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CONTACT US VOLKSWAGEN CLUB OF WA (Inc)

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YOUR COMMITTEE (cont’d) EDITOR:

0407 347 340

PO Box 175

Ray Willis

viawest@vwclubwa.com

Victoria Park

CONCESSION LICENCE:

(08) 9332 6919

ABN:

Western Australia 6979 31 610 140 537

Rod McSwain 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:

MERCHANDISE OFFICER: YOUR COMMITTEE

(08) 9342 8703 0417 173 886

Karen Fyfe

PRESIDENT:

0408 183 396

SOCIAL SECRETARY:

Jamie Barrett

executive@vwclubwa.com

Colin Seth

VICE PRESIDENT:

0415 165 175

SPORTS ORGANISER:

John Hornby

As above

Currently grouped under “Events Coordinator”

SECRETARY:

0407 347 340

PUBLICITY OFFICER:

Ray Willis

administration@vwclubwa.com

As above

MEMBERSHIPS:

0407 347 340

GENERAL COMMITTEE:

Ray Willis

administration@vwclubwa.com

Karla & Merrick Paget (country liaison South West)

TREASURER:

0438 819 443

WEBMASTER:

Shane Williams

finance@vwclubwa.com

Tina Moore

Patrick Spiteri, Dave 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.

Please contact the Editor to find out about commercial advertising in the magazine, inserting flyers or advertising on the website.

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 lists the upcoming events and club runs for some months in advance in chronological order.

Publication Deadline: The ViaWest magazine’s deadline for articles for the next issue is APRIL 20

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Fees: Members - 1/4 page adverts are free. Non-Members - 1/4 page adverts are $5.00

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the Volkswagen Club of WA (Inc), its Committee or members.

The April 11 meeting will be held at Mundy Gusto Burger Kitchen, Shop 6 Mundaring Arcade, 7095 Great Eastern Highway Mundaring 6073, http://www.mundygusto.com/ Contact: Jamie Barrett 0408 183 396

Membership and Birthdays Welcome to new members

2 New memberships;

IN THIS ISSUE

page

The Club ............................. p 2 The Club (contd) ................. p 4

 Troyy McKenzie and Family

President’s Spot.................. p 5

 Janis Thornton

VW Event Calendar ........... p 6 Aldinga Bug-In 2012 ........... p 7 VW driving experience ........ p 9

More Renewals received

130 memberships

VW Club Quiz Nite ............. p 10

 Rebecca Seth

April Club Run..................... p 11 March Club Run (photos) .... p 12 Robert Shannon Foundation ......................... p 16

 Jordan Seth

My Bitsa Project (pt 2)......... p 19

to the following members for

 Adam Duxbury

Volkswagen News

MARCH

 Jayden Lambert

Happy Birthday

 Jono Ride

 Multivan ........................ p 21  Amarok Canyon ............ p 21

 Wendy Dibben

 Georgia Warburton

 Formula 1 ..................... p 22

 Janice Margaret Frensham

 Michael Rowlands

 Cross Coupe ................ p 23

 John Hornby

 Archer Rowlands

 Dirk Strehlow  Martina Strehlow  Glenn Ranger

 Golf 7 Spy Photos......... p 24  Polo BlueGT ................. p 24  Geneva Motor Show ..... p 26 FRONT COVER: VW Club Cruise to The Old Coast Road Brewery see more on page 12

 Troy Dibben  Brian McGrath  Jessica Colgan

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Hi All, The National Bug In 2012 is on at Easter. I would like to take this opportunity to say good luck with the event to our fellow enthusiasts in South Australia and I hope all goes as planned and organised. I personally can not make the long trip, however we will have WA VW Club members travelling the Nullarbor and their presence will be known! Have a safe and pleasant trip to everyone making the journey. Be sure to follow Rod McSwain's updates on our club forum. A full event report will be in next months ViaWest including many pictures (snap, snap). Work on our Club website and forum is still underway behind the scenes. It will be off-line for a couple days next month for the upgrades and changes to be implemented. We have scheduled this for week days - please be patient. An announcement will go up on the forum with exact dates in the lead up to the temporary down time. I am looking forward to seeing the new design and changes up and running for all of us to use. Auto One Classic Car Show is on next month. It seems that we have an opportunity to camp the night before so consider a night under stars………All the best

