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Volkswagen Amarok ;

 The most Fuel-Efficient Ute in its class with 7.7 litre per 100 kms

 First Dual-Cab Ute To Receive 5 Star ANCAP Rating Remember April… 2011 Toodyay Bug-In followed by the… Road Trip 2011


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CONTACT US VOLKSWAGEN CLUB OF WA (Inc)

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YOUR COMMITTEE (cont’d) EDITOR:

0407347340

PO Box 175

Ray Willis

viawest@vwclubwa.com

Victoria Park

CONCESSION LICENCE:

(08) 9375 3082

ABN:

Western Australia 6979 31 610 140 537

John Vogiatzakis CMC LIAISON OFFICER:

(08) 9342 8703

TELEPHONE:

(08) 9342 8703

Richard Hines

E-MAIL:

info@vwclubwa.com

PROPERTY OFFICER:

WEBSITE:

www.vwclubwa.com

Richard Hines

MAIL:

PRESIDENT: Ray Willis

YOUR COMMITTEE 0407347340 executive@vwclubwa.com

(08) 9342 8703

MERCHANDISE OFFICER:

0417173886

Karen Fyfe SOCIAL SECRETARY:

0402589186

Jamie Barrett

VICE PRESIDENT:

SPORTS ORGANISER:

Jason Phillips

Vacant

Currently grouped under

SECRETARY:

(08) 9332 6919

PUBLICITY OFFICER:

Rod McSwain

administration@vwclubwa.com

Vacant

MEMBERSHIPS:

(08) 9332 6919

GENERAL COMMITTEE:

Rod McSwain

administration@vwclubwa.com

Karla Paget, Dave Moore, Patrick Spiteri

TREASURER: Vacant

“Events Coordinator” Ray Willis Colin Seth, Merrick Paget,

WEBMASTER: finance@vwclubwa.com

Tina Moore

webmaster@vwclubwa.com

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VIAWEST MAGAZINE

VOLKSWAGEN EVENTS

Advertising: Please send your „for sale‟ or „wanted‟ adverts by mail or email to the Editor before the publication deadline.

Normally one event will be nominated as the club run each month. Some months will have more than one event. Not all events attended by the club will be club organised. Please note that non-members are welcome to come to the club organised events. If you have any friends you would like to accompany us, please bring them along. If you have any ideas or suggestions for club organised events give a Committee member a call or an e-mail and the committee so we can put it on our calendar. The VW Events Calendar is at page 6 and lists the upcoming events and club runs for some months in advance in chrono-

Fees: Members - 1/4 page adverts are free. Non-Members - 1/4 page adverts are $5.00 Please contact the Editor to find out about commercial advertising in the magazine, inserting flyers or advertising on the website. Publication Deadline: The ViaWest magazine‟s deadline for articles for the next issue is March 20 Disclaimer: The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the Volkswagen Club of WA (Inc), its Committee or members.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at John Hughes Volkswagen in Victoria Park, starting at 6:30pm. Committee meetings are open to all members and invited guests.

Membership and Birthdays Welcome to new members Neil Robinson  Ben Sturkey 

Happy Birthday to the following members for

JANUARY FEBRUARY            

Gerald Frensham Duncan Mann Tom Mills Rose Van Son Russell Maslin Robert Lafferty Scarlett Faulkner Amanda Logan Shae Palmer Nicholas Williams Jessica Shepherd Coral Scales

Mike Doyle  Natalie Grinbergs 

Currently the club has...

137 memberships We are still breaking records for the club. Welcome everybody...

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Gary Bull Eric Logan Karla Paget Raelene Doran Bill Cullen Ann Morris Peter Richards Ton Verbunt Ross Collins Emma Faulkner Lauren Storrs Jerry Heldt Kerry Muste Adam Hallsworth Krystle Fernandes Sheley Hallsworth Kelli Summerfield Zoe Menke Karen Fyfe Arnold Van Son Zoe Rea

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IN THIS ISSUE

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The Club ............................. p 2 The Club (contd) ................. p 4 A word from the Editor ........ p 5 VW Event Calendar ............ p 6 Club Run March .................. p 7 Margaret River Stomp ......... p 8

2011 Toodyay Bug-In Robert Rudd Bridget Churack Burgl Schindler / Ilett Christopher Rea Tim Churack Lachie Glasfurd Jasmin Summerfield Tania Spiteri

........................................... p 9 New Volkswagen  Amarok ......................... p 12 Volkswagen News  Polo Award Winner ....... p 16  Top safety awards ........ p 17

Trish Summerfield

 Sales records................ p 17

Dennis Morris

 VW Wins Dakar ........... p 19

Aletia Artemis

 New XL1 ....................... p 21

Erin Taylor Robin Gurnett

 Golf R award winner ..... p 25

Lara Rundle

 Sydney Swans .............. p 26

James Kuenzel Jillian Pim John Turnbull Caylah Williams Joshua Hallsworth Claire Robinson Sue Waters

Paul Rogers

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Hello to our members and especially our new members...I must sincerely apologize for the delay in the ViaWest coming out...not enough weeks in the days...this one says January-February on the cover but is being issued in March...please enjoy!

2011 Toodyay Bug-In The coming Bug-In means that a lot of my time and the committee has been taken up organising what we hope will be a great national Volkswagen event our club can be proud of. We have made many trips to Toodyay as well as the South West to prepare the organisation of the event. We have been processing registrations, issuing Bug-In Bulletins, booking venues, filling out forms left right and centre, keeping the website up to date and networking with all the people involved. This has used up many hours of the committee‟s spare time...all donated free to the club. You have probably been asked again and again if you are coming to the 2011 Toodyay Bug-In or any of the individual events. At the end of this week we only have 6 weeks to go to the event. We will be finalising all our arrangements based on the registrations we have on hand in the next week. There will be little room for late entries or last minute decisions...if you are a maybe, but cannot commit right now, please let us know now. If you are coming to the Bug-In or just some of the events, please complete your registration and/or entry forms and get them to us as soon as possible...we would hate to see our members miss out. This event will not be in WA again for another 5-6 years, if you want to attend a Bug-In in that time you will have to travel east. The decision is all yours... Ray Willis

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indicates a club run

VW Event

Calendar

This Month Wednesday 2nd

March 2011 ALFRED’S of GUILDFORD 7pm cnr of Meadow & James St Guildford

Wednesday 9th

MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

Sunday 13th

MORNING TEA 10:00am - 12:00pm

Contact: Rod McSwain 9332 6919

See website www.vwclubwa.com for details Sunday 20th #

CLASSIC CAR SHOW at WHITEMAN PARK

Contact: Richard Hines (08) 9342

See details on page 7 Wednesday 23rd

EVENT COORDINATION MEETING - 2011 Bug-In

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

See website www.vwclubwa.com for location

April 2011 Wednesday 6th

ALFRED’S of GUILDFORD 7pm cnr of Meadow & James St Guildford

Sunday 10th

MORNING TEA 10:00am - 12:00pm

Contact: Rod McSwain 9332 6919

See website www.vwclubwa.com for details Wednesday 13th

MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

2011 TOODYAY BUG-IN # Friday 22nd

Hot X Buns, Afternoon Tea and Welcome BBQ

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

Saturday 23rd

Show n Shine, Cruise and Italian Dinner

Contact: Rod McSwain 0403259719

Sunday 24th

Motorkhana or York Bus Tour, Presentation Dinner

Monday 25th

Anzac Day (free time), Farewell Afternoon Tea ROAD TRIP 2011 - SOUTH WEST #

Monday 25th

Dinner (Toodyay)

Contact: Rod McSwain 0403259719

Tuesday 26th to

Tour - Toodyay, Bunbury, Margaret River,

Contact: Karen Fyfe 0417173886

Saturday 30th

Pemberton, Bunbury, Mandurah

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CLUB RUN 20th MARCH - CLASSIC CAR SHOW The Club Run for March is the …CLASSIC CAR SHOW at WHITEMAN PARK (MUSSEL POOL)

Sunday 20th March 2011 To participate in the car show you will need to get a ticket from the VW Club – contact Richard Hines (08) 9342 8703. Tickets are limited so be early! Those members that were there last year will know that there is a BBQ in close proximity to our location. For those members that have requested tickets and intend taking part in the annual Classic Car Show at Whiteman Park, here are a few tips and requirements.  Gates open at 6:00am but please don't arrive before 7:30. All entrants are required to be through the gates by 9:00am.

