Volkswagen HyMotion says hi in the SportWagen and Passat in LA

GOLF SPORTWAGEN HYMOTION MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT AT THE 2015 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Volkswagen transfers fuel cell technology to high-volume production: Golf is the first car to offer all forms of currently available powertrains

? Golf SportWagen HyMotion is first fuel cell vehicle based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB)

? Concept car showcases versatility of the MQB architecture

? Estimated range of 310 miles of zero-emissions driving

? All drive components are VW developments; electric motor and transmission
shared with e-Golf

? Fuel cell was developed at VW’s Technology Center for Electric Traction

? Total system power of 136 PS, 0 to 62 mph in estimated 10.0 seconds

Wolfsburg/Los Angeles – At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen is presenting the world premiere of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion-a research vehicle with a fuel cell

powertrain. For this particular power source of the future, hydrogen and oxygen are combined in the fuel cell to form pure water. Energy is released in this “cold combustion” process, energy that is used to power a zero emissions electric motor.

The front-wheel-drive Golf SportWagen HyMotion accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 10.0 seconds. The hydrogen is stored safely in four high-tech carbonfiber tanks, which are located in the underbody, where they do not impede on interior space. Their fuel capacity enables a driving range of 310 miles (500 km), and they can be refilled in about three minutes. Unlike many of its competitors, Volkswagen is following the strategy of placing alternative drivetrains in high-volume production vehicles. Just like the all-electric e-Golf and the plug-in hybrid Golf GTE, the SportWagen HyMotion shows how fuel cells could be integrated into a well-engineered, usable, and attractively priced vehicle.

Several research vehicles have been built based on the U.S. version of the Passat, using the same drive components as fitted in the Golf SportWagen HyMotion. The fleet of Passat HyMotion vehicles is currently being tested on the streets of California.

Drive components

The key drive components of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion were developed by Volkswagen Group Research in Germany. The fuel cell system conceptualized at the Volkswagen Technology Center for Electric Traction has a system power of 100 kW or 136 PS. In addition, the concept car has a high-voltage lithium-ion battery, which stores the kinetic energy recovered from regenerative braking, assists in the starting phase of the fuel cell and adds a dynamic boost to the maximum acceleration of the Golf SportWagen. The fuel cell and battery power an electric motor that has been adapted from the e-Golf.

The mechanical underpinnings for this innovative car are based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) that was developed by Volkswagen and is used throughout the Group. Thanks to use of the MQB, the current Golf and the new Golf SportWagen have advanced to become the world’s first vehicle model series that can host all conceivable drive types.

Today, the Golf is already offered with gasoline engines (TSI®), diesel engines (TDI®), an electric drive (e-Golf) and, in some markets outside the U.S., natural gas and plug-in hybrid drivetrains. No other car offers such a variety of drive types. Volkswagen is showing the Golf SportWagen HyMotion to demonstrate for the first time how a hydrogen fuel cell could be implemented in an MQB-based vehicle. Before the market launch, a hydrogen infrastructure would have to be created: not only a broad network of hydrogen fuel stations, but also the production of the hydrogen itself. Hydrogen only makes sense as a fuel if the primary energy used to produce it comes from renewable sources.

Volkswagen has integrated the drive components of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion in the front of the car. The battery is housed above the rear suspension, and the tanks are mounted in the vehicle floor. Thus, the interior of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion offers the same amount of space as in all other versions of the model. This optimal space utilization was possible because provisions were included for all technically feasible drivetrains and body versions in the planning of the MQB architecture.

In the Golf SportWagen HyMotion, the components from high-volume production vehicles were merged with entirely new engineering. As noted, the electric motor was adapted from the new e-Golf, and the motor and coaxial two-stage 1-speed transmission are located at the front of the engine compartment; both components were developed by Volkswagen. Also arranged in the engine compartment are the stacks of the hydrogen fuel cell; the cooling system; a tri-port converter that regulates the voltage between the electric motor, the fuel cell and the lithium-ion battery; and the turbo compressor. The latter ensures that oxygen from the surrounding air flows into the fuel cell.

The power electronics are located in the center tunnel area; they convert the direct current (DC) into three-phase alternating current (AC) which is used to drive the motor. The power electronics also integrate a DC/DC converter, which converts energy from the high-voltage battery to 12 volts to supply the 12-volt electrical system.

The high-voltage lithium-ion battery is mounted close to the trunk and rear suspension. The 12-volt battery is also mounted at the rear. Two of the total of four carbonfiber composite hydrogen tanks are housed compactly under the rear seat and the other two in the luggage compartment floor. The hydrogen is stored in the tanks at a pressure of 700 bar (10,150 psi). As in all other Volkswagen vehicles, the tank filler neck is located on the right side at the back of the car.

The lithium-ion battery is the second powerplant in the vehicle, and it plays an important role in the drive system. As mentioned, it stores the energy recovered during regenerative braking. It is also an important component in all phases during which the chemical reaction needs to be initiated by feeding oxygen and hydrogen to the fuel cell (the latter via the turbo compressor), such as when driving off from a start. At this point in time, the fuel cell has not built up enough electrical power to drive the motor by itself. In these phases, the lithium-ion battery jumps into action and supplies energy to the electric motor. The high-voltage battery also operates like a turbocharger during fast acceleration and while accelerating to top speed. In what is referred to as boosting, the fuel cell and battery work in an alliance to supply overall system power of 100 kW or 136 PS.

Functional principle of the fuel cell

Volkswagen Group Research is utilizing the company’s fourth-generation fuel cell in the Golf SportWagen HyMotion Concept-and simultaneously in a research vehicle based on the U.S. Passat. Group brand Audi is also presenting the same fuel cell at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in an A7. All three fuel cells are based on the LT PEM fuel cell stack developed in Germany. LT stands for the type of fuel cell: Low Temperature. PEM stands for Proton Exchange Membrane. The key element of each individual fuel cell-many of which are combined to form a stack-is the proton-conducting membrane (PEM). Each membrane is located between an anode and a cathode in the fuel cell. Hydrogen flows into the cell at the anode end and oxygen at the cathode end. The hydrogen and oxygen react and combine to form water at the cathode end. Energy is released in this process.

At the anode, the hydrogen is split into electrons and protons. The positively charged protons “migrate” through the membrane to the cathode. The negatively charged electrons flow to the cathode via the external electrical circuit. This flow of current supplies electrical energy. At the cathode, the protons react with the inflowing oxygen and the electrons to produce “process water”, most of which escapes via the exhaust system. Around 60 percent of the energy input in the form of hydrogen is converted to electricity. The fuel cell converts the chemical energy of an oxidation process called “cold combustion” directly into electrical energy. The “exhaust gas” is nothing other than clean water vapor.

Technology Center for Electric Traction

Since the 1990s, Volkswagen has been researching the potential of hydrogen fuel cells and transferring this drive technology to production cars. At the end of the past decade Volkswagen decided to build a dedicated Technology Center for Electric Traction near its headquarters in Wolfsburg, to further advance its capabilities in fuel cell development. The Isenbüttel site was chosen for this center and construction of a special research center for electric drivetrains began in 2001. The infrastructure of the technology center includes a dedicated hydrogen fuel station. Volkswagen produces the hydrogen for the pressure tank station from renewable solar-generated electricity. A photovoltaic array was installed at the site for this purpose.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 649 independent U.S. dealers.