Jamie Barrett Club President Footnote: With some of the committee away at the Bug-In, the April 11 Committee Meeting will be held at Mundy Gusto Burger Kitchen, Shop 6 Mundaring Arcade, 7095 Great Eastern Highway Mundaring 6073 from 6:30pm http://www.mundygusto.com/ Contact me on 0408 183 396 with any queries

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This Month

April 2012 # indicates a club run

Wednesday 4th

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

Friday 6th - Monday 9th

2012 ALDINGA BUG-IN (South Australia) See page 7

Wednesday 11th

MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING Contact: Jamie Barrett 0408 183 396 6:30pm @ Mundy Gusto Burger Kitchen http://www.mundygusto.com/ Shop 6 Mundaring Arcade, 7095 Great Eastern Highway Mundaring

This month only

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

Sunday 15th

FIRST South West Monthly Get Together...Busselton end of Queen St (next to Equinox Cafe) Sunday, 15 April 2012, 12:30pm-5:00pm Contact: Kim Muste 0408 914 400

Sunday 22nd #

AUTO ONE CLASSIC CAR SHOW 2012 See page 17

Contact: Richard Hines 9342 8703

Wednesday 25th

EVENTS COORDINATION MEETING

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

May 2012 Wednesday 2nd

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

Wednesday 16th

MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING 6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

#

MAY CLUB RUN—TBA Anybody with an idea?

Contact:

Wednesday 30th

EVENTS COORDINATION MEETING 6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

June 2012 Wednesday 6th

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

Wednesday 13th

MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING 6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

#

JUNE CLUB RUN—TBA Anybody with an idea?

Contact:

Wednesday 27th

EVENTS COORDINATION MEETING 6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

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South Australia @ Easter

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Volkswagen driving experience

Join us for an exhilarating day on the track, under the guidance of professional driving instructors to gain firsthand experience with the latest Volkswagen vehicles. With only limited places available, early booking is highly recommended! https://www.volkswagendrivingexperience.com.au/ All the details are in the February ViaWest‌ remember that being a VW Club Member provides you with a $100 discount.

21-23 June 2012

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Hello members, this is an important notice for you... Your Volkswagen Club in conjunction with the Council of Motoring Clubs is holding the Annual Quiz Nite for 2012. To hold a Quiz Nite takes a lot of planning and involvement of members to make it happen as seamless as possible. The date is Friday 27th July and we have booked the Perth Soccer Club for the event.

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To make it a successful Quiz Nite, we Donations can be in the form of goods need your participation as members in such as caps and shirts, car parts; or the form of‌ as services such as car detail, engine service, membership to a club etc. 1. Helpers on the night...many hands make light work! They do not have to be VW based as all car clubs attend these Quiz Nites. 2. Prizes on the night...we are looking for donations of goods and services If you have been to a Quiz Nite, they to be used for raffles, competitions are great fun...the VW Club of WA has and the Quiz Nite winners. come second in recent years...now we will be on the other side of questions You may be able to get donations and competitions on the night. and sponsorship from your employer, if self employed, you may be able All enquiries or to arrange a to donate directly or if you know donation, contact Richard somebody that knows someHines on 9342 8703. body...all donations help.

CLUB RUN - APRIL 2012 You must have a free ticket to enter. will become available at a later Auto One They date from the VW Club – contact will be me, Richard Hines phone: (08) Classic Car 9342 8703. NO Vehicles will be allowed in on after 9 am. NO vehicle moveShow 2012 Sunday ments between 9 am and 3.30 pm on Sunday. Once you are in you will be locked in until 3.30 p.m. This is for public liability insurance reasons and The Auto One Classic Car Show run it will be rigidly enforced. If you want by the Council of Motoring Clubs to leave early, then park in the public (CMC) will be on again this year at Whiteman Park, on Sunday 22 April. It car parks. is on this year in April and from then Overnight camping is permitted on on in April, as people have said that Saturday 21st. March is too hot. Camping is designed for security, not Access is from Lord Street, Beecha night out, so please be cool about it. boro Road North and Marshall Road Because of past unruly behaviour the via Dulwich Road. We expect to have rules will be rigidly enforced. A call out the usual spot and I have asked for of Whiteman Park security will entail a room for 30 cars, so let's make this a $150 fee. That will be transfered to big one. the club and we will extract it from the The gates will open at 6.30 a.m. on campers. Sunday Once in you must remain in. Other-

MUSSEL POOL

Sunday 22 April 2012

wise park in the public car park. No noise after 10 pm. No tents erected before 6 pm. Everything packed away by 7.30 am on Sunday. Drive at walking pace only. Showers will be available in the Village Mall on the west wall of workshop 2. Toilets will be unlocked. $1 BBQs are available. People who wish to camp overnight, keep a look out for further information. Spread the word and let's make this a memorable event.

