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CONTACT US

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YOUR COMMITTEE (cont‟d)

VOLKSWAGEN CLUB OF WA (Inc)

EDITOR:

0407347340

PO Box 175

Ray Willis

viawest@vwclubwa.com

Victoria Park

CO-EDITOR:

Western Australia 6979

Shane Williams

ABN:

31 610 140 537

CONCESSION LICENCE:

TELEPHONE:

(08) 9342 8703

John Vogiatzakis

E-MAIL:

info@vwclubwa.com

CMC LIAISON OFFICER:

WEBSITE:

www.vwclubwa.com

John Vogiatzakis

MAIL:

SOCIAL SECRETARY: YOUR COMMITTEE

(08) 9375 3082 (08) 9375 3082

0402 589 186

Jamie Barrett

PRESIDENT:

0407347340

PROPERTY OFFICER:

Ray Willis

executive@vwclubwa.com

Richard Hines

VICE PRESIDENT:

SPORTS ORGANISER:

Jason Phillips

Vacant

SECRETARY:

(08) 9332 6919

PUBLICITY OFFICER:

Rod McSwain

administration@vwclubwa.com

Vacant

(08) 9342 8703

Currently grouped under “Events Coordinator” Ray Willis

MEMBERSHIPS:

GENERAL COMMITTEE:

Rod McSwain

Colin Seth, Merrick Paget , Dave Moore, Patrick Spateri

TREASURER:

(08) 9309 3152

WEBMASTER:

Michelle Dufall

finance@vwclubwa.com

Tina Moore

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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 chronological order.

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 FEBRUARY 7 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 

Allen Zimdahl

Geoffrey Telford

David Glasfurd

Happy Birthday to the following members for JANUARY 2010

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Gerald Frensham Rose Van Son Russell Maslin Robert Lafferty Nicholas Williams

CONTENTS

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The Club ............................. p 2 The Club (contd) ................. p 4 A word from the Editor ........ p 5

Currently the club has a healthy 109 memberships.

VW Event Calendar ............ p 6 Dakar 2010 ......................... p 7 Club Run February.............. p 8 Club Run March .................. p 8

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Big Bird on Tour .................. p 9

Ann Morris

Toodyay Bush Fire Appeal .. p 11

Ton Verbunt

Shannons 2009 Day of VW . p 13

Ross Collins

Volkswagen News

Jerry Heldt

 Top Gear CoY 2009...... p 17  2009 Wheels CoY ......... p 17

Happy Birthday to anybody that has a birthday in January and we do not have your date on our records.

Coral Scales

 Best of the Best 2010 ... p 17  New Jetta ..................... p 18  49.9% Porsche ............. p 18  Detroit Premiere ........... p 19  EOS White Night .......... p 20  Tiguan Track & Avenue p 20  VW Oz Sales Record .... p 21

Karla Paget

Road Test - VW Amarok .... p 22

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We enclosed a survey form with each member‟s magazine last month. We have had numerous entries in so far so we have extended the deadline to 10th February to go into the draw for the $20 fuel voucher.

2009 Day of VW Survey

I know this is a little old-fashioned (we will do it online next time) and it will require you to use a stamp, but the information we will gather will help us plan for a better Day of the Volkswagen in the coming years. If you can keep all the information on the one page with your comments on the back of the page will help us immensely. Please post it to:

DofVW SURVEY - VW Club of WA, PO Box 175, Victoria Park WA 6979

It was a disappointing turn out at Point Walter, but I think the 42 degree heat put people off - unfortunately we cannot control the weather. Thank you to those that did come along, it was a very good afternoon.

Pt Walter Picnic 17th January

Hi there. I have had some trouble with my phone and messages lately, all fixed now. I know I got some but have lost them. If you phoned in the last month and left a message, and I haven't got back to you, please try again. My apologies.

Lost Messages

Well this is it. Time to let us know officially if you still want to continue getting the hard copy of the club magazine and/or the online copy. Some of you have already given us a choice. Thankyou, the online only will start from February 2010.

Online magazine for Members Only

If you only want the “Online Copy” of the magazine, please send an email to the Secretary Rod McSwain by using the email address secretary@vwclubwa.com.au. This email will give us the opportunity to check we have your correct email to send the online copy to and a record of your choice. Remember to advise the club when your email changes. If you still want to receive both the online and hardcopy do nothing! Editor and President - Ray Willis

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Calendar

This Month Wednesday 6th

January 2010 ALFRED‟S of GUILDFORD 7pm cnr of Meadow & James St Guildford

Wednesday 13th

MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park Wednesday 27th

EVENT COORDINATION MEETING - Bug-In 2011

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

6:30pm @ Wangara Volkswagen, Wangara

February 2010 Wednesday 3rd

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

Wednesday 10th

MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park Saturday 20th #

OLD COAST RD BREWERY RUN

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

See Page 6 Wednesday 24th

EVENT COORDINATION MEETING - Bug-In 2011

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

6:30pm @ Wangara Volkswagen, Wangara

March 2010 Wednesday 3rd

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

Wednesday 10th

MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park Sunday 21st #

CLASSIC CAR SHOW - WHITEMAN PARK

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

See Page 6 Wednesday 24th

EVENT COORDINATION MEETING - Bug-In 2011

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

6:30pm @ Wangara Volkswagen, Wangara

April 2010 Friday 2nd to

QUEENSLAND 2010 BUG-IN

Monday 5th #

See Page 20

Wednesday 7th

ALFRED‟S of GUILDFORD

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

7pm cnr of Meadow & James St Guildford Friday 9th to Sunday 11th

FAIRBRIDGE FESTIVAL www.fairbridgefestival.com.au (see page 21)

Contact: (08) 92463311

Wednesday 14th

MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

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Dakar 2010

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Volkswagen Defends “Dakar” Title With One-TwoThree Triumphant title defence in South America: Volkswagen has won the legendary Dakar Rally for the second time in succession and including 1980 for a third time. After a „showdown in blue‟ the Volkswagen duos and their TDI powered Race Touareg prototypes celebrated a one-two-three podium lockout at the finish of the toughest challenge worldwide in motorsport. In the process, Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) triumphed by only 2 minutes 12 seconds ahead of his team m ates Nas s er Al - Atti yah/T im o Gottschalk (Q/D) in a thrilling finale on the closing 202 kilometre sprint on the 14th and final rally day. Mark Miller/ Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) claimed third position. Last year‟s winners Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) finished seventh.

at the finish of the final stage. Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen explains: “Three weeks ago a highly motivated Volkswagen team came with the goal of successfully defending the „Dakar‟ title won last year. Volkswagen has achieved something historical with this one-two-three. We are not only unbeaten in South America, we are also the only manufacturer to have won the world‟s hardest rally up to now with diesel technology. The Volkswagen drivers fought amongst themselves for victory all the way to the chequered flag – sometimes by hard but fair means. This is exactly how we imagine motorsport to be. My congratulations therefore go to every Volkswagen duo who would all have been worthy winners.”

