Volkswagen’s T-Cross gets its most powerful engine yet. The compact SUV is now available to order with a 1.5-litre TSI with 110 kW/150 PS. The new power unit adds a unique, sporty option to the existing T-Cross engine range. Prices for the T-Cross with the new top-of-the-range engine start at €25,690 in Germany.


The T-Cross converts its power into traction both dynamically and efficiently to boast combined consumption figures of 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres. The new engine provides a maximum torque of 250 Nm between 1,500 to 3,500 rpm. The T-Cross accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 200 km/h. The most powerful power unit for the T-Cross is exclusively available with the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG).


The T-Cross – anything but small


For almost a year now, Volkswagen’s T-Cross SUV has been a highlight of the compact segment in the company’s model range. And this compact model is hugely versatile, be it in terms of more legroom for passengers or more space in the luggage compartment – the rear seat bench can be moved by 14 centimetres so any plan can be put into action with no hassle. This expands the loading volume of the small SUV from 385 to 455 litres and, if you completely fold down the rear seat backrest, even up to 1,281 litres.


And the T-Cross is well connected too. It features wireless charging so you can keep your phone fully charged without the need for any cables. You can use the four USB ports (two up front, two in the rear) to connect your smartphone to the car with ease. The optional digital cockpit featuring a latest-generation, eight-inch Infotainment touchscreen and Active Info Display sets new standards in connectivity.


The T-Cross also comes with a range of assist systems which were previously reserved for higher vehicle categories. Standard features include “Front Assist” Autonomous Emergency Braking with “Pedestrian Monitoring” and City Emergency Braking System, the “Lane Assist” lane keeping system, Hill Start Assist as well as the “Blind Spot” Monitor lane change system which warns the driver about vehicles located in the blind spot, with integrated Rear Traffic Alert. 


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The new Golf will shortly come to market with a revolutionary cockpit that is clearer, neater, completely digitalised, and connected online, and that will make operating this bestseller more intuitive than ever.


The Digital Cockpit, which comes as standard, includes the instrument cluster, an infotainment system, and a multifunction steering wheel. Together, these form the first functional level, in which virtually all of the displays and controls are digital. Touch sliders enable quick and intuitive access to temperature and volume controls, while a touch island under the infotainment system also provides direct access to additional air conditioning functions, the assistance systems, and – depending on the equipment included – driving modes and parking assistants. In a second touch island, the light and vision functions have also been repositioned and brought together: the light, along with the windscreen and rear window heating, is now operated using a digital panel arranged higher up on the dashboard to the left of the instruments, even further improving the brand’s characteristic straightforward drive experience.


A high-end cockpit: the optional Innovision Cockpit is now also available in the Golf

It’s possible to enhance the digital driver’s workplace even further; in combination with the 10-inch Discover Pro top navigation system, the Innovision Cockpit offers an even larger range of functions. On request, a windscreen head-up display will be added to create the ideal cockpit, with information such as speed, navigation information, etc. being projected into the driver’s field of vision.


This advanced functionality is also evident in the centre console, which is now clearer than ever – particularly with the inclusion of the shift-by-wire gear knob for the automatic dual clutch gearbox (DSG), which is significantly smaller than previously. The theme continues to flow across the new roof console, where operation has also been digitalised. Tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof example (optional): just swipe your finger back or forward over a slider, to open and close the transparent roof. It doesn’t get any simpler or more logical than this.


Intuitive operation in the Golf01 can also be supported by new, natural voice control on request. The system is simply activated by saying “Hello Volkswagen” or pressing the voice button on the steering wheel. The Golf reacts to intuitive voice commands such as “Take me home” (navigation) or “I’m cold” (automatic air conditioner). The new, digital microphones, mean that not only is voice recognition and voice quality (for phone calls) perfect, but they can also locate the person who is speaking (driver or front passenger) and respond accordingly, for example by identifying which interior zone’s temperature needs adjusting.


Digitalisation opens up the opportunity for each driver to adapt the Golf exactly to their own taste. The customised settings can be saved in the vehicle and in the cloud, so they are still available even with a change of driver or vehicle. These settings include (depending on the equipment included) the Digital Cockpit and Innovision Cockpit displays, the seat position, settings for exterior mirrors and air conditioning system, the practically stepless control of the ambient lighting (up to 30 colours) and the Coming Home and Leaving Home functions.


Connectivity via the cloud is enabled by an online connectivity unit (OCU) with an integrated eSIM, to which all infotainment systems in the Golf are coupled as standard. The OCU is also the interface with the ever-growing range of online-based functions and services from We Connect (with no time-related use restrictions as standard) and We Connect Plus (time-limited use is free of charge in Europe). In addition, the optional We Connect Fleet service has been developed for companies, for digital fleet management.

