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TSI technology becomes serial winner

TSI technology from Volkswagen today once again received the ‘International Engine of the Year Award’: the 1.4 litre TSI twincharger, which won for the ninth time in succession in the 1.0 to 1.4 litre cubic capacity category, is thus the most successful engine in the history of this international competition for engine technology.

 Volkswagen 1.4 125kW TSI

For several years, the pithy TSI brand has stood for intelligent downsizing from Volkswagen. Despite their comparatively small cubic capacity the TSI engines produce, for instance, levels of power output that until not so very long ago only engines with a considerably bigger capacity were able to offer. The TSI engine is currently available in differing cubic capacity classes and levels of power output ranging between 66 kW / 90 PS and 221 kW / 300 PS. The first TSI engine was in 2006 the twincharger, now once again an award winner, which thanks to an additional turbocharger and mechanical compressor has especially high torque and is very efficient. The TSI twincharger is available in different power levels from 103 kW / 140 PS to 125 kW / 170 PS and continues to be offered for a multitude of models – in the Beetle, Jetta, Eos, Golf Cabriolet, Touran, Tiguan, Passat and Sharan.

However, the downsizing is not yet finished: the latest addition to the TSI family is the 1.0 litre version delivering 66 kW / 90 PS in the new Polo TSI BlueMotion. This first one-litre, three cylinder direct injection turbo engine will be making its debut in the second half of the year, featuring fuel consumption of just 4.1 l/100 km and thus a CO2 figure of 94 g/km. Its predecessor, delivering an identical 90 PS, consumed 4.9 l/100 km (equating to 113 g/km CO2).

With active cylinder management (ACT), Volkswagen has since last year also been offering a technology that enables an additional reduction in fuel consumption by temporarily turning off the second and third cylinder.

The award for the 1.4 TSI was presented today in Stuttgart to Carsten Helbing, Head of Application EA888 and Alternative Fuels in the Volkswagen Petrol Engine Development Division. “Our successful TSI engines have for years been impressively demonstrating that the combination of cubic capacity reduction, direct injection and intelligent charging produces great dynamic performance while at the same time delivering low emission and fuel consumption figures,” explained Helbing at the award presentation.

The International Engine of the Year Award is a competition that has been held annually since 1999, in which more than 80 motoring journalists from all over the world give awards to the best engines in a range of different categories. Factors incorporated into the assessment via a special points system include the journalists’ personal driving experience, fuel efficiency, engine noise and power output.

Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 TSI with 6-Speed DSG Launched in Malaysia

It’s officially now that Volkswagen Group Malaysia introduces the new choice for driving pleasure, the Tiguan 1.4 2WD, a fully imported compact SUV from Germany which is available for viewing at all Volkswagen dealerships in Peninsular Malaysia started last Friday.

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 TSI Malaysia

“The Tiguan is the latest addition to our range of offerings and it is a dynamic two-wheel drive SUV that provides power yet fuel efficiency for the performance-driven, and still encapsulates advanced safety features for peace of mind. It provides both a fun and dynamic city drive as well as comfortable long-distance travelling experience making it a more accessible addition to the trademark ‘Tiguan’ experience,” said Christoph Aringer, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia.

The Tiguan features a 1.4l (160PS) twin-charged direct petrol injection TSI engine mated to a 6-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG) for a riveting performance. This winning combination produces a maximum torque of 240Nm kicking in from a low 1500rpm, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 100kph in 8.9 seconds with a top speed of 198 km/h.

With a stellar combination of its innovative TSI and DSG technology, the Tiguan delivers maximum power with minimum fuel consumption. For driving enthusiasts, rest assured that its direct shift, dual-clutch transmission offers the smoothest shifting to further enhance the experience behind the wheel. 

On the fuel efficiency front, the Tiguan has impressive combined fuel consumption ratings, returning an impressive 7.1litres/100km (works out to be 14.1km/litre).

The only SUV in its segment to offer these exclusive innovative features, the two-wheel drive Tiguan is equipped with an automatic stop/start system engine that prevents unnecessary engine idle to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Additionally, it is equipped with a regenerative braking system where kinetic energy applied during drive and brake converts to recharge the vehicle’s battery.

Passenger protection is a high priority at Volkswagen. Offering the advanced ‘Rest Assist’ drowsiness detection system that alerts the driver when he or she is drowsy, the Tiguan features Electronic Stability Control (ESC) designed to prevent under-steer or over-steer during bends. In its interior, the car is further equipped with 6 airbags (dual front, dual side and curtain), standard three-point seatbelts, safety-optimised front headrests which is particularly effective at helping to minimize head and whiplash injuries in an accident, and an anti-theft alarm system for unparalleled safety and security.