MUSSEL POOL

 No car may be removed before 4:00pm. This is an insurance requirement by Whiteman Park.  All members that have advised the club committee of their intention of taking part will be provided with their tickets and a map showing where to go.

be completed before you get to the gate.  Read all conditions printed on the ticket. If anything  Follow the directions of the volunteer Marshalls printed there contradicts this article, accept what is on the ticket. Hope to see as many as you as possible on the day….  Fill in your tickets as soon as you get them. They must

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Margaret River Vintage Stomp 2011 WHAT IS VINTAGE STOMP? Vintage Stomp is a day of celebration to mark the end of the grape harvest in Margaret River and the South - West. Local food producers, wineries, breweries, artisans, and the overall community have been committing to the family day fair since 2005. Vintage Stomp has attracted thousands of visitors to the feast of food and wine, kids‟ fairground, artists, local crafts, grape - stomping competition and barrel race. The Margaret River Vintage Stomp Festival Committee was established as a non - profit entity to create this superb annual event . In many major wine regions of the world, the annual grape harvest culminates in a celebration to give thanks for a bountiful season. The Margaret River wine region had no such event and Vintage Stomp was first held in May 2005 to address this absence. The aim of the committee was to create a vintage fair showcasing the region ‟s food and wine, with full community participation, that would become an annual tradition within the wine industry calendar and for the community of Margaret River. The giant god of the vintage, Bacchus will lead revelers to Stomp on

Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 11am - 4pm with thanks to Voyager Estate for once again donating its grounds to host this event. THEME Each year Vintage Stomp has an international wine growing region as its theme. In 2011 the Festival will celebrate the wine growing regions of Germany. CAR DISPLAY In 2010 Vintage Stomp celebrated California's wine district and included a Cadillac car display, which was very popular. Stomp organisers are approaching the Mercedes

Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen and BMW Clubs in the hope of arranging a German car display for 2011.

Each participating car member will be offered a 2 bottle gift pack (of our Chenin & Girt by Sea) as a token of thanks. In addition, each member (and anyone accompanying them) will, of course, receive free entry to the Festival. A token for a glass of Voyager Estate wine will also be available for participating members to enjoy in the Football Marquee, which will be televising live the Eagles vs Dockers derby. BREAKDOWN OF EVENTS The following are a list of events previously seen at the Vintage Stomp, and in planning for the Vintage Stomp for 2011. In keeping with the annual tradition of celebrating harvest around the world, Vintage Stomp 2011 is inspired by the wine growing regions of Germany:  Margaret River regional producers offering their gourmet food products for tasting and sales.  Local artists demonstrating their craft and selling their wares.  Local beer and wine producers offering their products for tasting and sale.  Food stalls  Children's Area with multiple activities and games.  Grand Parade including;  the Blessing of the Harvest led

by Bacchus and Bacchantes  Primary school children dressed in costume  Floats designed and created by students  High school dancers  Marching band  Voyager Estate's harvester  Themed floats  Car Clubs  Aboriginal dance group, smoking ceremony and welcoming dance  Bacchantes dancers  Big screen TV televising the Eagles vs Dockers derby  Welcome and Ode to Bacchus  Election of a Vintage King or Queen honouring someone in the community who has made a major contribution (cultural, industry, social, welfare)  German musical entertainment  The Waiters Race  Industry Barrel Race  Tug of War  Hogs Head Estate Race  Celebrity Stomp  Wine Spitting Competition SUMMARY Vintage Stomp embodies the concept of celebrating the end of vintage in Margaret River with a festival renowned for its vibrancy, community participation and attendance and high quality theatre productions. Its main aim is to generate an increase on visit or numbers to the region particularly from intrastate and interstate during the off peak season in May and to offer an exciting and truly unique experience in one of the world's most beautiful regions. It is one of the rare occasions where tourism and the local community can spend the day together celebrating all that is so precious to the Margaret River region.

Anybody that wants to attend, please contact Ray Willis by SMS on 0407347340 or Email viawest@vwclubwa.com ASAP!

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2011 Toodyay Bug-In The 2011 event will be held in and around the town of Toodyay and hosted by the VW Club of WA Inc (Friday 22nd April to Monday 25th April). The four days of the Bug-In are filled with social gettogethers and events including the mandatory welcoming event on the Friday night; a show and shine; a motorkhana and a presentation dinner. The event will attract people from all states as well as our club members here in WA. REGISTRATION FORM The REGISTRATION FORM for the 2011 Toodyay Bug-In is now available. The FORM has 6 parts; Your Personal (and vehicle) Details; Your Event registration; Your Merchandise order; Your Motoring participation (Show n Shine or Motorkhana) if any; Road Trip 2011 registration; and Your Payment details. The Event registration has two options to choose from; Option 1 - You can choose an „ALL-INCLUSIVE‟ payment and adults get a Bug-In shirt included, OR Option 2 - You can pay for the individual events you are going to attend Register now without delay! The REGISTRATION FORM is on the club website...

2011 Bug-In show n shine The 2011 Bug-In Show n Shine will be held on Saturday 23rd April 2011 from 9:00am to 1:00pm - entry from 8:00am. It will be held in the main street of Toodyay (Stirling Terrace) specially closed to traffic for the event. While the title is Show n Shine, the event is open to all Volkswagens and affiliates, from the daily driver to that special restoration and everything in between. The same as the annual Day of the Volkswagen, this is just a celebration of all things Volkswagen. Come for the day, have breakfast and/or lunch, show your car, do some shopping and see the Toodyay sights. Trophies for those just attending on the day will be handed out on the day. Trophies for the „Bug-In‟ vehicles will be handed out at the Presentation Dinner on the Sunday night. The entry fee is $10 per car with trophies for the best cars on show on the day. If you are not already in Toodyay for the Bug-In, you can just enter for the Show n Shine. Complete your ENTRY FORM and send it in with your payment now without delay! The ENTRY FORM just for the Show N Shine is now on the club website...

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Toodyay, one of Western Australia’s oldest towns, is nestled in the heart of the beautiful Avon Valley. Being only one hour‟s drive from Perth it is the ideal destination for both day visitors and those venturing further into the Wheatbelt or the Chittering Valley. The area displays a vast wealth of cultural and natural heritage that can be appreciated throughout the year, with the changing seasons offering a new perspective of the landscape with each visit. The beauty of the hills and the magnificent Avon River are a sight to behold, whilst the townsite maintains the charms of a past era. Toodyay‟s rich cultural history has been preserved and protected by the high value placed on its heritage by the community. Not only are many of the historic buildings extremely well preserved in terms of integrity and authenticity, their histories have also been well documented and explored. Toodyay is therefore privileged to have two museums that provide a wonderful insight to the region‟s past, these being the Old Gaol Museum and Connor‟s Mill. In addition there are a number of self

guided walk and drive trails in the area that provide for a wonderful days outing for the whole family. With its museums and historic buildings, arts and crafts, emu and alpaca farms, gardens, native flora & fauna, magnificent vistas, wonderful cuisine and so much more, Toodyay should be explored by everyone! The ideal starting point for any visit to Toodyay is the Toodyay Visitor Centre, where the friendly staff can provide you with further details on what to see and where to stay. TOODYAY VISITORS CENTRE Address: 7 Piesse Street, Toodyay WA 6566 Telephone: (08) 9574 2435 Email: visitorscentre@toodyay.wa.gov.au Opening Hours: Sun-Sat: 9am-4pm Website: www.toodyay.com

Shire of toodyay bug-in motorkhana The 'Shire of Toodyay' Motorkhana will be held on Sunday 24th April 2011 from 9:00am to 3:00pm – entry from 8:00am. It will be held inside the Toodyay Race Track. This is a fun event where in a low speed test you can trial your driving skills and your cars ability. You can compete against yourself for better times and results or you can challenge for the trophies on offer. If you have not been to a Bug-In before or not seen or participated in a Motorkhana (or similar events) we have put together some information for you on our website. Spectators are welcome for FREE! Come for the day or just to have a look, you may also want to do some shopping in town and see the Toodyay sights. Trophies will be handed out at the Presentation Dinner on the Sunday night. The driver entry fee is $25 with trophies for the best drivers on the day. Several drivers can share a car. If you are not already in Toodyay for the Bug-In, you can just enter for the 'Shire of Toodyay' Motorkhana. Complete your ENTRY FORM and send it in with your payment now without delay! The ENTRY FORM just for the Motorkhana is now on the club website...

