Golf R Pre-Order Details

Golf R Pre-Order Details

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.

Notes:

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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:

VW.com/GolfR.

Volkswagen 2015 Model Year Updates!

Volkswagen 2015 Model Year Updates!

MODEL YEAR 2015: NEW GOLF FAMILY, REDESIGNED JETTA, AND NEW TDI® CLEAN DIESEL ENGINE HEAD THE CHANGES

Jul 22, 2014

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

  • All-new Golf is bigger, lighter, and more fuel-efficient than the previous model, seats five, and has a larger trunk than any midsize sedan
  • New Golf GTI has 210-horsepower engine, with improved fuel efficiency and performance
  • e-Golf is Volkswagen’s first full Battery Electric Vehicle for sale in the U.S.
  • Redesigned Jetta offers a better value, more available driver assistance features, and refreshed exterior and interior
  • All-new Golf R, with 292 horsepower, will go on sale during the 2015 model year
  • Jetta SportWagen will be replaced by bigger, even more spacious Golf SportWagen early in 2015
  • Touareg is replaced by a refreshed model that offers new front and rear styling, an even more refined interior, and new available driver assistance features
  • Passat, Beetle, Golf, and Jetta TDI® Clean Diesel models all receive new, more fuel-efficient EA288 engine, with 10 more horsepower

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.

 

CARS

Beetle

  • New, and limited-edition Classic trim joins the Beetle lineup
  • New EA288 four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine

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).

Beetle Convertible

  • New, value-oriented and limited-edition Classic trim joins the Convertible lineup
  • New EA288 four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine

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).

CC

For 2015, the CC incorporates only minor changes over the 2014 models.

  • New optional 18-inch St. Louis wheels
  • Available 18-inch Shanghai wheels (new design, late introduction)

Eos

  • New “Final Edition” trim replaces Sport
  • New Flash Red available on Komfort and Executive trims
  • New Pure White exterior color available on all trims

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.

e-Golf

  • Brings zero-tailpipe emissions to the fun-to-drive Golf family
  • Drivetrain consists of 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor with 199 pound-feet of torque; 7.2 kW onboard charger is standard
  • Three driver-selectable regenerative braking modes
  • Standard fast charging capability allows 80 percent battery charge within 30 minutes at select DC fast charging stations
  • Roadside Assistance Plan helps take the anxiety out of “range anxiety”
  • First U.S.-market Volkswagen to be fitted with all-LED headlights

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.

Golf

  • Pricing starts at $17,995 for the two-door Golf Launch Edition model with manual transmission
  • New TDI S model reduces Clean Diesel entry pricing by more than $3,000
  • First U.S.-market vehicle using the new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform
  • Room for five with a larger trunk than any midsize sedan
  • Standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment center is among the new premium features
  • IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK + when equipped with the optional Driver Assistance Package

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.

Golf GTI

  • Seventh-generation Golf GTI is bigger, lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient than previous generation
  • Increases of 10 horsepower and 51 pound-feet of torque from new EA888 TSI engine
  • $700 price decrease on content-adjusted comparison with previous GTI
  • EPA estimated highway fuel economy improves by 3 mpg with the manual transmission
  • Standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment center among new premium features

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.

Golf SportWagen

  • Thrifty TDI Clean Diesel and 1.8-liter turbocharged TSI Golf SportWagen models will be offered
  • Uses the new MQB architecture, like the 2015 Golf and Golf GTI
  • Golf SportWagen will go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015
  • New Golf SportWagen offers increased cargo volume, matching compact SUVs for size and versatility

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.

Golf R

  • Most powerful production Golf ever for the North American market
  • All-new car has 292 horsepower, but is more fuel efficient than previous Golf R
  • EA888 TSI 2.0-liter engine propels DSG-equipped Golf R from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 4.9 seconds
  • Golf R features new 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system
  • Golf R will go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015

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.

Jetta

  • New front, rear, and interior styling enhances the Jetta’s clean and timeless design
  • New available driver assistance systems: Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning system, and Park Distance Control
  • New 150 hp 2.0T TDI Clean Diesel EA288 engine returns an EPA estimated 46 mpg on the highway, with manual transmission
  • Improved aerodynamics and reduced rolling resistance help increase efficiency across Jetta lineup
  • Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and Adaptive Front-lighting System now available on select models

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.

Passat

  • S and Wolfsburg Edition trims now offer an optional Technology Package
  • SE with Sunroof trim removed from 1.8T lineup
  • New EA288 four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine

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.

 

MINIVAN, SUVs

Routan

For 2015, the Routan will no longer be offered.

Tiguan

  • Standard rearview camera, roof rails, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio on all trims
  • Standard Premium VIII touchscreen audio system on S and SE trim lines
  • Panoramic sunroof on SE with Appearance

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.

Touareg

The facelifted Touareg is coming in early 2015 as a MY15 vehicle.

  • Refreshed styling and interior enhancements
  • Host of new driver assistance systems
  • More details will follow closer to launch
2015 Passat Technology that is AWESOME!

2015 Passat Technology that is AWESOME!

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.

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Weight reduction

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.

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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.

Head-up display

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.

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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.

Park Assist

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.

Trailer Assist

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.

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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).

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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.

Progressive steering

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.
Easy Close

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.

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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

Zero-emission Passat:
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.

New 2015 Golf R Debut

NEW VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R MAKES ITS U.S. DEBUT AT THE 2014 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

• Most powerful production Golf ever for the North American market
• New car has an estimated 290 horsepower, but is more fuel efficient than previous Golf R
• EA888 TSI® 2.0-liter engine propels DSG® equipped Golf R from 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds
• Car features new 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system
• Golf R will go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015

New VW Golf R, Volkswagen Golf R

Herndon, VA –  The North American International Auto Show will see the U.S. debut of the latest Golf R, the most powerful version of the Golf ever to be sold in this market. With an estimated 290 horsepower, the new Golf R has 34 hp 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: on the European cycle, the car is gets a combined figure of 33 mpg with the six-speed manual transmission, up from 28 mpg.Like all three previous Golf R models, the new model transfers its turbocharged 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 ensure great chassis dynamics, there’s a new sport suspension, the “progressive” variable-ratio steering system, and a stability control system (“ESC Sport”) which can now be deactivated for track driving. Other highlights include the optional DCC dynamic chassis control system.

Equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, the Golf R will reach 62 mph from rest in 5.3 seconds, an improvement of 0.4 seconds over the old car; with the six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, the car completes the sprint in just 4.9 seconds.

The 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 can also be visually distinguished from the GTI by details such as 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. Inside, the Golf R underlines its position as the flagship of the model range with sport seats with leather seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped three-spoke sport steering wheel, ambient lighting, and R-specific instrumentation. 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.

High-tech turbocharged engine
The Golf R has an even more advanced version of the EA888 four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® 2.0-liter engine that’s fitted to the new Golf GTI. The engineers boosted power to an estimated 290 hp, delivered at 5500 rpm, thus creating one of the most powerful four-cylinder production engines in the world. Maximum torque has been increased to 280 pound-feet, available over a broad speed band from 1800 to 5500 rpm. To attain this output, the Golf R model’s 1984-cc engine was subjected to a motorsports-style development program. The following components were modified or completely redesigned compared to the GTI engine: the cylinder head (together with exhaust valves, valve seats, and springs), pistons, high-pressure injection system, and turbocharger.

The Golf R model’s EA888 series engine has innovative engineering solutions such as water-cooled exhaust gas channels running through the cylinder head to the turbocharger (to help efficiently reduce full-load fuel consumption) and a dual injection system with direct and multi-port injection. Thanks to its new fully-electronic coolant control system, the Golf R TSI engine has much more efficient thermal management with a reduced warm-up phase that reduces frictional losses and fuel consumption. In addition, the TSI engine has variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust sides, as well as two-stage exhaust-valve lift. This helps enable optimal control of the charge exchange process for better performance, fuel economy, and lower emissions.

4MOTION all-wheel-drive system

The Golf R has always used 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive. Using refinements such as the Haldex 5 coupling, the latest-generation 4MOTION system is activated before any wheelspin occurs, helping eliminate nearly all traction losses. The system achieves this by using an advanced control function based on specific driving conditions. When operating under a relatively low load or when coasting, the front wheels are driven and the rear wheels are decoupled, helping to save fuel. However, the rear wheels can be engaged in fractions of a second whenever necessary via the Haldex coupling, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.