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Volkswagen Golf named Motor Trend Car of the Year

THE VOLKSWAGEN GOLF FAMILY IS NAMED MOTOR TREND 2015 CAR OF THE YEAR

Volkswagen’s versatile hatchback family takes top honors among 23 new vehicle offerings

Herndon, VA / Los Angeles, CA – Motor Trend, one of the world’s premier automotive authorities, today named the Volkswagen Golf family-Golf 1.8T, Golf TDI® Clean Diesel, Golf GTI and e-Golf models-as the 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

“VW floored our judges by reimagining the seventh generation Golf for nearly every need and want,” said Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh. “From the value-laden Golf 1.8T and high-MPG Golf TDI to the legendary hot hatch GTI and all-electric e-Golf, there truly is a Golf for everyone.”

The 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year award was presented to Michael Horn, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America, during an announcement Thursday morning.

“Volkswagen is extremely proud to receive this prestigious award,” said Horn. “This recognition from Motor Trend is a testament to the versatility of the Golf family and the quality and value these cars offer in the compact hatchback segment.”

Motor Trend’s Car of the Year program is open to any all-new or substantially upgraded 2015 automobile. Rather than being compared against one another, contending vehicles are first put through Motor Trend’s full battery of performance tests to measure acceleration, braking, and limit handling.

All contenders are then evaluated on three separate courses at a professional automotive test center before finalists are selected. Out of 23 contending 2015 models, Motor Trend’s judges picked 10 Car of the Year finalists, including the Volkswagen Golf. The other finalists were:

Audi A3

BMW 2 Series

Ford Mustang

Honda Fit

Hyundai Genesis

Kia Sedona

Lexus RC

Maserati Ghibli

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Each finalist is then driven on a real-world road loop that provides a range of surfaces and traffic conditions to evaluate ride and handling, engine and transmission smoothness and responsiveness, wind and road noise, and ergonomics. In the final phase of Car of the Year, Motor Trend judges debate and evaluate each vehicle against the award’s six key criteria:

Design Advancement-well-executed exterior and interior styling; innovative vehicle packaging; good selection and use of materials.

Engineering Excellence-total vehicle concept and execution; clever solutions to packaging, manufacturing and dynamics issues; cost-effective tech that benefits the consumer.

Efficiency-low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the vehicle’s competitive set.

Safety-a vehicle’s ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well as the secondary safety measures that protect its occupants from harm during a crash.

Value-competitive price and equipment levels, measured against those of vehicles in the same market segment.

Performance of Intended Function-how well the vehicle does the job its planners, designers, and engineers intended it to do.

After 9 full days of testing, driving and deliberating, Motor Trend selected the Volkswagen Golf as represented by four powertrain derivatives as its 2015 Car of the Year. The seventh-generation version of Volkswagen’s best-selling model is bigger, lighter, more fuel-efficient, and even more versatile than the previous Golf model.

Based on the new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, the German-engineered 2015 Golf family is currently available in four different versions: fun-to-drive Golf 1.8T, frugal Golf TDI Clean Diesel, sporty Golf GTI and the all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions e-Golf. With a host of newly available driver assistance features and excellent EPA estimated highway fuel economy, the all-new Golf is a standout in the compact class. Reinforcing this, the lineup will be rounded out in early 2015 with the all-new 292-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Golf R and the Golf SportWagen range.

With a starting price of $17,995 (plus $820 destination and handling) for the 2-door Golf S model, the 2015 Golf family offers advances in interior refinement, exterior styling, and a wealth of new equipment at even the lowest trim lines; the result is truly a Golf for everyone.

For more information about the award, judging process, and the contenders, check out the January 2015 issue of Motor Trend, visit www.motortrend.com and search the hashtags #MTCOTY, #VW and #Ready.Set.Golf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 649 independent U.S. dealers.

About Motor Trend

Motor Trend®, a media brand of TEN: The Enthusiast Network, was founded in 1949 and is internationally recognized as one of the leading brands in the automotive category. The Motor Trend brand is comprised of Motor Trend magazine; the award-winning website MotorTrend.com; Motor Trend Auto Shows; Motor Trend Audio; Motor Trend en Espanol; Motor Trend India; and the renowned Motor Trend Car of the Year, SUV of the Year, Truck of the Year, and Best Driver’s Car awards programs.

About TEN: The Enthusiast Network

TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, such as Motor Trend, Automobile, Hot Rod, Surfer, Transworld and GrindTV. With more than 50 publications, 60 websites, 50 events, 1,000 branded products, the world’s largest automotive VOD channel, and the world’s largest action/adventure sports media platform, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit www.enthusiastnetwork.com.

Notes:
This press release and images of the 2015 Golf are available at media.vw.com. Follow us @VWNews

All prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude transportation, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.

The e-Golf vehicle is only available at participating dealers in select states.

Where stated, fuel economy values (mpg) are based on EPA estimates. Mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

“TDI”, “TSI”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG.

All other registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Krafcik says VW merging with Fiat Chrysler would be a ‘brilliant’ idea

 Krafcik says VW merging with Fiat Chrysler would be a brilliant idea

“For sure, these two companies have a natural attraction to each other.” –John Krafcik

Honestly, this is really hard to even imagine, but what if the Volkswagen Group merged with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles? Aside from being easily the largest automaker on the planet, it’d bring the following makes under one roof: Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Fiat, Fiat Professional Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Jeep, Maserati and Ram. Product overlap aside, this arrangement would, in the estimation of former Hyundai Motor America boss and current TrueCar President John Krafcik, be “highly profitable.”

This is an absolutely brilliant combination,” Krafcik told Bloomberg at an event in Detroit this week. “For sure, these two companies have a natural attraction to each other.”

Krafcik’s statements hinge on the fact that, at least in the US, FCA has a booming SUV and pickup business, courtesy of Jeep and Ram, while the Volkswagen Group’s Audi and Porsche tie down the premium business which is complemented by a strong mainstream lineup.

Now, the VW/FCA tieup has been periodically rumored for some time, and the two manufacturers have gone as far as denying any official talks. Still, Krafcik, who called his thoughts an “academic exercise,” did add that a merger is “just such a natural possibility.”

“It makes so much sense,” Krafcik said. “You get a pretty interesting hypothetical company that covers all those bases pretty well.”

While Krafcik makes good points, there’s real potential for serious product overlap. How do you stratify 17 different brands? Lamborghini and Porsche already have a contentious relationship within the Volkswagen empire, what would happen when notoriously independent Ferrari is added to the mix? And Maserati?

Let’s have our own academic exercise, Autoblog readers. Of the 17 brands currently built by FCA and VAG, which would you retain in a merged company? For the record, your author would retain VW (mainstream), Audi (premium), Porsche (sports cars), Bentley (luxury), Bugatti (hypercar), Alfa Romeo (premium performance), Ferrari (exotic performance), Jeep (SUV/CUV), Ram (trucks) and Fiat Professional (commercial vehicles). Build your own lineup, or just tell me why I’m wrong in Comments.