“I‟m incredibly proud of our team. It‟s stunning what the drivers, co-drivers and the entire team have achieved on every single day of the Dakar Rally. With this one-two-three triumph Volkswagen Motorsport even surpassed its own lofty goals,” says Dr. rer. pol. h. c. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Member of the Board of Management at The Wolfsburg based brand therefore VOLKSWAGEN AG for procurement, remains the only manufacturer to have won the car category of the Dakar Rally with diesel power. TDI technology was already dominant in 2009 in Argentina and Chile. In addition to the efficiency of the Volk swagen Group‟s diesel direct injection technology the Race Touareg‟s reliability was the key to the 2010 “Dakar” victory: De-

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spite the extreme demands the powerful 300 hp Race Touareg proved to be not only the most robust, but also the fastest vehicle: Seven of 14 possible stage victories and eleven days in the lead were credited to the four-wheel drive racers from Wolfsburg. The result of the rally kept observers and fans alike on tenterhooks up to the finish line: Carlos Sainz/Lucas C r u z, N a s s e r A l - A t t i ya h / T im o Gottschalk and Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford led in this order since the fifth Dakar Rally stage. However, at no point did any driver duo have an unassailable lead. In a strong final burst AlAttiyah/Gottschalk edged ever closer, repeatedly taking seconds from their Volkswagen team mates Sainz/Cruz and, in doing so, staged an open and hard but fair duel for the leading position. The Qatari/German duo made up ground specifically in the dune sections – which once again formed one of the “Dakar‟s” core elements – while the Spanish duo Sainz/Cruz controlled proceedings on the fast, twisty gravel sections. As varied as the fight in the overall standings was – two stage wins went to Sainz/Cruz, four to Al-Attiyah/ Gottschalk, one to Miller/Pitchford –, so challenging proved the 32nd run(Continued on page 7)


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ning of the Dakar Rally: In addition to the varied stages across soft, in part powder-like sand and through towering and endless dune fields of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile there were also gravel sections and tracks through enormous boulder fields on the agenda. The multi-faceted acid test with its terrain changing several times a day, two Andes crossings, passages through the world‟s driest desert, the Atacama, as well as parts of the legendary Pampa was mastered brilliantly by the Volkswagen Race Touareg. One Race Touareg was always found in the top-three of each stage at the finish, 27 of a possible 42 top-three positions on the 14 stages went to Wolfsburg. For the new “Dakar” champions Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz a winning streak continued in front of millions of fans lining the daily stages in Argentina and Chile. As newly formed duo in the Volkswagen Race Touareg the Spanish pair remained unbeaten in their third competition together and secured a new superlative in “Dakar” history: Never before have two Spaniards won the legendary desert rally‟s automobile category. Sainz/Cruz had previously won the Rallye dos Sertões in June and July 2009 as well as the Silk Way Rally in September 2009.

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fence‟ was already over on the third day of the rally for my codriver Dirk von Zitzewitz and I when we lost several hours due to an electrical problem after an end -over-end. From then on we put ourselves at the service of the team, as others also did for us in 2009. This is natural. First, second and third – this is an exceptional result for Volkswagen. Everybody in the squad deserved victory. Without question it is the best team in the world.” #300 – Dirk von Zitzewitz (D), codriver “The 2010 Dakar Rally was once again an exciting „Dakar‟. The enthusiasm shown by the spectators in Chile especially, however, in Argentina never ceases to amaze me. Incredible just how much you are spurred on. From the sporting point of view the „Dakar‟ did not run particularly well for Giniel and I, as we already had to bury our thoughts of victory early on, and worked for the team from then on. Even though it was technically very tough on the material, I didn‟t find this „Dakar‟ as demanding from the sporting side as 2009.”

ning the „Dakar‟. An enormous weight has fallen from my shoulders particularly as the fight for victory was extremely hard both physically and enormously exhausting mentally. I‟m incredibly happy to have achieved this goal after having been so close to victory on several occasions. Everything ran perfectly for me: My co-driver Lucas Cruz did an excellent job, from the technical side the Race Touareg ran like clockwork and the entire Volkswagen squad worked tirelessly for the win. Thank you for this.”

#303 – Lucas Cruz (E), co-driver “After so much pressure over the last few days it goes without saying that I‟m incredibly happy on the day of my first „Dakar‟ victory. I think we have beaten tough competitors and also one of the hardest „Dakar‟s‟ ever. The #300 – Giniel de Villiers (ZA), 7th posi- #303 – Carlos Sainz (E), 1st position tracks were varied and a new and tion overall “The operation „title de- overall “I have fulfilled a dream by wingreat challenge every day, even though every stage wasn‟t at the same level. Carlos approached his job throughout the entire event patiently, concentrated but also with great tenacity. He is a great champion, it‟s fantastic to win with him.” #305 – Mark Miller (USA), 3rd position overall “A great rally for us and for the entire Volkswagen team, which did an excellent job. It deserved to celebrate on the podium with three cars. It was small things that made the difference between winning and third place. I salute Carlos Sainz who drove almost faultless and who made the least amount of mistakes. It‟s just these small things that make the difference. My goal is to be better with the details in the future.” (Continued on page 12)

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CLUB RUN 20th FEBRUARY - OLD COAST ROAD BREWERY The Club Run for February is the … The Old Coast Road Brewery is a brewery, cafe plus distillery. We are heading for the beautiful Myalup-Harvey region for a cruise, lunch and maybe a winery or two.

Saturday 20th February 2010 The trip is just 45 min from Mandurah, or 20 min from Bunbury or 15 min from Harvey. This is an ideal opportunity to blow the cobwebs out of your car and it is within reach of both Metro and South West members. We will be having a Metro departure point at Gateways Shopping Centre in Success (adjacent to Kwinana Freeway) - see adjacent map.  Departure point is outside Red Rooster (between McDonalds and the BP Service Station.  Departure time is 10:00am (sharp) We can publicise a contact and South West departure point if a member wants to organise one -please let me know. For more detailed information the Brewery website is at http://www.ocrb.com.au/index.html Any enquiries please contact Ray Willis on mobile 0407347340 (send sms or leave a message) or email executive@vwclubwa.com

CLUB RUN 16th MARCH - CLASSIC CAR SHOW The Club Run for March is the …CLASSIC CAR SHOW at WHITEMAN PARK (MUSSEL POOL)

Sunday 21st March 2010 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 the early arrivals, it has been suggested that we have a BBQ breakfast. 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.

MUSSEL POOL

 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.  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  Fill in your tickets as soon as you get them. They must be completed before you get to the gate. tickets and a map showing where to go.  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 Hope to see as many as you as possible on the day…. the ticket.

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Touring in Big Bird By Merrick Paget No doubt most of you have seen the big water cooled yellow 2008 Kombi Beach named Big Bird at the various VW club runs and at the last DOVW. The vehicle is used by us for touring our wonderful state and country and following is an account of our last run to the North of Australia. The beginning of October saw us head for the North West again. This time we traveled up through the mid west and saw all the beautiful wild flowers in full bloom and stopped at a place called Coal Seam that was completely covered in wild flowers. This is where coal was first mined in WA in the late 1800s.