A control unit continually calculates the ideal drive torque for the rear wheels and controls how much the multi-plate clutch should be closed by activating the oil pump. The oil pressure increases the contact pressure at the clutch plates in proportion to the torque desired at the rear axle. So, the amount of pressure applied to the clutch plates can be used to continuously vary the amount of torque going between the front and rear wheels. If necessary, nearly 100 per cent of the drive torque can be directed to the rear wheels.

In addition to the Haldex coupling that acts longitudinally, four electronic differential locks (EDS) that are a function of the electronic stability control system act laterally. The system briefly brakes a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side.

In addition, the Golf R is equipped with the XDS® cross differential lock at the front and rear. The latest version, known as XDS+, applies this functionality to a larger range of dynamic performance, helping make the vehicle more agile. When the car is being driven at highway speeds, brake pressure is applied to the inside wheel to help restore optimal traction as soon as the electronics detect excessively light loads. XDS+ thereby operates like a limited-slip differential and thus compensates for understeer during faster cornering.

The new Golf R is equipped with “ESC Sport” as standard. The system is activated by a two-stage switch on the center console. When the driver presses this switch briefly, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) switches to the “ESC Sport” mode. In very fast driving on a race track, the ESC system has a higher threshold in this mode. When the ESC button is pressed for longer than three seconds, the system is fully deactivated for high-performance track driving, a feature that is available only on the Golf R.

Chassis features
The Golf R features a sport suspension setup that is specifically tuned to the car. Compared to the base Golf, the ride height was dropped by 0.8 inches, which makes the Golf R lower by 0.2 inches than the GTI. In the Golf R, the strut-type front suspension has a newly developed lower control arm and the multi-link rear suspension was enhanced with different tuning of the toe-link bearings.

The engineers designed the running gear of the new Golf R for maximum driving fun combined with extraordinary stability and good long-distance comfort. Compared to the previous model, steering response was improved thanks to the new “progressive” variable ratio steering rack. In addition, maximum attainable cornering speeds were significantly increased and understeer all but eliminated.

With progressive steering, there are 2.1 turns of the wheel (380 degrees) from lock to lock, compared with 2.75 turns (500 deg) for less powerful Golf models. The new steering operates with a progressive gear ratio, perceptibly reducing steering effort in maneuvering and parking. On country roads with lots of bends, the experience is enhanced because the steering is more direct.

The new Golf R can be ordered with the second-generation DCC dynamic chassis control as an option. DCC offers three driving modes: ‘Comfort’, ‘Normal’, and ‘Sport’, which are selected and displayed via the center console touchscreen as part of the “Driving Profile Selector” functionality. In “Sport” mode, the dampers are stiffened for more agile handling.

The DCC system adaptively controls the damper valves via a further developed and refined control algorithm. DCC takes input signals from wheel displacement sensors and accelerometers as well as vehicle information from the Chassis-CAN bus to compute these values and adaptively adjust the optimal damping force. Moreover, damping forces are selectively applied to the four wheels individually. With the new generation of DCC, it is now possible to independently vary rebound and compression damping while cornering.

Race mode. The Driving Profile Selector has three programs in the Golf R, and four in conjunction with DCC: “Normal”, “Individual”, and a “Race” mode that has been specially designed for the Golf R. In combination with DCC, “Comfort” mode is also available. All modes were specifically tuned for the Golf R. In “Race” mode, which is designed for high-speed track driving, damping is increased and engine response and the shift points of the DSG transmission are configured to be even sportier. In the “Individual” driving profile, the driver can combine mode settings for various individual parameters.

Brakes. The Golf R has the uprated brakes from the GTI Performance model. At the front, the car has 13.4-inch diameter vented discs that are 1.2 inches thick, while the rear rotors are 12.2 by 0.9 inches. The black brake calipers have the R logo on them. Up front, the brake pistons are 2.4 inches in diameter and are 1.7 inches at the back.

Exterior 
Volkswagen R GmbH has developed numerous new exterior elements for the flagship Golf. They include the bumpers, side skirts, rear diffuser, dual chrome exhaust tips per side, the lights, and standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

The Golf R is distinguished at the front by a new bumper design with exceptionally large air inlets, a modified radiator grille that sports an “R” logo, and newly developed daytime running lights that are integrated into the Bi-Xenon headlight housings. The LED daytime running lights form a distinctive dual “U” design beneath the headlights.

From the side, the Golf R is characterized by newly designed 18-inch “Cadiz” aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 225/40 tires, black brake calipers with the “R” logo, body-color “R” style side skirts, “R” badges on the front fenders, and “Matte chrome” door mirror caps.

Rear details that define the new Golf R include an “R” design diffuser, four chrome tailpipes, and an “R” logo on the trunklid.

Interior 
As in the three previous Golf R models, Volkswagen R GmbH has extensively upgraded the interior. The most powerful Golf is equipped with sport seats in the front and leather seating surfaces that feature outer seat surfaces, inner side support panels, and head restraints upholstered in dark “Carbon” Nappa leather. Meanwhile, the center sections of the seats are trimmed in dark or light Nappa leather. Leather is also used to trim the upper and lower grip zones of the three-spoke “R” sport steering wheel, which has a chrome “R” logo on its lower cross bar.

The decorative inlays of the dashboard and door trim panels feature the “Carbon Touch” design; ambient lighting is also integrated in the door trim panels as standard. The door sill kickplates, pedals, and foot support are designed with a stainless-steel look.

The instruments and the touchscreen’s start menu were also customized. When the ignition is switched on, the illuminated light-blue tachometer and speedometer needles sweep once across the entire scale to their end pins. The instrument needles are also automatically illuminated as soon as the driver’s door is opened. The radio or navigation-system touchscreen shows an animated “R” logo on startup.

The new-generation radio and radio/navigation systems will be available with a 5.8-inch screen on U.S. market Golf R models. The touchscreen features proximity sensors: as soon as the driver or front passenger moves a finger near to the touchscreen, the system automatically switches from display mode to input mode.

Everything you need to know about the 2015 New GTI

Wolfsburg / Saint Tropez, 22 April 2013 – To date, nearly 1.9 million Golf GTI cars have been produced at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg and sold worldwide. Back in 1976, when the GTI was invented, no one could have predicted such success. 5,000 units were planned, of a car that is the most successful of its type in the world. A phenomenon. The first Golf GTI, launched 37 years ago, defined a fundamental standard for dynamic performance that was more precise than any other compact car. The affordable Volkswagen also made automotive sportiness more attainable than ever for people. Everything was simply right about it – the safe and taut chassis, the agile and fuel-efficient injection engine and the car’s styling that was as unmistakable as it was timeless. All of this combined with the insignias of a future icon – a red stripe around the radiator grille, a black border around the rear windscreen, a sport steering wheel like in the Scirocco Coupé, a golf ball as a gear shift grip, ergonomically perfect sport seats with a classic tartan design and a name that would never be forgotten: GTI. Now a new seventh generation GTI is launching. It will arrive at dealers starting in May [Europe, USA will have to wait until next year], and advance sales have begun.

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NEW GOLF GTI – POWERTRAIN – TSI ENGINES

– 230 PS Golf GTI engine consumes just 6.0 l/100 km
– Golf GTI buyers can choose between 220 PS and 230 PS of power
– Fuel economy of new GTI engine was improved by up to 18 per cent

The Golf GTI VII is powered by an advanced engine of the EA888 series – a two-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine (TSI) with a new cylinder head design. The TSI produces 162 kW / 220 HP (from 4,500 to 6,200 rpm). The sports car icon is optionally available in a performance-enhanced version as the Golf GTI Performance. In this version, the engine produces 169 kW / 230 HP (from 4,700 to 6,200 rpm). Both GTI versions are equipped with a Stop/Start system as standard and, with a 6-speed gearbox, they attain the same low NEDC fuel consumption of 6.0 l/100 km (39 MPG) (CO2: 139 g/km). The combined fuel consumption of the new Golf GTI was thereby reduced by 1.3 litres per 100 km, or 18 per cent, compared to the previous model (155 kW / 210 HP). A 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) is available as an option for both power levels. The recognised high agility of the Golf GTI has been increased once again in the new model compared to the previous model. In two stages:

2015 VW Golf GTI

Stage 1 – the standard GTI: The 220 HP base version now outputs 10 HP more than the previous model. At the same time, its maximum torque was increased by a considerable 70 Nm (51.6 lbs.-ft) to 350 Nm / 258 lbs.-ft of torque (from 1,500 to 4,400 rpm). Equipped in this way, the Golf GTI makes its appearance with highly superior flexibility values: in fourth gear, the Golf GTI accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in 5.0 seconds; in fifth gear, it takes 6.0 seconds. Other data that must not be overlooked in a GTI: the new one accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 246 km/h (153 mph).