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accommodation We must point out that the club is NOT booking accommodation. Where you choose to stay is your decision. Groups or friends may want to share a house or get their accommodation together in one location etc. You will need to book early and bookings must be made through the Toodyay Visitors Centre...see our Toodyay 2011 Brochure on the website. Our website also has an Accommodation Guide that gives you a list of what type is available, the distance from the town and approximate pricing. As the name suggests, it is only a guide. However, the Toodyay Visitors Centre has the definitive information. Toodyay Visitors Centre: 7 Piesse Street, Toodyay WA Telephone: (08) 9574 2435 Email: visitorscentre@toodyay.wa.gov.au

ROAD TRIP 2011 - SOUTH WEST The „Volkswagen Group Australia‟ Road Trip 2011 is planned to be a 4 ½ day tour that will begin on Tuesday morning 26th April after the Bug-In being held in Toodyay over the Easter weekend of 22-25 April 2011. It will travel a loop of the South West of WA taking in all the sights, smells, tastes, sounds and feel of everything that the area has to offer in a brief but extensive experience. The Road Trip participants will receive an information pack a month or so beforehand, so they can familiarise themselves with more detail of the trip – once you have registered keep a look out! REGISTRATION FORM The REGISTRATION FORM for the whole 2011 Toodyay Bug-In is now available and includes a section for the Road Trip 2011. You will need to complete this if attending more events than the Road Trip 2011. Register now without delay - as a whole of Bug-In participant it gives you Road Trip 2011 FREE entry! The REGISTRATION FORM is on the club website... However, you can complete a separate ENTRY FORM for Road Trip 2011 if only attending this event – SEE BELOW. Road Trip 2011 Entry For those not attending the 2011 Toodyay Bug-In, you can still just participate in the Road Trip 2011 by completing a separate ENTRY FORM. For non-Buginners the entry fees for the Road Trip 2011 are;  VW Club WA Members - $30 adult and $10 child.  Non-Members - $50 registration fee plus $30 adult and $10 child. Complete your ENTRY FORM and send it in with your payment now without delay! The ENTRY FORM just for the Road Trip 2011 is now on the club website...

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Australian Debut Of The Amarok Volkswagen Ute revolutionises segment with 7.7 litre fuel consumption as the Most Fuel-Efficient Ute In Its Class. The Volkswagen ute is all-round talent for work and recreation. The Amarok went on sale in Australia as of 1 March 2011.. With the new Amarok, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is presenting a debut of the world‟s most advanced production ute for the Australian market. The highly advanced TDI engine of the Amarok – a boosted direct injection engine – will set new standards when it comes to fuel economy and emissions.

differential, which is one of three driveline options of the new model. In terms of its space, load area width and height and cargo loading abilities, the new Amarok is a class leader.

zontal lines, in the well-defined interplay of body surfaces and high precision of its workmanship.

Specifically, one of its most prominent identifying features is the visual unit The ute‟s active and passive safety The ute from Volkswagen begins its formed by the horizontal headlights systems and convenience features all Australian career as a Dual Cab with a and radiator grille with its louvers and reach passenger vehicle levels. Yet four-door body that offers impressive decorative trim accents. Extending the Amarok is extremely rugged. space for five adults. The two-door back from the vehicle‟s front face is a surface that develops over the wing Many of the technologies implemented Single Cab version that permits a longer load area will follow at a later contour to the side windows and enin the Amarok are being used for the date. In both concept and style, the closes them in an arch. The cleanly first time in the mid-size ute segment. Amarok is clearly influenced by the sculpted curvatures of the ute‟s side They include Bi-Turbo charging of the new Volkswagen Design DNA. This is body panels and engine bonnet give engine and an optional permanent reflected in its typical emphasis of horithe Amarok the typical rugged look of 4MOTION all-wheel drive with Torsen a ute. At the rear, the prominent Volkswagen logo catches the eye on the tailgate. It is framed by the ute‟s taillights whose distinctive signature is their characteristic night design. The high standards of the entire development team are expressed in details like these, details that showcase the Amarok as a genuine Volkswagen and set it apart from the competition with its quality and high-class design. Strong, cultivated and fuel-efficient: the pioneering TDI engine On the powertrain side, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is introducing a technological achievement at the Amarok‟s market launch: With 120 kW in power and 2.0 litre displacement, the (Continued on page 13)

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TDI400 features common rail direct injection with twostage control bi-turbo charging and generates a maximum torque of 400 Newton-metres at a low 1,500 rpm. This superior performance contrasts with a remarkably low combined fuel consumption of just 7.7 litres diesel per 100 kilometres (Amarok 2WD). The 4MOTION variants have similarly impressive consumption figures of 7.9 litres per 100km/h. Dynamic and safe on any terrain Amarok customers can choose from three different driveline versions: permanent all-wheel drive, selectable four -wheel drive (both 4MOTION), and rear-wheel drive (2WD). The latter represents the entry-level version and should appeal to customers who are mainly interested in the ute‟s body styling and versatility.

The Amarok 4MOTION with a black “4” is optional on the Amarok Ultimate with permanent all-wheel drive and greater comfort. It exploits the advantages of all-wheel drive for superior vehicle dynamics on paved roads too. Its Torsen The Amarok 4MOTION with selectable differential is a rarity in its class. It disfour-wheel drive and a red “4” in the tributes drive forces variably between signature is the ideal choice for jourthe front and rear axles; in the default neys over all terrains. When engaged setting, power is distributed 40:60. at the press of a button, it produces This results in excellent vehicle dysolid power transfer to the axles. For namics combined with high traction. the most difficult jobs, there is also All drivelines also have an electronic reduced off-road gearing that makes complicated off-road passages easy to differential lock that utilises automatic master. Even 100 percent inclines with braking intervention; this system improves traction on all types of road a slope angle of 45 degrees are no surfaces. Moreover, a rear differential obstacle. At the same time, the prolock is standard for rugged Amarok gressively tuned Heavy Duty spring package with three main and two auxil- driving conditions on all 4MOTION iary spring packs assures a high over- variants and is an option on the Amaload safety factor and uniform comfort rok 2WD variants. in all load situations. Equipment lines: from work truck to

lifestyle ute The Amarok is launched on the market in four equipment lines. The entry model relies on mechanical and extremely tough components: electric windows, remote central locking and electrically adjustable door mirrors are all standard. The interior comes with rubber f loor covering to ref lect the heavyduty credentials.Standard comfort features include Climatic airconditioning, driver and front passenger seats with height adjustment as well as interior grab handles. The bumpers, door handles and mirrors are unpainted, and this makes them ideal for heavy duty use. Other standard features: variable folding rear bench seat, locking glove box and load area lighting. A special feature: the radio antenna is integrated in the door mirrors. The Amarok comes in 2WD rearwheel drive and optional selectable 4MOTION four-wheel drive. One grade higher in standard features is the Amarok Trendline. On this version, the front bumper, door handles and mirror housings are painted in body colour. The rear bumper comes with an integrated step. In addition, multi-functional display, cruise control and front fog lights are all standard equipment. 16-inch alloy wheels emphasise the Amarok‟s strong image. The cabin of the Amarok Trendline comes with carpet f loor covering as well as drawers under the front seats. This version is available in selectable 4MOTION four-wheel drive. The Amarok Highline offers exclusive features. Building on the Trendline (Continued on page 14)

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equipment line, the Highline has upgrades such as a rear bumper with chrome details, part-chrome mirror housings, various chrome accents outside and inside the vehicle and wing f lares in body colour that create space for 18-inch alloy wheels. In addition, this equipment line is characterised by a colour contrasting instrument panel (depending on vehicle configuration), an automatic climate control system (Climatronic) that offers exceptional comfort, a higher performance sound system and highquality fabric seat covers. Other impressive features include an alarm with back-up horn, privacy glass in the rear, leather gearshift knobs and handbrake lever as well as a leather steering wheel. The Amarok Highline comes in selectable 4MOTION fourwheel drive. The Amarok Ultimate is the most exclusive equipment level. Some distinguishing features above the Amarok Highline are leather seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, side steps, stainless steel sports bars and „Ultimate‟ badging. The Amarok Ultimate comes in both optional permanent all-wheel drive 4MOTION and selectable 4MOTION

four-wheel drive. In addition to the ute‟s numerous standard features, an extensive accessories program is being offered for the Amarok as well – accessories range from a styling bar to side steps, cargo cover, the versatile MultiConnect mounting system and a selection of alloy wheels. Largest interior and load width in its class The vehicle‟s exceptional interior dimensions make it the most spacious in its class. The vehicle‟s finely tuned ergonomics are typical of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and the Amarok. Easy entry, a generous seating layout and lots of head room characterise the workspace behind the wheel. Ample leg room on the rear bench also makes the Amarok a full-f ledged five-seater. When only two persons are aboard, the fold-up rear seat and folding backrest increase interior cargo space.

ways, a space-saving feature. It is easy to transport sports equipment like quads as well as bulky machinery, thanks to its large dimensions, load sill height of 780 mm and payload capacity of up to 1.15 metric tonnes. Four lashing eyes at the corners of the load area protect cargo during the drive. When towing a trailer, the ute can handle up to 2,800 kg of trailer load with 280kg of downball weight. The Amarok sets new safety standards in ute segment The safety package of the Amarok sets new standards in its class. Along with driver and front passenger airbags, there are also head/thorax airbags – still rare in this segment. Also included, of course, are heightadjustable head restraints and threepoint safety belts at all seating positions. In front, the belts have belt tensioners and on the driver‟s side a visual and acoustic belt warning system.

