This last Monday was career day at My son’s kindergarten so he took his classmates on a video tour of my store!
This last Monday was career day at My son’s kindergarten so he took his classmates on a video tour of my store!
Chicago, IL (February 11th, 2015) — Volkswagen of America, Inc, today announced pricing of the all-new Golf SportWagen. With a starting Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $21,395 for the 1.8T S model with manual transmission, the latest SportWagen features more standard equipment, increased fuel efficiency, and more space than the outgoing Jetta SportWagen S model. The TDI® Clean Diesel model starts at $24,595, a reduction of almost $2,000 over the previous base TDI model price.
Scheduled to hit dealer showrooms in April, 2015 Golf SportWagen models will be offered with two powertrains: the EA888 1.8-liter, 170-horsepower turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI® engine mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission; and the EA288 2.0-liter, 150-hp turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel, fitted with a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The 1.8T model with manual transmission has an EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating of 36 mpg, while the TDI Clean Diesel model gets 43 highway mpg according to EPA estimates. These figures better all compact SUVs on the market, while offering comparable cargo volume—30.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 66.5 cubic feet with the seats folded flat.
In addition to a long list of standard amenities, several new comfort and convenience features will be available on the 2015 Golf SportWagen including the Fender® Premium Audio System and Climatronic® automatic air conditioning. Newly available driver assistance systems include Automatic Post-Collision Braking, the Forward Collision Warning System, and front and rear Park Distance Control. An available lighting package includes LED Daytime Running Lights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System.
The Golf SportWagen has grown in size yet dropped in weight by up to 137 pounds (depending on model) compared with the Jetta SportWagen, despite a plethora of new and upscale features. Dimensionally, the Golf SportWagen has grown slightly, by 1.1 inches in overall length to 179.6 inches, and by 0.7 inches in width, to 70.8 inches. However, because the new car is 0.9 inches lower and has a 2.2 inch longer wheelbase, it looks more muscular and has a premium “cab backward” aesthetic.
Golf SportWagen TSI S
The SportWagen TSI S starts at $21,395 and features a standard turbocharged and direct-injection1.8-liter engine; 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; Bluetooth® connectivity; a touchscreen radio; Sirius XM® Satellite Radio; a Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® integration; leatherette seating surfaces with manual lumbar adjustment; power windows; power door locks; and air conditioning. An automatic transmission is available as an $1,100 option.
Golf SportWagen TSI SE
Available only with the six-speed automatic transmission, the SE starts at $26,995 and adds the following features over the S: 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; front foglights; a panoramic sunroof; KESSY® Keyless access with push-button start; a rearview camera, and the Fender® Premium Audio System. An optional Lighting package is available for $995 and includes Bi-Xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System, LED DRLs, and ambient interior lighting with LED interior reading lights. The $695 Driver Assistance package includes the Forward Collision Warning System and front and rear Park Distance Control.
Golf SportWagen TSI SEL
Building on the specifications and layout of the TSI SE, the top gasoline-powered SportWagen trim starts at $29,345 and adds: 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; chrome roof rails; a navigation system; Climatronic® automatic air conditioning; sport comfort seats with a 12-way power driver’s seat; and ambient lighting with LED interior reading lights. The Lighting and Driver Assistance packages are available on the SEL as well.
Golf SportWagen TDI S
The line-up of Clean Diesel Golf SportWagen models largely mirrors its gasoline siblings in terms of features and packages. The base TDI S starts at $24,595 and offers a six-speed manual gearbox and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels as standard, with a dual-clutch DSG automatic available for an extra $1,100. KESSY Keyless access with push-button start and a rearview camera are among the standard features.
Golf SportWagen TDI SE
Starting at $27,995, the TDI SE has the same list of equipment and optional packages as its gasoline-powered counterpart, the TSI SE, including the Fender Premium Audio System, automatic headlamps and a panoramic sunroof. The Lighting and Driver Assistance package are available. The DSG transmission is an $1,100 option.
Golf SportWagen TDI SEL
Starting at $30,345, the TDI SEL’s standard equipment mirrors the TSI SEL, adding features such as a navigation system, Climatronic automatic air conditioning, and sport seats with 12-way power adjustment for the driver. Both Lighting and Driver Assistance options packages are available on this trim. The six-speed manual transmission is standard, with the option of the DSG automatic ($1,100 extra).
VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF 2015 GOLF R PRE-ORDER
Eagerly anticipated all-wheel-drive Golf R, Volkswagen’s highest performance model, will be available for pre-order on January 8, 2015
Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced the opportunity for customers to pre-order one of the first 500 available 2015 Golf R models, the most powerful production Golf ever offered in the U.S. The pre-order will go live on VW.com/GolfR on January 8th at 12:01 a.m. EST and customers can secure their place in line by paying a $500 reservation fee.
The first 500 Golf R models will be identical: the topline Golf R with DCC® & Nav and the six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. All the cars will be painted in Lapiz Blue Metallic and feature the 292 horsepower 2.0-liter TSI® engine; 19-inch “Cadiz” aluminum- alloy wheels and summer performance tires; 4Motion® all-wheel drive; Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights; DCC® adaptive damping system; Park Distance Control; a navigation system; and the Fender® Premium Audio System. The Golf R with DCC & Nav has a starting MSRP of $39,090, plus $820 destination and delivery charge.
These first 500 owners will receive an exclusive, numbered Volkswagen Driver Gear R accessory kit, which consists of:
An exclusive, serialized Volkswagen R watch
A serialized carbon fiber and stainless steel keychain
A serialized and VIN-specific certificate
There will only be 500 of these Volkswagen R accessory kits ever made available to customers, and these will be serialized to match the VINs of the Golf R pre-Order vehicles. Through the 2015 Golf R pre-order program, customers pay a $500 reservation fee that goes towards the final purchase of their 2015 Golf R model. The simple program involves the following steps: customers access the pre-order site at VW.com/GolfR, enter their contact information (including zip code) and review key program terms; select a dealer for retail delivery; enter and confirm billing information through the Amazon Payments® platform; and finally, receive the R accessories kit once the vehicle is reported sold by the dealer. The $500 reservation fee is fully refundable.
Once all 500 vehicles have been claimed through the pre-Order process, customers will have the option to get on a wait-list through VW.com/GolfR, should any existing consumers cancel their reservation.
With 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged and direct- injection EA888 TSI® engine, the new Golf R has 36 hp and 37 lb-ft more than the previous version. Despite the additional power and torque, the new R model is considerably more fuel-efficient than its predecessor with an EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating of 30 mpg with the six-speed DSG® transmission, up from 27 mpg for the previous, manual- transmission model.
Like all previous Golf R models, the new model transfers its power to the road via a permanent all-wheel-drive system; in this case, the latest version of the 4Motion® system with a fifth-generation Haldex® coupling. To help ensure great chassis dynamics, there’s a new sport suspension, the progressive variable-ratio steering system, and the ESC Sport stability control system, which can now be deactivated for track driving. Other highlights include the DCC adaptive damping system that is standard on the Golf R with DCC & Nav. The six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission offers a launch control feature, enabling the car to complete the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 4.9 seconds. The top track speed is 155 mph.