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Volkswagen is celebrating a double victory at the 2020 What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards this week, with the up! and Passat Estate collecting trophies for their long lists of talents. Winning the Used City Car and Used Estate Car categories respectively, both claim their titles over fierce competition, earning high praise from the panel of judges for their wide range of attributes.


After much praise this year already, another win for the up! strengthens its reputation as the most talented offering in its segment, as well as its position as the most decorated car of 2019 in the Volkswagen line-up. The criteria the judges compare each car by includes space, economy, safety and ease of use, while also taking into account driving characteristics and suitability to a wide variety of roads and conditions. The Passat Estate’s cavernous boot capacity of up to 1,780 litres ticks the box for all-important luggage space, while its comprehensive equipment, high quality interior and unrivalled comfort secured its 2020 title.


This latest success comes amid a very fruitful awards season for the brand. Just last week the Touareg was named the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s best Towcar in its largest towing weight category, while the Arteon was named overall winner at the 2019 Tow Car Awards a few weeks prior.

Volkswagen’s used car efforts have drawn high praise from What Car? previously – at the 2019 What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards, Volkswagen triumphed in the category for Best Used Car Website for its Das WeltAuto approved used scheme.


The judging panel described the up! as “long having been one of our favourite city cars”, and hailed the Passat’s “practicality, refinement and high-quality interior”, leading them to award both cars their respective category wins.


Mark Pearson, Used Car Editor at What Car? said: “We’re delighted to hand our Used Estate Car of the Year Award to the venerable Passat. Even in a category that was jam-packed with so many spacious estate cars it stood out. It’s great to drive, too, and that you can have all this competence and classiness at such competitive prices only seals the deal for us.


“Meanwhile, the pert little Volkswagen up! won our Used City Car Award this year because it’s great to drive and comes with that lovely, classy interior that also offers up plenty of room for four. It’s refined, economical and practical, and it should be cheap to run, too. It’s a great overall package and terrific value.”


Barny Francis, National Used Car Manager at Volkswagen UK, said: “The up! and Passat are both very popular used models and it’s easy to see why when they win awards like this. The up! is already Volkswagen’s most affordable model and used examples represent even greater value for money, especially when purchased through our What Car? award-winning Das WeltAuto approved used car scheme.


“The Passat has long been a favourite among UK buyers for its genuine all-rounder status, and an ability to rise to challenges with unrivalled confidence and capability. It’s got a strong history of success, and with over 30 million sold worldwide since the first model in 1973, there is plenty of choice for used car buyers at our retailers.”


About the Volkswagen brand:

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is present in more than 150 markets throughout the world and produces vehicles at over 50 locations in 14 countries. In 2018, Volkswagen delivered 6,2 million vehicles including bestselling models such as the Golf, Tiguan, Jetta or Passat. Currently, 195,878 people work for Volkswagen across the globe. The brand also has over 10,000 dealerships with 86,000 employees. Volkswagen is forging ahead consistently with the further development of automobile production. E-mobility, smart mobility and the digital transformation of the brand are the key strategic topics for the future.


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The Volkswagen Touareg has once again enjoyed success at the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s annual Towcar of the Year Awards, triumphing in its category at the club’s prestigious event.


The Caravan and Motorhome Club tested the Touareg in 3.0-litre V6 TDI 286 PS R-Line Tech guise, equipped with the power folding towbar as well as Volkswagen’s critically-acclaimed Trailer Assist system, which takes the stress out of reversing when hitched up.Volkswagen’s luxury SUV won its award for the second year running, with the Touareg pulling home the award in the ‘Caravan Weight over 1,700 kg’ category – the heaviest category in contention. The judging panel praised the Touareg’s smooth and powerful diesel engine, labelling it “nothing short of outstanding”, while further applauding the SUV’s stability when towing.


The brand is no stranger to success at the Towcar of the Year Awards – at last year’s 2019 awards event, the Touareg won the same title, while the Polo won the lightest, ‘1,100 kg or lighter’ category. In the previous year, the Golf Alltrack won its ‘£30,000 - £33,000’ price category, while in the 2017 awards, the Passat Alltrack won the overall title of ‘Towcar of the Year’, in addition to its ‘£32,000 - £35,000’ price and ‘All-wheel drive under 1,800 kg’ categories. The Passat and Touareg also won their respective categories in the 2016 event.