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Auto One Classic Car Show 2012 Whiteman Park 9:00 to 3:30 - Sunday 22 April

Gates open at 6:30am...close at 9:00am and do not open until 3:30pm. Overnight camping is permitted on Saturday 21st. The VW Club contact is Richard Hines phone: (08) 9342 8703. Entry by ‘free’ ticket only. More details available on page opposite. Your stories and photos can also be in the magazine...just email them to... viawest@vwclubwa.com.au


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VW CLUB CRUISE

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...from Perth

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...from Margaret River

ON 17TH MARCH

& CAMPING OPTION

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Robert Shannon Foundation The Robert Shannon Foundation was established in 2003 to perpetuate the memory of Robert Shannon, founder of Shannons Insurance, who died unexpectedly in March 2000.

Page 16 The Foundation may: - help with the purchase of specialist tools or equipment - assist with the actual cost of restoration work - contribute toward TAFE or other fees - contribute toward any project considered worthwhile by the Trustees. ELIGIBILITY

Any person or group of people under the age of thirty years and engaged in studying automotive restoration and Robert was an avid classic car enthusi- preservation or actively working on historic vehicles is eligible to nominate ast, who especially enjoyed his 1930 for a grant. Invicta S Type. He was a strong supporter of the historic motoring moveAPPLICATION FOR GRANT ment and was concerned that it was not attracting enough younger people, Before completing an application form an individual or group must seek the particularly in the areas of the presersupport of a local vehicle club. This vation and restoration of classic vehiclub must be affiliated with the approcles. priate state council. The supporting AIM club must complete the relevant section of the application form and forward After the success of the Shannons 2001 National Motoring Tour, the Aus- the application to its state council for endorsement. tralian Historic Motoring Federation (AHMF) established the Robert Shan- Submissions for a Grant must be non Foundation. The AHMF is the na- lodged with the AHMF by 1st June tional body representing classic and each year, State Councils will require historic vehicle clubs in all states and the submission to be in their hands by territories. The purpose of the Founda- the 1st May each year. Grant applition is to encourage people under the cants will need to ensure that applicaage of 30 to become involved in the Disclaimer tions are in the hands of their supportThe Robert Shannon Foundation has no connec- restoration and preservation of vetering club in sufficient time for the suption with the Shannons Insurance organisation. an, vintage, post-vintage, historic 50’s, porting club to consider the application All correspondence related to the Robert Shanhistoric 60’ and historic 70’s vehicles and forward it to the state council by non Foundation should be sent to the Robert Shannon Foundation through the relevant State up to 30 years old. the 1st May Council

APPLICATION for Robert Shannon Foundation GRANT...

tralian Historic Motoring Federation Inc. The AHMF General Meeting is to be (AHMF) website at... held in Bendigo Victoria on the weekend of 17-19 August 2012. The Robert http://www.ahmf.org.au/ Shannon Foundation grants will be Robert_Shannon_Foundation.htm announced at that meeting. If you are interested... There were no grants filed from WA 1. An application needs to be last year, and to date there are none for 2012. There’s at least $1000 going with the Secretary of the begging to some other state if a West Volkswagen Club of WA Aussie doesn’t get an application in.

(Inc) by last mail on Friday 27th April 2012.

ANYONE in the Volkswagen Club of 2. The VW Club will forward any appliWA (Inc) under the age of thirty years cation/s to the Secretary of the of age may apply for a grant to assist Council of Motoring Clubs of WA Inc their restoration of a vehicle (car, truck, (CMC) before Tuesday 1st May bus, motorbike, tractor etc) 2012. Please see the application for a grant 3. The CMC must have the application on the opposite page. Alternatively an submitted to the foundation by the application can be printed off the AusFriday 1st of June 2012.

Remember…  If you are a member of the VW Club.  Under the age of thirty years.  Restoring a vehicle at least 30 years old. ...get your application in ASAP.

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my bitsa project (part 2)

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Exterior primed in epoxy and underside in gravtex...

by Dave Moore Ok, here we go with phase two of the bitsa project....

A few dash mods...

A bit of filler work and we are into the high build primer...

Well that's smoothed things over....

A couple more mods...