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 GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 649 independent U.S. dealers.
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“DCC”, “DSG”, “TSI”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, “4Motion”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. “Amazon Payments” is a registered trademark of Amazon Payments, Inc. “Fender” is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. “Haldex” is a registered trademark of Haldex Traction Systems, Sweden.
Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries. Where stated, fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition. Pre-Order Program available only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. who are 21 years of age or older. $500 Reservation Fee applied to final negotiated price of the vehicle.
Only 500 Golf R vehicles are available for pre-order on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Vehicle MSRP of $39,090 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and deale r fees.
Dealer sets actual price, which may exceed MSRP. Must contact selected dealer and complete vehicle purchase by March 15, 2015. Maximum of one (1) non-transferable pre-Order reservation per household. View full pre-Order Program Terms and Conditions at:
In a busy year, Volkswagen will also add a new Golf SportWagen, an all-new Golf R, a redesigned Touareg SUV, and the company’s first U.S.-market EV, the e-Golf
Herndon, VA – The 2015 model year is momentous for Volkswagen. First of all, the Jetta, Volkswagen’s best-selling car, is redesigned, with new styling and driver assistance systems, as well as improved fuel efficiency and enhanced content. The newly available driver assistance systems include Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, the Forward Collision Warning system, and Park Distance Control. The Jetta 1.8T model offers improved fuel efficiency thanks to revised aerodynamics, while the TDI® Clean Diesel model also benefits from fitment of the new EA288 diesel engine. In the case of the manual transmission TDI model, EPA estimated highway fuel economy is now rated at 46 mpg, an improvement of 4 mpg.
This model year also marks the introduction of the seventh-generation Golf and Golf GTI models, which are bigger, more fuel-efficient, and better equipped than ever before. The new Golf is available in two forms: powerful and efficient TSI® gasoline and TDI Clean Diesel, powered by the new EA288 turbocharged and direct-injection engine. The Golf GTI comes standard with a 210-horsepower, 2.0-liter TSI engine, with the option of a 220-hp engine with the Performance Package that is available late in the calendar year. Golf and Golf GTI models fitted with the optional Driver Assistance Package have been awarded the coveted TOP SAFETY PICK + from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
In addition, Volkswagen will introduce its first fully electric vehicle to the U.S. market, the e-Golf. Due to go on sale in select markets in November of 2014, the e-Golf has more standard torque and more versatility than any of its closest EV rivals. When it goes on sale, it will have a standard 7.2kW onboard charger and Fast Charging Capability, which allows for 80 percent charge within 30 minutes at select DC fast charging stations. The car should provide an everyday driving range of between 70 and 90 miles, with a maximum range of approximately 115 miles.
Later in the model year, Volkswagen will introduce the all-new Golf R and the Golf SportWagen. The Golf R will feature a 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system and a turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine that makes 292 horsepower. The car will only be offered in four-door form for the U.S. and will initially be available only with a six-speed dual-clutch DSG® automatic transmission. A six-speed manual will be added to the lineup at a later date.
The Golf SportWagen replaces the Jetta SportWagen early in 2015. Like the all-new Golf, it is based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture and offers better fuel economy, greater versatility, and more interior room than the previous model. It will be offered in two forms: 1.8-liter TSI gasoline engine with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions; and the latest EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine with the choice of six-speed manual or dual-clutch DSG automatic transmissions.
All Volkswagen models fitted with the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine—Passat, Beetle, and Beetle Convertible in addition to the Golf and the Jetta—benefit from the introduction of the EA288 engine. Despite the similarity in basic specifications, this is an all-new engine that produces 150 horsepower—10 more than before—at 3,500 rpm, as well as 236 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm. The engine offers fuel economy benefits for all the cars in which it is offered, as well as reduced emissions.
At the beginning of 2015, halfway through the model year, the Touareg will be replaced by a refreshed model that features new front and rear styling, a refined interior, and a host of available new driver assistance features. These include Lane Assist, Side Assist (which monitors blind spots) and ACC adaptive cruise control plus Front Assist with City Emergency Braking.
For 2015, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine TDI Clean Diesel engine will be replaced by the new 150-hp EA288 2.0-liter diesel engine, which makes 10 more horsepower than the outgoing model. The TDI Beetle equipped with the optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission improves EPA estimated highway fuel economy from 39 to 41 mpg compared with the previous TDI Clean Diesel engine.
In addition, a new limited-edition model enters the Beetle lineup. The Beetle Classic will offer unique seat fabric; front lumbar supports; leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake; three-color ambient lighting; RNS® 315 navigation; and a six-speed automatic transmission. Available wheels on this trim include17-inch “Circle” aluminum-alloy wheels in white or black (depending on exterior color).
Like the Beetle, the 2015 Beetle Convertible also receives the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine TDI Clean Diesel engine, improving the EPA estimated highway fuel economy on the automatic transmission model by 3 mpg, to 40 mpg.
In addition, the Convertible also gains the Classic trim level, offering unique seat fabric, RNS 315 navigation, and a six-speed automatic transmission. Wheels available for this trim include 17-inch Circle alloy wheels in white or black (depending on exterior color).
For 2015, the CC incorporates only minor changes over the 2014 models.
For the last production year of the Eos, the Sport trim is replaced for 2015 with the Final Edition. Based on the Sport trim, the Final Edition offers added value at the mid-level trim with18-inch Vicenza wheels, unique Cornsilk Beige and black two-tone Vienna leather seating surfaces, contrast stitching, silver net interior trim, a rearview camera and rain-sensing wipers.
The e-Golf is available in four-door form only and is immediately recognizable by its unique aluminum-alloy wheels and LED headlights, the first VW to be equipped with the technology in the U.S.-market. Featuring a signature C-shaped design, the efficient LED daytime running lights are a distinguishing feature of all Volkswagen electric vehicles and come standard on the e-Golf. The e-Golf features more torque (199 pound feet) than its main rivals and is also more versatile, with seating for five and more cargo space than any mid-size sedan.
The 2015 Golf will be available with two or four doors and with two powertrains: the EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI engine mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission; and the new EA288 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel, fitted with a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. This is the first time the entire Golf lineup will feature powerful and efficient turbocharged engines. The Golf 1.8T now has an EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating of 36 mpg when equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission, an improvement of 6 mpg over the outgoing 2.5-liter Golf. The manual transmission model achieves 37 mpg on the highway.
The all-new Golf is better equipped than its predecessor, no matter the trim level. The limited-availability entry Golf Launch Edition two-door with manual transmission starts at $17,995 (plus $820 destination and handling) and adds the following over the outgoing Golf 2.5L: a turbocharged and direct-injection four cylinder as the base engine, along with a standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth® connectivity, a Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® integration, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is standard on all Golf models, while available new comfort and convenience features include the Fender® Premium Audio System and Climatronic® automatic air conditioning.