The judging panel said: “The boot offers 810 litres of very usable space and, even with all the equipment nicely stowed, there was still plenty of room under the load cover. The large Volkswagen was praised for its level attitude when hitched and the ease with which mirrors and electrics were attached. And with an exceedingly generous noseweight limit of 140 kg, this car really does have everything going for it.”

Brian Luckie, Product Manager for the Touareg Volkswagen UK, said: “With another big win at the Caravan Club’s Towcar of the Year Awards, Volkswagen has proven once again that its hallmark quality ownership experience doesn’t just end at the rear bumper.


“The fact that the Touareg has won for the second year running demonstrates its huge list of strengths in an ever more competitive segment, and solidifies its reputation as a hugely capable all-rounder, as well as a class-leading towing choice.”


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The Golf is the most successful European car for more than four decades. A new chapter in the history of this best-seller begins today, 24 October 2019, with the world premiere of the eighth Golf – digitalised, connected, and intuitive to operate. Never before has a Golf been so progressive. With hybrid versions launched at the same time, it is electrifying the compact class. Its digital interior enables a new dimension of intuitive operation. Speeds of up to 210 km/h are possible with assisted driving. It is the first Volkswagen to use swarm intelligence from traffic via Car2X, meaning it can warn against hazards on an anticipatory basis. Its world premiere takes place in Wolfsburg, where the Golf was invented, and where it has been built and refined for the last 45 years. The new Golf will be available on the market in December.


“Over the course of seven generations, the Golf has impressed more than 35 million customers. The entire automobile industry expects a new Golf to set the standard”, explained Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. In terms of its technology, the Golf is making the greatest leap forward since its debut. Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen Passenger Cars: “This car is completely new. But of course, a Golf always remains a Golf. Because the underlying concept is timeless. This car has defined our brand over decades. The Golf has consistently made new technologies available for everyone.”


It is a fact that the new Golf makes sustainable mobility accessible to many people. What’s more, with this Golf Volkswagen is moving to digitalised, self-explanatory operation. Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer at Volkswagen: “In a world where complexity is ever-increasing, the new Golf allows the driver to operate the vehicle intuitively.” Practically all displays and controls are digital: the new instruments and online infotainment systems meld together into a display landscape featuring touch buttons and touch sliders. A windshield head-up display is optionally available to further enhance the range of information available.


Five hybrid drives for the new Golf

With the new Golf, Volkswagen has started a hybrid offensive. As the first model of the brand, the eighth Golf will be available in no less than five hybrid drive versions. Its debut also celebrates 48V technology: a belt starter generator, 48V lithium-ion battery and the latest generation of efficient TSI engines form a new mild hybrid drive in the eTSI. Tangible benefits: consumption has been cut by up to 10% (on the basis of WLTP) and the vehicle is extremely agile and comfortable when moving off. Volkswagen will offer the Golf in three eTSI output stages: 81 kW / 110 PS, 96 kW / 130 PS and 110 kW / 150 PS.


The eighth generation of the best-seller will also be available as two plug-in hybrid drive variants. A new efficiency version generates 150 kW / 204 PS while the very sporty GTE delivers 180 kW / 245 PS. Both Golf versions with plug-in hybrid drives will launch with a new 13 kWh lithium-ion battery on board that enables larger electrically powered ranges of approximately 60 kilometres, and temporarily turns the Golf into a zero-emissions vehicle.


Efficient petrol and diesel – consumption savings of up to 17%

The drive options for the new Golf also include a petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI) and natural gas drive (TGI), two three-cylinder petrol engines with 66 kW / 90 PS and 81 kW / 110 PS, two four-cylinder diesel engines with 85 kW / 115 PS and 110 kW / 150 PS, and a TGI with 96 kW / 130 PS. The new TSI variants have particularly low consumption values and emissions thanks to elements including the innovative TSI Miller combustion process. An innovation in the TDI powertrains: Volkswagen uses twin-dosing technology (two SCR catalytic converters) to significantly reduce nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) by up to 80%; in addition, TDI consumption is lowered by up to 17% compared with its predecessor.


Consistently connected and Car2X as standard 
The systems have not only been linked to each other, but thanks to an online connectivity unit (OCU), they have also been connected to the world outside the Golf. The standard OCU featuring integrated eSIM links to “We Connect” and “We Connect Plus” online functions and services. The new Golf is also the first Volkswagen to connect with its environment as standard, via Car2X: signals from the traffic infrastructure and information from other vehicles up to 800 metres away are notified to the driver via a display. The Golf also shares these warnings with other Car2X models. Swarm intelligence is becoming a reality, representing the beginning of a new phase of traffic safety.


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