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The New Volkswagen Golf VII BlueMotion

The New Volkswagen Golf VII BlueMotion

The new Golf VII BlueMotion was presented at the Paris Motor Show and is touted to have a fuel consumption of just 3.2l/100km an improvement of 15% over the outgoing model and CO2 emissions 85g/km.

The Golf VII Blue Motion is powered by an 81kW 1.6 TDI diesel motor and will go on sale in Europe from mid 2013.

The fact that fuel consumption for the third Golf BlueMotion has been reduced by 0.6 litres or 15 % and CO2 emissions by 14 grams per km is a reflection of the continuous technical progress that Volkswagen has made using its Blue Motion technology. The number crunchers at Volkswagen claim that with a 50 litre fuel tank and 3.2 l/100 km fuel consumption, the new Golf will have a theoretical range of 1562 km.

Improvements in the fuel consumption of the Golf VII BlueMotion have been attained by a reduction in weight, improved aerodynamics, and the newly developed EA288 1.6 TDI engine.

Unlike other generation BlueMotion vehicles which were only offered in a single spec, the new Golf VII Blue Motion will be offered as a Trendline or Comfortline. The new Golf VII BlueMotion will also be exclusively offered with 15- and 16-inch wheels to optimize weight, aerodynamics and rolling resistance.

The equipment level spec will be similar to the rest of the new Golf VII range.

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The Volkswagen Beetle R-Line Introduced

The Volkswagen Beetle R-Line Introduced

Although not yet available locally, the Volkswagen Beetle was already available in about 5 different packages (Beetle, Design, Sport, Turbo Silver, and Turbo Black) and today Volkswagen announced the introduction of the Volkswagen Beetle R-Line package.

Volkswagen will offer two R-Line packages for the Beetle that are based on the top “Sport” version; and exterior package or an interior package. The Exterior package can be offered separately, with the interior package being offered as an extension of the exterior package. So simply put no exterior package no interior package, whereas if you opt for the exterior package you will be offered the interior package as an added option.

The Beetle R-line will be powered by either a 1.4 TSI (118 kW), 2.0 TSI (147 kW) or 2.0 TDI (103) engine.

Parts of the exterior package of the Beetle R-line are:

Front bumpers with independent black grained air inlets and chrome surrounds for the directional indicators.

Diffuser at the rear.

Special body side panels and door mirror housings in body colour.

R-Line logos on the front body beneath the A-pillars.

18-inch “Twister” alloy wheels.

Machine-polished 19-inch “Tornado” alloy wheels may be selected as an option in black or white with 235/40 tyres.

The Beetle R-Line interior package includes:

Sport seat system with seats upholstered with an active breathing fabric in “Kyalami” design.

Front head restraints with R-Line badge.

Leather-trimmed sport steering wheel, the gear shift lever boot and the handbrake grip with decorative seams in “Art Grey.”

Decorative inlays in “Dark Vanadium”.


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Its Official The Golf VII Has Finally Been Unveiled

Its Official The Golf VII Has Finally Been Unveiled

The much awaited official unveiling of the Volkswagen Golf VII finally took place at a media briefing in Berlin, Germany today. The Golf VII will go on sale this coming November in Europe with the more powerful Golf GTi and Golf R being launched next year.

The Golf VII will be available in three specifications; the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline.

The Golf VII uses the MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform which it currently shares with the new Audi A3 and the Seat Leon. This new platform makes it possible for VW Group vehicles using the same platform to share a number of components such as the new EA211 engines.

The new Golf VII is slated to weigh in just over 100kg less than the outgoing Golf VI, of which the Body-In-White (BIW) is 23kg lighter and overall fuel consumption and emissions reduced by 23%.

The reduced height and wider stance of the Golf Vii give the car sportier proportions as well as an added improvement in interior space.

The Golf VII is 53mm longer than the previous model and now has an overall length of 4255mm and similarly the wheel base has increased by 59mm to 2637mm. The vehicle width is 1799mm which gives the Golf VII a 13mm wider stance relative to the outgoing Golf VI. In parallel the track widths have been increased by 8 mm in front and 6 mm at the rear. These additional millimetres give the Volkswagen a fuller stance on the road. Apart from this the reduced height of the roof (reduced by 28mm to 1452mm) improves the Golf Vii aerodynamic performance.

Despite the reduced height of the Golf VII, VW claims that there is still more than adequate headroom.

Passengers in the rear seating area, in particular, can now enjoy 15 mm more knee room. Shoulder room has grown by 31 mm to 1,420 mm. Elbow room is increased by 22 mm to 1,469 mm. In the rear seating area, shoulder room has also been optimised with a 30 mm gain and elbow room increased by 20 mm.

The luggage carrying capacity on the Golf VII has also been increased by 30 litres to 380 litres. The 60: 40 split backrest that is standard on all variants can also be folded down to increase luggage space.