Fans of the Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel engine will be thrilled that the price of the base TDI model has been reduced by more than the $3,000 compared with the previous-generation Golf TDI model.
The all-new Golf GTI features a highly sophisticated EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine that makes 210 horsepower and a healthy 258 pound-feet of torque, figures that are 10 hp and 51 lb-ft higher than in the previous-generation GTI model. The optional Performance Package, which goes on sale later in the model year, ups the ante with 220 horsepower, as well as a torque-sensing electronically-controlled limited-slip differential and larger brakes. All 2015 Golf GTI models have a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic that has a launch control feature.
This new-generation Golf GTI is better equipped than its predecessor, regardless of trim level. The Golf GTI S, which starts at $24,395 (plus $820 destination charge) for the two-door model with manual transmission, adds the following over the previous entry-level GTI: standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment center, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, VW Car-Net® connected services, ambient and footwell lighting with LED reading lights, LED foglights, and a new Driving Mode Selection feature. For the first time, American Volkswagen enthusiasts will be able to order the DCC® adaptive damping system as an $800 option on Performance Package-equipped SE and Autobahn models.
The VW SportWagen has long been a top choice for customers who want a car that’s fun-to-drive and offers a large cargo area that is truly versatile. This new Golf SportWagen is even more appealing, offering nearly 10 percent more cargo room with the rear seats folded than the outgoing model. Essentially, the Golf SportWagen provides a sportier alternative to compact SUVs.
The new SportWagen will be offered with two powertrains. The first is a 170 horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI engine, mated to five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. The TDI Clean Diesel model will be powered by the new EA288 2.0-liter common-rail, turbocharged and direct-injection diesel engine that makes150 horsepower, an improvement of 10 hp over the current SportWagen model, and 236 pound-feet pf torque. The TDI model will have a choice of six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
The 2015 Golf R will be the most powerful version of the Golf ever to be sold in this market. With 292 horsepower, the all-new Golf R has 36 horsepower more than the previous version, which was sold as a 2013 model. Despite the additional horsepower, the new R model is expected to be considerably more fuel-efficient than its predecessor with a manufacturer-estimated highway fuel economy rating of 31 mpg with the six-speed manual transmission, up from 27 mpg.
Like all three previous Golf R models, the all-new model transfers its power to the road via a permanent all-wheel-drive system; in this case, the latest version of the 4MOTION system with a fifth-generation Haldex® coupling. To help ensure great chassis dynamics, there’s a new sport suspension, a new variable-ratio steering system, and a stability control system which can now be deactivated for track driving. Other highlights include the optional DCC adaptive damping system.
The all-new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of exclusive features. Along with specially designed bumpers, side skirts, and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, the Golf R also has standard Bi-Xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in a dual-U design) and a two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tips. The most powerful and fuel-efficient Golf R will be launched in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015 in four-door form only.
Following the updates that arrived with the 2014 model, which included a new 1.8-liter turbocharged EA888 engine that replaced the 2.5-liter five-cylinder unit, the 2015 Jetta brings with it a fresh new face and some important updates underneath. The subtly redesigned exterior not only provides the Jetta with a crisp new look, but also helps increase the overall efficiency of the car by improving aerodynamics: the 1.8T models gain a 1 mpg improvement on the EPA’s estimated highway fuel economy, to 37 mpg. Additionally, the 2015 Jetta features an updated interior, the new EA288 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine (with 10 additional horsepower), and a host of newly available driver assistance systems.
The S and Wolfsburg Edition trims now offer an optional Technology Package that includes a rearview camera and the Premium VIII sound system with eight speakers. On S trims, this package includes SiriusXM Satellite Radio, which is standard on Wolfsburg Edition models. The SE with Sunroof trim is removed from the 1.8T lineup, while the SE with Sunroof and Navigation trim adds chrome bumpers and door trim, comfort sport seats and front foglights. SEL Premium trims receive rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine makes 10 more horsepower than the outgoing engine and improves the Passat TDI’s EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating to 44 mpg for the manual transmission model (+1 mpg) and to 42 mpg for the automatic (+2 mpg). The manual transmission TDI model now has a range of up to 814 highway miles on one tank of Clean Diesel fuel. Thanks to the use of new all-season optimized rolling resistance tires, the EPA estimated highway fuel economy on the 1.8T models is improved by 1 mpg, to 35 mpg on the manual transmission model and to 36 mpg on the automatic version.
For 2015, the Routan will no longer be offered.
Although the Tiguan receives minor additions for 2015, the emphasis for this year is adding value by bringing even more content into the lower level trims. The entry-level S trim line adds a rearview camera, Premium VIII audio system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Mobile Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® cable, roof rails, and VW Car-Net connected services. Heatable front seats, with heated washer nozzles, are now standard on the SE trim, while the panoramic sunroof is now standard on the SE with Appearance trim. A stylized rear bumper is added to the top level R-Line model.
The facelifted Touareg is coming in early 2015 as a MY15 vehicle.
Bosch® will provide home charging stations and installation services, while ChargePoint® is the chosen public EV charging solution for all e-Golf drivers
Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced providers of charging services for e-Golf models, the first zero-tailpipe emissions electric vehicle to be sold by Volkswagen in the U.S. market. The e-Golf will go on sale later this year as a 2015 model. Bosch Automotive Service Solutions has been selected as a charging station and installation services partner for the e-Golf. ChargePoint® was chosen to complete the driver experience by providing VW branded stations to all e-Golf dealerships and access to the largest network of public EV charging stations.
Bosch® will provide a suite of 240-volt charging options, including the Power Max charging station, as well as full-service installation for e-Golf drivers. The charging station and installation will be offered at highly competitive prices.
A Bosch Vehicle Charging Advisor will support customers through the entire installation process, including:
All Volkswagen e-Golf owners will be given automatic access to the ChargePoint network, the largest in the world with more than 18,000 charging locations. Every e-Golf will come with a ChargePoint membership card in the car at no additional cost, giving owners far greater opportunities to charge their cars while on the go. About 60 percent of stations on the ChargePoint network are free to use and drivers can start a session with their ChargePoint card, the ChargePoint mobile app or by calling the support line listed on the station.
In addition, all Volkswagen e-Golf dealerships will have the latest generation ChargePoint stations with VW branding, installed by Bosch. The stations will be available for public use and dealers will use them to walk prospective buyers through EV charging. All e-Golf drivers will also get access to the ChargePoint mobile app, where they can navigate to stations, see real-time status updates (to see if the station is in use, available or down) and start charging sessions.
“We are delighted that Bosch is going to provide stations and installation services and are thrilled to provide our e-Golf drivers access to the ChargePoint network,” said Joerg Sommer, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy. “Although the e-Golf is not the first BEV to market in the U.S., we are taking a holistic approach to e-Mobility. We want to offer the most competitive suite of services for what we think is the most versatile and most fun-to-drive electric vehicle on the market.”