We continued on to Broome where we got the windscreen fixed, washed the van, clothes, stocked up on groceries etc, etc and headed to Derby. We refueled and checked road conditions then headed off up the famous Gibb River Road to Mt Barnett and then to the Manning Gorge camp site a 17 kms rough track through creek beds, soft bull dust and sand. The afternoon we arrived it was 43 degrees in the shade? This camp site has no power only an ablution block with cold water showers.

Crossing the “Famous” Pentecost River on the Gibb River Road in the Kimberleys.

Heading north we stayed overnight at Mullewa where it rained and after drying out we headed NE to Yalgoo and then up the Gt Northern Highway again towards Mt Newman stopping at the Capricorn Road House for fuel (both van and us- great burgers) and The solar panels we had purchased for the van came into play here and performed well by keeping the vans auxiliary battery fully charged to run the fridge and lights during the next 4 days. A change in the weather saw us all packing up, as getting caught here when it rains on these white clay roads becomes very dangerous to impossible to traverse. The drive from Mt Barnett eastwards was extremely rough, rutted and badly in need of a decent grade, but the scenery of the ranges is breathtaking. On the van I had to drop the tyre pressures to 45psi at the start of the Gibb River Road because of the corrugations but now I had to drop them to 40psi as the rocks and corrugations Up really early and continued into got very bad. Marble Bar. After refueling at Marble We arrived at the Pentecost River and Bar where I had to fix the diesel pump covered up the opening directly in as it “threw a pulley” we headed for front of the air inlet and then began to the Gt Northern Highway and at the negotiate the crossing. The road base Shaw River crossing a passing road is made of river rocks and they are train threw up a large rock from one of about the size of footballs round and its trailers and put a hole in the windcovered in a green slime making tracscreen. tion for the vans highway tyres very difficult. then headed for Marble Bar, the hottest town in Australia to see the famous “Marble Bar” and we were not disappointed. We continued on the rough dirt road to Marble Bar but the quickly setting sun and the rutted road saw us pull over to camp out behind a hill.

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I travelled too slow on the first attempt and got one wheel stuck between 2 rocks about half way across and I had to clear them away from the wheels, reverse with the wife pushing and then have another go this time traveling faster. Once across the only damage was the number plate, the screws just do not hold onto these new plastic bumpers too well. All the rough driving on this road saw us use more fuel than first thought and not being able to fill up at El Questro station due to a river crossing to the station being too deep and rough we headed for Wyndham to fuel up (This (Continued on page 10)


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section we got 10.91l/100km) and have a few much needed cold beers. We then headed into Kununurra to a shady caravan park in the middle of town. When people asked us where we had come from and we told them we had come via the Gibb River road they all seemed amazed that we had been able to do it in the Kombi as nearly every vehicle up here is a 4x4. After staying here for several days, again stocking up the food and spending the days lazing in the park‟s pool we continued east crossing into the Northern Territory. The drive through Timber Creek and Victoria River Roadhouse area is spectacular. The ranges are majestic and all the different colours of the rock was really something. We found this area of NT more beautiful than Kakadu. NT) until we hit the South Australian border. Next night we stayed in Coober Pedy and of course had to sleep in an underground motel room. 40 kms out of Coober Pedy we ran into the dust storms that blanketed the east coast where visibility got down to about 200 metres, very eerie through this country as its very barren and flat. The van‟s ability to keep dust out was again tested here and performed well with no dust entering the inside whatsoever. This dust cloud continued all the way south to Port Augusta. That night it rained and it followed us back into WA, giving the van a well needed wash. From here we headed west and began the trek across the Nullarbor to the border, spending a night in another third world caravan park of Nundroo (definitely not recommended). Next morning Off to Darwin but decided to right turn at Pine Creek and go to Kakadu, having lunch at the lake at Jabiru was a highlight. Kakadu was very dry and large sections of the park had been burnt, the roads to most of the attractions here were badly corrugated and rough and unfortunately we could not negotiate the creek crossings due to the low rear end of the van. After a much needed cold beer or two at the famous Humpty Doo Pub we went into Darwin. After 3 days rest we set off south staying at the Elliott caravan park for the night, (not recommended) continued south stopping at Tennant Creek for fuel, food and a look around and then on to Alice Springs. A few days here doing all the tourist things then we made tracks for Uluru and the Olgas. The next day we headed to Kings Canyon for lunch and then we headed for the Quarantine check point at the border then home to Perth via Esperance, Albany, Denmark and Bridgetown. This trip saw us travel 11,380kms across 3 states in 5 weeks and averaged 9.4 l/100 with our best being 8.00 l/100. The vehicle was loaded to 2485Kgs all up weight minus occupants and during the entire trip the only trouble we had was with a number plate screw that kept falling out on the corrugations and when we crossed the Pentecost River. The van has more than proved itself to be an excellent vehicle for touring as it is easy to drive and very comfortable. We have planned our next big trip and that is to Stanthorpe in Queensland for the 2010 VW Bug In and hope to on to Erldunda, the T junction to the Rock and the Stuart catch up with other Kombi Beach owners.  Highway. Next morning we headed for Coober Pedy and put the van on cruise control at 130Kmh (the legal limit in

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TOODYAY BUSHFIRE APPEAL Just a reminder to all our members that a number of appeal funds have been set up to help families who have been affected by the fire. Money instead of goods is what is most needed. You can donate to the Toodyay Bushfire Appeal through: The Lord Mayor‟s Distress Relief Fund. http://appealswa.org.au/pledge.html Donations to the appeal can be made by the following:  Donating at any BankWest branch.  By mail to: Toodyay Bushfire Appeal, c/- City of Perth, GPO Box C120, Perth 6839.  In person at the City of Perth Customer Service Counter, Council House, 27 St Georges Terrace, Perth  Using credit card by phoning 94613431 (working hours) (City of Perth)  The Salvation Army – visit www.salvationarmy.com.au/donations or call 13 72 58 and select The West - 7 News Bushfires Appeal  Bendigo Bank Bushfire Appeal – visit www.bendigobank.com.au or direct link http://shop.bendigobank.com.au/public/ foundation/shopdisplayproducts.asp?search=yes&bc=no

The Volkswagen Community... The VW Club committee has agreed to make a donation on behalf of you our members @ $2 per membership. We have had some VW parts donated to the club that have been sold and the proceeds will be donated along with a number of donations from VW businesses. We will let you know the amount in the February issue. The VW Club is also on a volunteer list to help any of the Bush Fire Victims in their cleanup etc. Please let the club know if you would like to volunteer your time and resources, once our turn comes up. We all can help in some way.... The Coordinator is Rod McSwain (08) 9332 6919 or email mcswain@optusnet.com.au