The interior of the Tiguan remains true to its promise of comfort, with space and innovative features in abundance. Fitted with ‘Milan’ Alcantara seats, the Tiguan comes with a built-in electric parking brake with auto-hold, leather gear knob, auto dimming rear view mirror, foot lights, split folding rear bench with slide function, folding table on front seats, adjustable front centre armrest, seat adjustments for the front seats and variable seating system and 8 speakers. Amplifying the experience for customers further, the optional Tech Pack features even more innovations, such as a ‘Rear Assist’ rear view camera, ‘Climatronic’ auto air-conditioning with 2-zone temperature control system, RCD510 colour touchscreen with MP3 and 6-CD changer radio system, multiple connectivity options such as Bluetooth, cruise control and a leather steering wheel.

Possessing its signature style, the Tiguan is unmistakably a Volkswagen. With chrome radiator grille framed by swept back headlights, the practical SUV comes equipped with bi-xenon headlights for low and high beam with integrated LED daytime running lights (tech pack), dynamic headlight range adjustment and dynamic bending lights (tech pack), front and rear fog lights, and electric adjustable folding and heated exterior mirrors (tech pack). Though elegant, its ruggedness and aggressive styling is accentuated by four 17-inch ‘Boston’ alloy wheels and silver anodized roof rails. Further equipped with environment lighting, heat insulating glass, rain sensor and rear parking sensor; a wider and lower stance also gives the Tiguan a sharper profile.

The Tiguan is offered in five colour choices: Pure White, Reflex Silver, Titanium Beige, Pepper Grey and Toffee Brown. The Tiguan is price at RM178,888 and an option for Tech Pack at RM188,888.

Volkswagen Premiere Four Vehicles at Auto China 2014

At Auto China 2014 in Beijing, no less than four vehicles are at the centre of Volkswagen’s show booth. In addition to the world premiere of the facelift Touareg, Volkswagen presents three concept cars to the Chinese market: the extremely sporty Golf R 400, the dynamically- designed New Midsize Coupé and the Golf Edition on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Golf.

Auto China 2014

The Touareg is one of the most-successful upper class SUVs in the world, with over 720,000 units sold. In a world premiere, Volkswagen is now presenting the updated version of the Touareg at Auto China in Beijing. The new generation can be visually identified by dynamically-styled front and rear sections as well as fresh colours and wheels. The V6 TDI version now offers a coast function in addition to bi-xenon headlights. In combination with the RNS 850 radio/navigation system and a mobile telephone connection, drivers of the Touareg can now use mobile online services in Europe. The new Touareg version will be launched in the German market in autumn – as a diesel (TDI) and as a hybrid (TSI plus electric motor). 
 

Auto China 2014

The name of the Golf R 400 says it all: The extremely sporty car, developed by Volkswagen R GmbH, shows its power in its name – 400 PS (294 kW). Powered by a 2.0 TSI engine, whose technical genes stem from the Polo WRC racing engine, the Golf is catapulted from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The top speed is 280 km/h, and the maximum torque of 450 Newton metres is available starting at 2,400 rpm. The extremely dynamic Golf R 400 is perfect in every detail: its engine, its permanent 4-wheel-drive system 4MOTION and its sport suspension, as well as its body that has been redesigned to a large extent. The Golf R 400 is painted in “Silver Flake”, which is contrasted by the roof in glossy black and mirror caps in real carbon fibre. 


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The way to the future is shown by a four-door coupé unlike any other in its class – the New Midsize Coupé (NMC) concept car. Volkswagen will show the car in Beijing, combining the worlds of saloon and sports cars. The NMC brings together all the components of a perfect coupé design. The low (1,422 mm) and wide (1,838 mm) body provides for a low centre of gravity. At the same time, the lines of the long bonnet reach over the powerful roof line to the concise C pillar with a short boot to form a completely dynamic silhouette.

The concept car is painted in “Dragon Red,” a brilliant red effects paint, establishing a colour contrast to the high-gloss black elements, such as the roof surface with its integrated panoramic sunroof. The front section, with an avant-garde radiator grille, LED headlights with 3D optics and a large lower air inlet with a concise chrome signature feature an exceptionally progressive design. The side view provides the impression of a sports car, with its 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels with 245/40 low- profile tyres.

Auto China 2014

The global success and 40th anniversary of the Golf is celebrated with an exclusive concept car: the Golf Edition. This fascinating concept car is equipped like a luxury limousine, and distinguishes itself by the exclusive colour “Magic Morning” and burnished 19-inch “Madrid” alloy wheels. The metallic paint with a white basic tint stands out by a special golden shimmer that becomes visible at certain viewing angles. The interior of the Golf Edition presents itself in two-tone leather in “St. Tropez” sand colour and black. Further highlights like wood trim in the door panels, sports seats, luxurious diamond quilting seams on the upholstery and a centre console in piano finish underscore the luxurious ambience. The concept car honours the Golf, of which more than 30 million units were sold, making it one of the most successful automobiles of all times.