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, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 644 independent U.S. dealers.
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Below is the lost of some amazing new features on the Euro-Spec 2015 Passat. We can only hope that most of these will follow tot he next generation US model, probably a 2016 model.
A new era
Technology Preview – the innovations of the new Passat: Networked assistance systems introduce a new era of safety
Volkswagen introduced the first generation of the Passat 41 years ago. Since that time, the best-seller has sold over 22 million units across the globe. Now Volkswagen is preparing for the launch of the eighth generation Passat. The car will make its debut on the first tranche of world markets over the course of the fourth quarter of 2014. With the new Passat Volkswagen is introducing one of the most progressive mid-class models of our time. The reasons: Innovative assistance, infotainment, convenience and drive systems point the way to a new era in which car driving will become more sustainable, networked and communicative with more active systems and above all greater safety.
World premieres. Numerous technologies of the new Passat are not only firsts for this model series; they are also new to the brand’s entire vehicle range. They include systems such as Active Info display (a completely digital instrument cluster), extendable head-up display, new Rear Seat Entertainment, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Emergency Assist (vehicle stops in emergency), Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvring with a trailer) and Traffic Jam Assist. In addition, Volkswagen will be launching a Passat as its third model with a plug-in hybrid drive system.
Despite improved rigidity and crash safety new Passat is up to 85 kg lighter than the previous model
The new Passat was created based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). It exploits synergies across vehicle segments such as progress in weight reduction measures. The results: The new generation Passat weighs up to 85 kg less than the previous model.
Facts on weight reduction in the new Passat:
1. Total weight: -85 kg. The new Passat was made up to 85 kg lighter, depending on the engine-gearbox combination.
2. Running gear: -9 kg. The weight of the running gear was reduced by such measures as the use of lightweight metals. The rear axle, for example, weighs 4.7 kg less and the steering system 2.2 kg less. Overall, the running gear was made up to 9 kg lighter.
3. Engines. -40 kg. The turbocharged four-cylinder engines used in the Passat weight significantly less. Total weight savings here are up to 40 kg.
4. Electrical: -3 kg. Aluminium makes the electrical components, electronics and thereby the overall electrical system lighter in weight. Wire gauges were also optimised. Overall, up to 3 kg was saved, even in the base version.
5. Body … . Progressive steel construction with ultra-high strength and hot-formed steels make the car body lighter. For the first time in a Passat, aluminium was also used in the body structure.
6. … and equipment: -33 kg. Advanced materials and a new air conditioner lead to weight savings in the equipment area as well. In total, the entire superstructure was made up to 33 kg lighter.
7. Improved properties. Despite weight reductions, improvements were made in body rigidity (gain of 2,000 Nm/° to 25,000 Nm/° in the Estate) and 30,000 Nm/° in the Saloon). The maximum trailer load was increased by up to 400 kg.
8. Reducing driving resistances. Around half of a vehicle’s fuel consumption is used to overcome sources of driving resistance – weight, air drag, rolling resistance. That makes the progress made in lowering the weight of the Passat by up to 85 kg all the more significant.
Active Info Display
Displayed information changes according to function:
First Volkswagen with interactive instrument display
In the new Passat, Volkswagen is launching an instrument cluster that is built as a display with interactive representation of information: the Active Info Display.
Facts on the newly developed Active Info Display:
1. Virtual instruments. All instruments were implemented virtually by software. Only safety-related indicator lights are executed in hardware.
2. 12.3-inch display. The information can be displayed in 2D and 3D; 12.3 inches is equivalent to a screen diagonal of 312 mm.
3. 1,440 x 540 pixels. The display resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels enables extremely precise and high-end graphic display of all details.
4. Interactive. The display is interactive. Consider Navigation mode: Here, the speedometer and tachometer are relocated to the sides to make more room for the map.
5. Variable. Depending on needs, information such as driving, navigation and assistance functions may be integrated into the graphic surfaces of the speedometer and tachometer.
6. Infotainment. Data that previously could only be displayed on the centre console via the infotainment system, such as images of phone contacts or CD covers, can now be incorporated into the Active Info Display of the Passat.
7. Customisable. The Active Info Display can be customised according to the car model and equipment. In the new Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive, for example, the tachometer is programmed to become a Powermeter.
8. Digital and analogue. Volkswagen will offer the Active Info Display as an alternative to analogue instruments as either a standard or optional feature.
View remains on the road:
Information appears in virtual space around two metres in front of the Passat
The new Passat is the first Volkswagen to also be equipped with a head-up display. It projects key information such as vehicle speed or navigation pictograms directly into the primary visual field of the driver.
Facts on the first head-up display by Volkswagen:
1. Improves safety. Projection of the head-up display lets drivers keep their eyes on the road while looking at data such as speed.
2. Faster reaction. Projecting warning messages into the immediate visual field of the river can significantly reduce reaction time.
3. Eyes do not fatigue as quickly. Because the eyes do not have to shift back and forth between the road and the instruments, the driver’s eyes do not fatigue as quickly during longer trips.
4. Extendable glass panel. The head-up display of the Passat is a “combined solution”: the data is projected onto an extendable glass panel in front of the windscreen. When it is not being used, the display panel is protected by lowering it into the dashboard, and the opening has a flush closure.
5. Excellent optics. The glass screen is designed as a high-resolution colour display with a colour depth of 18 bits. This produces a brilliant image with rich contrasts. Another advantage of the display that is extendable and not integrated in the windscreen: if the windscreen needs to be replaced (e.g. due to a stone impact), there is no need to replace it with a special and therefore expensive windscreen; it is also not necessary to perform a complicated recalibration of the system.
6. Information in virtual space in front of the Passat. From the driver’s perspective, the projected data appears to be located two metres in front of the Passat.
7. Sunlight does not affect the display. The brightness of the display is automatically adapted to the ambient light. The maximum display luminance is 12,000 cd/m2 which makes it easy to read the information even in conditions of direct sunlight.
8. Range of information is selectable. The head-up display is activated via a separate control next to the rotary light switch. From the infotainment system menu, the driver can decide which information should be displayed: momentary speed, legal speed limit, navigation instructions, information on assistance systems and warnings.
Modular Infotainment System (MIB)
Generation II of MIB systems:
Ideally networked world with Car-Net, MirrorLink™ and SMS by TTS*
The new Passat is launching with Generation II of Volkswagen infotainment systems. The latest generation of this modular information toolkit (MIB) enables a maximum degree of connectivity in terms of coupling external devices. Its diverse interfaces include interfacing to smart phones and their apps via MirrorLink™. In addition, the systems were given much faster processors (optimised booting, quicker route calculation, smoother touchscreen performance, perfected language dialogues) and new higher-resolution displays (in the 6.5-inch systems).