One of the key highlights in the interior is the sporty, driver-oriented architecture of the dashboard with a wide centre console that is oriented towards the driver.

At the middle of the centre console, beneath the hazard flasher switch, is the five- to eight-inch infotainment touchscreen (three display sizes will be available 5, 5.8 and 8-inch) with its menu keys and dials. The touchsceeens have a proximity sensor and a function that reacts to wiping movements by the fingers (wiping and zooming gestures like those of a smart phone). The touchscreen display automatically switches to operating mode as a hand approaches.

Below the infotainment system is the climate control system and further down on the centre console and to the right of the driver are the buttons for the new electronic parking brake and its Auto Hold function. Integrated in front of it is a storage compartment in which the multimedia interfaces (aux-in, USB and Apple) have been integrated. The compartment is also big enough to hold a smart phone.

Below the front centre armrest lays a large storage compartment that is also capable of storing a lot, including the optional hands free telephone system and a second fully featured USB interface that can be used for data transfer and charging.

The Golf VII will initially be launched with 1.2 and 1.4 litre TSI engines with the 1.4 TSI engine featuring Volkswagens ACT cylinder deactivation technology.

The 1.2 litre TSI engine produces 63kW and has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100km whilst the 1.4 litre TSI develops 103kW with claimed fuel consumption figures of just 4.8 l/100km and 112 g/km CO2.

The diesel engines available at launch will be the 1.6 and 1.8 TDI engines. The 1.6 litre TDI engine develops 77kW and has a claimed fuel consumption of just 3.8 l/100 km for an emissions value of 99 g/km CO2 whilst the 1.8TDI engine develops 110kW and has a claimed fuel consumption of just 4.1 l/100km and 106 g/km CO2.

For the first time the Golf is now also being offered with a driver profile selection system to aid in efficient driving. There are a total of four – and, in combination with DCC (adaptive chassis control), five – driving modes available: Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual and, in combination with DCC, Comfort. In the Eco driving profile engine management, air conditioning and other ancillary systems are controlled such that optimum fuel consumption is achieved. In addition on vehicles with DSG when driving in Eco mode there is a ‘coasting’ function available. If a driver takes their foot off the accelerator – for example, when drawing up to traffic lights or on downhill stretches – the DSG disengages and the engine idles. As long as the driver drives appropriately, the Golf’s kinetic energy can thus be put to optimum use.

From a safety perspective the Golf VII has a plethora of safety systems aimed at protecting the lives of its passengers. The Golf VII has new safety features such as proactive occupant protection, fatigue detection, the Front Assist safety system with integrated City Emergency Braking function and a standard multi-collision braking function that can avoid one-fourth of all accidents involving personal injury.

Other than that the Golf VII also comes with ACC adaptive cruise control, Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant, traffic sign detection and the latest generation of the automatic parking assistant Park Assist including OPS (360 degree display) as well as the automated light functions Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist.

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Volkswagen Golf VII Pictures Leaked A Day Before Official Launch

Volkswagen Golf VII Pictures Leaked A Day Before Official Launch

There has been quite a bit of a buzz over the last few weeks over the imminent launch of the Volkswagen Golf VII. One of the main stories last week being of the leaked presentation detailing some information on the new Golf VII (see the article from Autoblog).

The most recent information as of the 3rd of September was news on leaked pictures of the Golf VII from Autoevolution via German publication Autozeitung.

Well the official media information is scheduled for release today the 4th of September so hopefully we can sleep easy by the end of the day, knowing that we no longer have to wonder about the new Golf VII and whether or not it will live to its expectations.

We will release additional information on the Golf VII as we receive it.

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Volkswagen Polo BlueGT

Volkswagen Polo BlueGT

The Polo BlueGT will be the first VW with cylinder deactivation also known as active cylinder management (ACT).

The 1.4-litre TSI engine delivers 103 kW of power and has a top speed of 210 km/h. The claimed fuel consumption is 4.7 l/100 km and drops down to 4.5 l/100 when the optional 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) is added.

This is due to the active cylinder management system in conjunction with VW BlueMotion Technology (Stop/Start system, battery regeneration).

The claimed acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is 7.9 seconds.

From a styling perspective the Polo BlueGT is distinguished from the rest of the Polo line-up by the multispoke 17-inch alloys, GT signatures at the front and rear (and additional ‘BLUEMOTION’ at the rear) and new tailpipe trim, Other exterior features such as the rear spoiler, rear bumper with diffuser, front bumper and fog lights including daytime running lights are borrowed from the Polo GTi whilst the the side sills and the front rain channels are borrowed from the Polo BlueMotion. The Polo Gti also has black painted radiator grille, R-line ventilation screen in the bumper and black door mirrors.

The ride height on the Polo BlueGT has also been reduced by 15mm to help improve the ride and handling dynamics.

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