Stage 2 – the GTI Performance: Those choosing a Golf GTI with the performance pack ignite the second stage. As mentioned, the car’s power is increased by 10 HP here, while its maximum torque is identical. The 230 HP of power enables a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph) and just 6.4 seconds for the sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph). Its maximum torque of 350 Nm (258 lbs-ft) is available from 1,500 to 4,600 rpm.

Advanced petrol turbocharged direct injection engine (TSI)

The engine of the new Golf GTI is based on the EA888 four-cylinder engine series – now in its third generation. Compared to the previous engine generation, numerous technical details were modified to reduce fuel consumption and emissions while simultaneously increasing power and torque values. As a result, the new model is the first Golf GTI to conform to limits of the Euro-6 emissions standard.

Efficient thermal management. The turbocharged direct petrol injection engine is marked by innovative technical modifications such as exhaust gas cooling integrated in the cylinder head and a dual injection system with both direct injection and multi point injection. The new fully-electronic coolant control system of the TSI enables significantly more efficient thermal management with a shorter warm-up phase; this reduces friction losses, which efficiently improves fuel economy. A new type of rotary vane module was developed for intelligent thermal management control. This makes it possible to fully block coolant entry into the engine or adjust to a minimal volumetric flow in the engine warm-up phase. In the hot operating state, the coolant temperature can be adjusted quickly and fully variably to various temperatures as a function of engine load and external constraints.

Newly developed cylinder head. A unique innovation in this power class is a water-cooled exhaust gas circulation loop to the turbocharger that is fully integrated in the newly developed cylinder head. This type of exhaust cooling makes an important contribution towards reducing fuel consumption at full load in the new Golf GTI. In addition, the 1,984 cc TSI has variable valve timing with dual camshaft adjustment. In addition, the valve lift on the exhaust side can be switched over two stages. This enables optimal control of the charge exchange process for better performance, fuel economy and low emissions.

GTI fulfils Euro-6 emissions standard. As noted, a dual injection system – with direct injection and multi point injection – was also implemented to conform to the Euro-6 emissions standard. Since the system can freely choose the injection type that is optimal at any given time, it possible to reduce particulate emissions over broad map regions and also reduce fuel consumption. Another focus of development was to significantly reduce internal friction. This involved such modifications as changing over the balancer shafts to anti-friction bearings, optimising the crankshaft drive and developing an oil pump that operates only as needed. In parallel, the weight of the GTI engine was reduced as well. A large portion of the savings came from the new thin-wall crankcase that is only 3 mm thick, a weight-optimised crankshaft, exhaust gas cooling by integrating the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head, a plastic oil pan and the use of aluminium screws.

NEW GOLF GTI – RUNNING GEAR

– Golf GTI has sport suspension and new progressive steering
– New progressive steering of GTI resolves conflict between comfort and sportiness
– New front differential lock is used exclusively in the Golf GTI Performance

The Golf GTI is offered with a standard sport suspension that is tuned to the higher power of the Volkswagen car. Therefore, the body was lowered 15 mm compared to the less powerful Golf models. In front, a MacPherson suspension provides for precise tracking; at the rear, there is the modular performance suspension. Equipped as standard with the further advanced XDS+ vehicle dynamic function and the new progressive steering system (significantly smaller steering angle input required from one end stop to the other: just over two full turns), the Golf GTI is advancing more than ever into the realm of high-class and significantly more expensive sports cars with its agile and safe handling properties.

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Golf GTI Performance

The Golf GTI Performance, whose power was boosted to 230 PS, makes an especially impressive appearance with its front differential lock that was exclusively developed for this version. In this Volkswagen, the advantages of the GTI-specific sport suspension, new progressive steering system, further advanced XDS+ vehicle dynamic function and electronic front differential lock all add up to handling that is far superior to that of the majority of competitors. The Golf GTI Performance is also equipped with internally-ventilated disc brakes at all four wheels. The brake system uses 340 x 30 mm (13.4 in x 1.2 in) discs at the front and 310 x 22 mm (12.2 in x .86 in) at the rear wheels. The 220 HP GTI has internally-ventilated discs at the front wheels and unventilated discs at the rear (front: 314 x 30 mm (12.4 in x 1.2 in); rear: 300 (11.8 in) x 12 mm).

Vehicle dynamics

The running gear layout of the new Golf GTI has been tuned for maximum driving fun combined with a high level of vehicle stability. Drivers will notice that steering response is now even more agile than in the previous model thanks to more direct steering gear ratios. Maximum attainable speeds through bends were also increased, because of more neutral running gear tuning and optimisations of the XDS+ system. In the Golf GTI Performance, the transverse acceleration potential was further increased by the front differential lock; this is especially true of the car’s acceleration out of bends. Applicable to both versions of the new Golf GTI, is that their neutral handling in bends goes hand in hand with very good vehicle stability right up to the maximum speed range, thanks to an innovative and careful layout of all running gear components. This exceptionally high vehicle stability is especially noticeable during lane changes and during engine load changes. The development team also made a special effort to tune the new Golf GTI for harmonious and predictable reactions of the running gear. The results: drivers will be able to quickly and intuitively master handling of the GTI after a very short time.

In parallel to improvements to vehicle dynamics, the suspension comfort was also enhanced relative to the previous model. For example, the acceleration forces acting on passengers when driving over small and large road bumps have been noticeably reduced. The comfort levels realised in the new Golf GTI show that sporty handling does not necessarily involve unpleasant ride harshness. The described broad array of positive handling properties – direct, neutral and stable handling up to performance limits combined with a high level of ride comfort – make the driving properties of the seventh generation Golf GTI unique in the competitive field.

XDS+

The XDS system that was first introduced in the Golf VI was further developed into the advanced XDS+ system for the new Golf GTI. Technically, the XDS+ electronic differential lock is a functionality that is integrated in the electronic stabilisation programme (ESC) for improved vehicle dynamics. XDS+ is an extension of XDS, which is familiar from the previous model; its functionality has now been extended to cover all unbraked driving states. The new system improves agility and reduces the need for steering angle inputs by targeted brake interventions at the wheels on the inside of the bend of both axles. In addition, XDS+ is effective over all conceivable road friction values; it results in more precise handling, even on snow. The well-known benefits of XDS – such as significantly reduced understeer and improved traction – were also perfected.

Front differential lock

A newly engineered electronic front differential lock is being used exclusively in the Golf GTI Performance. To date, Volkswagen is the only carmaker to utilise an electronically controlled differential lock in a front-wheel drive production model. Compared to purely mechanical locks, the front differential lock integrated in the Golf GTI Performance offers advantages such as a variable degree of locking and comprehensive interfaces to the ESC, EDS and XDS+ functions. This makes it possible to completely avoid negative effects on steering response and steering precision that otherwise occur with mechanical locks. As a result, the system realises the full potential and maximum performance of a differential lock with regard to vehicle dynamics, because comfort is not impaired under any circumstances.

Functionality of the front differential lock. The front differential lock operates without any power losses here, so that the power produced by the engine is transferred 100 per cent to the road and is fully available to propel the GTI.

The electronic front differential lock utilises a multi-plate unit located between the right side driveshaft and the differential case. The hydraulic pressure needed to actuate the plates is generated by an electric motor driven piston pump. The locking moment that is generated here is proportional to the hydraulic pressure. The hydraulic pressure is controlled by the pump speed that is prescribed by a control module. This control module takes numerous parameter inputs – such as wheel speed, vehicle speed, yaw rate and transverse acceleration – and computes the ideal locking moment.

1,600 Nm (1180 lbs-ft of torque) maximum locking moment. If the control module detects wheel slip at one of the front wheels, the plates are actuated to redistribute the drive torque from the wheel with the lower grip level to the wheel with the higher level. The maximum locking moment is 1,600 Nm (1180 lbs-ft of torque), so that if necessary all of the drive torque can be directed to just one front wheel; that corresponds to a locking value of 100 per cent. This produces maximum traction for a front-wheel drive vehicle, even under difficult roadway conditions and in turning situations.

Torque vectoring effect. When accelerating out of a bend, the drive torque is increased at the wheel on the outside of the bend. This produces an asymmetrical drive torque distribution that matches the dynamic wheel load distribution. This is known as a “torque vectoring effect” which reduces acceleration-related understeer. As a result, the Golf GTI Performance handles neutrally and precisely tracks along the ideal line. The existing grip level is optimally exploited. This lets the driver apply much greater force to the accelerator pedal at the apex of a bend, which in turn results in significantly higher speed exit speeds of the Golf GTI Performance out of bends.