Facts on the second generation of MIB infotainment:
1. Five systems. The Passat makes its debut with the 5-inch systems “Composition Touch” and “Composition Colour”, the 6.5-inch systems “Composition Media” and “Discover Media” (plus Navigation) with a four-fold improvement in resolution (6.5-inch display compared to the first generation 5.8-inch display) and the latest version of the 8.0-inch “Discover Pro” radio-navigation system.
2. Faster processors. The new generation of devices is characterised by better system performance. Consider the “Discover Media”, the radio-navigation system with 6.5-inch display: Compared to the first generation, performance of the CPU (main processor) was more than doubled from 950 MIPS (million instructions per second) to 2,500 MIPS.
3. Connectivity. Even in the “Composition Touch” (base device), music can be fed in via the AUX-IN socket, by SD card and/or optionally from a USB stick or Bluetooth. In addition, an iPod/iPhone interface is available. Starting with the “Composition Colour”, a CD player is also integrated, and from the “Composition Media” a Bluetooth interface and USB interface are included as standard. The “Discover Media” (entry-level navigation system) can be optionally equipped with WLAN. The top “Discover Pro” navigation system also comes with the Premium mobile phone interface (rSAP profile) and DVD drive; TV tuner is optional.
4. MirrorLink™. For the first time in the Passat, MirrorLink™ is available – from the “Composition Media” it is optional, in the “Discover Pro” it is standard. MirrorLink™ makes it possible to integrate numerous apps or functions of Android smart phones into the infotainment system. Related apps will be offered directly from Volkswagen and from third party suppliers. The Volkswagen apps: “Mobile Office”, “audioMOTION”, “ThinkBlue. Trainer”, “Shared Audio”, “Drive&Track” and “My Guide”. Third party apps include “Audioteka” (audio books), “Glympse” (social media), “Aupeo!” (Internet radio), “Life360″ (family locator) and “Kaliki” (news).
5. Telephone. From the “Composition Media”, two mobile phones can be called at the same time from now on – e.g. a business phone and a private phone. Perfected: speech quality (Wide Band Speech HFP 1.6). Also new: SMS messaging. Received SMS messages can be read aloud via TTS (* = Text-to-Speech). Predefined templates such as “Call back” make answering safer while driving. From the “Composition Colour” system, the optional “Comfort” mobile phone preparation offers a compartment for inductive coupling of the smart phone to the outside antenna of the Passat.
6. Navigation. For the first time in the Passat, the “rubberband” function is being used in the new “Discover Pro”. Just like on a tablet, the displayed route can be scrolled and varied by touching a point on the route by hand. Also integrated as a standard feature of “Discover Media” and “Discover Pro” is the ability to use speech commands to input the navigation destination (“one-shot destination entry”).
7. Car-Net basic functions. For the Passat, Car-Net is offered in combination with the “Discover Media” and “Discover Pro” radio-navigation systems. It is made up of mobile online services. For example, Car-Net makes it possible to integrate “Traffic Information Online” into dynamic route guidance and to incorporate online public and personalised Points of Interest (POI) into navigation. Using “Google Street View”, it will also be possible to integrate 360-degree panoramic images from the street perspective on the display screen and use the Google Earth™ map service to call up a realistic photographic image of the map representation (Google Maps).
8. Car-Net extensions. Other new features of “Discover Media” and “Discover Pro” are the functions “Parking place information” (number of available parking spaces in parking structures including location), “Petrol station prices” (current fuel prices including location), “Weather”, “News” and “Vehicle status report” (e.g. maintenance related information). Also new: “POI and destination feed”; from the “Discover Media” this lets you select destinations and POIs from a PC, tablet or smart phone and transfer it to the navigation system later.
Rear Seat Entertainment
Entertainment system on a tablet:
Watch movies via tablet, listen to songs or control navigation
Integration of a wide variety of devices in the new Passat includes tablets. New opportunities are created by networking external devices to the car’s infotainment system via WLAN. Integration of a new type of Rear Seat Entertainment system, for example. The key here is an app that makes the infotainment system and tablet compatible.
Facts on the new Rear Seat Entertainment & app:
1. App for tablets. Volkswagen is offering a new app for tablets to access functions of the “Discover Media” or “Discover Pro” via WLAN.
2. Mirrored. The “Volkswagen Media Control” app lets users display sections of the infotainment system user interface on a tablet; this makes it easy to control individual functions via the app.
3. Radio, media and navigation. The controllable functional features include the radio, all media sources (e.g. USB, CD or DVD, hard drive, online song search) and navigation. The media menu displays such content as the artist, album name and cover.
4. Radio in detail. In the radio, the user can change the station selection from station icons and lists, the station seek sequence and the display of RDS information as well as frequencies.
5. Navigation specifics. In the Navigation menu, along with standard functions it is also possible to conduct an Internet address search and then send it as a destination input.
6. Sound. Volume control can be adjusted in every context. In addition, it is possible to adjust the balance and fader settings.
7. Control. Via the app, users can also control the selection of available audio sources, the display of folders and play lists as well as basic operating functions such as Start, Stop, Pause, Forward and Back.
8. Mounting bracket. To optimise operating convenience or view movies conveniently, Volkswagen will be offering a tablet mounting bracket as an accessory for the Passat, which can also be used to supply power to the device.
Assistance and convenience systems: Area View
Further developed 360 degree all-round view: Area View with new obstacle detection function
The camera-based surroundings visualisation system Area View celebrated its world premiere in the Touareg in 2010. The system was developed to enable a 360-degree overview of the close surroundings and traffic situation. The system was significantly developed further for the new Passat.
Facts on Area View:
1. Debut in the Passat. Volkswagen is introducing the new generation of Area View in the Passat. The new system offers extended functionality, better camera resolution, obstacle detection and new 3D bird’s eye view perspectives.
2. Four cameras. Area View utilises four cameras located in the boot lid (1), door mirrors (2) and radiator grille (1). With an aperture angle of over 180 degrees per camera, Area View acquires the entire environment around the car and projects it onto the infotainment system screen. From the Display menu, the driver can select the camera views (front, rear, side or bird’s eye view), with either a full or split screen.
3. 3D bird’s eye view … In conjunction with the Discover Pro radio-navigation system, the control unit takes the four camera images and generates an overall view of the Passat and its surroundings to create a 3D bird’s eye view.
4. … hemispheric display. In contrast to the normal bird’s eye perspective, this view projects the view of the surroundings onto a hemisphere.
5. Virtual all-round view. The system permits a total of 17 different virtual camera positions. They are arranged so that all conceivable perspectives can be displayed around the vehicle.
6. Obstacle detection. New in Area View is obstacle detection that is based on image processing algorithms. As a supplement to the normal ultrasonic parking sensors and Rear Traffic Alert, the system uses the cameras to detect obstacles that are located beyond the ranges acquired by the sensors.
