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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.

Volkswagen Group Malaysia Focus on Customer Satisfaction

Recently, Volkswagen Group Malaysia shared their plans in collaboration with their authorised dealer network and service centres to improve after-sales and customer satisfaction levels in line with the leading European automotive brand’s development plan in the country. 

Volkswagen Malaysia - Service Centre

As one of the first steps, Volkswagen Group Malaysia is pleased to inform that 20 authorised Volkswagen service centres in Peninsular Malaysia will open on Sundays from 9.00am to 5.00pm for maintenance service starting from 16 March 2014, providing Volkswagen owners with greater flexibility and convenience in maintaining their vehicles.

Volkswagen owners only need to make an appointment a few working days before their desired service on Sundays in order to secure an appointment with their preferred service centre. This operating hour extension for participating dealers service centres in the country is in line with Volkswagen’s commitment to further increase customer satisfaction.

Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Malaysia, Christoph Aringer mentions, “Customer satisfaction is an integral component of Volkswagen Group Malaysia, as it contributes directly to the growth and development of our brand locally. Based on the feedback we have garnered from our customers, we are taking steps to increase the levels of service quality and customer satisfaction in order to meet the needs and expectations of discerning Malaysian drivers.”

Volkswagen Group Malaysia also announced that they are in the midst of intensifying the professional training programmes for sales as well as after-sales staff throughout all dealers and service centre network. This is a joint approach with Volkswagen Group Malaysia’s dealer partners, encompassing various sales and service areas as part of Volkswagen growth strategy in Malaysia.

“Whether it’s ensuring that our sales consultants have access to the latest product knowledge and after-sales support in order to engage and address our customers’ needs at the level expected of a leading global brand or equipping our after-sales  teams with the skills in order to consistently and accurately diagnose and address technical issues, we at Volkswagen Group Malaysia are committed to continually raising our standards to set the industry benchmark right here in Malaysia for Malaysians,” added Mr. Christoph Aringer.

The authorised Volkswagen service centres which will be open on Sundays as part of the after-sales campaign are as follows:-

No

Service Center

Contact No.

1

Volkswagen Georgetown

04 2826 333

2

Volkswagen Glenmarie

03 5567 0691

3

Volkswagen Ipoh

05 5063 133

4

Volkswagen Jalan Ipoh

03 6259 6669

5

Volkswagen Juru

04 5022 999

6

Volkswagen PJ

03 7960 0801

7

Volkswagen Sungai Besi

03 9236 2929

8

Volkswagen Skudai

07 237 9301

9

Volkswagen TTDI

03 7725 3303

10

CNB Auto Sdn Bhd (Klang)

03 3318 8526

11

CNB Auto Sdn Bhd (Old Klang Road)

03 7983 3226

12

CNB Auto Sdn Bhd (Tebrau)

07 3617 860

13

F.A Wagen Sdn Bhd (Alor Setar)

04 7301 846

14

F.A Wagen Sdn Bhd (Sg. Petani)

04 4411 006

15

Hicom Auto Sdn Bhd (Bayan Baru)

04 6408 808

16

Hicom Auto Sdn Bhd (Cheras)

03 9074 3702

17

Hicom Auto Sdn Bhd (Seremban)

06 6321 551

18

MHV Autohaus Sdn Bhd

03 4026 9200

19

N3 Auto Sdn Bhd

06 2822 422

20

Swire Motor Sdn Bhd (Puchong)

03 5882 7288

Volkswagen Kombi Campervan RIP 1950-2013

VW ends production of its iconic Kombi campervan

Volkswagen has announced it will end production of the Kombi campervan in 2013 – 63 years after it was introduced to the world market back in 1950.

Production of the iconic VW Kombi campervan ended on Friday, as Brazil – the last country to make the vehicles due to stricter auto safety rules.

Volkswagen Kombi

The Kombi has been produced in Brazil since 1957, making it the longest produced model in automotive history. The final VW Kombi Campervan will roll off the production line of VW’s Anchieta plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, on Friday, as the legacy Kombi cannot meet the Brazil’s new automotive safety standards.

Volkswagen Kombi

Brazil is pushing to introduce tougher auto regulations in 2014, including the requirement that all vehicles must have air bags and antilock brakes (ABS) – features that VW said do not fit in the classic van. To mark the end of production, VW produced a limited run of 600 special edition vans in white and blue, featuring “luxury internal finishings” and a commemorative plaque on the dashboard.