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Krafcik says VW merging with Fiat Chrysler would be a ‘brilliant’ idea

 Krafcik says VW merging with Fiat Chrysler would be a brilliant idea

“For sure, these two companies have a natural attraction to each other.” –John Krafcik

Honestly, this is really hard to even imagine, but what if the Volkswagen Group merged with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles? Aside from being easily the largest automaker on the planet, it’d bring the following makes under one roof: Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Fiat, Fiat Professional Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Jeep, Maserati and Ram. Product overlap aside, this arrangement would, in the estimation of former Hyundai Motor America boss and current TrueCar President John Krafcik, be “highly profitable.”

This is an absolutely brilliant combination,” Krafcik told Bloomberg at an event in Detroit this week. “For sure, these two companies have a natural attraction to each other.”

Krafcik’s statements hinge on the fact that, at least in the US, FCA has a booming SUV and pickup business, courtesy of Jeep and Ram, while the Volkswagen Group’s Audi and Porsche tie down the premium business which is complemented by a strong mainstream lineup.

Now, the VW/FCA tieup has been periodically rumored for some time, and the two manufacturers have gone as far as denying any official talks. Still, Krafcik, who called his thoughts an “academic exercise,” did add that a merger is “just such a natural possibility.”

“It makes so much sense,” Krafcik said. “You get a pretty interesting hypothetical company that covers all those bases pretty well.”

While Krafcik makes good points, there’s real potential for serious product overlap. How do you stratify 17 different brands? Lamborghini and Porsche already have a contentious relationship within the Volkswagen empire, what would happen when notoriously independent Ferrari is added to the mix? And Maserati?

Let’s have our own academic exercise, Autoblog readers. Of the 17 brands currently built by FCA and VAG, which would you retain in a merged company? For the record, your author would retain VW (mainstream), Audi (premium), Porsche (sports cars), Bentley (luxury), Bugatti (hypercar), Alfa Romeo (premium performance), Ferrari (exotic performance), Jeep (SUV/CUV), Ram (trucks) and Fiat Professional (commercial vehicles). Build your own lineup, or just tell me why I’m wrong in Comments.

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Volkswagen rolls out sporty Street Up!

Wolfsburg, 28 October 2014
street up! – neues Sondermodell des kleinsten Volkswagen

Mit einem neuen Sondermodell erweitert Volkswagen ab sofort das Angebot des superkompakten Viersitzers: Der street up! zeichnet sich vor allem durch sein charakteristisches Exterieur und Interieur aus.

Das neue Sondermodell street up!* bietet im Exterieur eine sportliche Folienbeklebung von Motorhaube, Dach, Türen und Seitenteilen. Als Erkennungsmerkmal dient der „street” Schriftzug auf den Türen. Farblich heben sich die Außenspiegel von der Fahrzeuglackierung ab. Serienmäßig ist das Sondermodell mit in Chrom gefassten Nebelscheinwerfern und 16-Zoll-Leichtmetallfelgen „upsilon” ausgestattet. Das Sportfahrwerk sorgt zudem für ein sportliches Fahrverhalten.

Im Innenraum unterstreichen farbige Nähte an Sitzen, Fußmatten sowie Schalt- und Handbremsmanschette das spritzige Auftreten des Stadtflitzers. Hinzu kommt das Designpaket „Black Style” mit schwarzem Dachhimmel und abgedunkelten Seitenscheiben. Eine Linse im „street” Design für den Schaltknauf, eine eigenständige Lenkradspange und die Einstiegsleisten mit up! Schriftzug frischen das Interieur weiter auf. Ebenfalls serienmäßig an Bord sind das Radio RCD 215 und eine Klimaanlage.

Als Motoren stehen dem street up! die bekannten Aggregate von 44 kW / 60 PS bis 55 kW / 75 PS – auch mit BlueMotionTechnology – zur Verfügung. Dazu gehört auch die besonders sparsame Erdgas (CNG)-Variante mit 50 kW / 68 PS. Der Verbrauch von 2,9 kg/100km (79 g/km CO2) entspricht Treibstoffkosten von lediglich drei Euro auf 100 Kilometer.

Erhältlich ist das street up! Sondermodell ab 13.575,- Euro.


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Wolfsburg, 28 October 2014
street up! – New special model of the smallest Volkswagen

With a new special edition Volkswagen expanded the offerings of the super compact four-seater: The street up! is characterized mainly by its characteristic exterior and interior.

The new special street up! * The exterior offers a sporty Foil from hood, roof, doors and side panels. The distinguishing feature is the “street” lettering on the doors. Contrasting the mirrors of the vehicle paint lift. As standard the special model with chrome-finished fog lamps and 16-inch alloy wheels “upsilon” is equipped. The sport suspension also ensures sporty handling. Inside, underline colored stitching on the seats, floor mats and shift and handbrake sleeve, the sparkling appearance of the city car. In addition, the design package “Black Style” with black headliner and darkened side windows. A lens in the “street” design for the shift knob, an independent steering wheel trim and door sills with up! Fresh lettering on the interior further. Also standard on board the RCD 215 radio and air conditioning. The engines are the street up! the known units of 44 kW / 60 PS to 55 kW / 75 hp – with BlueMotion Technology – available. This includes the most economical natural gas (CNG) variant with 50 kW / 68 PS. The consumption of 2.9 kg / 100 km (79 g / km CO2) equivalent fuel cost of only three euro per 100 kilometers. Available the street is up! Special model from 13,575, – €. * street up! 44 kW / 60 hp; Fuel consumption, I / 100: Urban 5.6 to 5.3 / 3.9 extra-urban / combined 4.5 to 4.4; Combined CO2 emissions, g / km: 105 – 103, Efficiency Class: C street up! 55 kW / 75 hp; Fuel consumption, I / 100: Urban 5.9 to 5.5 / highway from 4.8 to 4.0 / combined 4.7 to 4.5; Combined CO2 emissions, g / km: 108-105, efficiency class: C street up! BlueMotion Technology 44 kW / 60 hp; Fuel consumption, I / 100: Urban 5.0 to 4.6 / highway from 3.7 to 3.6 / combined 4.1 to 4.0; Combined CO2 emissions, g / km: 95-93, efficiency class: B street up! BlueMotion Technology 55 kW / 75 hp; Fuel consumption, I / 100: Urban 5.1 to 4.6 / highway from 3.8 to 3.7 / combined 4.2 to 4.1; Combined CO2 emissions, g / km: 98 – 95 efficiency class: B street up! 50 kW / 68 PS Fuel consumption natural gas (CNG) in kg / 100 km: 5.5 urban / highway 3.8 / 4.4 combined; Combined CO2 emissions in g / km: 79; Efficiency class: A +

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Volkswagen clinches second consecutive World Rally Championship

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally Spain
World champions again*! Winners in Spain! Ogier and Ingrassia defend WRC title with Volkswagen

- World champions*: Ogier/Ingrassia out of reach after seventh victory of the season
- Eleven victories in one season: another record for Volkswagen in the WRC
- Ogier ahead of Latvala and Mikkelsen: three Volkswagen drivers in front at the end of the season*

Wolfsburg (26 October 2014). A big day for Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. A big day for Volkswagen. With their victory at the Rally Spain, the old world champions have been crowned the new world champions*. After their seventh victory of the season, the 23rd of their career, the French duo cannot be caught in the overall standings of the FIA World Rally Championship. Not even by their team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), who with second place in Spain clinched the tenth one-two victory for Volkswagen in the WRC and staged a thrilling battle with their team-mates for the rally win. Going into the WRC finale at the Rally Great Britain, Ogier/Ingrassia have extended their lead over Latvala/Anttila to 31 points. Only 28 of those can be reduced in three weeks’ time. In the “mini final”, Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene also achieved an early result with seventh place in Spain – no one can push Andreas Mikkelsen out of third place in the drivers’ standings.