7. Assistance in parking. The warning strategy is similar to that of the ultrasonic parking sensors. Along with displaying the obstacles and the available spaces, Area View visualises the vehicle based on the steering wheel input when parking in a selected space.
8. Offroad function. Assistance in slow driving on unpaved roads and off-road is provided by the “Offroad” display of the front camera. It clearly depicts obstacles on the driving path – for example, large rocks, tree stumps and holes.
Quick parking, even in complicated parking spaces:
Third generation of Park Assist makes difficult manoeuvres easy
Park Assist makes it possible to park in any parking space that is parallel or perpendicular to the carriageway semi-automatically; in addition, the system can exit from parallel parking spaces. In the case of perpendicular parking spaces, not only is parking in reverse supported; it is also possible to park in a forward direction semi-automatically.
Facts on the third generation of Park Assist:
1. Park Assist 1. The first generation of Park Assist made its debut in 2007; this assistant aided automatic steering in reverse into parking spaces parallel to the carriageway – a technological highlight.
2. Park Assist 2. The second generation of Park Assist, presented in 2010, added automatic steering for reverse parking into spaces perpendicular to the carriageway; parallel parking spaces could also be smaller now (80 cm plus the car length sufficed). In addition, automatic exiting from parallel parking spaces was now also possible.
3. Park Assist 3. The newly developed third generation of Park Assist adds the new feature of semi-automatic forward parking into spaces perpendicular to the road.
4. Assistance. The wide variety of functions of Park Assist 3 optimally supports the driver in difficult traffic situations, because it makes parking faster and for less experienced drivers simpler.
5. Automatic steering. After pressing the Park Assist button, the driver only needs to activate the accelerator pedal and brake (together with the clutch for a manual gearbox) as Park Assist automatically steers the Passat into the parking space.
6. Automatic parking space detection. The system independently detects the type of parking space and initiates the necessary manoeuvre; at the same time, the driver is informed of the operation and given instructions via the multifunction display.
7. Manual parking space selection. The driver can make a manual selection of the desired parking space from the parking spaces that were automatically detected.
8. Vehicle position. The basic functions of Park Assist were further improved by the use of what is known as a surroundings map. The system has sensors in all four wheels that detect turning direction; this enables precise locating of the Passat so that it can be parked more precisely than ever.
Automatic parking with a trailer:
Passat is world’s first passenger car with Trailer Assist
Reverse driving with a trailer is a challenge even for experienced drivers. Therefore, Volkswagen decided to be the world’s first carmaker to offer an assistance system that makes manoeuvring with a trailer easier than ever before: Trailer Assist.
Facts on the new Trailer Assist:
1. World premiere: Trailer Assist automatically controls lateral guidance of the car and trailer combination. Volkswagen is the first carmaker to offer an innovative system of this kind.
2. Reverse gear. To manoeuvre a trailer in reverse from the carriageway into a driveway, the driver stops at a suitable point and engages reverse gear. The system is activated by pushing a button.
3. Camera-based. The current and possible steering angles are visualised in the instrument cluster. This is done based on image processing algorithms that evaluate the data from the rear view camera that observes the angle of the trailer in relation to the vehicle.
4. Self-learning. The trailer angle that is optically acquired is used to calculate the steering wheel angle independent of any special types of trailers or towbars.
5. Mirror adjustment as part of the system. The driver can set the desired driving direction of the vehicle-trailer combination fully variably using the mirror adjustment, which in this case functions as a joystick.
6. Automatic steering. The Passat takes the driver’s steering commands via mirror adjustment switch and steers the vehicle; all the driver needs to operate are the brake and accelerator pedals. The Passat is turned by automatic control of the electro-mechanical servo steering system. It is always possible to make a correction by mirror adjustment.
7. Driver is in charge. Trailer Assist can be deactivated by pressing the activation button again or by making a manual steering intervention. In this case, the vehicle-trailer is braked to a standstill.
8. Safety first. Trailer Assist automatically brakes if the driver exceeds a defined vehicle speed.
Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert
The end of the blind spot:
More convenience in overtaking and reversing out of parking spaces
Volkswagen has extended the functional range of its Side Assist driver assistance system by adding the new Rear Traffic Alert. The system can contribute to avoiding serious accidents – in two situations in particular. First, on the motorway, because it detects both fast overtaking vehicles and slow ones in the blind spot, warns the driver and thereby makes overtaking safer. Second, when reversing out of a parking space, because the sensors detect vehicles approaching from the side that are not visible to the driver.
Facts on Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert:
1. Side Assist. Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert operates with a new generation of radar sensors.
2. Automatically active. Side Assist, which automatically activates starting at a speed of 10 km/h, uses two radar sensors (integrated in the rear bumper) to “monitor” the surroundings at a range of up to 70 metres behind the Passat.
3. Calling attention. Side Assist alerts the driver to vehicles located alongside the Passat or approaching from the rear by lighting an LED in the door mirror housing.
4. Warning. When the driver activates the turn indicator in the direction of a detected vehicle, the Side Assist indicator flashes as the next warning stage, which draws the driver’s attention to the mirror.
5. Countersteering. If, in addition to Side Assist, the camera-based Lane Assist system is also installed, and a steering input is made in the direction of a hazard, the warning stage is activated (even if no turn indicator was set), and if the driver begins to change lanes, the vehicle actively countersteers. Of course, the driver retains control over the assistance system in this case too; the driver can override the system by an active steering intervention.
6. Rear Traffic Alert. Rear Traffic Alert revolutionises reversing out of parking spaces that are perpendicular to the carriageway. The system detects vehicles that are approaching from the side.
7. Radar-based. The radar-based sensor module of Rear Traffic Alert detects objects up to 50 metres away. Rear Traffic Alert is activated by engaging reverse gear or by the optional Park Distance Control (PDC) when starting off.
8. Automatic brake intervention. If a collision is imminent, Rear Traffic Alert first outputs a visual warning, then an acoustic one. If the driver does not react appropriately to the situation and there is an immediate risk of a collision, Rear Traffic Alert automatically initiates a braking intervention that can reduce the severity of the accident.
Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist
New Traffic Jam Assist makes stop-and-go drives more comfortable;
new Emergency Assist intervenes if the driver is incapable of driving
Volkswagen is introducing Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist in the Passat as a world premiere. Volkswagen developed Traffic Jam Assist based on Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The system makes traffic jams or stop-and-go driving much more comfortable. In addition, Volkswagen conceptualised the new Emergency Assist which becomes active if the driver stops driving altogether.
Facts on Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist:
1. Traffic Jam Assist. The basis for this system is Lane Assist whose functionality of adaptive lane guidance is also available at speeds below 60 km/h. Here, the system not only countersteers to make corrections when the car leaves the lane; but in addition the active adaptive lane guidance of Lane Assist keeps the Passat in the middle of the driving lane.
2. ACC is integrated. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is another assistance system which is incorporated in Traffic Jam Assist. That is because, with ACC, braking and accelerating is automatic even in the stop-and-go speed range.
