Friday, April 10, 2015
Volkswagen Vehicles Shine at Manila International Auto Show
Car enthusiasts and drivers at the 2015 edition of the Manila International Auto Show on April 9 to 12 in World Trade Center, Pasay City witnessed Volkswagen Philippines’ finest collection of its vehicle line-up. The official importer and distributor of VW vehicles in the country displayed the recently launched Golf GTI and Polo Hatchback as well as the Touareg Sport Edition and accessorized Beetle, Touran, and Tiguan. Also exhibited was the new Polo Sedan in automatic transmission.
The multi-awarded VW Golf GTI—in Tornado Red—was the main highlight of the exhibit area. It is the ultimate sportsman within the VW sports car family. It combines technological leadership and uncompromised performance making it a sustainable sports car. The GTI is the sports car with true “style and performance”, because it is THE GTI.
The Golf GTI is powered by a 2.0 turbocharged stratified injection engine with maximum output of 220 Ps at 4,500-6,200 rpm and a maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1,500-4,400 rpm. Mated to a 6-speed dual shift gear transmission and sports-tuned suspension, this car is the definitive hot hatch.
Those who are following the adventures of the VW Polo as it dominated the World Rally Championship for two consecutive years—2013 and 2014—should be glad to know that the Polo Hatchback is now available for young professionals and car lovers who value superior build quality and driving pleasure.
The Polo Hatchback is powered by a Euro 4 compliant 1.6-liter, multi-point injection gasoline engine that generates 105 Ps (maximum torque of 153Nm) and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s fitted with an anti-lock braking system, anti-theft with immobilizer and interior monitoring system, crash-safe body design, front and rear seatbelts, SRS dual front airbags and park distance control.
Now on its fifth-generation, the Polo was first launched in 1975 and has become one of the most successful and enduring models of Volkswagen.
The Touareg, the flagship vehicle of VW Philippines, represents the epitome of German craftsmanship and design. Powered by a Euro 4-compliant, 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder, in-line turbocharged direct injection diesel engine, the Touareg delivers 245 Ps and a hefty 550 Nm of torque. This eight-speed automatic also boasts a permanent 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system making this SUV not only a luxurious family ride but also a capable off-roader.
It sports a four-bar grille and a front underride guard for the lower fascia, Bi-Xenon headlamps with cornering light with LED daytime running lights that add a flourish to the front end. At the back, the Touareg sports large, upright tailgate features, LED lights that wrap around the rear quarters and a rear underride guard. Complementing the sides are 20-inch “Mallory”alloy wheels.
Owning a Beetle is keeping one of the great icons of the automotive world. The accessorized Beetle in white is powered by a twin-charged 1.4 TSI gasoline engine that generates 160 Ps and 240Nm of torque. It comes standard with a seven-speed DSG transmission.
The Beetle’s lines are clearly attractive: Simple, straightforward, with a classic quality that hints at future timelessness. While there's a clear stylistic nod to the past, it now offers greater space and more modern underpinnings and amenities. This is further highlighted by the accessories installed: body stripes, front spoiler and rear diffuser, 19” Tornado alloy wheels and tail pipe finisher to name a few.
The Tiguan is a unique combination of sportiness and comfort—a sports car in an SUV body. This 6-speed automatic is powered by a Euro 4-compliant 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injection diesel engine that not only delivers 140 Ps, but also 320Nm of towing capacity.
Being the Touareg’s baby brother meant that the smaller Tiguan has adopted the overall shape of the midsize crossover. As a result, this four wheel drive SUV also sports a sharp look as well as tiger-like stance thanks to the black accents on the grill and headlights as well as the optional 19-inch “Savannah” alloy wheels on the accessorized model. The rear gets mono-red tail lamps with bright LED-lit character lines that are truly spectacular at night. Other added options are the wheel arch extension at the sides and the tail pipe finisher at the rear.
The seven-seater Touran quickly rose to prominence when it was chosen as one of the official rides of Pope Francis during his 5-day visit to the Philippines early this year.
The Touran is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injection diesel engine that delivers 110 Ps and a hefty 320 Nm of torque on its optional 18-inch “Karthoum” alloy wheels.
The Touran is a desirable and practical people carrier thanks to impeccable build quality that included “Miu” fabric seat material, instrument cluster with electronic speedometer, odometer and trip odometer, tachometer, Multi Function Display (MFD) “Plus”, controllable white dashboard illumination, red nighttime design for switches, auto-dimming interior rear view mirror, front reading lights. For utility, the display model also featured a bike rack highlighting its functional side.
The Polo Sedan is powered by a Euro 4-compliant 1.6-liter petrol engine and it generates 105 Ps and 153 Nm of torque.
The 6-speed automatic Polo Sedan is perfect as a day-in, day-out ride, offering superb levels of ride comfort and that uncanny ability to make the driver and passengers love the high-class build quality and finish typical of new Volkswagen cars.
From a practicality point of view, the Polo Sedan provides an airy and spacious interior especially in the rear where passengers will be treated with generous legroom. The Polo Sedan accommodates a larger family in comfort and matches this with great ride quality.
The MIAS serves as a perfect venue for Volkswagen Philippines to showcase the best of German engineering and technology. For more information on VW models, or to request a test drive, visit www.volkswagen.com.ph or drop by one of the dealerships/facilities located at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig; Quezon Avenue in Quezon City; Molito Lifestyle Building in Alabang, Muntinlupa; Sheridan Street in Mandaluyong City; and, North Reclamation Area in Cebu City.