ESC intervenes more gently and with delay. In highly dynamic situations, such as in fast driving through alternating curves, unexpected avoidance manoeuvres or load changes, the front differential lock is used to dampen yaw movements. When oversteer occurs, the front differential lock generates a stabilising yaw moment; this means that ESC interventions can be made gentler and later or might even be avoided altogether. So, the controlled front differential lock stands for even more driving fun and better performance.

ESC Sport

In the new Golf GTI, Volkswagen is offering the “ESC Sport” function for very experienced drivers. The system is activated by a two-stage switch on the centre console. If the driver pushes the button once briefly, it deactivates the ASR function (traction control). When the button is pressed longer than three seconds, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) switches to the “ESC Sport” mode. In very fast driving with lots of bends – such as on a race course – the ESC system reacts with a delay, which enables even greater agile handling properties. As an alternative to activation by the pushbutton on the centre console, ESC can now also be activated or deactivated by settings in the CAR menu.

Progressive steering

The progressive steering system is celebrating its debut in the new Golf GTI. It is a standard feature for both power levels. This steering system lets drivers make a turn of a given radius with smaller steering wheel movements. That is, the driver does not need to reach over the steering wheel as often in tight bends. With progressive steering, it takes 2.1 turns of the wheel (380°) to reach the end stop; in the standard steering system of the less powerful Golf models it takes 2.75 turns (500°). Background: Conventional steering systems operate with a constant gear ratio. The new steering of the Golf GTI, meanwhile, operates with a progressive steering gear ratio. This reduces steering work perceptibly when manoeuvring and parking. On country roads with lots of bends, and when making turns, the driver experiences a plus in dynamics due to the more direct layout.

Technically, progressive steering differs from the basic steering system primarily by the rack’s variable tooth spacing and a more powerful electric motor. Its functional difference: 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. This results in more precise and relaxed driving in the middle steering range up to high speeds; due to the smaller steering input angles that are required, the system offers significantly greater agility and more driving fun on roads with lots of bends. At lower speeds, on the other hand, such as in city driving or parking situations, the Golf GTI is much easier to handle thanks to the lower steering input angles – offering a perceptible gain in comfort.

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DCC dynamic chassis control

A second generation DCC dynamic chassis control system is at work in the Golf GTI. DCC offers the three driving modes “Comfort”, “Normal” and “Sport”, which are now selected and displayed under “Driving profile selector” on the touchscreen of the centre console. Besides offering a “Normal” mode, the DCC system, which was specially tuned for the GTI, now offers the “Comfort” mode, which is indeed comfort-oriented but still reflects typical GTI properties. In “Sport” mode, especially dynamic and agile handling is implemented. In the “Individual” driving profile, the DCC mode can even be configured with any other desired driving profile properties.

The DCC system adaptively regulates the damper valves via a further developed and refined Volkswagen control algorithm which sets the damper characteristic. In doing so, DCC evaluates input signals from wheel displacement sensors and accelerometers as well as vehicle bus information from the Chassis-CAN bus. It then computes the optimal damper force for every driving situation and adaptively adjusts this force. Damping forces are selectively applied to the four wheels individually.

In the new DCC generation, it is now also possible to fully independently vary rebound and compression damping for transverse dynamic manoeuvres – a significant benefit in optimising vehicle dynamics. The damper valves were also modified for further improved response.

MacPherson-type front suspension

A MacPherson front suspension (spring struts) with a newly developed low wishbone and track-stabilising scrub radius enables optimal handling and steering in the GTI as well as a balanced response to vibration. All components were reworked for improved functionality, weight and cost. This resulted in a weight savings of 1.6 kg (3.5 lbs.) compared to the previous model. This was made possible, for example, by the use of high-strength steel in the transverse links and an innovative bionic approach to designing the pivot bearings. The subframe is centrally positioned on the front axle; its frame – designed for maximum transverse rigidity – handles loads from the engine mounts and steering as well as loads of the front suspension components.

The now fully tubular anti-roll bar has a spring rate that was specifically tuned for the handling of the new GTI. The rubber bearings are vulcanised directly onto the painted anti-roll tube; this assures optimal acoustic properties and optimises the responsiveness of the anti-roll bar which is important to vehicle dynamics. A new aluminium pivot bearing was also designed for the GTI. The use of aluminium and the bionic design of this pivot bearing enabled a weight reduction of 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs.). Compared to the previous model, the location of the centre of motion was moderately raised for quicker and more precise response of the new GTI front suspension.

Modular performance rear suspension

The rear suspension of the Golf GTI was further developed from the perspectives of improved kinematics, acoustics, weight situation and modularity. However, nothing has changed with regard to its fundamental approach of consistently separating longitudinal and transverse rigidities. The low longitudinal rigidity has been preserved by the soft axle control of the trailing link; this was a necessary precondition for further improving ride comfort.

Furthermore, Volkswagen successfully improved the transverse rigidity of the modular performance suspension, which is important for steering behaviour, by a new tie rod bearing tuning. Tracking and camber values are individually tuned by eccentric screws on the spring link and at the upper transverse link according to requirement for each vehicle type. Key design changes to the rear suspension are the connections of the tubular anti-roll bar and the suspension damper, which are now made at the spring link. This reduces forces within the suspension; there are also significant package advantages. In addition, the suspension was made 4.0 kg (8.8 lbs.) lighter in weight by structural optimisations of many components and the use of high-strength steels.

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NEW GOLF GTI – EXTERIOR

– Never before has a GTI had such sharp proportions
– Design dynamics of the new Golf GTI benefit from the modular transverse matrix
– Precise lines, taut proportions, charismatic front end

When discussion of the new Golf GTI turns to its design, the car’s technical layout needs to be discussed first. That is because the 2013 Golf GTI is based on the new modular transverse matrix (MQB). The technocratic impression that this term – “modular”, “transverse matrix” – leaves, hardly speaks to the great potential associated with the MQB. This acronym signifies a completely new design layout of the Golf (and of many other Volkswagen Group models). And this new layout is perceived as a very welcome present by Group designers, because they can now implement entirely new vehicle proportions. The seventh generation Golf GTI is a superb example of this.

More dynamic proportions

Compared to the previous model, the wheelbase was extended 53 mm (2.1 in) to 2,631 mm (103.6 in), but at the same time the front overhang was shortened 12 mm (.5 in). In parallel, the A-pillar “wandered” further towards the rear, which makes the bonnet longer and visually shifts the entire vehicle cabin rearwards. This “cab-backward effect” makes the GTI more of a premium class car than a compact class car. In addition, the height of the GTI was reduced 27 mm (1.1 in) to 1,442 mm (56.8 in). The car’s length grew 55 mm (2.2 in) to 4,268 mm (168 in) now, and the width grew 13 mm (.5 in) to 1,799 mm (71 in). Many values that add up to an important result: the proportions of the new Golf GTI made unmistakable gains in dynamics.

Design uses GTI insignia

The designers have systematically exploited this potential of proportions to give the Golf GTI a more impressive stance on the road than ever before. Like the very first Golf GTI, the seventh generation also sports typical GTI insignia. On the new model they include the red trim strip on the radiator grille that now extends into the headlights. Also typically GTI VII are the additional air inlet openings in the front spoiler; a honeycomb structure of the air inlet screens; vertical fog lights; xenon headlights with an unmistakable light signature; the larger rear spoiler; distinctive, large tailpipes of the exhaust system that are arranged far outboard and finally the alloy wheels that were specially designed for the Golf GTI. Certainly, the visual effect of the standard 17-inch alloy wheels (“Brooklyn” type) and their interplay with the GTI sport suspension (with a 15 mm (.6 in) lower ride height) should not be underestimated.

Front end in detail. In the front area with its LED fog lights (optional) that were customised to the GTI, there is another strong and significant GTI element that was completely reinterpreted: the red line on the radiator grille. At one time, on the first Golf GTI, it completely surrounded the rectangular radiator grille. On the sixth generation GTI, two red stripes were used which framed the top and bottom of the grille. Now, in the seventh generation, the red stripe terminates the lower edge of the radiator grille, but then it is further extended to the left and right into the housings of the standard bi-xenon headlights. So, the red line runs across the entire width of the front end; as a horizontal element it runs parallel to the bonnet seam and the bumper.