3. ACC and Lane Assist form an alliance. ACC and Lane Assist merge into Traffic Jam Assist: the system enables assisted lateral and longitudinal guidance. The car steers, accelerates and brakes automatically, but only under the condition that the driver’s hands are on the steering wheel and participating in steering, so that the driver can intervene at any time.
4. Acoustic and visual feedback. If the driver shows no steering activity or just a little, Traffic Jam Assist notices this via Lane Assist. In this case, the system gives an acoustic warning along with a message in the multifunction display requesting that the driver take over control of the car.
5. Extended request to take control. If the driver does not react to this request, an extended request to take control of the new Passat is made with a brief but very noticeable brake jolt. This reminds the inattentive or tired driver to use the steering wheel actively.
6. Emergency Assist. If the driver suddenly becomes incapable of driving – on the motorway for instance – and does not show any steering activity after the extended request to take control, Emergency Assist steps into action.
7. Advanced development of Lane Assist. Emergency Assist represents an advanced development of Lane Assist, and if necessary it takes over control of the vehicle until it comes to a stop.
8. Bringing the car to a stop. Due to the lack of steering activity and other parameters, the system concludes that the driver is inactive. In this case, the car is kept in its own lane. At the same time, the hazard flasher light is activated, and slow braking is initiated. The deceleration remains constant until the Passat is stationary. To prevent an unintentional frontal collision with traffic ahead if at all possible, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is also activated (if fitted).
Front Assist with City Emergency Braking
Milestone in detecting pedestrians:
Automatic braking system of the Passat uses radar and front camera
Front Assist is a system for warning and automatically braking in case of an imminent collision. One of the system components of Front Assist is City Emergency Braking. While it is Front Assist that warns drivers against getting too close to the vehicle in front and of any potential collision at higher speeds, City Emergency Braking performs this role in slower urban traffic. Up until now, the City Emergency Braking system exclusively detected vehicles. In the new Passat the enhanced system now reacts for the first time to pedestrians.
Facts about Front Assist with City Emergency Braking:
1. Front Assist. Front Assist uses a radar sensor integrated in the front of the car to monitor continuously the distance to the traffic ahead.
2. Warning the driver. Front Assist assists the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver to any required reactions through visual and audible warnings, and in a second stage by a brief warning jolt.
3. Automatic braking. If the driver fails to brake hard enough, Front Assist generates sufficient braking force to avoid a collision. If the driver fails to react at all, Front Assist automatically slows the vehicle down. One component of the Front Assist system is the City Emergency Braking function.
4. City Emergency Braking. City Emergency Braking is an extension of the Front Assist system. Using a radar sensor, it monitors – up to a speed of 65 km/h – the area in front of the Passat.
5. Radar plus camera. Now for the first time the enhanced City Emergency Braking function combines the radar with the front camera of the Passat so that it can detect, in addition to vehicles, any pedestrians at the edge of the road or on the carriageway.
6. Warning the driver. If City Emergency Braking detects a risk of the Passat potentially colliding with a pedestrian, it initially alerts the driver with a visual and audible warning and then with a jolt of the brake.
7. Automatic emergency braking. If the driver fails to react to these warnings, the system automatically triggers emergency braking.
8. Relevant for Euro-NCAP starting in 2016. From 2016, City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring will be taken into consideration in Euro NCAP’s star rating system.
Passat has progressive steering for the first time:
Steering system optimises handling and comfort
Thanks to its progressive steering, drivers of the Passat will not need to turn the steering wheel as much to turn through any desired radius. When going around tight bends they will also not need to move their hands so often around the wheel.
Facts about the progressive steering of the Passat:
1. Dynamic handling package. The progressive steering system in the new Passat is being offered in combination with a sports chassis or DCC adaptive chassis control.
2. Radius reduced. With progressive steering, it takes 2.1 turns of the wheel to reach the end stop, while without this option it takes 2.75 turns.
3. Progressive gear ratio. Conventional steering systems operate with a constant gear ratio. The new steering system, meanwhile, operates with a progressive steering gear ratio.
4. Variable tooth spacing. Technically, progressive steering differs from the basic steering system primarily by the rack’s variable tooth spacing and a more powerful electric motor.
5. No compromises. Unlike with constant steering ratios, which by necessity always represent a compromise between dynamic performance and comfort, here the steering rack’s toothing is significantly modified by the steering stroke.#
6. Maximum steering precision. Even at high speeds, the system enables a more precise and relaxed style of driving in the mid-range of steering angles.
7. Enhanced dynamics. On winding country roads and when turning at junctions, drivers will notice enhanced dynamic performance thanks to the more direct layout.
8. Enhanced comfort. At low speeds, for example in the city or when parking, the Passat is appreciably easier to handle thanks to the reduced need to turn the wheel.
Automatic closing function of the Passat Estate:
Easy Close closes the boot lid as soon as you move away
Easy Open – the counterpart to Easy Close – was introduced in 2010 with the seventh generation Passat Estate: if the car is equipped with Keyless Access (an automatic locking and starting system), a purposeful movement of the foot at the back of the vehicle is all that is needed to open the boot. The interface between man and machine is formed by a proximity sensor near the bumper, which detects the virtual kick movement. On the 8th generation Passat Estate this automatic boot lid opening function is now being supplemented by the Easy Close closing function.
Facts about Easy Close:
1. Newly developed. Easy Close is an extension of the Easy Open function. The estate’s boot lid closes as soon as the person with the Passat key moves away from the back of the car. The vehicle is also automatically locked.
2. Button in the boot lid. The closing function is activated by a double button in the boot lid.
3. Immediate or delayed. Via the button, the Passat user is able to choose between the customary immediate closing of the boot lid or the new delayed closing option.
4. Key as interface. When delayed closing is in use, antennae mounted in the rear car body search for the Passat key. The person with the key receives a status response that the function was activated via an LED integrated into the Easy Close button.
5. Step 1 of the locking process. If the key is found, the system locks the vehicle’s doors. However, the boot lid remains open so that you can use both hands to comfortably unload things like drink crates.
6. Step 2 of the locking process. If the person with the Passat key moves away from the vicinity of the boot lid, the antennae recognise this. The hatch is then automatically closed and locked.
7. Interrupting the closing process. If you return with the key during the closing process, the process is aborted and the boot lid opened again.
8. Malfunction impossible. If after activating Easy Close you remain near to the boot lid for longer than 20 seconds, the function is aborted. In this case the boot lid does not get closed and the fact that the process was aborted is displayed on the LED integrated within the button.
LED headlights and rear lights
Light that is bright as day with LED technology:
All-LED headlights replace xenon headlights in the Passat
Volkswagen has developed a totally new design of vehicle lights for the eighth generation Passat. The car is being offered with either halogen or LED headlights and across the board with LED rear lights. Available in three variants, the LED headlights in particular create an unmistakable look.