The crowning glory: Ogier/Ingrassia new kings of the rally world
World champions in the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings for the second time in a row: Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia are only the fourth duo since 1977 to have successfully defended their title. This made the ninth time of popping champagne corks for Ogier and Ingrassia this season all the more special on the podium at the Rally Spain: Seven victories and two second places secured them the early title victory. In 2013 Ogier and Ingrassia won the titles in the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings with Volkswagen. They are now the eighth duo to be added to the list of double world champions. Before them Walter Röhrl, Juha Kankkunen, Miki Biasion, Carlos Sainz, Tommi Mäkinen, Marcus Grönholm and Sébastien Loeb achieved more than one world championship title.

Icing on the cake: The battle of the season was the battle for the Rally Spain
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia’s team-mates didn’t exactly make it easy for them to defend the title before the end of the season. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila kept up the pressure until the finish line. It was clear going into the Rally Spain: If Ogier finished before Latvala, the title would be decided. If it was the other way around, the concluding Rally Great Britain would be the grand finale. An appropriately thrilling duel developed right up until the final day. While Latvala/Anttila lost 36.6 seconds on gravel on Friday, on the following two days on asphalt they reduced this to 11.3 seconds bit by bit.

It’s all in the mix: Gravel and asphalt make for a unique challenge
138.54 kilometres on gravel, 234.42 on asphalt – the Rally Spain is a real challenge for drivers, co-drivers and teams alike. Besides needing a good feel for the gravel, total precision on asphalt is required – without any time for the drivers to adjust. Also typically Spanish: On the gravel stages on Friday the clouds of dust stirred up hung around in the windless conditions between the hills and limited visibility. On Saturday the special stage “Escaladei” that was driven twice was a focal point of the Rally Spain. In unusually warm temperatures, the 50-kilometre longest stage pushed the asphalt tyres to their limits.

Record for Volkswagen: eleven victories in one WRC season
Twelfth rally, eleventh victory – with the success at the Rally Spain, Volkswagen secured another top spot in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) rankings. Eleven victories in one season equals Citroën’s previous two best results (2005 – eleven out of 16 rallies; 2008 – eleven out of 15 rallies). One rally before the end of the season and Volkswagen has already achieved the highest winning ratio in WRC history. At least eleven out of a possible 13 victories means a rate of 84.61 percent – a solitary top score.

XXL team performance: the mechanics’ rally
The mechanics’ performance at the Rally Spain was also record-breaking. On Friday evening they modified the Polo R WRCs from a gravel to asphalt set-up in less than 75 minutes. Exactly how much effort is required, a task usually completed in an hour, is illustrated by the number of individual components that were swapped. The mechanics swapped a total of 13 components that are made up of 1348 parts on each car – making a total of 4044 on all three Polo R WRC. The Rally Spain is the only rally on the WRC calendar that is held on both gravel and asphalt, and the service on Friday evening is the longest that is scheduled for the season.

Statistics update – the Rally Spain facts
14 of 17 special stages won, 20 additional top 3 times achieved – Volkswagen added more successes to their statistics at the Rally Spain. The number of special stage victories now stands at 327 out of a possible 463. With regard to top 3 times, the number increased to 751 out of a possible 1313 since first competing with the Polo R WRC at the Rally Monte Carlo in 2013. For Volkswagen it was the 21st rally victory in 25 WRC appearances and the 39th and 40th podium spots.

The Volkswagen drivers’ favourite discipline: the power stage
Bonus points are particularly appealing to the Volkswagen drivers. Bonus points, which are awarded to the top three for the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings, have gone to drivers of a Polo R WRC 43 times on 24 power stages. At the Rally Spain, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila bagged the three points for the best time, one went to Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene.

Quotes from the day 03 at the Rally Spain
Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“It’s a fantastic feeling to become world champion for a second time! I’m over the moon, it was a real battle to defend the title. In particular, my team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala showed an incredibly strong performance in the last few months. Now Julien and I have a great sense of happiness and relief. Big thanks to our fantastic team at Volkswagen. Not just for giving us a fantastic car throughout the season. But also for the unique solidarity that we have. It doesn’t matter whether things are going well or badly – the team stands by every driver crew and that is extremely motivating. I’m happy and proud to be part of this team. Today we will have a big world championship party, that much is clear!”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“Congrats to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, they showed a strong performance here in Spain and deserve to be world champions. My co-driver Miikka and I tried to keep the fight for the title open for as long as possible. Unfortunately we lost too much time on gravel on Friday for us to be able to make up the deficit on asphalt. I was very happy with our performance on asphalt, but we still have some work to do on loose gravel. We’ll deal with that when we are next testing, but first the whole Volkswagen team will party hard this evening.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“First I’d like to congratulate my team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia on winning the title. They prevailed despite Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila not making it easy for them. Hats off to them for that performance too. With regard to my own rally, I intended to do more than finish seventh. However, I’m happy with the result. A flat tyre on Saturday cost me more than two minutes on Saturday. If that hadn’t happened I might have made it onto the podium. It was unlucky. Then all that was left was for me to fight Thierry Neuville for sixth place. In the end we lost that battle because we were too late starting the final stage and received a ten second time penalty. But at least we got a point in the power stage – for Ola, who is still fighting for third place in the co-drivers’ standings.”

Jost Capito, director of Volkswagen Motorsport
“A worthy winner of a fantastic battle throughout the season. Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia are deserved old and new World Rally Champions*. They withstood the pressure from Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila perfectly, managed their advantage cleverly, and emerged victorious from this battle. That deserves the utmost respect. All three drivers showed an outstanding performance, unfortunately Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene were a bit unlucky on Saturday and lost more than two minutes through no fault of their own. With eleven victories in one season, Volkswagen has set a new record. That’s thanks to the whole team, on site, in Hannover and in Wolfsburg. All in all a great day for Séb, Julien and Volkswagen.”

Title winning facts
Age of the three youngest double world champions in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
- Juha Kankkunen (1986, 1987): second title win aged 28 years, seven months and 26 days
- Carlos Sainz (1990, 1992): second title win aged 30 years, seven months and 17 days
- Sébastien Ogier (2013, 2014): second title win* aged 30 years, ten months and ten days

Successfully defended titles in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
- Juha Kankkunen (1986, 1987)
- Tommi Mäkinen (1996, 1997)
- Sébastien Loeb (2004–2012)
- Sébastien Ogier (2013, 2014)

All double world champions in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
- Walter Röhrl (1980, 1982)
- Juha Kankkunen (1986, 1987, 1991, 1993)
- Miki Biasion (1988, 1989)
- Carlos Sainz (1990, 1992)
- Tommi Mäkinen (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
- Marcus Grönholm (2000, 2002)
- Sébastien Loeb (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
- Sébastien Ogier (2013, 2014)

And then there were …
… the most beautiful dents imaginable for chassis 21. In Spain this particular Polo R WRC was used for Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia for the sixth time this season. One of its highlights: the Rally Australia. The World Rally Car had a lot to put up with there – seven team members celebrating on its roof after Volkswagen secured the manufacturers’ title* in the WRC. Although the roof was fixed properly afterwards, you can still just about see the dents. Talking about today: New dents were added thanks to Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia’s second title.