Volkswagen Passat Received Enhancement Features in Malaysia for 2014

The Volkswagen Passat received a new refinement with enhanced specifications in Malaysia.

2014 Volkswagen Passat CKD 

Volkswagen Group Malaysia Managing Director Mr Christoph Aringer shares that the Passat has always emulated the progress of technological advancement at Volkswagen, saying “Since the inception of its debut model in 1973, the Passat has undergone impressive technological improvements to be the premium executive sedan that it is today; concurrently selling over 15 million vehicles worldwide. The Passat continues to be a testament of our commitment to offer competitively priced class-leading vehicles to Malaysians and the Passat remains ever true to Volkswagen’s values of quality, innovation and environmental friendliness.”

As we have tested before back in late 2012, refer: http://www.fastmotoring.com/index.php/2012/12/volkswagen-passat-1-8-tsi-b7-test-drive-review/

The Passat offers drivers enhanced connectivity, safety and comfort features. The sedan’s range of connectivity options now includes Bluetooth, telephone connectivity and audio streaming which allows Passat owners to wirelessly integrate a compatible mobile phone offering hands-free communication. Its comfort features have been upgraded to include 12-way adjustable electric front seats and memory function for driver’s seat to ensure comfortable and fatigue-free travel, even on long journeys.

The Passat_12-way adjustable electric front seats

On the car’s security front, the Passat is now improved with anti-theft alarm system with electronic immobiliser offering maximum protection against vehicle theft. Another notable enhanced feature is the sedan’s electric folding exterior mirrors.

The Passat_Electric folding exterior mirrors

Equipped with a 1.8-litre TSI 160PS turbocharged direct petrol injection 4-cylinder engine, the Passat produces maximum torque of 250Nm kicking in from a low 1500rpm all the way to 4200rpm – making it amongst the most powerful car available in its segment. This efficient engine is mated to a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox, enabling this sedan to accelerate from 0 to 100kph in 8.5 seconds; and is capable in reaching a top speed of 220kph.

The combination of its TSI and DSG technology places the Passat at the forefront of Volkswagen’s fuel efficiency, returning a frugal 7.0 litres/100km (approximately 14.3 km/litre) on the combined cycle.

The Passat is available in 6 colour choices: Candy White, Light Brown, Reflex Silver, Deep Black, Black Oak Brown and Icelandic Grey. The Passat is available for booking at all Volkswagen dealerships with the selling price of RM 169,888. 

Volkswagen Group Malaysia Optimises Extended Warranty Programme Process For Customers

With immediate effect, Volkswagen Group Malaysia has just announced that it is now centrally-managing a streamlined process for Extended Warranty Programme (EWP) claims with immediate effect. This customer-oriented approach is done in cooperation with its insurance partner and authorized dealer network to ensure a faster processing time and seamless customer experience on all warranty claims.

VOLKSWAGEN OPTIMISES EXTENDED WARRANTY PROGRAMME PROCESS FOR CUSTOMERS

According to recently appointed Volkswagen Group Malaysia Managing Director Christoph Aringer, “We at Volkswagen are committed to continually improve our customer service standards to be one of the best in the industry. This optimization of our Extended Warranty Programme process is the next step that we are embarking on in order to ensure the vehicle maintenance process at our authorized service centre network is tailored according to our customers’ needs.”

Furthermore, Volkswagen Group Malaysia and their insurance partner also announced today a 1,500 km allowance extension of the corridor of goodwill. The manufacturer recommended service interval mileage at every 15,000 km or 1 year whichever comes first. With the goodwill extension, customers will now enjoy a service interval mileage allowance of up to 1,500 km past their service intervals.

“These adjustments to Volkswagen Group Malaysia’s warranty and servicing programme policies are part of our efforts to accelerate customer satisfaction. At the end of the day, we want to ensure that our discerning customers have more efficiency, flexibility and convenience when servicing their vehicles,” continues Aringer.

These latest moves underline Volkswagen Group Malaysia and their dealer network’s renewed commitment to customer satisfaction, which has seen the recent enhancement of efforts such as the dedicated Volkswagen Hotline to handle all enquiries on Volkswagen’s Extended Warranty Programme (EWP).

In terms of operation hours, customers can now service their vehicles 7 days a week, with the extension of operating hours for maintenance service on Sundays for 20 Volkswagen service centres in Peninsular Malaysia. Additionally, opening hours at selected service centres in Klang Valley will be extended from 8am to 8pm and the technical teams will operate in double shifts on weekdays to ensure minimal waiting time for Volkswagen owners and enhance the customer experience.