of interior and exterior dimensions. When the cargo net is installed (standard starting with Comfortline), even with five occupants on board the Golf Variant can carry 690 liters of cargo; up to the load sill at window level this still amounts to 505 liters (without spare wheel well). When the rear bench seat is folded, the full interior height (0.83 meters) can be utilized to stow up to 1,550 liters of cargo.
A synthesis of new and classic stylistic elements distinguishes the car design. The rear end of the Variant shows a completely new side of the Golf. While about half of each taillight is integral to the rear hatch on other body versions of the model series, on the Golf Variant they are integrated completely in the fender. Visually, the taillights emphasize the large load width of the hatch opening.
At its market introduction Volkswagen is offering the Golf Variant with one gasoline and two diesel engine options. The gasoline engine outputs 75 kW / 102 PS. The two diesels of the Golf Variant deliver even more power with extraordinary economy: 77 kW / 105 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS, and they are among the most efficient engines ever. The smaller of these two TDIs is content with just 5.2 liters fuel per 100 kilometers. Moreover, the large TDI is as fuel efficient as it is environmentally friendly. The Golf Variant 2.0 TDI that can reach speeds of up to 205 km/h consumes just 5.6 liters fuel per 100 kilometers. CO2 emissions: 148 g/km.
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