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#305 – Ralph Pitchford (ZA), co-driver “This „Dakar‟ was hard, harder than the last year‟s event. To have taken third place behind two team mates and against the strong competition posed by X-raid BMW, Hummer and Mitsubishi is a genuine success, even though our great dream of winning the „Dakar‟ was not fulfilled. However, this rally is relentless and immediately penalises the smallest error. There is, however, no reason to regret having him at the forthcoming „Dakar‟.” not achieved a better result – since #306 – Timo Gottschalk (D), co-driver finishing in the top three with such a “Those were the two hardest weeks of strong team is sufficient reward.” my life, particularly mentally. With #306 – Nasser Al-Attiyah (Q), 2nd po- such a strong driver alongside, like sition overall “On the one hand it goes Nasser Al-Attiyah is, I wanted to do without saying that it‟s tough to have my stuff as best as I possibly could. just missed winning the „Dakar‟. How- We went through many highs and ever, on the other hand, I got the lows together during this „Dakar‟. All in chance with Volkswagen to live my all I‟m extremely happy with the result. „Dakar‟ dream all the way to the finish We demonstrated what we can do and line, for which I am thankful. I feel that we are ready to win the „Dakar‟. completely at home in this team and To lose to such an exceptional driver look forward to every day with the like Carlos Sainz in such a close battle squad. Carlos Sainz is a worthy win- is – I think – respectable.” ner and a real champion. Second #312 – Maurício Neves (BR), retired place behind him is a fantastic result. Now I‟m looking forward to challenge “Unfortunately the „Dakar‟ dream for

Clécio Maestrelli and I ended much too early. On the sixth stage we didn‟t see a pothole and rolled several times. I broke four ribs in the process. However, it sounds worse than it is, because in view of the severity of the accident I escaped with light injuries thanks to the robustness of the Race Touareg. Shame for the team for whose work arriving at the finish in Buenos Aires would have been a fantastic reward.” #312 – Clécio Maestrelli (BR), codriver “It‟s a shame that we retired so early. The Dakar Rally was a fantastic experience and we really enjoyed the days before our accident. My thanks go to the Volkswagen squad who gave us this chance.” The 14th and final stage of the Dakar Rally produced the fastest average speed on a stage during the 2010 event. The average speed of stage winner Al-Attiyah was 152.070 km/h. That‟s all till next year...but wouldn‟t it be nice to see the Touaregs at the Australasian Safari here in WA!!!

Pos.

Team

Vehicle

Leg 14

Total time

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Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E)

Volkswagen Race Touareg 2

1h 20m 18s (2)

47h 10m 00s

2

Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D)

Volkswagen Race Touareg 2

1h 19m 42s (1)

+ 2m 12s

3

Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA)

Volkswagen Race Touareg 2

1h 21m 21s (5)

+ 32m 51s

4

Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-P. Cottret (F/F) BMW X3 CC

1h 20m 50s (4)

+ 2h 17m 21s

5

Guerlain Chicherit/Tina Thörner (F/S)

BMW X3 CC

1h 20m 25s (3)

+ 4h 02m 49s

6

Carlos Sousa/Matthieu Baumel (P/F)

Mitsubishi Racing Lancer

1h 25m 31s (15) + 4h 31m 45s

7

Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D)

Volkswagen Race Touareg 2

1h 21m 23s (6)

+ 5h 10m 19s

8

Robby Gordon/Andy Grider (USA/USA)

Hummer

1h 21m 40s (7)

+ 6h 02m 24s

9

Orlando Terranova/Pascal Maimon (RA/F)

Mitsubishi Racing Lancer

1h 22m 10s (8)

+ 6h 04m 47s

10

Guilherme Spinelli/Filipe Palmeiro (BR/P)

Mitsubishi Racing Lancer

1h 24m 50s (13) + 6h 13m 41s

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2009 Day of The Volkswagen Sunday 6th December - Charles Patterson Park Perth, Western Australia

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1 Air Cooled Beetle to 1957 Standard 2 Air Cooled Beetle to 1958 -1967 Standard 3 Air Cooled Beetle to 1968 on Standard 4 Air Cooled Beetle Convertible all years 5 Air Cooled Beetle Modified all years =1st 5 Air Cooled Beetle Modified all years =1st 6 Kombi T1 1950 - 1967 7 Kombi T2 1967 - 1979 8 Transporter T3 1979 - 1990 9 Transporter T4 & T5 1990 on 10 Type 3 & 4 11 Karmann Ghia Type 1 Standard 12 Karmann Ghia Type 1 Modified 13 Watercooled VW to 1997 14 Watercooled VW 1998 on 15 VW Performance 16 VW Affilliate 17 Buggies & Bajas - off road 18 No Entry 19 Rat Loook' Bug 20 President's Choice 21 Volks Choice 22 Robin Bailey Encouragement Award 23 Formula Vee 24 Best Engine Bay 25 Best Interior

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1954 1959 1968 1969 1970 1966 1959 1971 1992 2008 1972 1961 1960 1994 2004 2003 1970 1965

Beetle - Pastel Green Beetle - Diamond Grey Beetle - Blue Beetle - Cream Beetle - Yellow Beetle - Cream Kombi - Red Split Kombi - Grey Transporter - Silver Kombi Beach - Yellow Type 3 - Blue Karmann Ghia - Pearl White Karmann Ghia Mk3 Golf GL Mk4 Golf R32 Mk4 Golf Gti Lamborghini Espada Buggy

149 6 104 53 13 78 11 42 32 1 159 14 161 105 87 82 48 34

David Deeley Colin Seth Sam Karamfiles Henk Woelders Adam Duxbury Al Zimdahl Patrick Spiteri Simon Monk Tony Ricketts Merrick Paget Adam Cave Kevin Ferguson Casey Gilbert Paul Camilleri Nik Petkovic Geoffrey King Michael Hill John Regali

1960 1972 1974 1959 2008 1970 1952

Beetle Type 3 Beetle Beetle Formula Vee Beetle Beetle

145 159 49 131 39 13 80

Steffen Linke Adam Cave Dick Duggan Brendan Payne Tim Riley Adam Duxbury Andrew Scoggings

LIMITED EDITION STICKER - $2.50 To commemorate this years SHANNONS 2009 DAY OF THE VOLKSWAGEN - a new one will be available for 2010. There are a limited number of these left and are made available on a first come basis - maximum of 2 stickers per membership. This is a collectors Item and will not be re-printed. If you missed getting yours at the show, have more than one vehicle or just collect them, here is your chance to secure another 1 or 2. To submit an order, please contact Ray Willis by phone 0407347340 (voice message or sms) or email executive@vwclubwa.com, Arrangements will be made for payment and collection / postage.

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Thanks to Neil Annison (a country member from Albany) for his photos used in this magazine. There were a lot of photos taken on the day and we will try to get them on the website soon.

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...and the awards just keep coming!

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am very pleased to have received such a prestigious award for the Golf.

Golf‟s selection as Wheels Car of the Yearis the crowning achievement TopGear Car 2009 Wheels “The of an extraordinary year for the new after already being named „Best of the Year Car of the Year Golf Mid size car over $30,000‟by AustraVolkswagen‟s Golf has been awarded lia‟s Best Car Award and winning the 2009 2009 Carsguide Car of the Year and the 2009 Wheels Car of the Year. 2009 DRIVE Car of the Year awards.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI has been able to add another award to its name by taking out TopGear Car of the Year 2009. The Golf GTI has beaten a long list of high-profile competitors and has been able to demonstrate its hot-hatch credentials.