At the very bottom of the bumper, beneath the cross panel painted in body colour, the black air inlet (with its honeycomb structure screen) is now no longer surrounded by another black area, rather by surfaces painted in body colour. In this way, the air inlet makes a stronger impression; simultaneously, the three lateral, high-gloss black aerodynamic fins beneath the headlights also terminate the front end. Another detail fitting in with the precisely contoured styling is the black splitter (lower edge of the front spoiler), which is familiar from motorsport.

Side profile in detail. In a side view, the sportiest Golf can be readily made out by the even longer look of its roof section due to the larger rear spoiler and by the alloy wheels specially designed for the GTI (17-inch standard, 18- and 19-inch optional). Even in side profile, the light contours of the optional LED daytime running lights and the standard LED rear lights stand out.

In addition, the new Golf GTI is marked by new dynamic proportions and styling that is more precisely formed than ever. Below the door handles, we have integrated the now clearly visible and very sharp character line. While this line is interrupted by the wheel arches, it is otherwise continuous and is stylistically reflected in the chrome bars of the radiator grille and headlights and at the back in the white lateral bars of the rear light clusters. Set deep down all the way around, this line lowers the visual centre of gravity and gives the car a more solid stance on the road. Another striking element is the new line along the side shoulder directly below the windows. This line begins at the front in the headlight, and then glides under the wing mirror, which is positioned right on the line, all the way through to the rear side window, underscoring the premium proportions of the Golf GTI.

Just as characteristic of the car’s side profile is the unmistakable C-pillar, whose design also references the GTI I, and especially the Golf GTI IV, which itself developed into an icon with its clean shapes. On the previous Golf, the character line still cut through the C-pillar. This is no longer the case on the new GTI. The C-pillar runs along one homogenous surface from the start of the roof all the way to the rear wheel arch. Above the wheel arch, however, it picks up more strongly the entire width of the car – and as a result, when viewed from behind or diagonally from the rear, the new Golf GTI looks more solid and powerful.

For the first time, the sporty Volkswagen also has, in addition to the GTI badges at the front and rear, red plates on the front wings at the height of the character line with the same typographic interpretation of the GTI logo that has been used for decades.

Rear section in detail. Another example of the harmonious integration of GTI specific elements is the new roof spoiler design, which is considerably larger than its counterpart on Golf versions with less powerful engines; it is integrated to be flush to the boot lid and the body. The spoiler, painted in body colour, seamlessly transitions into black aerodynamic elements on the sides of the boot lid, which makes a visual reference to the use of black colour in the first generation Golf GTI. Another feature that is designed in black, along with the aerodynamic elements and the front splitter, is the diffuser at the rear. To the left and right of the diffuser are the chrome tailpipes of the exhaust system.

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NEW GOLF GTI – INTERIOR

– Comfort and quality of the Golf GTI redefine class boundaries
– More space in the Golf GTI interior thanks to significantly larger wheelbase
– Typical tartan upholstery for the GTI sport seats now combined with Alcantara for the first time

Possibly one of the most important properties of the new Golf GTI – related to the interior – is the fact that the car simply fits – as though cast to be ergonomic. The driver simply opens the door, sits down on the standard sport seat, adjusts it, adjusts the height and length of the sport steering wheel, buckles up, starts the engine, puts the hand on the gear shift lever in golf ball design (for a manual gearbox) and drives off.

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Ergonomics benefit from MQB

Significantly more room and even better ergonomics define the GTI driver’s area. Taller drivers in particular will welcome the seat position that has been shifted back by 20 mm (.78 in); the steering wheel’s adjustment range has also been modified. Pedal distances have been optimised as well thanks to the modular transverse matrix; the space between the brake and accelerator pedals, for example, has increased by 16 mm (.63 in). Another ergonomic improvement: compared to the previous model, Volkswagen has raised the position of the gearbox controls by 20 mm (.78 in); the gear shift grip now rests better in the driver’s hand.

Configuration in legendary GTI style

The typical GTI insignia are important in the interior as well. Consider the seat covers: the first GTI already had seat covers in the legendary tartan pattern. The fabric of the Golf GTI VI known as “Jacky” was – as in the transition to every new GTI generation – redesigned and is now named “Clark.” Naturally, the tartan pattern was retained. The top sport seats offer exceptionally good ergonomic properties. In addition, the front seats have height adjustment and a manually adjustable lumbar support. Red decorative seams provide a sporty contrast; the black roofliner that is always part of the GTI emphasises the sporty layout of the interior.

It is also quite clear that the standard leather multifunction sport steering wheel in GTI design with red contrasting seams was upgraded, as was the gear shift gaiter. It matches the red ring in the lens top of the leather gear shift grip. Accents on the dashboard are in “Checkered Black” and the same applies to the decorative inlays in the door trim panels and on the centre console. Also making a strong statement is the GTI instrument cluster with a colour display and independent instrument graphics. It is no coincidence that they are reminiscent of high-end chronometers. When the engine is started, the pointers of the tachometer and speedometer swing once to the end scale position and then back. The GTI specific look of the interior is rounded out by red ambience lighting, special trim strips and panels (trim strips in the front doors with ambience lighting), brushed stainless steel pedals and foot rest (on left), door sill entry plates in front with a stainless steel application and ambience lighting that is also integrated here.

Quality and image overcome class boundaries. It is the entirely new fundamental concept for the interior design of the seventh generation Golf that represents a breakthrough for the GTI’s sporty and high-end interior architecture: especially noticeable is the wide centre console that is oriented towards the driver; it is more characteristic of the premium class than the compact class. In the middle of the centre console, beneath the switch for the hazard warning lights, is the five- to eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with its menu keys and dials. For the first time, Volkswagen is using a touchscreen generation here (as an option) that features proximity sensors and functionality that reacts to wiping movements of the fingers (wipe and zoom gestures as with a smartphone).

Located beneath the infotainment module are the well laid-out controls for the standard dual-zone automatic climate control system (Climatronic). This is followed by the lower section of the centre console that runs in a line up to the large centre armrest. To the right of the driver are the buttons for the new electronic parking brake and its Auto Hold function. Next to it, there is a closing storage compartment with integrated multimedia interfaces (AUX-IN, USB and optional Apple); the compartment is large enough to hold a smartphone.

There is a wide storage compartment hidden under the centre armrest that can be adjusted by up to 100 mm in length and five stages in height. This compartment is also of a good size. A new feature here in conjunction with the “Comfort” mobile phone interface is an inductive external antenna interface: The smartphone is placed in a universal holder in the stowage bin where the phone’s antenna is inductively “coupled” and connected to the vehicle’s external aerial. Sophisticated: the decorative inlays of the GTI trim panels exhibit, as mentioned, a light seam as part of the standard ambience lighting system.

More space over its length. Despite all of its sportiness, the Golf GTI is more than just a sports car; it is an all-round talent. And that describes the seventh generation GTI as well. This would make the Golf GTI a good choice as a business car for any day of the year. Background: larger body dimensions in overall length and width, a larger wheelbase, optimised track widths and MQB-modified package all have a positive effect on comfort. The GTI interior is now 14 mm (.55 in) longer (1,750 mm / 68.9 in), for example. In the rear seating area of the optional four-door Golf GTI, passengers enjoy 15 mm (.6 in) more leg room. In front, shoulder room has increased by 31 mm (1.2 in) to 1,420 mm (56 in), and elbow room has now gone up by 22 mm (.86 in) to a width of 1,469 mm (57.8 in). In the rear seating area, shoulder room was also improved by an additional 31 mm (1.2 in) and elbow width by 20 mm (.78 in).

In addition, the rear seat bench folds and has a 60:40 split. When folded, a nearly level cargo floor is created with a length of 1,558 mm (61.4). From the Comfortline, the Golf can also be equipped with a cargo opening at the middle of the rear backrest. The successfully implemented space concept of the new Golf exhibits many other improvements as well. Cargo capacity, for example, has grown by 30 litres (1.1 cu.ft.) to 380 litres (13.5 cu.ft.); the variable cargo floor can also be lowered by 100 mm (3.9 in). Perfection in the details: the load sill to the bootspace is now just 655 mm (25.8 in) high – the best value in the core segment. In parallel, the maximum bootspace width has grown by 228 mm (8.9 in) to 1,272 mm (50.1 in). Volkswagen has also increased the width of the bootspace opening by 47 mm (1.85 in) to 1,023 mm (40.3 in).

NEW GOLF GTI – FEATURES
– New GTI comes with xenon and new progressive steering as standard
– Golf GTI Performance launches with new front differential lock
– Automatic climate control, radio-CD with touchscreen and multifunction steering wheel are standard

Like all six Golf GTI generations before it, the seventh generation is distinguished from other Golf models by numerous additional equipment features and classic GTI insignia. The new Golf GTI is also one of the best equipped cars in its class with standard features like the innovative progressive steering, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Driver Alert System, xenon headlights, a radio-CD system with touchscreen and automatic climate control.