And then there were also …
… 150 employees from the Volkswagen plant in Pamplona/Spain. The body in white for the Polo R WRC, on which the World Rally Cars are based, is made in Pamplona. Invited by Volkswagen Spain, the employees attended the twelfth race of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season in their home country and saw their three Polo R WRCs in action.

* Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA.

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2015 VW e-Golf scores 116 MPGe, 83 miles of range from EPA

Herndon, VA – Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that the compact, fully electric 2015 e-Golf has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined Miles per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent* (MPGe), and given a range of up to 83 miles. Compared to other compact electric vehicles (EVs), these numbers make the e-Golf the most efficient car in its class for the 2015 model year.

The 2015 e-Golf is Volkswagen’s first fully electric vehicle for the U.S. market. Although Volkswagen has sold more than 30 million Golf models worldwide, this is the first zero tailpipe emissions, fully electric version of the car. It is also part of Volkswagen’s Think Blue® holistic approach to sustainability and efficiency.

The e-Golf brings all the benefits of an electric vehicle to the Golf “fun-to-drive yet practical” formula, forever ending the idea that compact EVs must be bland and focused only on efficiency. The e-Golf adds a compact electric motor and lithium-ion battery (built in-house at Volkswagen’s Braunschweig, Germany facility) to the Golf’s sporty Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform. With this modern drivetrain the e-Golf offers zero tailpipe emissions and zero trips to the pump. Depending on driving style, charging behavior, and other factors, the EPA estimated range for the e-Golf is up to 83 miles.

The e-Golf has a 7.2 kW onboard charger as standard equipment, enabling the EV’s battery to be recharged in any of three ways. With the installation of the optional 240-volt wallbox, charging the battery can take less than four hours. The e-Golf also offers a charging cable that can plug into any standard 110/120-volt electrical socket and charge the battery in roughly 20 hours. In addition, the e-Golf comes equipped with a standard Combined Charging System (CCS) which allows the car to use the SAE standard DC fast charging infrastructure (at select stations), bringing the battery’s state of charge to 80 percent in about 30 minutes. Any of these options help provide categorically lower ownership costs than fueling a traditional internal combustion engine.

The e-Golf will go on sale at participating dealerships in select states in November, starting at $35,445 (plus $820 destination and handling). The SEL Premium model features an extensive list of standard equipment, including a 7.2kW onboard charger, touchscreen navigation system, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and LED headlights.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 649 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

*2015 Golf EPA estimates: 126 city/105 highway MPGe. Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour equal to one gallon of gasoline energy, EPA rated the e-Golf equivalent to 126 MPG measured as gasoline fuel efficiency in city driving, and 105 MPG in highway driving. Actual mileage will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, battery age, and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. Frequent and consecutive high-voltage charging (including DC charging) can permanently decrease the capacity of the high-voltage battery.

Notes:

This press release and images of the 2015 e-Golf are available at media.vw.com. Follow us @VWNews

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The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf will be available only at participating dealers in select states.

Where stated, vehicle range values are forecast manufacturer values for the USA; EPA estimates were not available at time of release. Actual mileage and range will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, battery age, and vehicle condition.

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VW bringing Fox Pepper, Saveiro Surf to Sao Paulo show

15 de outubro de 2014
Volkswagen apresenta o Novo Fox Pepper, versão conceitual e “apimentada” do Novo Fox

- Modelo estará no Salão do Automóvel de São Paulo para avaliar a opinião dos visitantes
- Com visual exclusivo e conteúdo diferenciado, conceito tem apelo esportivo e jovial
- Novidade pode ser pintada com teto preto e o restante na cor Vermelha Tornado, remetendo ao nome Pepper (pimenta, em inglês)
- Versão conceitual traz vários recursos de tecnologia e de segurança, como Controle Eletrônico de Estabilidade (ESC) e controle de tração (TC e ASR)
- Caráter esportivo é realçado pelo novo motor 1.6l MSI de até 120 cv e pelo novo câmbio manual de seis marchas

A Volkswagen apresenta o Novo Fox Pepper, uma versão conceitual do Novo Fox. Com visual exclusivo e conteúdo diferenciado, o modelo tem apelo esportivo e jovial e estará no Salão do Automóvel de São Paulo, que ocorre de 30 de outubro a 9 de novembro, para avaliar a opinião dos visitantes. A unidade exposta é pintada na cor Vermelha Tornado, remetendo ao nome Pepper (pimenta, em inglês).

Com conteúdo de série baseado no do Novo Fox Highline, o Novo Fox Pepper traz uma série de recursos de tecnologia e segurança, como Controle Eletrônico de Estabilidade (ESC) e o controle de tração (TC e ASR). Além disso, o modelo conceitual é equipado com o novo motor 1.6l MSI de até 120 cv, da família EA211, com quatro válvulas por cilindro, e com a nova transmissão manual de seis marchas.

Esportividade, por dentro e por fora

O estilo ousado do Fox Pepper é evidenciado pelo teto preto, com pintura especial e acabamento premium. Soma-se a isso o novo para-choque dianteiro, com visual mais robusto do que o restante da linha Fox. Assim como no Novo CrossFox, no Novo Fox Pepper os faróis auxiliares – que contam com aros pintados em preto brilhante – têm formato retangular e tripla função, funcionando como faróis de neblina, faróis de longo alcance. E estes faróis ainda tem a opção das luzes de conversão estática (também conhecidas por “Cornering lights”).

Chama a atenção também a grade frontal, em formato de colmeia e com friso vermelho horizontal, inspirada na do Novo Golf GTI. Além disso, a máscara do farol é mais escurecida (menos metalização), conferindo maior esportividade ao modelo. Ainda no para-choque dianteiro há um aplique pintado em Chrome Effect.

Passando para a vista lateral, chamam a atenção os retrovisores (com luz de direção integrada) pintados em Preto Ninja. Combinando com esses pontos, a coluna “B” (central) traz um adesivo preto brilhante, em harmonia com o teto preto. A saia lateral destaca o contraste das cores Preto Ninja e Vermelho Tornado, a mesma da carroceria. Mais um item esportivo.

Pouco abaixo dos retrovisores destaca-se o adesivo de uma pimenta, alusivo ao nome da versão. Outro elemento de estilo que realça a vocação esportiva do modelo são as rodas de liga leve de 15 polegadas, também pintadas de preto nas hastes internas e diamantadas na face externa. O aplique na parte inferior das portas também é diferenciado e é pintado em Chrome Effect. A soleira das portas traz o nome “Fox Pepper”.