The multi-award winning Golf has outclassed a field of 22 cars to collect “Winning the Wheels Car of the Year what is widely considered to be Aus- is proof the new Golf is at the pinnacle of automotive design and engineering tralia‟s most coveted award. yet is still attainable, a winning combiTo have been selected for this award, nation obviously,” said Ms Koeckler. the Golf had to impress eight judges Volkswagen launched the Golf in over an extensive week of testing. 1974, it was built in Australia until Wheels magazine editor, Ged Bulmer, 1977 before being replaced with a fully said: “The turbo-charged, five-door imported model from Germany. hatch Volkswagen range is outNow in its sixth generation, the Golf standing. continues to hold universal appeal “The Golf oozes sophistication, refine- thanks to its original, unique and timement and development – in an ener- less design which creates a vehicle getic package that comes with funda- that is class-free. mentally good steering and balance,” The Golf, a perennial favourite in the he said. Volkswagen line-up, has sold more Veteran judge and former editor, Peter than 26 million units in 120 countries, Robinson said, “The level of overall making it one of the top selling vehirefinement is worthy of two classes cles of all-time. higher … balance and weighting of all controls [are] BMW-like in their consistency and tactility. Ride and handling, best in class.”

Anke Koeckler, Volkswagen Group Australia‟s Managing Director, commented: “The Golf GTI really has proven that it still is the pinnacle in the performance hatch segment. It makes owning a fun performance vehicle affordable and realistic.”

Volkswagen last won the Wheels Car of the Year in 1976, also for the Golf. While two years earlier Volkswagen Money Magazine‟s „Best of the Best 2010‟ Awards Honour Two Volkscollected the award with the Passat. wagen Golfs Volkswagen Group Australia managing director, Anke Koeckler, said:” I The Volkswagen Golf has claimed two

Volkswagen‟s Golf GTI Continues its Winning Streak as TopGear Car of the Year 2009

„Best of the Best 2010‟

The Editor of TopGear Australia Magazine, Stephen Corby, had this to say: “It‟s been around forever, hasn‟t changed much, it‟s teutonically, terrifically German and, with its perfect driving position and poised handling, it‟s a proper driver‟s car that makes you feel at home, and ready to race, from the first time you sit in it.” TopGear‟s summary of the car says it all: “Ticks every box and leaves you smiling – perfection.” The complete list of results is published in the January 2010 edition of TopGear Australia.

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awards in the Money Magazine „Best of the Best 2010‟ Awards. The „BestValue Small Cars‟ Category was taken out by the Golf 90TSI and the Golf 118TSI claimed the „Best-Value Green Cars‟ Award.

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New Jetta Range

The model year 2010 Jetta range has been extended and now offers five attractive engine options catering for all needs. Two petrol engines and three diesel variants make up the new “To take out 2 out of 5 categories in line-up of Jetta models, providing a the automotive segment with our new great value, well equipped mid-size Golf really showcases the versatility of sedan. this vehicle. Apart from being a class The popular 1.6 77TDI engine - releader in the small vehicle segment, cently introduced to the New Golf the Golf is also convincing on its envi- range - is now also available on the ronmental credentials. Volkswagen‟s Jetta ensuring low fuel consumption TSI technology ensures your car is fun and CO2 emissions, while offering to drive while minimising your environ- great performance at the same time. mental impact,” commented Anke The second new diesel engine is the Koeckler, Volkswagen Group Australia 2.0 125TDI, which brings high perManaging Director. formance and sportiness to the range.

Page 18 of the range 2.0 125TDI Highline and 2.0 147TSI Highline with 6-speed DSG are both offered from $38,990*. * Prices are manufacturer list prices only, for the drive away price please contact your local authorised Volkswagen dealer.

49.9 Percent Stake in Porsche AG Further milestone reached on the way towards the integrated automotive group with Porsche

Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft has on 7 December taken a 49.9 percent stake in Porsche AG. The next important step on the way towards the inteWheels writer and motoring expert, The new 7-speed DSG gearbox is grated automotive group with Porsche Bruce Newton, explains his winning now available with the 1.4 118TSI and has therefore been completed, as anchoice in the „Best-Value Small Cars‟ the 1.6 77TDI Jetta. nounced, before the end of the year. category: “The sixth generation Volks-

wagen Golf is a great example of the virtues of going small. There are few weak points in a range that exudes engineering, design and build quality.”

Several new features have been introduced to the range to make it even more appealing to customers. Parking distance sensors in the front and rear combined with the Optical Parking System (OPS) come fitted on every vehicle. A new choice of trims give the range an attractive update and are combined with a new steering wheel and revised instrument cluster.

In its ninth year, Money Magazine‟s „Best of the Best 2010‟ Awards recognize Australia‟s best financial product, services and investments. Expert research partners select the 101 gold winners from tens of thousands or products. Pricing in the Jetta range starts at $28,990* for the entry model 1.6 77TDI 5-speed manual, while the top

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return on sales of 10.3 percent, Porsche AG is the world‟s most profitable automobile manufacturer. Volkswagen will in future participate in this business success through its stake. In addition, the planned integration of Porsche in the Volkswagen Group and the associated closer cooperation will realize significant synergies on both the income and the cost side. As a result, the annual operating profit of the Volkswagen Group is expected to The combination of the two companies increase by some €700 million in the follows a compelling strategic, induslong term. trial and financial logic. For the Volkswagen Group, Porsche ideally complements the brand portfolio. The Stuttgart-based car maker will allow Volkswagen to further expand its position in the premium business, which offers particularly strong earnings. In turn, as an independent brand under the roof of the Volkswagen Group, Porsche will have the potential for sig- New Compact Coupe unites 4.2 l/100 km (45 mpg) with top dynamics nificant additional growth. The transaction will have a sustained Concept of an entirely new compact positive effect on the earnings situa- coupe emits just 98 g/km CO2, can go tion of the Volkswagen Group. With a 227 km/h if necessary and accelerates (Continued from page 18)

towards the integrated automotive group with Porsche under the leadership of Volkswagen. The acquisition of the trading business of Porsche Holding Salzburg is planned for 2011. The creation of the integrated automotive group is then to conclude with the merger of Volkswagen AG and Porsche SE during the course of the same year.