And the sanding begins...

I decided to get the underside and interior painted first...

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Mounted to the chassis, much easier to handle now...

A bit bare...

Body done...

Panels done, now its assembly time....

Temporary paint booth is up and we are ready to lay some paint...

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The Multivan TSI350 features the same equipment as the TDI400 models in either Comfortline or Highline and is available with seven-speed DSG. Pricing starts from $54,990* for A fuel-efficient and yet powerful pet- Multivan TSI350 Comfortline and $71,990* for Multivan TSI350 Highline. rol engine is being added to the Multivan model range. * Prices are manufacturer list prices only, for the

New Engine for Multivan

drive away price please contact your local au-

The 2.0-litre TSI350 combines innova- thorised Volkswagen dealer. tive technologies such as turbocharging with direct fuel injection, four-valve technology and intercooling to create a product unique in its market segment. The 2.0-litre turbo engine with intercooling produces 150 kW and a maximum torque of 350 Newton metres from just 1500 rpm. Combined fuel consumption is 10.1 litres per 100 kilometres which equals CO2 emissions of 236 g/km. The 2.0-litre TSI350 utilises the advantages of homogenous direct fuel injection and combines this with the powerful benefits of turbocharging. This produces dynamic results such as an outstanding torque level and excellent responsiveness.

Amarok Canyon – Impressive Concept for Recreational Sports Enthusiasts

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Amarok Canyon customised for ‘freestyle kayaking’ Geneva concept illustrates versatility of successful Amarok pick-up Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is presenting an extreme version of the successful Amarok pick-up at the Geneva International Motor Show in the shape of its Amarok Canyon concept vehicle. Specially configured for the popular extreme sport of ‘freestyle kayaking’, this impressive show car illustrates how versatile pick-up configurations can be created. Picture the scene: it’s early on Saturday morning, the weekend is young, the air is fresh, and the last remaining snow drifts melt into the mountain rivers that flow over their verdant green banks. It’s time for action; the two racing kayaks are quickly loaded and securely strapped to the cargo bed of the Amarok Canyon, and they’re off. First, a quick drive on the motorway and then over twisty mountain roads. The next few kilometres take the truck over (Continued on page 22)

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a muddy forest track, and the last 500 metres over a trail with large chunks of broken rock; but thanks to the off-road capabilities of this Amarok pick-up, the destination – a fast-moving white water creek - has been reached. Quickly, they grab their carbon fibre kayaks and gear – helmet, spray skirt and paddle from the cargo box – and the boats are launched into the swirling waters for a white water rodeo. With power and mastery over body and boat!, a pair of figures make their way out into the waves – this is a high-exertion battle with the elements, where the stress of everyday life washes away. This is exactly how a perfect day might begin for a freestyle kayaker. This type of As noted, the concept car’s width has competition represents one of the most also increased to accommodate outextreme forms of water sports, and it is door activities. The wheel housings enjoying increasing popularity. were widened by 35 mm on each side All aspects of the Amarok Canyon con- to make room for the big AT tyres, size cept being shown in Geneva are de275/65 R 18, mounted on ‘Durban’ signed to meet the requirements of this type wheels painted in ‘High Gloss extreme sport – from the pick-up’s run- Adamantium Dark’. ning gear to details of the cargo box. The two carbon fibre kayaks are se“We are using this extreme concept to curely mounted to the cargo floor: at illustrate one of the many diverse uses the rear, the floor is designed with two of the Amarok. By tuning its design to formed cut-outs with soft padding, an extreme sport, we are bringing the while the kayak bows are mounted on original DNA of the Amarok into focus,” a styling bar in ‘High Gloss Adamantiemphasises Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, um Dark’ with straps for firmly securing spokesperson for the Board of Manthe boats. The paddles are firmly agement for the Volkswagen Brand latched in place on the inside surface and Head of Development at of the easy-to-operate tailgate, ready Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. to grab. All other gear – white water The concept vehicle is significantly helmets, flotation devices and rafting taller and wider than the production shoes – are also stowed securely: the