Ostentando um visual que mescla elementos de aventura e de esportividade, o Novo Fox Pepper traz na lateral molduras na cor preta (claddings), alocados acima das caixas de roda, reforçando o desenho das caixas de roda e o caráter esportivo do veículo. A tonalidade preta figura também na traseira do carro. Na parte inferior do para-choque traseiro há um difusor de ar pintado em preto brilhante. O Novo Fox Pepper conta também com ponteira de escapamento dupla.

O interior traz uma ambientação totalmente nova em comparação aos demais modelos da linha Fox. As saídas de ar com aros pintados de vermelho evidenciam a proposta esportiva do carro-conceito. Com a nova linguagem mundial de estilo, o volante é semelhante ao do Novo Golf Highline, oferecendo comandos intuitivos dos sistemas de som e de telefonia, assim como do computador de bordo. Destaque para o cinzeiro com o logotipo da versão conceitual e a inscrição “Fox Pepper” em adesivo resinado.

Outra exclusividade do modelo são os bancos. Forrados com couro na tonalidade Paladium (cinza), os assentos do Novo Fox Pepper contam com um figurino diferenciado, com apliques vermelhos nos apoios dos bancos dianteiros e nos painéis de porta. Destaque também para o nome da série bordado nos bancos dianteiros. Complementam o conjunto os sobretapetes dianteiros e traseiros de carpete com pinos de fixação para a peça do motorista, muito mais sofisticados e seguros.

Novo motor 1.6l MSI, da família EA211

O Novo Fox Pepper exposto no Salão do Automóvel de São Paulo é equipado com o novo motor 1.6l MSI, da família EA211, que acaba de estrear na linha Fox. Com até 120 cv (etanol), esse motor conta com quatro válvulas por cilindro, sistema E-Flex de partida a frio aquecida (que dispensa o tanque auxiliar de combustível), coletor de escape integrado ao cabeçote, bloco e cabeçote de alumínio, comando variável de válvulas, duplo circuito de arrefecimento e duplo comando de válvulas integrado à tampa do cabeçote.

Com todas essas inovações, o Novo Fox Pepper, quando abastecido com etanol, acelera de 0 a 100 km/h em 9,8 segundos e atinge velocidade máxima de 189 km/h. Com gasolina, são 10,3 segundos para a aceleração de 0 a 100 km/h e 183 km/h de velocidade máxima.

Sistema de navegação embutido no painel

Outro recurso de tecnologia presente no Novo Fox Pepper é o rádio navegador RNS315, o mesmo que equipa a linha Passat, CC e Tiguan. O RNS315, na verdade, é uma central multimídia, pois conta com tela sensível ao toque de 5,5 polegadas, sistema Bluetooth integrado, receptor AM/FM com RDS, CD Player com MP3 e WMA e entrada auxiliar de áudio. Também possui um slot para SD-cards, que podem reproduzir mapas de navegação ou arquivos de música em formato MP3, por exemplo.

ESC – Controle eletrônico de estabilidade – Presente no Novo Fox Highline, o sistema de controle eletrônico de estabilidade (ESC) também integra a lista de recursos de segurança no Novo Fox Pepper. O sistema reconhece um estágio inicial de que uma situação de rodagem crítica está para acontecer. Compara os comandos do motorista com as reações do veículo a esses comandos. Se necessário, o sistema reduz o torque do motor e freia uma ou várias rodas até atingir a condição de estabilidade.

ASR (Antriebsschlupfregelung) – Controle de tração – Integrado ao ESC, o ASR auxilia o motorista a arrancar ou acelerar o veículo sobre um piso de baixa aderência, graças a uma série de sensores e uma central eletrônica. O sistema atua gerenciando o torque motriz e a frenagem individual da roda que destraciona, auxiliando na aderência dos pneus em qualquer condição de utilização.

TC (M-ABS) – O Traction Control ou Controle de tração tem a função de reduzir o escorregamento das rodas durante a aceleração ou quando o veículo começa a destracionar, em curvas acentuadas, controlando eletronicamente o torque do motor. No Novo Fox Pepper, o TC (M-ABS) é equipamento de série.

EDS (Elektronische Differenzialsperre) – Bloqueio eletrônico do diferencial – Em trilhas ou em situação de baixa tração em uma das rodas motrizes, o bloqueio eletrônico do diferencial aciona o freio da roda com menor tração, transferindo o torque para a roda com maior tração, proporcionando assim melhor eficiência à saída do veículo. Esse sistema de “tração inteligente” funciona de forma automática, sem necessidade de o motorista acionar um botão no painel. Além disso, o sistema atua em curvas e em velocidade de até 80 km/h.

HHC (Hill Hold Control) ou controle de assistência de partida em rampa – Em aclives acima de 5%, o sistema mantém o veículo freado por até 2 segundos, após o motorista aliviar o pedal do freio. Os freios são liberados progressivamente durante a aceleração, permitindo a partida do veículo com mais conforto e tranquilidade em rampas.

HBA – Função adicional do sistema ESC, o HBA ou BAS (Brake Assist System ou Sistema de assistência à frenagem) é outro recurso inédito na linha Fox. O módulo do ABS e do ESC reconhece, por meio da velocidade e força de acionamento do pedal de freio, que se trata de uma condição de frenagem de emergência. Nesse momento, o sistema aumenta a pressão no circuito hidráulico e a força de atuação das pinças de freio, buscando a condição ideal de funcionamento do ABS para reduzir o espaço de frenagem.


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October 15, 2014
Volkswagen presents the new Fox Pepper, conceptual version and “spicy” New Fox

- Model will be at the Auto Show in Sao Paulo to assess the opinions of visitors
- With unique visual and differentiated content, concept has sports appeal and youthful
- Novelty can be painted with black roof and the rest in color Red Tornado, referring to the name Pepper (Pepper, English)
- Conceptual version brings various features and safety technology such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and traction control (TC and ASR)
- Sporty character is enhanced by the new 1.6l engine up to 120 hp MSI and the new six-speed manual gearbox

Volkswagen presents the new Fox Pepper, a conceptual version of the New Fox. Uniquely visual and differentiated content, the model has sporty and youthful appeal and will be at the Auto Show in Sao Paulo, which takes place from October 30 to November 9, to assess the opinions of visitors. The exposed unit is painted in the color Red Tornado, referring to the name Pepper (pepper, in English). Serial With content based on the new Fox Highline, New Fox Pepper brings a lot of security and technology features, such as Electronic Control stability (ESC) and traction control (TC and ASR). In addition, the conceptual model is equipped with the new 1.6l engine up to 120 hp MSI, the EA211 family, with four valves per cylinder, and with the new manual six-speed transmission.