Numerous other features guarantee a high level of active safety as well. For example, the Electronic Stability ProImportant: The load area of gram (ESP) with Brake Assist is stanthe Amarok Dual Cab serves dard equipment. Another feature conup the largest dimensions in tributing to safety is “Off-Road Mode” – its class as well. It measures activated by the press of a button – 1,555 mm long by 1,620 mm which is enabled up to a vehicle speed wide, yielding an impressive of 130 km/h. In this mode, the ESP load area of 2.52 m2. And system, electronic differential locks that‟s not all. Also “Best in (EDL), antislip regulation (ASR) and class” is the ute‟s maximum anti-lock braking system (ABS) are all load width of 1,222 mm betuned for challenging off-road conditween wheel wells. For the tions. first time on a mid-size ute, The ABS system can reduce braking this makes it possible to load distance both off-road and on gravel Aussie and Euro pallets side-

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road surfaces, often significantly depending on the road composition. When “Off-Road Mode” is activated while the ute is driven at less than 30 km/h, Hill Descent Assist is also acti-

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Volkswagen Amarok First Dual-Cab Ute To Receive 5 Star ANCAP Rating

Page 15 were awarded this 5 Star rating. To achieve an ANCAP 5 Star rating, the Amarok had to achieve the highest internationally recognised standards in all test categories. This result reflects the outstanding safety features that come standard across the entire Amarok range. With standard driver and front passenger airbags, front head/thorax side airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Brake Assist as well as Off Road ABS/ASR and EDL, the Amarok is a leader amongst its competitors.

Phil Clark, Commercial Vehicles Director, is delighted with the announcement: “We always knew that the Amarok was going to be a strong contender in the very competitive ute market, but to receive a 5 Star rating from ANCAP was the icing on the cake. We are proud to be the first automotive manufacturer in Australia to highlight the importance of standard safety features The Volkswagen Amarok is officially the first ute in its class to be awarded a across all model variants, ensuring 5 Star rating by ANCAP (The Austral- that every Amarok customer travels asian New Car Assessment Program), with the highest level of safety.” making it the safest dual-cab ute in The press release and specificaAustralia. All Amarok variants with per- tions can be read on the club webmanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive and site under ‘New Volkswagen’ at selectable 4MOTION four-wheel drive www.vwclubwa.com

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Wheels magazine editor, Bill Thomas, put it simply when he described the Polo as a great little car in his editorial. “It‟s the depth of engineering skill applied to the Polo and the very obvious quality of the car that impresses most – if you were to pay it the right compliment, you‟d say it feels like a scaleddown Golf. That means it brings new standards of refinement and comfort to the super-mini class.

Volkswagen‟s Polo has received the coveted Wheels “It feels like an expensive car at a Car of the Year award, following good price rather than a cheap car on from the success of the Golf built up with loads of extras: customers obviously come first for VW. Spalast year. cious, safe, efficient, easy to drive and The Polo was up against a 21 strong field of competitors but overcame all with its quality and refinement, safety and technology to be awarded the 2010 Wheels Car of the Year. With a string of awards under its belt, the Volkswagen Polo continues to redefine expectations for cars in the light car class.

easy to live with, the Polo is a great all -rounder and a very worthy winner of Australia‟s most coveted motoring prize. Two Car of the Year victories in a row for Volkswagen reflect the skill of the engineers involved and the ambition of the company as a whole.”

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This is Volkswagen‟s fourth Wheels Car of the Year award, having twice received the award for the Golf and once for the Passat. Volkswagen Group Australia managing director, Anke Koeckler, said:” We were extremely pleased to have received this prestigious award last year but to follow up again this year with the Polo is a great achievement. “The Polo has clearly set the new benchmark for light cars and we are pleased to see that not only the Wheels team, but also the judges from Carsguide, Drive and Australia‟s Best Cars agree. Volkswagen launched the new Polo in May 2010 in Australia. Since its launch, it has seen incredible sales growth and demand continues to grow for the entire range.

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Top Safety Pick 2011 For Golf, Jetta, Tiguan And Touareg Volkswagen is the absolute best as far as safety is concerned: the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has this year rated a total of six Volkswagen models with the "TOP SAFETY PICK 2011". No other vehicle manufacturer received more. In the compact class, the Jetta, Golf, Golf GTI and Tiguan drive on to the victory podium. The Touareg is the only large SUV to receive a rating. In the opinion of the US testers, all Volkswagens provide a high level of occupant protection in front, rear and side crashes as well in rollover accidents (roof strength). Alongside the body structure, standard safety systems such as ABS, ESP and curtain airbags were also tested by the IHSS. The TOP SAFETY PICK is awarded every year by the IIHS for vehicles which display particular excellence in their individual segment through par-

Via West ticularly extensive measures in the area of active and passive safety. The institute in Arlington (Virginia), which was founded in 1959, carries out its tests under commission from various different insurance companies. A total of 66 models of the leading automobile manufacturers were rated this year.

2010 Volkswagen Smash All-Time Australian Sales Record Volkswagen Group Australia has reached new heights with its all-time sales record for the last 46 years being outperformed considerably last year. Overall sales for the Volkswagen brand in Australia came to a total of 38,016 vehicles (32,542 Passenger Vehicles, 5,474 Commercial Vehicles). 1964‟s record of 31,419 total sales for Volkswagen was exceeded by 6,597 vehicles.

Page 17 Director, Anke Koeckler, is very pleased with the result: “2010‟s great sales result is a true reflection of a successful product range as well as our great dealer network and head office staff. I am confident that 2011 will be another great year for the Volkswagen brand with exciting new models to hit Australian shores.” On top of record total sales, Volkswagen also achieved record results for four key models. The sixth generation Golf having gone from strength to strength since its release in early 2009 achieved a new record high of 15,425 sales in 2010. The Golf, while clearly the most successful model in the range, was amply supported by the growth in sales of the Tiguan and new Polo. The Tiguan achieved a new sales record of 6,216, while Polo increased by 127.6% year-on-year with a new alltime best result of 3,195 pointing at a promising future for the new Polo, which only entered the market in April last year. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles also performed well in a challenging climate for the light commercial vehicle sector. The Caddy range achieved an all-time record with 2243 vehicles sold in 2010 after receiving late last year.

The popular Transporter saw solid growth with 1,804 units (2009 sales: Year-on-year figures also look promis- 1,466), an increase of 23.1% year-oning with a total increase of 26.4% year. The growth in sales highlights (2009 sales: 30,087). the success of the first quarter model Volkswagen Group Australia Managing update and the introduction of new engine variants.