Facts about the LED headlights and rear lights:
1. LED headlights (level 1). The newly developed all-LED headlights in reflector technology form the entry-level version of a lighting system that replaces the xenon headlights on the Passat.
2. Unmistakable LED light signature. Also designed in LED technology is the daytime running light. The main panel of the daytime running light also takes on the indicator function. Twelve LEDs are used for this, which can be operated in white or yellow. The daytime running light’s unique signature is unmistakable.
3. LED headlights with dynamic cornering light and unique daytime running light signature (level 2). The next level lighting option being offered by Volkswagen for the Passat is full LED headlights in projection technology. Arranged next to each other, two exceptionally low-profile lens modules project the light on the road and provide illumination similar to that of daylight. Their lighting performance is superior to that of bi-xenon headlights.
4. Multi-beam lens module. The centrepiece of these headlights is the outer multi-beam lens module. In addition to the dimmed and full beams (with adapted country road and motorway light), the module also generates the dynamic cornering light. The inner flat-beam lens module, meanwhile, is responsible for illuminating the road up ahead.
5. LED headlights plus Dynamic Light Assist (level 3). In the top version, these all-LED projection headlights are additionally controlled via vehicle camera. Volkswagen is for the first time combining Dynamic Light Assist (automatic permanent full beam) with LED technology. The camera recognises any traffic in front and any vehicles in opposing traffic; this data is evaluated by the headlight electronics which coordinate the light distribution via the cornering light controller and pivoting multi-beam lens module.
6. Daytime running light consists of 32 LEDs (level 3). Another highlight of the projection LED headlights is the daytime running light with 32 LEDs. Its signature is made up of two separate modules: a large ‘U’ (that goes around the lens module) and a small ‘U’, which frames the contour of the multi-beam lens module. Beneath the daytime running light the wide indicators (twelve LEDs) emphasise the headlight’s design. LEDs for the static cornering light are also positioned on the inner side of the headlight.
7. Rear lights (level 1). The new Passat is being launched with all-LED rear lights as standard. In addition to the standard version there will also be a further customised top version. Both versions extend in two sections from the boot/hatch into the side panel. In the standard rear light unit, the tail light and brake light functions are located in the upper outer section, and the indicators are beneath. Integrated within the inner (boot lid) section, along with the tail light, are the rear fog lights and reversing lights.
8. Rear lights (level 2). The top version’s light design is extremely striking. The functionality of these LED rear lights can be seen during braking: the horizontal light signature then switches to the vertically oriented brake light signature which is produced by three vertical lines, two in the outer section and one in the inner section. The visual effect is like a folding of the horizongal rear light signature into a vertical brake light signature (“click-clack”). The visual signal change makes the brake lights more perceptible, and this increases traffic safety. In addition to the tail and brake light the indicator light is also integrated within the outer rear light modules. Housed in the inner (boot lid) modules are the tail and brake light function, the reversing light and the rear fog light.
Drive Systems: TDI as bi-turbo / pendulum absorber
Most powerful Passat diesel ever: New 2.0 TDI develops 240 PS and up to 500 Nm of torque
The new Passat will be launched with a range of engine power from 88 kW / 120 PS to 206 kW / 280 PS. A highlight here is the most powerful four-cylinder diesel injection engine ever offered by Volkswagen: a newly developed 2.0 litre bi-turbo engine delivering 176 kW / 240 PS. Its extraordinarily high maximum torque of 500 Nm is available from as low as 1,750 rpm. Despite its supreme output potential, the 2.0 TDI consumes, for example in the Passat saloon, just over 5 l/100 km.
Facts about the new 2.0 TDI as a bi-turbo:
1. 7-speed DSG. The 240-PS TDI is being offered with a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard.
2. 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Due to the high level of torque, Volkswagen will be launching the TDI top version with 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard.
3. Up to 3.8 bar of turbo boost. The starting point for the new engines is the EA288 series engines that are based on the modular diesel component system (MDB). In order to achieve the high specific output of 120 PS per litre of cubic capacity, a compact bi-turbo module with a high-pressure and low-pressure turbine was developed for the engine. The module enables turbo boost levels of up to 3.8 bar.
4. Reinforced. The cylinder crankcase, crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons were adapted to the high maximum combustion pressure of 200 bar. In addition a high-performance cylinder head is also being used for the first time.
5. New injectors. Another new feature is the newly developed injection system with piezo injectors. This fuel injection system enables injection pressures of up to 2,500 bar.
6. Clean. Positioning the oxidation catalytic converter, diesel particulate filter and SCR system (selective catalytic reduction using reducing agent AdBlue) close to the engine makes the emission control components react especially quickly. The new 2.0 TDI complies with the Euro 6 exhaust gas standard.
7. Centrifugal pendulum absorber. In order to optimise comfort at low engine speeds, a newly developed centrifugal pendulum absorber is being used in the gearbox of the 2.0 TDI.
8. Low revs. This enables the gear shift points to be lowered still further, lowering the rev levels, which contributes to the excellent fuel consumption figures of the TDI.
Plug-in hybrid drive system
Up to 50 km all-electric range and over 1,000 km total range
The new Passat is the third plug-in hybrid from Volkswagen – after the XL1 and Golf GTE. Its hybrid drive system consists of a 115 kW / 156 PS petrol direct-injection engine with turbocharging (1.4 TSI) and an electric motor with an output of 80 kW / 109 PS. The two drive sources fuse to provide a drive system output of 155 kW / 211 PS. The electric motor is supplied via an externally chargeable high-voltage lithium-ion battery. This drive concept makes the Passat Hybrid and Passat Estate Hybrid zero-emission vehicles during some driving periods: the two long distance models can drive up to 50 kilometres in all-electric mode.
Facts about the Passat with plug-in hybrid:
1. Two in one. The new Passat is a zero-emission and long-distance vehicle in one.
2. Sustainable mobility. Similar to the top values attained by the Golf GTE (1.5 l/100 km in the NEDC and 35 g CO2/km), the Passat as a plug-in hybrid can be expected to have a very low combined fuel consumption figure that goes along with low CO2 emissions. Official fuel consumption figures will be announced with homologation (2015).
3. Zero emissions. As mentioned, the Passat Hybrid can be driven up to 50 kilometres in all-electric mode, while its total range is 1,000 kilometres.
4. Two drive sources. The 1.4 TSI Passat Hybrid develops 115 kW / 156 PS and the electric motor up to 80 kW / 109 PS.
5. Powerful. System output reaches 155 kW / 211 PS; maximum torque is 400 Nm.
6. Plug-in. The electric motor is supplied with energy via a lithium ion high-voltage battery; the capacity of this battery, which is equipped with a liquid cooling system, is 9.9 kWh. The battery is charged via a charging socket next to the VW logo on the radiator grille.
7. Supreme. The Passat Hybrid has a top speed of over 210 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 8 seconds.
8. High-tech features. Standard features of the Passat models with plug-in hybrid drive system include all-LED headlights and the Composition Media infotainment system.