Exterior features

On its exterior, GTI-specific standard features are the red painted brake callipers, sport suspension (15 mm lower ride height), the progressive steering system being used in the GTI for the first time, bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, licence plate lighting in LED technology, dark red LED rear lights, the GTI-typical honeycomb structure of the air inlet screens, a roof spoiler (in body colour) with side-mounted aerodynamic elements (high gloss black), GTI bumpers, ParkPilot (acoustic and visual warning signals), tyre pressure monitoring indicator, GTI logos on the front wings (sides of body in area of A-pillars) and chrome 80-mm diameter tailpipes, one on the left and one on the right. In the chassis electronics area, on-board features also include the extensively reengineered XDS+ electronic differential lock.

Extended performance features. On its exterior, the Golf GTI Performance (169 kW / 230 HP) differs from the GTI with 162 kW / 220 HP by its GTI logo on the front brake callipers and larger internally-ventilated brake discs (front: 340 mm, rear: 310 mm). Technical features of the Golf GTI Performance also include a newly developed front differential lock.

Colours and wheels. The production colours Red (“Tornado Red”) and “Black” as well as “Pure White” have been typical for the Golf GTI since its beginning days. As a special feature, the new Golf GTI can also be ordered in seven metallic or pearl effect paints: “Carbon Steel Grey Metallic”, “Reflex Silver Metallic”, “Tungsten Silver Metallic”, “Limestone Grey Metallic”, “Night Blue Metallic”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect” and “Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect”.

Volkswagen has further developed its standard “Denver” GTI wheels. Their styling characteristics flowed into the design of the new machine-polished 17-inch “Brooklyn” alloy wheels that replace them. The new wheels have a lighter visual look and are in fact lighter in weight. The wheels are fitted with size 225/45 tyres. In addition, the new 18-inch “Austin” alloy wheels and 19-inch alloy wheels in “Santiago” design are available as options.

Interior features

The car with the golf ball. Along with its many standard features such as air conditioning, Driver Alert system and the Composition Touch radio system, numerous GTI features refine the interior. They include the customised leather sport steering wheel and a special gear shift grip. The latter is once again reminiscent of a golf ball, which also makes it a tribute to the first GTI just like the new leather-trimmed steering wheel design. The sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel with its three metal spokes and trim in high-gloss black has a lightweight look, and it is remarkably handy and easy to grip. On its two cross spokes it has multifunction keys as standard, and at its centre – in contrast to all other Golf steering wheels – it has a round impact absorber whose form is similar to that of the component in the first GTI.

GTI instruments and ambience lighting. Also making a strong statement is the GTI instrument cluster with a colour display and independent graphics of its instruments. It is no coincidence that it resembles high-end chronographs. The GTI specific look of the interior is rounded out by red ambience lighting, special trim strips and panels (trim strips in the front doors with ambience lighting), brushed stainless steel pedals and foot rest (on left), door sill entry plates in front with a stainless steel application and ambience lighting that is also integrated here.

Classic seat now also in Alcantara. Also important are the typical top sport seats and seat covers. The first GTI had them already: seat covers in the legendary tartan pattern. As in the transition to every new GTI generation, the fabric of the Golf GTI VI known as “Jacky” was redesigned and is now named “Clark.” Naturally, the tartan pattern was kept. A new optional feature: the fabric sport seats in “Clark” design can now be ordered for the first time with side panels and head restraints in Alcantara. Moreover, the seats and door trim panels can also be ordered in “Vienna” upholstery. The front seats also offer height adjustment and a manually adjustable lumbar support. Electric adjustment of the driver’s seat is available as an option. Red decorative seams in the area of the seats and the gear shift trim provide a sporty contrast, and the black roofliner that is always part of the GTI emphasises the sporty layout of the interior.

Other optional features

In addition, the Golf GTI can be customised with a nearly limitless range of optional features. Here is an overview of these features (in alphabetical order):

– Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with Front Assist and City
– Emergency Braking
– Anti-theft warning system plus
– Auxiliary heating
– Car-Net (online information is directly transmitted to the GTI, including navigation with point of interest search, Google-Earth™ map service and Google Street View™, online traffic information)
– Comfort and Premium mobile phone interfaces and Nokia Asha 300 mobile phone
– Composition Colour radio
– Composition Media radio
– Cruise control system
– Digital radio reception: DAB+
– Discover Media navigation function for Composition Media radio
– Discover Pro navigation system
– Driver assistance pack (includes ACC, Front Assist, City
– Emergency Braking, anti-theft warning system, Dynamic Light Assist, automatic running light switching, vehicle stop function with DSG, speed limiter, automatically dipping rear-view mirror, dynamic cornering lights, rain sensor, Lane Assist)
– Driver’s seat with electric adjustment
– Driving profile selector
– Dynamic chassis control (DCC) with driving profile selector
– Dynamic Light Assist dynamic main beam control
– DYNAUDIO Excite sound system
– Fire extinguisher
– Fog lights in LED technology
– Folding door mirrors with surroundings illumination and lowering of passenger’s side mirror
– Keyless Access: keyless locking and engine starting system
– Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant
– Light and Sight pack (with automatic running light switching, leaving home and coming home function, automatically dipping rear-view mirror and rain sensor)
– Light Assist – main beam control
– MEDIA-IN with iPod/iPhone adapter cable
– MEDIA-IN with iPod/iPhone adapter cable and USB charging port
– Mirror pack (with folding door mirrors, surroundings illumination and lowering of passenger side mirror)
– Multifunction display “plusPlus”
– Panoramic tilt sunroof
– ParkAssist park steering assistant with ParkPilot
– PreCrash preventive occupant protection
– Rear Assist reversing camera
– Rear doors (including electric rear windows)
– Road sign recognition
– Side airbags and belt tensioners at rear seats
– Smoked side windows and rear windscreen absorb 65 per cent of light
– Towbar unit (swivelling)
– “Vienna” leather upholstery
– Voice control
– Wheels/tyres, 18- and 19-inch
– Windscreen with wireless heating and infrared reflecting
– Winter wheels, 16- or 17-inch

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NEW GOLF GTI – TECHNOLOGIES

– First GTI to feature city emergency braking and driving profile selector
– Innovative assistance systems of the Golf GTI for ideal safety
– Golf GTI has new infotainment generation and new Dynaudio sound system

An entire armada of innovative assistance and convenience systems is at work aboard the new Golf GTI as standard or optional equipment. These new technologies are completely redefining conventional class barriers with regard to safety, long-distance comfort and the infotainment world.

The assistance and convenience systems in the Golf GTI include the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, also standard progressive steering, the standard and further advanced XDS+ electronic differential lock, PreCrash preventive occupant protection system, adaptive cruise control “ACC plus”, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant, Driver Alert System, road sign recognition and the latest generation of the ParkAssist park steering assistant as well as the automated lighting functions Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist. Other new technologies have been added such as a driving profile selector with up to five programmes (“Eco”, “Sport”, “Normal”, “Individual” and in combination with DCC plus “Comfort”), an electronic parking brake and a new generation of infotainment systems. The Golf GTI Performance also has the front differential lock as standard equipment.

Assistance systems

Driver Alert system. This system, which is a standard feature in the Golf GTI, detects waning driver concentration and warns the driver with an acoustic signal lasting five seconds. A visual message also appears on the instrument cluster recommending taking a break from driving. If the driver does not take a break within the next 15 minutes, the warning is repeated once. At the beginning of each trip, the system analyses a range of factors, including the driver’s characteristic steering behaviour. Once under way, the driver alert system continually evaluates signals such as steering angle. If monitored parameters indicate a deviation from the steering behaviour recorded at the beginning of the trip, then visual and acoustic warnings are produced.

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. An innovative new feature is the Golf’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which has already won a safety innovation award from Germany’s largest automobile club (ADAC). When it is involved in collision, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System automatically brakes the vehicle to significantly reduce its residual kinetic energy. Triggering of the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is based on detection of a primary collision by the airbag sensors. Vehicle braking by means of the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is limited by the ESC control unit to a maximum deceleration rate of 0.6 g. This value matches the deceleration level of Front Assist; it ensures that the driver can take over handling of the car even in case of automatic braking.