Record For Volkswagen Passenger Cars Annual Vehicle Deliveries Top 4.5 Million For First Time The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand ended 2010 with a new record: 4.50 (3.95; +13.9 percent) million vehicles were delivered to customers worldwide for the first time in a twelvemonth period. “Thanks to its innovative and environmentally-friendly new mod(Continued on page 18)

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els such as the Touran and Sharan, Touareg and Passat, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has come up with an excellent performance in a difficult market environment and significantly strengthened its competitive position,” Group Board member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday. The Volkswagen brand reported substantial growth on key markets such as China, the USA, Russia and India. Over 1.51 (1.12; +35.5 percent) million vehicles were delivered for the first time in China (incl. Hong Kong) during the full year 2010. In the USA, 256,800 (213,500; +20.3 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers. In Russia, vehicle deliveries ran at 58,900 (39,500) units, representing a year-on-year rise of as much as 49.1 percent. Developments in India were also particularly gratifying, with the Volkswagen brand reporting a significant rise in unit volumes, delivering 30,300 (2,800) vehicles, or more than ten times as many models as in the previous year. Brand deliveries in the entire Asia/ Pacific region during the last twelve months grew 37.6 percent to 1.65 (1.20) million vehicles, while the number of vehicles delivered by Volkswagen in the North America region rose to 406,400 (344,800; 17.9 percent) units, and the brand reported a 2.9 percent increase in South America to 756,500 (735,100) units. Delivery levels in Europe remained largely stable, with the Volkswagen brand hand-

Via West ing over 1.55 (1.56; -1.2 percent) million vehicles to customers and therefore performing better than the overall market, which contracted by 2.5 percent.

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Page 18 (815,100) vehicles to customers in South America, representing an increase of 8.9 percent. In the USA, the Group brands delivered 360,300 (298,000) units during the twelvemonth period, corresponding to growth of 20.9 percent. In Western Europe (excluding Germany), the Group delivered 1.85 (1.66; +11.6 percent) million vehicles, therefore performing noticeably better than the overall market which only grew 1.9 percent for the year. 10.8 percent more vehicles were delivered to customers in Central and Eastern Europe (423,200; 381,900). The Groups growth in Russia was very pleasing (+39.5 percent).

On its home market of Germany, the Volkswagen Group delivered 1.04 In 2010, the Volkswagen Group significantly improved on prior-year vehi- (1.24; -16.8 percent) million vehicles cle deliveries, handing over more than to customers in a year characterized seven million units for the first time in by the effects of the scrapping premium. Since the overall market dea twelve-month period. In total, 7.14 clined significantly during the last (2009: 6.29; +13.5 percent)* million vehicles were delivered to customers. twelve months, contracting by 23.4 percent, the Group was able to exDevelopments on the global passenpand its market share further. ger car market were positive too, although growth only ran at 11.3 percent In 2010, Group models such as the and the Group therefore won further Volkswagen Polo, Golf, Lavida, Timarket share. The Volkswagen Group guan and Passat CC, the Audi A1, A5 also reported growth for the month of Sportback and the Q5, the Škoda Yeti December, delivering 545,400 and Octavia models, as well as the (444,200)** units to customers, repre- SEAT Ibiza Sporttourer and Exeo senting an increase of 22.8 percent. Sporttourer were particularly popular. “2010 once again showed we are forging ahead with our international growth and implementing our Strategy 2018”, Group Board member for Sales Christian Klingler said on Monday at the motor show in Detroit. “In 2011, our focus on innovative products and top technologies will remain the foundation of our success”, Klingler added.

Significant boost in deliveries for Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi and Škoda brands The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand also reported a new record for last year, with deliveries growing 13.9 percent to 4.50 (3.95) million units. In China, the brands largest single market, deliveries rose by 35.5 percent to 1.51 (1.12) million units. In the USA, Clearly positive trend on established 256,800 (213,500; +20.3 percent) vemarkets and in growth regions hicles were handed over to customers. The Volkswagen Group enjoyed a pleasing delivery situation on all of its In Russia, vehicle deliveries even grew year-on-year by as much as 49.1 Asian markets in 2010. Deliveries in China grew 37.4 percent to 1.92 (1.40) percent (58,900; 39,500). million units, thereby setting a new Audi delivered 1.09 (0.95; +15.0 perrecord. There was a very substantial cent) million vehicles to customers in increase in deliveries in India, where 2010, giving the Ingolstadt-based the Group handed over 53,300 brand its best sales figures ever. One (19,000) vehicles to customers, a rise contributory factor was deliveries to of 181 percent. The Group also recustomers in the USA, where Audi ported a marked increase throughout sold more than 100,000 units for the the Asia/Pacific region, with deliveries first time (101,600; 82,700; +22.9 perrunning at 2.14 (1.55; +38.5 percent) cent). Developments in China over the million units. past twelve months were also very positive, with deliveries increasing by The picture was similar in other re43.4 percent (227,900; 158,900). gions of the world. The Volkswagen Group delivered a total 888,000

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The Czech automaker Škoda delivered 762,600 (684,200; +11.5 percent) vehicles during the last twelve months, thus continuing its growth path. The brand grew in China, India and Russia in particular. The Spanish brand SEAT delivered 339,500 (336,700; +0.8 percent) vehicles worldwide in 2010. On its home market of Spain, the company reported an increase of 10.0 percent, delivering a total of 91,300 (83,000) units to customers. Worldwide deliveries by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles grew noticeably last year, up by 20.5 percent to 435,600 (361,500) units. On West European markets (excluding Germany), the company grew 21.0 percent to 130,400 (107,800) units, in Russia deliveries grew 27.8 percent (7,200; 5,700), and in South America growth was as high as 67.4 percent (113,700; 67,900).

victory all three cars must still roll across the winner‟s ramp on Sunday and midday local time in Buenos Aires.

reliability: Volkswagen has not recorded a single technically related retirement in cross country rallying in four years.

Three Volkswagen “Dakar” winners on The three pillars of a historic victory the Podium Reliable technology, perfect teamwork With Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar and and strong driver squad – Volkswagen *) excluding Scania, including Volkswagen Commercial Timo Gottschalk from Germany a third once again set the standards during Vehicles Trucks and Buses for January/February 2009 duo clinched a “Dakar” victory for the 2011 Dakar Rally with this winning **) excluding Scania Volkswagen in the 33 running of the formula. The TDI technology, which motorsport marathon. Thanks to supe- represents efficiency and reliability in rior and exceptionally durable highmillions of Volkswagen road cars, tech made in Wolfsburg, the three vic- revolutionised cross country rallying. torious driver/co-driver pairs from the Thanks to the powerful and compact previous three years mount the windesign it is also pioneering in the ners‟ podium as first, second and third “Dakar”. The four 310 hp Race – an expression of a harmonious and Touareg 3 spooled-off the approxistrong driving squad that dominated mate 9,600 kilometres overall distance the 2011 “Dakar” from the beginning. with clockwork precision – and in the process always perfectly prepared for Volkswagen alone is credited with 12 the forthcoming rally day by a closelyof a possible 13 stage victories. Carlos knit team and prepared tactically asSainz realised a personal best with his tute by Volkswagen Motorsport Direcstage victory on the way to Buenos tor Kris Nissen. In addition to the serAires: Now with stage win number 24 vice crew on location, the employees Tumultuous celebration at the “Dakar” he surpasses the 23 stage victories finish: Volkswagen has won the Dakar scored in the car class by current rival in Wolfsburg and Hanover undertook careful preparatory work beforehand – Rally for the third time in succession. Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel. Standing alongside Nasser AlAttiyah/ One of the Volkswagen teams led the indispensable for the “Dakar” win. The technological basis – unbeaten since Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) on the podium rally, with its many extremely hard the end of 2008 – was converted by in Buenos Aires on Sunday will be stages, from the start. The challenges: Sainz/Cruz into seven, Al-Attiyah/ Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz winding gravel roads, soft and deep Gottschalk into four and de Villiers/von (ZA/D) and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz desert sand in the unrelenting Ata(E/E). In front of millions of enthusias- cama Desert, navigationally demand- Zitzewitz into one stage victory. tic spectators the new Race Touareg 3 ing sections through labyrinth-like can- The three: new Race Touareg triumph scored a much celebrated one-twoyons and washed-out river beds as on debut three finish in the desert classic well as spectacular river crossings. through Argentina and Chile. As a re- Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) The third generation Race Touareg sult, Volkswagen is the only manufac- completed the solid Volkswagen team equipped with a 2.5 litre TDI engine turer to have won the automobile cate- performance in sixth position. All four and permanent four-wheel drive completed its “Dakar” premiere successgory in the desert classic with diesel Race Touareg 3 that started finished fully from the beginning. The power technology – and remains unbeaten the rally in leading positions and conunit‟s in-line 5-cylinder, bi-turbo design on the South American continent tinued the success story of enviable (Continued on page 20) thanks to TDI power. To complete the