Sportsmanship, inside and outside
The bold style Pepper Fox is evidenced by the black roof, with special paint and premium finish. Added to this the new front bumper, visually more robust than the rest of the Fox and New Line Therefore CrossFox in New Fox Pepper auxiliary headlights -. They have rims painted glossy black – have rectangular and triple role, functioning as fog lights, spotlights. And these headlights still have the option of converting static lights (also known as “cornering lights”). Draws attention also the front grille in honeycomb shape with horizontal red trim, inspired by the new Golf GTI. In addition, the mask is more darkened headlight (less metallization), giving greater sportiness to model. Still in the front bumper’s painted on an appliqué Chrome Effect. Turning to the side view, rear-view draw attention (with integrated light direction) painted Black Ninja. Combining these points, a “B” (central) column brings a glossy black adhesive, in harmony with the black roof. The side skirt highlights the contrast of the colors Black and Red Tornado Ninja, the same as the body. More a sports item. Shortly below the rear highlights the adhesive of a pepper, alluding to the version name. Another element of style that highlights the sporting aspirations of the model are the alloy wheels of 15 inches, also painted black on the inner and diamond rods on the outer face. The applique on the bottom of the doors is also different and is painted in Chrome Effect. The doorsteps bears the name “Fox Pepper”. Sporting a look that mixes elements of adventure and sportsmanship, the New Fox Pepper brings the side frames in black (Claddings), allocated above the wheel housings, reinforcing the design of wheel housings and the sporty character of the vehicle. The black shade is also included on the back of the car. At the bottom of the rear bumper there is an air diffuser painted in glossy black. The New Pepper Fox also has dual exhaust tip. The interior brings an entirely new ambiance compared to other models of Fox line.’s vents painted with red rims show the proposed sports car concept. With the new global language of style, the steering wheel is similar to the New Golf Highline, offering intuitive controls for audio and phone systems, and on-board computer. Highlighting the ashtray with the logo version of the conceptual and the inscription “Fox Pepper” in resin adhesive. exclusivity Another model is the banks. Lined with leather in the shade Paladium (gray), the seat of New Pepper Fox have a different costume, with red in support of the front seats and the door panels appliques. Also featured for the series name embroidered on the front seats. Complement the set the more sophisticated front and rear sobretapetes carpet with studs for the part of the driver, and insurance.

1.6l New MSI, family EA211
The New Pepper Fox exposed at the Auto Show in Sao Paulo is equipped with the new 1.6l engine MSI, the EA211 family, which just premiered on Fox line. With up to 120 hp (ethanol), this engine has four valves per cylinder, E-Flex system cold start heated (exempting the tank auxiliary fuel), exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head, block and aluminum head, variable valve timing, twin cooling system and dual integrated valves for cylinder head cover. With all these innovations, the new Fox Pepper when stocked ethanol accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 9.8 seconds and the maximum speed reaches 189 km / h. With gasoline are 10.3 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h and 183 km / h top speed.

Navigation system built into the panel
Another feature of this technology in New Pepper Fox is the browser RNS315 radio, the same as team Passat, CC and Tiguan line. The RNS315 actually is a media center, it has a touch screen of 5.5 inches, integrated Bluetooth system, AM / FM receiver with RDS, CD Player with MP3 and WMA audio auxiliary input. It also has a slot for SD-cards that can play navigation maps or music files in MP3 format, for example.

ESC – Electronic Stability Control – Present the New Fox Highline, the system of electronic stability control (ESC) also belongs to the list of security features in New Fox Pepper. The system recognizes an early stage that a situation of critical shooting is about to happen. Compares the driver’s commands with the reactions of the vehicle to these commands. If necessary, the system reduces engine torque and braking one or more wheels to achieve the stability condition.

ASR (Antriebsschlupfregelung) – Traction control – Integrated with ESC, ASR helps the driver to start or accelerate the vehicle on a floor low grip, thanks to a series of sensors and an electronic central. The system operates by managing the engine torque and braking of an individual wheel destraciona, assisting in the adherence of the tires in any condition of use.

TC (ABS-M) – or Traction Control The traction control has the function of reducing the slip of the wheels during acceleration or when the vehicle starts destracionar in sharp curves, electronically controlling engine torque. In New Pepper Fox, TC (M-ABS) is standard equipment.

EDS (Elektronische Differenzialsperre) – Electronic Differential Lock – On trails or in low traction situation in a driven wheel, electronic differential lock activates the brake the wheel with less traction by transferring torque to the wheel with more traction, thus providing the best efficiency out of the vehicle. This system of “smart pull” operates automatically, without requiring the driver to trigger a button on the dashboard. In addition, the system operates in curves and at speeds up to 80 km / h.

HHC (Hill Hold Control) or control assistance starting ramp – On slopes above 5%, the system keeps the vehicle braked for up to 2 seconds after the driver alleviate the brake pedal. The brakes are released progressively during acceleration, allowing the vehicle departed with more comfort and tranquility in ramps.

HBA – Additional function ESC system, the HBA or BAS (Brake Assist System or assistance to the braking system) is another novel feature in Fox line. Module ABS and ESC acknowledges, through speed and actuation force from the brake pedal, it is a condition of emergency braking. At this point, the system increases the pressure in the hydraulic circuit and the actuation force of the brake calipers, seeking the optimal operating condition of the ABS to reduce braking space.

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15 de outubro de 2014
Volkswagen mostra nova versão da Saveiro Surf

- Visual exclusivo e apelo jovem são destaques da série especial
- Motor 1.6l de até 104 cv (etanol) garante agilidade e economia ao modelo
- Ampla lista de equipamentos de série confere conforto e praticidade

A nova versão da Saveiro Surf será um das novidades que será apresentada pela Volkswagen durante o Salão Internacional do Automóvel de São Paulo, ente 30 de outubro e 9 de novembro. Com apelo jovial e conteúdo exclusivo, a Saveiro Surf é oferecida com carroceria cabine simples – garantindo máximo espaço para carga na caçamba – e traz visual diferenciado, além de uma ampla gama de equipamentos de série.

O ar esportivo da Saveiro Surf resulta de uma série de detalhes de acabamento, começando pela grade dianteira tipo colmeia em preto brilhante, realçada por um friso cromado. Os faróis dianteiros são duplos, com máscara negra, e os faróis de neblina, incorporados ao para-choque, são equipamentos de série. Na traseira, as lanternas são escurecidas e a lanterna de neblina também é standard. Os para-choques são pintados na cor da carroceria.

As exclusivas rodas de 15″ são de liga leve, com design Sepang, e as molduras das caixas de rodas trazem proteções pretas, da mesma forma que as soleiras laterais. A identificação “Surf” está presente nos para-lamas dianteiros. Também é preto o santantônio, que acumula a função de aerofólio e permite apoiar objetos longos – caso das pranchas de surfe, por exemplo. A janela traseira tem barras de proteção e as colunas B são adesivadas em preto.

Os retrovisores externos da Saveiro Surf têm regulagem elétrica de série com a função “tilt down” (o espelho da direita inclina para baixo quando a ré é engatada, permitindo visualizar melhor o meio-fio). Dependendo da cor da carroceria, as carenagens dos espelhos são pintadas em prata “chromed effect” ou “Ubatuba”. Os espelhos incorporam as luzes indicadoras de direção laterais, para maior segurança nas mudanças de faixas.

Na cabine

Internamente, a Saveiro Surf tem acabamento em couro sintético Native, com o painel em cinza Palladium. Os pedais têm cobertura de alumínio. O motorista encontra com facilidade a melhor posição para dirigir por meio da regulagem da altura do banco e o posicionamento do volante, que conta com coluna regulável em altura e distância. O ar-condicionado é equipamento de série, assim como os airbags dianteiros. O airbag do passageiro pode ser desligado, garantindo maior segurança na eventualidade do transporte de crianças, em conformidade com a legislação vigente.