The driver can “override” the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System at any time; for example, if the system recognises that the driver is accelerating, it gets disabled. The automatic system is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking at an even higher rate of deceleration. In essence, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System applies the brakes until a vehicle speed of 10 km/h is reached. This residual vehicle speed can be used to steer to a safe location after the braking process.

PreCrash preventive occupant protection. If the proactive occupant protection system detects a potential accident situation – such as by the initiation of hard braking via an activated brake assistant – the seatbelts of the driver and front passenger are automatically pre-tensioned to ensure the best possible protection by the airbag and belt system. When a highly critical and unstable driving situation is detected – such as severe oversteer or understeer with ESC intervention – the side windows are closed (except for a small gap) and so is the sunroof. Background: When the windows and roof are nearly closed, the head and side airbags offer optimal energy absorption and thereby achieve their best possible effectiveness.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). This system uses a radar sensor integrated in the front of the car. The driver can set the car speed over a range from 30 to 160 km/h. ACC operates with either a manual gearbox or a DSG (dual clutch gearbox). In the Golf GTI with DSG, ACC comfortably brakes to a standstill when the vehicle ahead stops. After being enabled by the driver, ACC together with DSG can also automatically start off again. ACC maintains the vehicle speed preselected by the driver as well as a predefined distance to the vehicle ahead, and it automatically brakes or accelerates in flowing traffic. The system dynamics can be individually varied by selecting one of the driving programmes or by the optional driving profile selector.

Front Assist surroundings monitoring system. Front Assist uses a radar sensor integrated in the front of the car to continuously monitor the distance to traffic ahead. Front Assist assists the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver to any required reactions by visual and audible warnings, and in a second stage by a brief warning jolt. If the driver fails to brake hard enough, the system automatically generates sufficient braking force to avoid a collision. Should the driver, meanwhile, not react at all, Front Assist automatically brakes the car to give the driver more reaction time. Ideally, this lets the driver avoid an impending collision, or it at least reduces the speed at impact. The system also assists the driver by an alert if the car is getting too close to the vehicle in front. The City Emergency Braking function is part of Front Assist.

City Emergency Braking. The City Emergency Braking function, now available for the Golf GTI for the first time, is a system extension of Front Assist. Using a radar sensor, it monitors the area in front of the car. The system works in the speed range below 30 km/h. If the car is at risk of colliding with a moving or stationary vehicle ahead and the driver fails to react, the brake system is preconditioned in the same way as with Front Assist. If necessary, City Emergency Braking then automatically initiates hard braking to reduce the severity of the impact. In addition, if the driver presses the brake pedal with insufficient force, the system assists with maximum braking power. Under optimal conditions, City Emergency Braking can avoid an impending frontal collision at the last second.

Lane Assist. In the Golf GTI this camera-based assistance system with steering intervention to maintain the car’s position within the driving lane works with extended functionality: If desired, the system – being implemented for the first time in the Golf – can now also maintain continuous tracking support, which optimises comfort and convenience. Whenever necessary, Lane Assist also intervenes with a steering correction when it detects that the driver is leaving the driving lane or is driving over lane markings without setting the direction indicator. The system then gently steers in the other direction.

Progressive steering

The progressive steering system is celebrating its debut in the new Golf GTI. It is a standard feature for both power levels. This steering system lets drivers make a turn of a given radius with fewer turns of the steering wheel. That is, the driver does not need to reach over the steering wheel as often in tight bends. With progressive steering, it takes 2.1 turns of the wheel (380°) to reach the end stop; in the standard steering system of the less powerful Golf models it takes 2.75 turns (500°). Background:
Conventional steering systems operate with a constant gear ratio. The new steering of the Golf GTI, meanwhile, operates with a progressive steering gear ratio. This perceptibly reduces steering work when manoeuvring and parking. On country roads with lots of bends, and when making turns, the driver experiences a plus in dynamics due to the more direct layout.

Technically, progressive steering differs from the basic steering system primarily by the rack’s variable tooth spacing and a more powerful electric motor. Its functional difference: 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. This results in more precise and relaxed driving in the middle steering range up to high speeds; due to the smaller steering input angles that are required, the system offers significantly greater agility and more driving fun on roads with lots of bends. At lower speeds, on the other hand, such as in city driving or parking situations, the Golf GTI is much easier to handle thanks to the lower steering input angles – offering a perceptible gain in comfort.

XDS+. The XDS system that was first introduced in the Golf VI was further developed to the advanced XDS+ system for the new Golf GTI. Technically, the XDS+ electronic differential lock is a functionality that is integrated in the electronic stabilisation programme (ESC) for improved vehicle dynamics. XDS+ is an extension of XDS, which is familiar from the previous model; its functionality has now been extended to cover all unbraked driving states. The new system improves agility and reduces the need for steering angle inputs by targeted brake interventions at the wheels on the inside of the bend of both axles. In addition, XDS+ is effective over all conceivable road friction values, and it results in more precise handling. The well-known benefits of XDS – such as significantly reduced understeer and improved traction – were also perfected.

Front differential lock. A newly engineered electronic front differential lock is being used exclusively in the Golf GTI Performance. To date, Volkswagen is the only carmaker to utilise an electronically controlled differential lock in a front-wheel drive production model. Compared to purely mechanical locks, the front differential lock integrated in the Golf GTI Performance has a variable degree of locking and comprehensive interfaces to ESC, EDS and XDS+ functions. This makes it possible to entirely avoid negative effects on steering handling or steering precision that otherwise occur with mechanical locks. As a result, the system realises the full potential and maximum performance of a differential lock with regard to vehicle dynamics, because comfort is not impaired under any circumstances (for detailed information on the functionality of the front differential lock, see “Running Gear” chapter).

Electronic parking brake. Instead of a handbrake lever, a control switch plus an Auto Hold switch are located on the centre console of the Golf GTI. The electronic parking brake offers numerous advantages: eliminating the conventional handbrake frees up more space on the centre console; in addition, the brake is automatically released when driving off. And that simplifies driving off up a hill. Last but not least, the Auto Hold function prevents unintentional rolling from a stopped position by automatically holding the GTI in place. Waiting phases, such as a red traffic light, are made more comfortable, because it is no longer necessary to continually press the brake pedal.

DCC

A second generation DCC dynamic chassis control system is at work in the Golf GTI. DCC offers the three driving modes “Comfort”, “Normal” and “Sport”, which are now selected and displayed under “Driving profile selector” on the touchscreen of the centre console. Besides offering a “Normal” mode, the DCC system, which was specially tuned for the GTI, now offers the “Comfort” mode, which is indeed comfort-oriented but still reflects typical GTI properties. In “Sport” mode, especially dynamic and agile handling is implemented. In the “Individual” driving profile, the DCC mode can even be configured with any other desired driving profile properties.

The DCC system adaptively regulates the damper valves via a further developed and refined Volkswagen control algorithm which sets the damper characteristic. In doing so, DCC evaluates input signals from wheel displacement sensors and accelerometers as well as vehicle bus information from the Chassis-CAN bus. It then computes the optimal damper force for every driving situation and adaptively adjusts this force. Damping forces are selectively applied to the four wheels individually.

In the new DCC generation, it is now also possible to fully independently vary rebound and compression damping for transverse dynamic manoeuvres – a significant benefit in optimising vehicle dynamics. The damper valves were also modified for further improved response.

Driving profile selector. The Golf GTI is now available with a driving profile selector for the first time. A total of four programmes are available, and in conjunction with DCC (dynamic chassis control) five driving programmes: Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual, and in combination with DCC the additional Comfort. In the Eco driving profile, the engine controller, air conditioning and other auxiliary units are controlled for optimal fuel economy. In addition, vehicles with the optional dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) have an additional coasting function in Eco mode; when the driver releases the accelerator pedal – e.g. when slowing down to a traffic light or in route segments with descents – the DSG disengages and the engine idles. This enables optimal utilisation of the kinetic energy of the Golf. In “Sport” mode, on the other hand, damping is increased (which further reduces movements of the body structure) and engine response and shift points of the DSG are configured to be even more dynamic.

Dynamic Light Assist dynamic main beam control. Via a camera on the windscreen this system analyses the traffic in front and the vehicles coming in the opposite direction. Based on this data, the main beam automatically comes on at speeds of over 60 km/h and stays on. This is how Dynamic Light Assist works: with the help of the camera, the main beam modules of the bi-xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights are masked only in those areas that the system has determined could potentially disturb other road users. Technically, this function is implemented by a pivoting masking aperture between the reflector with the xenon filament and the lens. Along with lateral swivelling of the entire module and independent control of the left and right headlights, this additional aperture geometry is able to mask the light source and thereby avoid glare to traffic ahead or any oncoming traffic.