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guaranteeing compact dimensions and low overall weight when compared to its direct competition proved to be the best overall package for the third time in succession suiting both the WRC-like tracks and the extreme dune crossings. The TDI engine in the Race Touareg 3 is one of the most powerful and, at the same time, most efficient diesel power units in motorsport. On extremely hot stages, where ambient temperatures neared 60 degrees Celsius, the new cooling concept paid dividends for the extreme prototype from Wolfsburg. Thanks to improved air flow and an optimised radiator the Race Touareg 3 shrugged off the boiling heat in Chile‟s Atacama Desert and the extreme conditions in the notorious dunes in the Sierras Pampeanas around Fiambalá in Argentina. Reliability combined with speed – on every terrain Volkswagen demonstrated its technical expertise during the 2011 “Dakar”. The three: multiple-winners made in Wolfsburg One-two in 2009, one-two-three in 2010, one-two-three in 2011 – Volkswagen continues an irresistible winning streak in the Dakar Rally. The Wolfsburg based brand has been pace setter since the event moved from Africa to South America. In January 2009, Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz recorded the brand‟s first “Dakar” victory since the prototype project started in 2004, followed by

their team mates Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA). It was the second Volkswagen win in motorsport‟s toughest test after Freddy Kottulinsky/Gerd Löffelmann (S/D) had won in a production based Volkswagen Iltis in 1980. In 2010, the first one/two/three followed with Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) claiming victory from their Volkswagen team mates Nasser Al-Attiyah/ Timo Gottschalk and Mark Miller/ Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) in the closest ever “Dakar” finish in history. Number three marks the successful revenge for Al-Attiyah/Gottschalk – also an important entry in their career histories. Nasser Al-Attiyah becomes the first Arab in the desert classic‟s history to be presented with the big “Dakar” trophy. The Qatari won in his sixth “Dakar” competition, his second for Volkswagen, for the first time. His

navigator Timo Gottschalk is only the fourth co-driver, after Gerd Löffelmann, Andreas Schulz and Dirk von Zitzewitz, to bring the “Dakar” victory to Germany – a premiere for the vehicle technology engineer living in Rheinsberg, Brandenburg. Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director) “The third successive „Dakar‟ victory for Volkswagen is a historic performance which was achieved thanks to perfect teamwork, exceptional driving and navigational skills and more specifically thanks to superior technology. I‟m incredibly proud of the entire team, both the employees who made this win possible and also the team with its superhuman efforts here on location. It was without a shadow of doubt the toughest „Dakar‟ that we have ever contested, and also probably the best organised. My compliments therefore also go to the organiser A.S.O. I think we proved that the Race Touareg 3 is currently the world‟s most reliable and strongest cross country rally vehicle. This is the result of years of hard work. Congratulations to Nasser AlAttiyah and Timo Gottschalk who have worked outstandingly and obviously also to the other Volkswagen pairs who made this one-two-three finish possible.” #302 – Nasser Al-Attiyah (Q), 2nd place leg / 1st position overall “My first „Dakar‟ win. I‟m absolutely delighted to have been the first Arab to win the world‟s toughest desert rally. These feelings are incredibly difficult to express in words. I reached my greatest goal thanks to the world‟s (Continued on page 21)

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positive Dakar Rally for me – especially because second overall was the reward.”

lighted for the entire team that it turned out to be a one-two-three finish. I think this is just reward. Now, (Continued from page 20) after the last stage and after all the #300 – Carlos Sainz (E), 1st place best cross country rally car and the tension has gone we‟ll have a big leg / 3rd position overall best team in this sport. I‟m delighted celebration. It was fantastic to have “All in all I‟m more than satisfied with for the entire squad which slaved worked together with this team. We 2011 Dakar Rally. I think that my coaround the clock for three weeks for have all earned the fun and relaxation driver Lucas Cruz and I did a good job this victory. In Timo Gottschalk I have which comes now.” and therefore were rightfully fighting an exceptional co-driver at my side, for victory for a long time. UnfortuNumber of the day ... who played an immense role in this nately two bad days and several mis- During the 33rd running of the desert victory. Today we‟ll party like there‟s takes cost us any chance of overall classic, the total length of felt pen no tomorrow.” victory. But this is the Dakar Rally: markings made while “Dakar” winner #302 – Timo Gottschalk (D), co-driver You always have to be alert. I‟m deTimo Gottschalk prepared his road book was 120 metres. For better iden“Victory in the „Dakar‟ – I can still lighted for the entire Volkswagen hardly believe it. Over last few days team, which truly deserves this onetification of the directions at rally pace we built up a comfortable advantage two-three finish, and to have contribthe German uses five different dayand things looked really good for us in uted to it. Everybody worked hard for glow marker pens. the previous stages. Nevertheless, this win.” everybody ignored any thoughts of #300 – Lucas Cruz (E), co-driver victory, because anything can happen “This was by far the most challenging in this rally even within sight of the „Dakar‟ that I have ever completed. It finish. I‟m proud and happy about the was full of tricky situations for a naviwin. It was the hardest „Dakar‟ which I gator which had to be solved with cauhave ever contested. We‟ve now tion. There were plenty of dune secspent two weeks at the absolute tions of soft sand which meant an inphysical limit. The organiser kept its Vision Becomes Reality – credible amount of work for the driver promise of wanting to stage the toughin the cockpit. On top of this were the Volkswagen‟s “Formula XL1” est Dakar Rally ever. To have won WRC-like sections with jumps and exactly this one is an incredibly good Volkswagen XL1 prototype consumes extreme temperatures. The rally was feeling.” just 0.9 l/100 km! very varied. However, the Race

World Premiere Of the New XL1

#308 – Giniel de Villiers (ZA), 4th place leg / 2nd position overall “The Dakar Rally is an extremely long race during which a great deal can happen. At the beginning we tried to drive cautiously and tactically. Because you only have a chance of getting a good result if you reach the finish. This approach brought us second place and I‟m delighted about the result. A podium finish in the Dakar Rally is always something special. Something we can personally be proud of. The team can be proud of making first, second and third positions possible.” #308 – Dirk von Zitzewitz (D), codriver “An incredibly demanding „Dakar‟ because the days were extremely long. In the mornings you had to get up very early, we only reached the bivouac in the late afternoon. There were loads of changes to the roadbook, which duly gave us co-drivers plenty of work during the night. The stages were also physically challenging. In the Atacama Desert the navigation could certainly have been a little more challenging, which was the case in Argentina, as is fitting for a „Dakar‟. My highlight was the Fiambalá stage which we won because of perfect navigation. All in all a

Touareg 3 is the perfect car for such conditions. From the sporting point of view we were beaten for the first time since Carlos Sainz and I compete together. However, I think that we nevertheless did a good job. Luck deserted us on occasion.”

XL1‟s world debut at the Qatar Motor Show (26 - 29 January) Two-seat XL1 brings vision of the 1-litre car close to production maturity

Future mobility is one of the most stimulating topics of our time. The key question here: Just how much could #304 – Mark Miller (USA), 5th place the energy consumption of cars be leg / 6th position overall reduced if all the stops were pulled out “This „Dakar‟ was a wonderful event, for efficiency? There is now an answer with many interesting stages that deto this question, and Volkswagen is manded everything from man and ma- delivering it in the form of the new chine. Unfortunately we lost so much XL1. Combined fuel consumption: 0.9 time already on the second stage that l/100 km. No other hybrid car powered we were out of the battle for overall by an electric motor / internal combusvictory. Our role was then to support tion engine combination is more fuel our team mates – a task we were efficient. The prototype was unveiled happy to do. When you work an entire in a world debut at the Qatar Motor year as team for victory, it goes withShow (26 – 29 January). out saying that you support one another to reach the targets. We did ex- To the point actly this with energy and vigour on Conceptually, the XL1 represents the the eleventh stage to help Carlos third evolutionary stage of VolksSainz onto the podium.” wagen‟s 1-litre car strategy. When the #304 – Ralph Pitchford (ZA), co-driver new millennium was ushered in, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, who is today “This year on the Dakar Rally there Chairman of the Super visory Board of were many hard stages that ran through fascinating landscapes. Mark Volkswagen AG, formulated the visionary goal of bringing to the market and I had real highlight stages which a production car that was practical for we really enjoyed. Unfortunately we lost our chance of overall victory right everyday use with a fuel consumption at the beginning. However, I‟m de-