Page 22 helmets in nets on the front wall of the cargo bed, and the rest of the gear in smaller boxes that can be locked with watertight lids. Inside, a special colour scheme was used with many details and new accents. The leather seats have two-tone styling: the seating surfaces are in ‘sterling’ colour, while the head restraints and side supports are elegantly offset in ‘adamant’ colour. The decorative seams on the seats take on the orange-red colour of the body. This colour is also reflected in numerous other details such as in the seams of the three-spoke steering wheel and gear shift lever trim, the safety belts and the air outlets. Housed in a cowl in the cockpit are three auxiliary instruments. They show the climbing and tilt angles of the Amarok, which gives the driver key information for extra safety on extreme off-road drives. To enable maximum off-road capability, the Amarok concept vehicle is powered by a torque-strong 2.0 TDI biturbo with 132 kW, which provides a maximum torque of 400 Newton metres over a speed range of 1,500-2,250 rpm. The switchable 4MOTION allwheel drive system – together with a reduction gearbox and differential lock at the rear axle – ensures effective power transfer to the wheels even in the toughest off-road conditions.

Volkswagen Champions to Start in Formula 1 Volkswagen Power as a career booster: When the new Formula 1 season opens in Australia on Sunday the grid will include two up-and-coming young drivers who managed to make their way into the class at the pinnacle of motorsport with engines from Wolfsburg. By clinching the title in the British Formula 3 Championship the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (2009) and the Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne (2010) made decisive upward moves on the career ladder. The two Toro Rosso racers are not the only talents though (Continued on page 23)

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who managed to ascend to a top racing category thanks to their successes with Volkswagen. “Formula 3 remains one of the most important junior classes in motorsport. The sophisticated technology, complex vehicle set-up and development plus the high competitiveness make Formula 3 an ideal talent incubator,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. “Volkswagen has a long, successful tradition in Formula 3. In the 1980s and 90s, racers like Winkelhock, Schumacher or Kristensen laid the foundations for their successful careers with Volkswagen Power while today Ricciardo, Vergne or Mortara are stepping into the spotlight. We’re taking our role as a promoter of young racers very seriously and are continuing our commitment in Formula 3 – for instance with completely new approaches such as the push-to-pass system in the German ATS Formula 3 Cup that will make more overtaking manoeuvres and even more thrilling races possible.”

2011, the third consecutive British champion with Volkswagen Power was Felipe Nasr (Brazil), who in future will be on the grid of the GP2 Series as part of the Formula 1 supporting programme. Although the Dane Kevin Magnussen (19) had to admit defeat to his team-mate and brand colleague Nasr in the battle for the title he is now directly supported by McLaren and scheduled to take his first Formula 1 Formula 3 exploits as a supreme refer- test later this year. ence for moving up The line of successful climbers is much longer though. The Italian EdDaniel Ricciardo (22) and Jean-Eric Vergne (21) in the Carlin Volkswagen oardo Mortara (25), after winning the title in the Formula 3 Euro Series and customer team dominated the British Formula 3 Championship, thus impressively recommending themselves for an ascent into higher categories – Ricciardo took six wins in 2009, and Vergne as many as 13 a year later. In

scoring two victories at the famous Macau Grand Prix switched to Audi in the DTM, and is regarded as a future candidate for the title by many experts. His former team-mate in Volkswagen’s Signature customer team, Marco Wittmann (22) from Markt Erlbach (Germany), as a DTM test driver and factory driver in GT racing managed the leap into the professional camp as well. In this category, he might be meeting another former team-mate – the Belgian Laurens Vanthoor, the 2009 ATS Formula 3 Cup title winner with Volkswagen, is competing for the WRT Audi team in the FIA GT1 World Championship.

Cross Coupé from VW Consumes 1.8 l/100 km The Cross Coupé Concept is powered by an alliance of a turbodiesel directinjection engine (TDI) and two electric motors. Its combined fuel consumption in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is a sensationally low of 1.8 l/100 km. This is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 46 g/km. Noteworthy here is the fact that the Cross Coupé is a powerful SUV with a top speed of 220 km/h, 225 kW of power (system power) and a kerb weight of 1,858 kg. Volkswagen is presenting the concept with a TDI plug-in hybrid in a world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show.

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Volkswagen's Golf 7 Spy Shots by: Jamie Vondruska Volkswagen's Golf 7 will officially be shown at the Paris Auto Show in September, so final mules and test vehicles are out and about. Spy photographers are snapping up pictures and while we still can't tell an awful lot from these shots, we know based on the MQB platform we viewed that the wheelbase is slightly longer, the width is up a bit and the front over hangs have been reduced. People inside VW that have seen the Golf 7 say that it looks great, particularly the GTI.

Until the car gets introduced though, here are a few shots to tease you a bit… Information © 1996-2010 VWvortex All rights reserved.