Light Assist main beam control. For models with headlights with no dynamic cornering lights the base version of automatic full-beam control is available in the form of Light Assist. Light Assist analyses traffic ahead and oncoming traffic – via a camera in the windscreen – and automatically controls activation and deactivation of the main beam (at 60 km/h and above).

Road sign recognition. In the new Golf GTI, this feature will be available in combination with a navigation system, because the traffic signs are also shown in the display of the active navigation window (map and/or pictograms). If the system detects any speed limit or ‘No overtaking’ signs via a camera (integrated in the windscreen near to the rear-view mirror), up to three of these will get shown on the instrument cluster in front of the driver and on the navigation system display. This will also include all additional information and the signs will appear in a logical order: ones that immediately apply (e.g. a “130” km/h speed limit) get shown in first place, while signs that only apply at certain times (e.g. “80 km/h” “When wet”) appear in second place. If the rain sensor registers that it is starting to rain, the traffic sign that is now most pertinent, i.e. the “When wet” sign, moves up into first place.

Park Assist parking assistant. The latest version of the parking assistance system now facilitates not only assisted parking parallel to the carriageway, but also reverse parking at right angles to the road. In addition, Park Assist 2.0 is also equipped with a braking and parking space exit function. The system can be activated at speeds of up to 40 km/h by pressing a button on the centre console. Using the indicators, the driver selects the side on which the car is to be parked. If, using the ultrasound sensors, Park Assist detects a large enough parking space (a manoeuvring distance of 40 cm, front and rear, is sufficient), the assisted parking can begin: having put the vehicle into reverse, all the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake. The car takes care of the steering. Acoustic signals and visual information on the multifunction display assist the driver. If a collision is looming, the system can also actively apply the vehicle’s brakes.

More intelligent climate control. The new Climatronic of the Golf regulates the interior temperature fully automatically via 2-zone temperature control (separate for driver and front passenger). The intensity of the climate control can be influenced by selecting a profile (‘Gentle’, ‘Moderate’, ‘Intensive’). The fully automatic control unit operates with various sensors – a sun sensor, air quality sensor and new humidity sensor. The sun sensor detects the intensity and direction of solar radiation, and the system is controlled accordingly. The positive effects of the optional deluxe climate windscreen are considered in this control as well. When information from the air quality sensor indicates that the concentration of nitrogen oxides or carbon monoxide in the outside air has exceeded a defined limit, then the recirculation flap of the Climatronic system closes.

Deluxe climate windscreen. This new windscreen combines the advantages of conventional wire heating with those of heat-insulating glass. Wires are no longer used in the window. This was made possible by a very thin electrically-conductive layer within the glass laminate that can be heated. In the winter, this function prevents fogging of the window, and it accelerates defrosting. In the summer, the new windscreen results in less heating of the interior, because the extremely thin coating reflects most of the solar radiation. Along with an increase in thermal comfort, the environment also benefits, since the air conditioning does not need to supply as much cooling power due to the reduced heating. At the same time, this improves the fuel economy of the GTI.

Panoramic tilt/slide sunroof. A transparent system was developed here, which utilises a maximum roof area, offers optimal ventilation and opening functions, does not impair the torsional rigidity of the car and has the visual effect of lengthening the windscreen. What is referred to as the light transparency area – the incident light in the closed state – was enlarged by 33 per cent compared to a normal tilt/slide sunroof. Incidentally, the tinted, heat-insulating glass reflects away 99 per cent of UV radiation, 92 per cent of incident heat radiation and 90 per cent of incident light.

Infotainment

Radio and radio-navigation systems. Volkswagen is equipping the Golf GTI with a new generation of radio and radio/navigation systems with completely new designs. All systems have a touchscreen as standard. The new device generation is available in three different display sizes: 5 inches, 5.8 inches and 8 inches. For the first time, Volkswagen is implementing displays that have proximity sensors (5.8-inch display and above): as soon as the driver or front passenger moves a finger near to the touchscreen, the system automatically switches from display mode to input mode. The display mode shows a screen that is reduced to just the essentials. In the operating mode, on the other hand, the elements that can be activated by touch are specially highlighted to simplify intuitive operation. The displays also have a function that lets users scroll through lists or browse CD covers in the media library with a wipe of the hand.

2015 VW Golf GTI

“Composition Touch” radio (5-inch). The standard system on-board the Golf GTI is Composition Touch. It offers three buttons to the left and three to the right of the touchscreen that are used to activate the ‘Radio’, ‘Media’, ‘Car’, ‘Setup’, ‘Sound’ and ‘Mute’ menus/functions. It also offers a SD card slot, aux-in interface and two push dials (e.g. for on/off, volume, mute). This standard module also includes an FM/AM radio, loudspeakers (front), an interface for SD cards and an aux-in interface.

“Composition Colour” radio (5-inch). Similar to the Composition Touch in its device layout, the Composition Colour is also equipped with such features as a colour display, FM/AM radio as well as front and rear loudspeakers and a CD drive (MP3 compatible). The CD drive is located in the glove box along with the SD card slot.

“Composition Media” radio (5.8-inch). Equipped to offer even more extensive features is the Composition Media radio. Its capacitive colour display is 5.8 inches in size, and it is coupled with a proximity sensor that is integrated across the area beneath the display. The display also responds to wiping and zooming gestures, as used in similar fashion on modern smart phones. There are now also four buttons to the left and four to the right of the touchscreen; in contrast to the 5-inch systems they also enable access – depending on vehicle features – to the ‘Phone’ and ‘Voice’ (voice control) menu levels. The Composition Media radio is equipped with these features in addition to those of the Composition Colour radio: optional telephone preparation (Bluetooth) and a USB interface. The USB and aux-in interfaces, meanwhile, are integrated in a separate compartment on the centre console in front of the gear shifter; this compartment also offers storage space for a smart phone.

“Discover Media” navigation function (5.8-inch). The Composition Media radio can have a navigation module (Discover Media) added to it. The features and functions are identical except for the navigation system that is then integrated with European map data and the associated second SD card slot; the navigation computer is located in the glove box together with the CD player and SD card slot. The price for all units with a navigation module includes updates of the European navigation maps for a period of three years.

“Discover Pro” radio-navigation system (8-inch). The top radio-navigation system with a large 8-inch capacitive touchscreen is known as the Discover Pro. Features installed here – beyond those of the Discover Media – are a DVD drive instead of a CD drive (audio and video), extended premium voice control (base version is available as option for Composition Media and Discover Media), 3D navigation and a 64-GB Flash memory; a UMTS telephone module is available as an option. Integration of the Compact Disc Database from Gracenote also enables state-of-the-art playback and management of media. In addition, the Discover Pro also operates as a WLAN hotspot (Internet access) for WLAN-capable mobile devices (smart phone or tablet).

Mobile phone. For den Golf GTI, Volkswagen is offering the two mobile phone interfaces “Comfort” and “Premium” as well as a smartphone (“Nokia Asha 300”) integrated via the hands-free unit. The “Comfort” and “Premium” mobile phone interfaces can be ordered together with the “Composition Media” (only “Comfort”), “Discover Media” and “Discover Pro” audio/navigation systems. The “Comfort” interface offers such features as an external antenna interface to a newly designed charging cradle on the centre console, voice control and the use of phone contact and address data for inputting a destination in the navigation system. The “Premium” interface omits the external antenna interface from the charging cradle; instead it offers a GSM/UMTS transceiver with a SIM card slot and WLAN hotspot.

Car-Net. Car-Net is offered for the Golf GTI in conjunction with the Discover Pro radio-navigation system and the “Premium” mobile phone interface. It consists of a set of new mobile online services. For example, Car-Net lets drivers integrate highly up-to-date traffic information into dynamic route guidance and input online Points of Interest (POI) into the navigation system. It also integrates the 360-degree panoramic street perspective images of Google Street View. Realistic photographic satellite images can also be displayed, which are based on the Google-Earth™ map service (Google Maps).

Dynaudio Excite sound system. New in the Golf – and therefore in the GTI as well  is a sound system from Danish hi-fi specialist Dynaudio. This system makes the GTI a concert hall on wheels with its eight high-end loudspeakers plus subwoofer, a digital 10-channel DSP amplifier and 400 watts of system output power. The system can be customised by choosing from four sound characteristics (“Authentic”, “Dynamic”, “Soft” and “Speech”) which are tuned to the interior of the Golf and four seating configurations (“Driver”, “Front passenger”, “All occupants” and “Rear”) for the audio output.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc. 
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