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of 1.0 litre per 100 km. In the new XL1, Volkswagen is demonstrating that this goal is now within reach. The new Volkswagen XL1 attains a CO emissions value of 24 g/km, thanks to a combination of lightweight construction (monocoque and add-on parts made of carbon fibre), very low aerodynamic drag (Cd 0.186) and a plug-in hybrid system - consisting of a two cylinder TDI engine (35 kW/48 PS), E-motor (20 kW/27 PS), 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG) and lithium-ion battery. The results: with fuel consumption of 0.9 l/100 km, the new Volkswagen XL1 only emits 24 g/ km CO2. Since it is designed as a plug-in hybrid, the XL1 prototype can also be driven for up to 35 kilometres in pure electric mode, i.e. with zero emissions at point of use. The battery can be charged from a conventional household electric outlet. Naturally, battery regeneration is also employed to recover energy while slowing down and store as much of it as possible in the battery for re-use. In this case, the electric motor acts as an electric generator. Despite the very high levels of efficiency, developers were able to design a body layout that offers greater everyday practicality, incorporating side by side seating rather than the tandem arrangement seen in both the first 1-litre car presented in 2002 and

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Page 22 in just 11.9 seconds; its top speed is 160 km/h (electronically limited). Yet these numbers alone do not tell the whole story: Since the XL1 weighs just 795 kg, the drive system has an easy job of propelling the car. When full power is needed, the electric motor, which can deliver 100 Newton metres of torque from a standstill, works as a booster to support the TDI engine (120 Newton metres torque). Together, the TDI and E-motor deliver a maximum torque of 140 Newton metres in boosting mode. Plug-in hybrid concept

With the new XL1, Volkswagen is implementing a plug-in hybrid concept, which utilises the fuel efficient technolThe most efficient car in the world ogy of the common rail turbodiesel The new XL1 shows the way forward (TDI) and the dual clutch transmission for extreme economy vehicles and (DSG). The TDI generates its stated clean technologies. It also demonmaximum power of 35 kW/48 PS from strates that such cars can also be fun. just 0.8 litre displacement. The entire The feeling when driving the XL1 is hybrid unit is housed above the vehitruly dynamic - not based on pure cle‟s driven rear axle. The actual hypower, rather on its pure efficiency. brid module with electric motor and Two examples: 1) To travel at a conclutch is positioned between the TDI stant speed of 100 km/h, the prototype and the 7-speed DSG; this module only needs 6.2 kW/8.4 PS – a fraction was integrated in the DSG transmisof the performance of today‟s cars sion case in place of the usual fly(Golf 1.6 TDI with 77 kW and 7-speed wheel. The integrated lithium-ion batDSG: 13.2 kW/17.9 PS). In electric tery supplies the E-motor with energy. mode, the XL1 needs less than 0.1 The high voltage energy flow from and kWh (82 Wh/km) to complete a one to the battery or E- motor is mana ged kilometre driving course. by the power electronics, which operThese are record values. ates at 220 Volts. The XL1‟s body electrical system is supplied with the When the full power of the hybrid sysnecessary 12 Volts through a DC/DC tem is engaged, the Volkswagen proconverter. totype accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h

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Interplay of E-motor and TDI engine: The E-motor supports the TDI in acceleration (boosting), but as described it can also power the XL1 prototype on its own for a distance of up to 35 km. In this mode, the TDI is decoupled from the drivetrain by disengaging a clutch, and it is shut down. Meanwhile, the clutch on the gearbox side remains closed, so the DSG is fully engaged with the electric motor. Important: The driver can choose to drive the XL1 in pure electric mode (provided that the battery is sufficiently charged). As soon as the electric mode button on the instrument panel is pressed, the car is propelled exclusively by electrical power. Restarting of the TDI is a very smooth and comfortable process: In what is known as “pulse starting” of the TDI engine while driving, the electric motor‟s rotor is sped up and is very quickly coupled to the engine clutch. This accelerates the TDI to the required speed and starts it. The entire process takes place without any jolts, so the driver hardly notices the TDI engine re-

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given conditions are: accelerator pedal position and engine load, as well as the energy supply and mix of kinetic and electrical energy at any given time.

Also designed for efficiency is the vehicle‟s cooling system. Engine management only cools the TDI by activating an externally driven electric water pump when engine operating conditions require it. This cooling system Two-cylinder TDI uses mass producincludes an automatically controlled tion technology: The 0.8 litre TDI (35 air intake system at the front of the kW/48 PS) was derived from the 1.6 vehicle to reduce cooling system drag. litre TDI, which drives such cars as the This thermal management strategy Golf and Passat. The 0.8 TDI exhibits also contributes towards reduced fuel the same data as the 1.6-litre TDI consumption. A second electric water common rail engine in terms of cylinpump, which is also used only as der spacing (88 mm), cylinder bore needed, circulates a separate lower (79.5 mm) and stroke (80.5 mm). In temperature coolant loop to cool the addition, the XL1‟s two- cylinder and starter generator and power electronthe mass produced four cylinder share ics. key internal engine features for reducing emissions. They include special CFRP body is a technical masterpiece piston recesses for multiple injection The development team made extraorand individual orientation of the indidinary strides in designing the CFRP vidual injection jets. body - in terms of its lightweight conThe excellent, smooth running proper- struction as well as its aerodynamics. ties of the common rail engines were A comparison to the Golf illustrates transferred to the two cylinder engine. just how innovative the body concept Within addition, a balancer shaft that of the new XL1 is: is driven by the crankshaft turning at The drag coefficient of the highly successful Golf is very good for the compact class: Cd (0.312) x A (frontal area 2.22 m2) equals a total drag figure of 0.693 m2

(Cd.A) providWhen the ing this XL1 is braked, car with the E-motor operbenchmark aero ates as a generator dynamic credentials that utilises the braking enin its class. Meanwhile, the ergy to charge the battery (battery XL1 exceeds this performance with the regeneration). In certain operating a Cd value of 0.186 and a frontal area same speed optimises smooth engine conditions the load shared between of 1.50 m2. The product of these two running. the TDI engine and the electric motor parameters yields a total drag, or Cd.A can be shifted so that the turbodiesel Meanwhile, the TDI‟s aluminium value of 0.277 m2 which is 2.5 times is operating at its most favourable effi- crankcase was constructed to achieve lower than that of the Golf. ciency level. The gears of the autohigh rigidity and precision, which in Design for a new era: The new XL1 is matically shifting 7-speed DSG are turn leads to very low friction losses. 3,888 mm long, 1,665 mm wide and also always selected with the aim of With the goal of reducing emissions, just 1,156 mm tall. These are extreme minimising energy usage. The engine exhaust gas recirculation and an oxidimensions. The Polo has a similar controller regulates all energy flow and dation catalytic converter as well as a length (3,970 mm) and width (1,682 drive management tasks, taking into diesel particulate filter are used. m), but it is significantly taller (1,462 account the power demanded at any Equipped in this way, the 0.8 TDI almm). The height of the new XL1 is given moment by the driver. Some of ready fulfils the limits of the Euro-6 about the same as that of a Lamborthe parameters used to realise the emissions standard. (Continued on page 24) optimum propulsion mode for the starting.

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for door mirrors in vain; replacing them on the wing doors are small cameras which take on the role of digital out(Continued from page 23) side mirrors that send images of the ghini Gallardo Spyder (1,184 mm). So, surroundings behind the car to two it is easy to visualise just how specdisplays inside the vehicle. tacular such a Volkswagen would apThe front end of the new XL1 no pear on the road – as long and wide longer exhibits the typical radiator as a Polo, but with a low profile like a grille; however, it still reflects the stylLamborghini. ing of the current Volkswagen “design The wing doors of the new XL1 are DNA” with a predominance of horizonalso reminiscent of a high-end sports tal lines. Specifically, there is a black car. They are hinged at two points: low cross-stripe (in the area where there is on the A-pillars and just above the no longer a radiator grille) that comwindscreen in the roof frame, so they bines with the energy-efficient dual do not just swivel upwards, but slightly LED headlights to form a continuous forwards as well. The doors also exband. The actual air intake for cooling tend far into the roof. When they are the TDI engine, battery and interior is opened, they free up an exceptionally located in the lower front end section large amount of entry and exit space. and has electrically controlled louvres. The narrow turn indicators are also Visually, the new XL1 also adopts the destyling lines of the L1 presented in 2009; however, the new prototype has a more dynamic appearance thanks to its greater width. The design of the entire body was uncom-