World Premiere in Detroit

Page 19 to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds For Volkswagen this marks the beginning of an action-packed year, in which more new models will be introduced than ever before in the company‟s history. Number 1 on the spectacular list of new products for calendar year 2010 is a car based on entirely new concepts and technology, a coupe with a hybrid drive that is extremely fast and yet futuristic in its fuel economy. It has sports appeal and sharp styling yet is remarkably elegant - positioned between the Europe‟s bestselling sports car, the Scirocco, and the internationally successful CC. Its name: the New Compact Coupe. Site of its world premiere: Detroit, North American International Auto Show (January 11 to 24). Combined fuel consumption: 4.2 l/100 km* (45 mpg**)! CO2 emissions: 98 g/km! Incredible, considering its fuel economy, are its top speed of 227 km/h (141 mph) and the short 8.6 seconds it needs for the classic sprint to 100 km/ h (0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds). These values were made technically feasible by a high-tech alliance: a TSI engine (gasoline powered with 110 kW / 150 PS) that is as fuel efficient as it is sporty, an electric motor (20 kW / 27 PS) and a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) - which in the eyes of many car drivers is the best automatic in the world today. Just over a month after the debut of the most fuelefficient four-seater in the world – the Up! Lite in Los Angeles – this new concept car confirms once again that future Volkswagen hybrid vehicles will not only focus on fuel economy, but – similar to pure gasoline and diesel versions of Europe‟s most successful automobile brand – will also aim to be sporty and fun to drive. In the first half of the year, Volkswagen will launch its first hybrid model on the market under the VW label – an SUV with full-time all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the New Compact Coupe shows, both technically and visually, how Volkswagen envisions a front-wheel drive hybrid for the compact class that would be implemented when the time is right. Notes: TDI, TSI, DSG and Twincharger are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG or other companies of the Volkswagen Group in Germany and other countries. * Fuel consumption and CO2 values per NEDC ** Fuel economy values of US label

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Eos White Night The new Eos White Night embraces the contrast of black and white: the body is painted in white, while elements such as the roof, radiator grille and mirror covers are in black. This unique and special model has been created by Volkswagen Individual and will only be produced in a very limited number for the Australian market, thus highlighting the exclusivity in owning this beautifully appointed car. The White Night provides an interesting set of exceptional contrasts, including exterior paintwork in “Candy White”, a roof painted in “Deep Black” and cherry-red LED tail lights. A number of details in black such as the mirror covers, radiator grille and trim strips further enhance the appeal of this special model. The 18-inch "Budapest" wheels painted in an unique silver and black treatment, rest on lowered sports suspension, completing the elegant appearance of the Eos White Night. The light and dark accents continue in the interior: the black nappa leather seats, door and side trim and black steering wheel feature light-coloured seams. Trim strips and radio trim in “Candy White” and sill panel strips lettered with “White Night” further enhances the contrast of the Eos White Night. Customers will enjoy the choice of either TSI or TDI engine technology, whilst the White Night is exclusively

available with the 6 speed Direct Shift Stylish and elegant special edition can Gearbox (DSG). be ordered now in Germany With retail prices of $53,990* for the 103TDI model and $55,990* for the 147TSI, the Eos White Night not only represents style and exclusivity, but also tremendous value with a price premium of just $3,500 above the relevant series model.

Wolfsburg, 08 December 2009 Volkswagen is extending its Tiguan model range with a special edition: the Tiguan Track & Avenue. High-end materials predominate in its interior; on the exterior subtle body modifications and 19-inch alloy wheels round out its sporty look. This new special model of Prices are manufacturer list prices the popular SUV can be ordered now. only, for the drive away price please contact your local authorised Volks- The new Tiguan Track & Avenue rides wagen dealer on standard 19-inch “Savannah” alloy wheels, and it offers a price advantage of over 2,000 Euros when all of its elegant and stylish features are considered. Two special exterior colours are being offered on this very expressive off-roader: “Oryx White Pearl Effect” and “Island Grey Pearl Effect”. The package also includes a 25 degree off -road front end, modest wheel flares and a silver-coloured diffuser.

New Tiguan Track & Avenue

The first-class equipment continues in the interior. The new Tiguan Track & Avenue has exclusive leather upholstery - “Heavy Waxy” in Amaranth whose softness and durability make it one of the highest grade leathers. In addition, there are sport seats, an RCD 510 radio with Dynaudio sound system, “Climatronic” climate control and a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel with coloured seams. The package is rounded out with front fog lights and Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic curve lighting. (Continued on page 21)

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The Tiguan Track & Avenue can be ordered in four engine-transmission combinations, all of them with a 6speed gearbox. For example, the 2.0 TSI engine (147 kW / 200 PS) may be combined with a manual or automatic transmission. Two diesel engines with 2.0 l displacement complete the programme: the 103 kW / 140 PS engine paired with an automatic and the more powerful variant with a manual gearbox and 125 kW / 170 PS. Prices for the new Tiguan Track & Avenue begin at 38,225 Euros for the 2.0 l TSI with manual gearbox.

VW Australia New Sales Record Volkswagen Group Australia has achieved total vehicle sales of 30,087 in 2009 - its fifth straight year of growth - and for the first time in recent history exceeded 30,000 vehicle sales.

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Page 21 Golf range. Our new Polo, the European Car of the Year 2010, will also be a promising contender in the small car segment on the Australian market arriving in the 2nd quarter of 2010.”

Reflecting on her first few months in her role at Volkswagen Group Australia, Ms Koeckler had this to say: “It was a very competitive market situation in Australia due to the global financial crises which put a lot of pressure on the automotive industry. However, our strong model line-up and dealer network allowed us to still perform well in this challenging environVolkswagen Group Australia‟s Managment. We plan to build on this strong ing Director, Anke Koeckler, was position as we move ahead in 2010.” pleased with the result and buoyant about the coming year: “A number of significant new models arriving on the Australian market in 2010 will put Volkswagen into a very good position for continued growth. Amongst these is the launch of the Golf Wagon in February, which will increase the appeal of the This year the top performing Volkswagen models with significant growth over the prior year were the Tiguan +324.0% and the Caravelle +101.1%. The Golf managed a sales increase of 4.4% with total sales of 12,141 to continue its reign as Volkswagen‟s best selling model.

2010 Queensland Bug-In VW Club WA members, The Volkswagen Drivers Club of Queensland invites everybody to make the trek to Queensland for the 41st Annual Bug-ln 2010.... for what will be a great long weekend ! The location they've chosen for Bug-ln 2010 is the beautiful town of Stanthorpe, in the Granite Belt region of Southern Queensland. The Granite Belt region is known for its boutique wineries, fruit growing, arts and crafts and multiple other tourist attractions... the programme they have planned adds some Volkswagen-based fun to an already great mix. The Bug-ln Registration Form as well as the Bug-ln Accommodation Form are available on the VW Club of WA website along with links to the www.vwdcqinc.org.au Yes, there are VW Club WA members already booked in for the event. Want to know more about Bug-Ins just contact the committee.

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Page 22 the brand's biggest sellers. And for a brand more renowned for small cars, it could open up a new world of possibilities for larger vehicles, helping repositioning the image of VW Down Under. So no pressure on it then... PRICE AND EQUIPMENT -- Plenty of options, but no word on price yet Given that it was only a brief preview drive ahead of the official launch, Volkswagen didn't hand over any published material on the Amarok. However, the team of board members was happy to answer any question thrown at them, so a reasonably clear picture of the specifications emerged.

on the Amarok program with the designers and engineers take a long hard look at the HiLux and learning what they could from it. The result is a car that is well thought out and could a game-changer -- not just for By Stephen Ottley be Volkswagen Australia, but also around Volkswagen is targeting a wide audiwww.carsales.com.au the world. ence with the Amarok around the International Preview With production of the Amarok com- world, therefore the vehicle has been mencing next week (December 15) in designed with an array of modular Cordoba, Argentina Argentina, the Carsales Network was systems in place to tailor the car to the OVERVIEW - Watch out HiLux, here invited to drive the car on one of its various markets. That means everycomes the 'Rok final shakedown tests alongside mem- thing from seatbelts to stereos...

Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen's Commercial Vehicle division in Hannover had one clear goal when creating the Amarok; to be the best in the market. Creating a good vehicle is a difficult challenge in and of itself, but to make life difficult for VW, the pick-up segment already has a clear benchmark -- the Toyota HiLux. Now in its seventh generation, the HiLux has a huge head start on Volkswagen. But the German company hasn't become one of the biggest brands in the world by accident. It has done so with a mix of technical savvy and hard work. Those two traits were in abundance

bers of the VW board -- over 160km of driving on some of the roughest and toughest roads in Argentina, including a stretch of Dakar Rally course (coincidently won by Volkswagen earlier this year). It's a telling sign that only a month out from the start of production, Volkswagen was still looking for ways to improve the Amarok.

Initially there will be a three-tier line-up with the base model (known simply as Amarok), Trendline and Highline covering the various demands of customers.

The basic differences will see the base model sporting plastic bumpers and cloth seats; Trendline will earn colour-coded bumpers and optional The new model is due to go on sale in leather trim; and the Highline will reSouth America and South Africa in the ceive chrome bumpers and leather first quarter of 2010, with Australia seats as standard. having to wait until the second quarter. Obviously specifications for Australian The potential for Volkswagen Group models haven't been released yet, but Australia (VGA) is huge. With only a Volkswagen has designed the Amarok small share of the local pick-up mar- and its production to be a modular ket, the Amarok could become one of system. That means the car can be tailored to a variety of trim and equipment levels, depending on the market demands. Traditional VW parts carried over from other models include the sound system and air-conditioning controls. There will be a number of different options in both these departments, including stereo systems with integrated satellite navigation, USB and Bluetooth capabilities. There are a number of clever standard features in the Amarok, including a unique 'multi function clip' on the dashboard. There are two of the circular devices on either side of stereo (Continued on page 23)

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unit. The black plastic covers are removed to expose a slot in the dash that can be used to insert around 15 various plug-in parts -- cupholders, map readers and navigation aids, to name a few. The dash is also fitted with three 12volt power outlets to cater for a variety of aftermarket power needs. VW has specifically placed one of the points on the top of the upper dash to avoid a tangle of cables from aftermarket satellite navigation systems. The dashboard itself is available in either a solid black plastic or with a brown insert on both the upper and lower dashboard as well as the door

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get as close to the Toyota as possible. Given that power and torque figures are on par with the Amarok's rivals, "I think this is something we can parand fuel consumption is improved (a tially bridge," Schomburg says. "Not claimed best of 7.4L/100km for the biall of it but some of it. Two per cent turbo), the issue of capacity will be [difference] is not much." purely a psychological one. MECHANICAL Both TDI engines share a common six -- Ignore the capacity and enjoy the -speed manual gearbox but drive through three different driveline setride ups. There will be a 4x2 model, partOne of the biggest talking points of the time 4x4 and permanent 4x4 all availpreview drive among both the journalable from the beginning. While the ists and the VW officials was the comgearbox is new to VW, the permanent pany's choice of engines for the Ama4x4 system is a modified version of rok. The firm knows it has made life the one used in the Touareg, Cayenne difficult for itself by developing the pick and Audi Q7 family -up with only 2.0-litre engines, but it's confident that this is the best solution Volkswagen is already evaluating for a balance of power, torque, econ- 'automatic' transmissions but is yet to decide on either a traditional torque converter or double-clutch unit. The company officials admitted that if they decided on a torque converter, it would almost certainly be a seven or eight-speed gearbox; a major advantage in a class that is dominated by four and five-speed autos. Despite the obvious offroad benefits of a torque converter, Schomburg said that the final decision would have to factor in production requirements of the company; in terms of both capacity and cost.

trims. Another nice feature is an external light for the tray hidden underneath the upper brake light. There is also another 12-volt power outlet in the tray too.

After evaluating a monocoque, VW instead opted for a ladder frame chassis because of the greater strength and durability. According to Schomburg, the Amarok came out on top of torsional rigidity testing against its major rivals; only just ahead of the HiLux but significantly better than the rest. omy and emissions.

When the car goes on sale around the world early next year, there will be only two engine options, both 2.0-litre turbodiesels. The entry level unit will The Highline model we drove was fit- be a single-turbo producing 90kW and ted with power windows all-round. 330Nm, while a bi-turbo version of the same engine will pump out 125kW There are a number of other equipand 400Nm. By the third quarter of ment options that we'll cover off in 2010, a 2.0-litre petrol with 118kW and PACKAGING. around 300Nm will join the range. As for price, that remains the biggest While admitting it will make the sale unanswered question. Officially the pitch to potential customers harder, company wants to target the HiLux but given most rivals have 3.0-litre dieToyota's ability -- along with others sels, VW is confident the performance including Ford and Holden -- to source of the engines will speak for themthat car from Thailand means the selves. Japanese firm saves the five per cent tariff. However, Volkswagen Commer- "It's definitely the best solution from cial's head of sales and marketing, our point of view," says Schomburg. Harald Schomburg, told the Carsales "Of course we have to explain. We Newtork the company is willing to ab- have to get people to drive them, then sorb some of the difference in order to it will be ok."

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Suspension is a mix of MacPherson strut at the front and leaf springs at the rear to give the best compromise between handling and payload. It's a similar story with the brakes -discs at the front and drums at the rear. VW claims it is a better solution for offroad driving. There will be a wide variety of wheels, available starting with 16-inch steel and alloy, 17-inch steel and alloy, 18inch alloys and 19-inch alloys. The Highline model we drove was fitted with 17-inch alloys as standard. Last, but certainly by no means least, VW has paid special attention to achieving good numbers in terms of load and towing capacity and tray dimensions. With a towing capacity of 2800kg, the Amarok betters the (Continued on page 24)


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As you'd expect for a workhorse vehicle, the materials used are harder than you'll find in the likes of a Golf or Tiguan. The plastics on the dash and surrounds are hard but don't look out of place in the class. It's the same story with the seats. The leather is not The tray measures 1550mm in length, up to the same standard as VW pas1600mm wide and with 1220mm in senger cars', but good for the pick-up between the wheel arches. That is segment. large enough to fit an Australian standard pallet of 1200mm x 1200mm. The extra width is certainly noticeable in the cabin. It will certainly seat four Load capacity will vary from 850kg to adults in absolute comfort and a fifth 1200kg depending on the model. passenger, either adult or child, won't feel crushed in the centre seat. Head PACKAGING and legroom is also good. -- Keeping it in the family Although the Crew Cab will be the Not surprisingly, the production Amaonly option initially, a single cab verrok looks much like the Robust Consion is expected by the fourth quarter cept first shown in September 2008. of 2010. Naturally it ditches the 'Search and Rescue' embellishments of the show As mentioned above, VW is promising car, but retains the same VW family look. (Continued from page 23)

equivalent Toyota HiLux (2250kg), Ford Ranger (2500kg) and Mitsubishi Triton (2500kg), but is behind the Holden Colorado and Nissan Navara, which can both pull 3000kg.