Um destaque na cabine é o console central alongado, com porta-copos na parte traseira. As portas também trazem porta-objetos e os encostos dos bancos contam com porta-revistas. Atrás dos bancos, há uma rede para fixação de bagagem, item ao mesmo tempo funcional e de segurança, evitando o deslocamento dos objetos nas frenagens.

Compartimento de carga

A ampla caçamba da Saveiro Surf traz proteção de série e a exclusiva tampa com chave e amortecedor de abertura, que evita acidentes. Para preservar o espaço útil, o estepe fica sob a caçamba e só pode ser acessado com a tampa traseira aberta, para evitar possíveis tentativas de furto. O acesso pelas laterais é facilitado pelo degrau embutido na carroceria e a caçamba também conta com iluminação, facilitando o manuseio de carga à noite.

Desempenho com segurança

A Saveiro Surf é equipada com o motor Volkswagen 1.6l, que proporciona 104 cv quando abastecido com etanol (101 cv com gasolina). O desempenho ágil é complementado pelo câmbio manual de cinco marchas. A suspensão dianteira é tipo McPherson e a traseira conta com molas helicoidais, garantindo grande estabilidade e ótimo comportamento nas curvas independentemente da carga transportada.

A Volkswagen Saveiro Surf traz freios a disco nas quatro rodas, com sistema ABS e EBD (distribuição eletrônica de frenagem) de série, além do Emergency Stop System (ESS – alerta de frenagem de emergência), que faz as luzes de freio piscarem no caso do carro precisar parar rapidamente, alertando os motoristas que vêm atrás.

História de sucesso

A trajetória de sucesso da Saveiro Surf teve início em 2002, quando a Volkswagen lançou a Saveiro SuperSurf, com motor 1.6 e apelo jovial. A nova série recebeu itens exclusivos, como grade do radiador e carcaça dos retrovisores externos cromados. Os vidros eram escurecidos e as soleiras pintadas na cor preta para os modelos com cores claras. A Saveiro SuperSurf contava também com suspensão elevada 27 mm, em comparação às versões de linha. Para isso as molas dianteiras e amortecedores traseiros também foram elevados 18 mm. A adoção de pneus com maior perfil (195/55 R15) contribuiu com mais 9 mm, resultando em uma elevação total de 27mm.

O espaço livre do solo da Saveiro SuperSurf era de 192 mm, na condição vazia, e 155 mm, carregada. Essas medidas na Saveiro 1.6 de linha eram, respectivamente, 165 mm e 128 mm. No ano seguinte, a Saveiro SuperSurf é relançada em edição limitada a 4.200 unidades já com as inovações da linha 2003.

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October 15, 2014
Volkswagen shows the new version Saveiro Surf

- Unique look and youthful appeal are the highlights of the special series
- 1.6l engine up to 104 hp (ethanol) ensures flexibility and economy to the model
- Comprehensive list of standard equipment gives comfort and practicality

The new version of Saveiro Surf will be one of the novelties to be presented by Volkswagen at the International Motor Show in São Paulo, ente October 30 and November 9. With youthful appeal and unique content is offered to Saveiro Surf bodied single-cab – ensuring maximum cargo space in the back -. Brings unique look and in addition to a wide range of standard equipment The sporting air Saveiro Surf result of a series of finishing details, starting with the honeycomb front grille in gloss black, highlighted by a chrome strip. The headlights are double, with black mask, and the foglamps, incorporated into the bumper, are standard equipment. At the rear, the lights are dimmed and the flashlight fog is also standard. The bumpers are painted in body color. ‘s exclusive wheels 15 “are alloy, with Sepang design, and the frames of the boxes bring black wheels protections, the same way that the side sills. The “Surf” identification is present in the front fenders. Black is also the Santantonio, which accumulates the function of airfoil and support allows long objects – the case of surfboards, for example. The rear window has protective bars and B columns are adesivadas black. External mirrors Saveiro Surf have electric adjustment as standard with the “tilt down” (the right of the mirror tilts down when reverse is engaged function, allowing you to view better the curb). Depending on the body color, the mirror fairings are painted in silver “chromed effect” or “Ubatuba”. The mirrors incorporate the lateral direction indicator lights for increased safety when changing lanes.

Cabin On
Internally, Saveiro Surf is finished in faux leather Native, with the panel in gray Palladium. The pedals are aluminum cover. The driver is easily the best driving position by adjusting the seat height and positioning of the steering wheel, which features adjustable column height and distance. The air-conditioning is standard, as are front airbags. The passenger airbag can be switched off, ensuring greater safety in the event of transporting children in accordance with current legislation. A highlight in the cabin is the elongated center console with cup holders in the rear. The doors also come with storage compartments and the backrests feature magazine rack. Behind the seats, there is a network for fastening luggage item at the same time functional and security, avoiding displacement of objects in braking.

cargo compartment
The wide bucket Saveiro Surf Series brings protection and the exclusive cover with key and damper opening, preventing accidents. Order to ensure the space, the spare tire is under the bucket and can only be accessed with the tailgate open to avoid possible theft attempts. Access is facilitated by the side step built into the body and the bucket also includes lighting for easy handling of cargo at night.

Safely Performance
Saveiro The Surf is equipped with Volkswagen 1.6l engine, which delivers 104 hp when fueled with ethanol (101 hp with gasoline). Agile performance is complemented by a five-speed manual gearbox. The front suspension is McPherson strut and the rear has coil springs, ensuring great stability and great cornering behavior regardless of the payload. Saveiro Surf brings Volkswagen disc brakes on all four wheels, with ABS and EBD (electronic brake distribution) Serial beyond the Emergency Stop System (ESS – emergency braking warning), which makes the brake lights flash on the car if you need to stop quickly, alerting drivers that come behind. success story

The success path
Saveiro Surf began in 2002, when Volkswagen launched the Saveiro Super Surf with 1.6 engine and youthful appeal. The series received new unique items such as the radiator grille and chrome housing of exterior mirrors. The windows were darkened and sills painted in black color for models with light colors. The Super Surf Saveiro also had high suspension 27 mm, compared to the row versions. For this, the front and rear bumpers were also high springs 18 mm. The adoption of higher profile tires (195/55 R15) further contributed 9 mm, resulting in a total lift of 27mm. ‘s clear soil Saveiro Super Surf was 192 mm, the empty condition, and 155 mm, loaded. These measures 1.6 Saveiro in line were, respectively, 165 mm and 128 mm. The following year, the Super Surf Saveiro is rereleased in limited edition to 4,200 units already with the innovations of the line in 2003. During 2006, as the fourth generation of the pickup, the Volkswagen reissued the Saveiro Super Surf with the goal of offering a special series of sporty appeal for young audiences. Equipped with the powertrain which opened the market for flexible in the country, 1.6 Total Flex Saveiro SuperSurf produced 97 hp, when supplied gasoline and 99 hp with ethanol. ‘s sponsorship agreement with the Brazilian Volkswagen Surfing Championships, which began in 2002 and has been renovated to the circuit over the years, yielded over 20 000 units sold Saveiro Super Surf. Along the same “wave” in 2007, Volkswagen has put on the market Saveiro Surf. With two engine options (1.6 and 1.8), the special series incorporating spotlights with black mask, frame boxes wheel, light alloy wheels 15 “Tom Gray in color and exclusive logotipy the sides of the vehicles.

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