Page 24 ing was created here. Four characteristics are discernible: Once again, the dolphin body form that narrows towards the rear with very precise trailing edges for perfect aerodynamics. The coupé-shaped roofline without rear windscreen. Merging into the roofline is the large rear boot lid that covers the drive unit and 100 litre luggage space. A strip of red LEDs that frames the rear section at the top and on the sides. Integrated in this LED strip are the reversing lights, rear lights, rear fog lights and brake lights. A black diffuser, which exhibits nearly seamless transitions to the completely covered underbody. Lightweight construction: more systematic than ever: Large sections of the new XL1‟s body

promisingly subjected to the laws of aerodynamics. In front, the new XL1 exhibits the greatest width; the car then narrows towards the rear. Viewed from above, the form of the XL1 resembles that of a dolphin; especially at the rear, where the lines optimally conform to the air flow over the car body to reduce the Volkswagen‟s aerodynamic drag.

consist of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) - which is as lightweight as it is strong. signed in LED technology; these form Specifically, the monocoque with its an “L” shape which vertically follows slightly offset seats for driver and pasthe wheel housing and horizontally a senger and all exterior body parts are line beneath the headlights. This cre- made of CFRP. The layers of carbon ates a front end, which – although it is fibre, which are aligned with the direccompletely redesigned and extreme in tions of forces, are formed into parts In side profile, the roofline reflects styl- its dimensions – can immediately be with an epoxy resin system in the ing lines that trace an arc from the A- recognised as a Volkswagen design aRTM process. This material mix propillar back to the rear. The rear wheels by its clean lines. duces an extremely durable and lightare fully covered to prevent air turbuweight composite. For a long time, it At the rear, the design takes an enlence; the air flows here are also optiwas considered impossible to manutirely new path, reinterpreting the mised by small spoilers in front of and brand values of precision and quality. facture a body of CFRP, like that of behind the wheels. Observers will look (Continued on page 25) A new dimension of Volkswagen styl-

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contrast to Formula 1, however, this brought into harmony. safety capsule is enclosed on top – for safety. Depending on the type of colli(Continued from page 24) sion, the load path may be directed the new XL1, to industrial standards. through the A- and B-pillars, cant rails Nonetheless, Volkswagen successand sills, all of which absorb the imfully found a cost-effective way to pact energy. Additional side members mass produce CFRP parts in sufficient and crossmembers in the front and volumes as early as 2009 – in the rear perfect the car‟s passive safety. framework of the XL1 development Running gear with ESP utilises highproject. Now this process has been tech materials further perfected. The running gear is equipped with anti CFRP is the ideal material for the -roll bars at the front and rear and is body of the new XL1 because of its characterised by lightweight construc- The Volkswagen Golf R has scooped light weight. The XL1 prototype tion with maximum safety. In front, a the Hot Hatch of the Year honour at weighs only 795 kg. Of this figure, 227 double wishbone suspension is used, the UK TopGear Awards hosted by kg represents the entire drive unit, 153 while a semi-trailing link system is em- the TV show‟s presenters, Jeremy kg the running gear, 80 kg the equipployed at the rear. The front and rear Clarkson, Richard Hammond and ment (including the two bucket seats) suspension are both very compact in James May. and 105 kg the electrical system. That construction and offer a high level of leaves 230 kg, which is precisely the The Golf R was singled out in a hotly driving comfort. The running gear weight of the body – produced largely contested category due to its mix of components mount directly to the of CFRP - including wing doors, front dynamic ability, its powerful and charCFRP monocoque in key areas. windscreen in thin-glass technology as ismatic engine and everyday refinein motorsport and the highly safe Running gear weight has been rement. In deciding the winner of the mono coque. A total of 21.3 percent of duced by the use of aluminium parts category the judges found the Golf R the new XL1, or 169 kg, consists of (including suspension components, to be „extraordinarily good at so many CFRP. In addition, Volkswagen uses brake calipers, dampers, steering gear things‟. lightweight metals for 22.5 percent of housing), CFRP (anti-roll bars), ceOn hand to collect the award was Dr. all parts (179 kg). Only 23.2 percent ramics (brake discs) magnesium Hendrik Muth, Head of Marketing and (184 kg) of the new XL1 is constructed (wheels) and plastics (steering wheel Communications at Volkswagen R – from steel and iron materials. The rest body). Friction-optimised wheel bearthe special projects wing of Volksof its weight is distributed among vari- ings and drive shafts, as well as an wagen tasked with designing and deous other polymers (e.g. polycarbonentirely new generation of optimised veloping R products. ate side windows), metals, natural filow rolling resistance tyres from bres, process materials and electron- MICHELIN (front: 115/80 R 15; rear: Dr. Muth commented: „This is the third ics. 145/55 R 16), contribute to the low generation of Golf R and the fastest energy consumption of the new XL1. and most focussed yet; we designed it Lightweight construction: safer than Safety gains are realised by an antito appeal to keen drivers exactly like ever: The new XL1 is not only lightlock braking system (ABS) and electhe judges at TopGear. On behalf of weight, but very safe as well. As mentronic stabilisation programme (ESP). Volkswagen and Volkswagen R it‟s a tioned, this is due in part to the use of That is because sustainability without real honour for the Golf to be recogCFRP as a material. In the style of maximum safety would not really be a nised with such an award.‟ Formula 1 race cars, the Volkswagen step forward. The new XL1 shows has a high-strength monocoque. In The Golf R takes the Top Gear crown how these two parameters can be from the Golf GTI which won the Hot Hatch category in 2009.

Golf R Is Crowned Top Gear Hot Hatch Of The Year

2010 Volkswagen Dealer Of The Year Volkswagen Group Australia has officially announced the winner of the 2010 Volkswagen Dealer of the Year Awards at a gala event in Melbourne on Saturday. Ms Anke Koeckler, Volkswagen Group Australia‟s Managing Director presented Mr Francis Mohammed, Dealer (Continued on page 26)

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Principlal of South Yarra Volkswagen, Victoria, with the award as National Dealer of the Year. “South Yarra Volkswagen is a deserving winner as 2010 National Dealer of the Year with excellent performance and service across the board. But 2010 was also marked by the entire Volkswagen dealer network embracing the brand and taking it to new heights in Australia with an excellent all-time sales record. This result is the best proof of how professional and high achieving our dealer network team is and we can be very optimistic for the year ahead.”

The 6 trophies were handed over to:  Southern Region Dealer of the Year – South Yarra Volkswagen, VIC  Central Region Dealer of the Year

with The Sydney Swans.

 Northern Region Dealer of the Year As part of the sponsorship agreement the Volkswagen logo will feature on – Wippells Volkswagen, QLD the Club‟s playing shorts for the next  Western Region Dealer of the Year four years. The logo will also be seen – Albany Volkswagen, WA on the polo shirts of all Swans coaches and players. As part of the  Rural Dealer of the Year – Woodpartnership, Volkswagen will also be ley Motors, NSW aligned with the TeamSWANS Com Commercial Vehicle Dealer of the munity Program and the Year – Burwin Volkswagen, VIC TeamSWANS Environment Program. Volkswagen Group Australia congratu- Several high-profile players and staff lates all the winning dealers and their members will also be provided with Volkswagen vehicles. dealership staff.

$100,000 Donation to Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal at the Awards

As part of the gala event, Ms Anke A total of six awards including regional Koeckler also announced a $100,000 categories as well as the overall Com- donation on behalf of Volkswagen mercial Vehicle Dealer of the Year and Group Australia to the Premier‟s Disaster Relief Appeal to help those affected by the wide spread flooding in Queensland.

the National Dealer of the Year were announced.

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Volkswagen Group Australia and the Sydney Swans Team Up Volkswagen Group Australia are pleased to announce the start of a longterm partnership as major sponsor

Anke Koeckler, Volkswagen Group Australia Managing Director, is looking forward to a long-lasting and successful partnership: “The Sydney Swans and Volkswagen are a natural fit. Both brands have a long-standing history with the Australian public and we are very excited to enter into this new era for the Volkswagen brand when it comes to supporting the truly Aussie sport AFL and in particular The Sydney Swans.” Sydney Swans Chief Executive Andrew Ireland said the partnership was an exciting development at a pivotal time for the Club. “Volkswagen and the Sydney Swans are iconic brands, and in 2011 we will both be striving for success in very competitive industries. We believe this strong relationship will be of major benefit to both entities.‟‟ This partnership with a major Australian sporting club is continuing Volkswagen‟s global strategy of support for local sports in the respective markets. AFL as one of the most successful sports in this country represents the perfect choice for the Volkswagen brand.

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