Page 24 in front of each tyre, the advanced ABS allows the Amarok to stop quicker without limiting steering on unsealed roads. It is good to see VW taking the decision to fit ABS as standard, given that the government is yet to mandate stability control on light commercial vehicles, despite acknowledging its many safety benefits. Not so good is the decision to offer only driver and passenger front and side airbags. While not alone in the segment, it's a shame VW decided against making knee and curtain airbags available to better protect both front and rear seat passengers. COMPETITORS -- New player in a crowded arena As mentioned at the beginning, VW is

The design is typical of current generation Volkswagen's, with clean lines, but at the same time there are bold wheel arches to give it a suitable look for the pick-up segment. As the only European player on the market, the Amarok will stand out from its Asian rivals -- something that could give it an advantage in the sales race. The front end treatment is almost identical to the concept, with the headlights carried over and sitting alongside the bold grille with large VW badge. The lower grille is also a direct link to the Robust, with the solid black insert running the width of the lower bumper; as well as housing the fog lights. The Robust design is carried over down the side and across the rear. [Ed: Ignore the upside down Mitsubishi logos on the images hereabouts. The badges were simply disguise for the cars in their pre-launch period.] Exact exterior dimensions remain under wraps, but the company did admit it is similar in size to the HiLux (100mm wider, both externally and inside the cabin). Based on our time with the car, it may be the VW's first attempt at a one-tonne pick-up, but it certainly won't look out of place against its rivals. Inside, the Amarok feels just like a Volkswagen, with design and controls pulled straight from other members of the family. The steering wheel looks identical to the new Golf's, as do the air conditioning controls and stereo.

a wide variety of equipment and specification for the Amarok, thanks to its modular construction. Among those will be a number of options for the tray, including heavy duty plastic liners, covered canopy and a flatbed.

making no secret that it is using the Toyota HiLux as the benchmark for the Amarok, both in terms of development and sales target. But while the Toyota is the clear market leader locally, the Amarok will face a long list of competitors in the marketplace. They There will be a choice of nine colours will include the Nissan Navara, Holden for the Amarok, including black, white, Colorado, Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max, silver, dark green, dark blue and red. Mitsubishi Triton and Mazda BT-50. SAFETY With over 100,000 pick-ups sold this -- A missed opportunity? year and the top five models all selling over 10,000 units, there is not just lots Active safety will include standard fitof competition but plenty of scope for ment of anti-lock brakes (ABS), elecgrowth. As a new player, any growth tronic stability control (ESP), hill dewill be a bonus to Volkswagen Austracent and hill hold assist. The ABS is lia. the same version used on the Touareg, which has been specially ON (AND OFF) THE ROAD calibrated for loose surface stops. By building up a wave of gravel or snow (Continued on page 25)

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pick-ups suffer from steering with a -- One small step for VW, one giant mechanical and discounted feel, the leap for pick-ups Amarok felt more like driving a topclass SUV instead of a workhorse. Tackling the most obvious question first, can a 2.0-litre engine cut it in a What also impressed about the hanone-tonne pick-up? The answer is a dling, again both on and off road, was resounding yes. Will Netuschil, head the way it inspired confidence in the of the Amarok development, sums it driver -- another trait not found in up best. many of its competitors. On sealed roads it rode more like an passenger "If you didn't know [the capacity], you wagon or softroader, belying its heavy wouldn't know it's a 2.0-litre," he says. -duty suspension. It is smoother, more refined and feels Not that the refinement comes at a stronger than any of the competitors cost to the car's offroad ability. Runthis author has driven. It's also exning across a variety of conditions intremely flexible, with peak torque cluding fast gravel, rough roads, sand, available from 1800rpm. There is almud and even down a river, the Amaways plenty of pulling power on hand. rok sucked up the bumps and never It also allows you to operate in a gear felt anything but sure-footed. In terms higher than you normally would, creatof offroad capabilities, it tackled all ing a fuel economy benefit. challenges we threw at it with relative While noisier than one of VW's pas- ease. In addition to the rugged sussenger TDI models, the Amarok felt pension and chassis set-up, the Amarefined on road. On the highway, we rok also benefits from the technology easily achieved a top speed of 150km/ like hill descent control for better offh on the flat; sneaking up to 160km/h road performance. on downhill stretches. Another technical function for loose Our test car had three passengers surface driving is the 'Off Road' button onboard all day and around 50kg of that is next to the gearshift. It opens ballast. At no stage did it feel la- up the parameters of the stability conboured. Although we didn't drive it with trol system (to allow for more slip ana full payload or towing at capacity, gle before corthere felt like more than enough recting), opens torque to handle whatever the situa- the steering, activates the hill detion. scent control and But while the bi-turbo engine's 400Nm changes the antiis probably overkill, having not driven lock brakes to either the other turbodiesel or petrol their offroad setengines, we'll have to reserve judg- ting. ment on those until we drive them. "When you are The six-speed gearbox is a good on gravel this is transmission with a compact action perfect," says and feel. This author did find the S c h o m b u r g , clutch take-off point did require some "because it's not getting used to though; a sentiment only more safe, backed up by other drivers during the it's more fun to test. drive." But while it was a good transmission, The brakes were it was hard to escape the thought that strong throughmatching an eight-speed (or even out the day and seven-speed) torque converter autonever felt any matic to the TDI engine would be not different, despite just a brilliant combination, but a giant the heavy workleap forward for the category. load. As excellent as the engine was After more than though, even more impressive was the f i v e s tr a i g h t Amarok's handling and, in particular, hours in the its steering. It didn't matter if it was in Amarok, we ar4x2 or 4x4, the steering was a revelarived at the end tion against the Amarok's competitors. of the test route It felt direct, gave good feedback and feeling fresh, did so both on and off road. While rival (Continued from page 24)

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Page 25 thanks to the good work of the suspension and comfortable cabin. What impresses most about the Amarok is that it is still in the early stages of development. VW has hinted there are plenty of further upgrades and developments already in the pipeline for future versions. "We want to challenge the best, so we concentrate first, then expand," says Schomburg. Obviously a final verdict on the Amarok will have to wait until we drive the full range and Australian-specification vehicles, but the preview drive was a very promising start. In terms of performance, dynamics and design, the new Volkswagen sets new benchmarks for the pick-up class. What we liked

 Flexible, torquey engine; Brilliant steering; Distinctive look Not so much

 Costs still unknown; Diesel only available with manual... For now; No air vents for rear passengers Overall rating: 4/5

X-factor: 5/5

Engine/Drivetrain/Chassis: 4/5 Price, Packaging & Practicality: 3/5 Safety: 3/5 Behind the wheel: 4/5


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