Polo BlueGT The new Polo BlueGT stands out in its ability to combine superior dynamic performance with extreme fuelefficiency. The technical highlight of the progressive compact car is the cylinder deactivation system, which is being introduced for the first time in a Volkswagen – also known as active cylinder management or ACT. The system was realised with the new 1.4-litre TSI of the Polo BlueGT. The torquestrong TSI develops a power output of 103 kW / 140 PS, yet has a combined fuel consumption of just 4.7 l/100 km/ h* (equivalent to 108 g/km* CO2). If the Polo BlueGT is ordered with the optional 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), fuel consumption drops further to 4.5 l/100 km* – and, bear in mind, this is a petrol, not a diesel (105 g/km* CO2). Nonetheless, this car, with a top speed of 210 km/h, accelerates to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds. This uncommon coexistence of efficiency and dynamic performance is enabled by the systematic interplay of ACT, downsizing (reduced engine displacement plus direct injection and charging) and BlueMotion Technology (Stop/Start system, battery regeneration). As such, the Polo BlueGT closes the gap between the Polo 1.2 TSI (77 kW / 105 PS) and the Polo GTI (132 kW / 180 PS). The new car will already on the market in July. New generation of engines. The 1.4 TSI in the Polo BlueGT is the top engine of the entirely new EA211 series (Continued on page 25)

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of petrol engines. These petrol engines and the EA288 series diesel engines, which are also new, are technological pillars of the future Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). One property shared by all of these engines is an identical mounting position in the car – and indeed across vehicle classes and brands.

of the operating map that includes nearly 70 per cent of all driving states in the EU driving cycle! When the driver presses the accelerator pedal, the two cylinders are imperceptibly reactivated. The high efficiency certainly does not come at the price of a high level of smooth engine running: even with two cylinders, the excellently balanced 1.4 TSI of the Polo BlueGT runs just as quietly with as little vibration as it does when all four combustion chambers are active. All mechanical switchover actions are completed within one half of a camshaft revolution; this only takes between 13 and 36 milliseconds, depending on engine speed. The transitions are smoothed Fuel savings by ACT. Even before the in the EU driving cycle by about 0.4 MQB is introduced, Polo BlueGT buy- l/100 km. In constant speed driving at by supporting interventions to the ignition and throttle valve. Ingenious: ers will get to enjoy the new high-tech 50 km/h in third or fourth gear, fuel savings are as much as one litre per thanks to an accelerator pedal sensor TSI with cylinder deactivation. 100 km. But even when driving at 70 and intelligent monitoring software, the Volkswagen is the first carmaker to introduce active cylinder management km/h in fifth gear, fuel consumption is system can also detect non-uniform driving profiles – such as while driving as a fuel-saving technology in smaller still reduced by 0.7 l/100 km. through traffic or in a sporty manner engines – they were previously only known in larger eight or twelve cylinder ACT mode of operation. ACT becomes when driving on a country road. In active at engine speeds from 1,250 to such cases, cylinder shutoff is disaunits. Shutting down the second and third cylinders under low and medium 4,000 rpm, and at torque outputs from bled. The driver is informed whether load states reduces fuel consumption 25 to approx. 100 Nm – a broad swath two or four cylinders are active by an indication in the multifunction display located between the speedometer and tachometer. ACT camshaft adjustment. To further reduce emission and fuel consumption values and improve torque in the lower engine speed range, the intake camshaft was designed to be adjustable over a range of 50 degree crank angle on all EA211 engines; in the 1.4 TSI of the Polo BlueGT, an exhaust camshaft adjuster is added. It adjusts to the desired spread of control times, thereby ensuring more spontaneous response from low revs; at the same time, it also improves torque at high revs. (Continued on page 26)

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Exterior of the Polo BlueGT. The new Volkswagen is clearly distinguished both inside and out. From the outside, it is the new 17-inch alloy wheels with spoke styling, GT signatures at the front and rear (and additional ‘BLUEMOTION’ at the rear) and new tailpipe trim that are identifying characteristics of the Polo BlueGT. In addition, numerous standard features were adapted from the Polo GTI or the Polo BlueMotion. GTI features are the rear spoiler, rear bumper with diffuser, front bumper and fog lights including daytime running lights. BlueMotion elements are the side sills and the front rain channels (outside on the windscreen). The Polo BlueGT is also upgraded by a black painted radia-

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tor grille, R-line ventilation screen in the bumper and black door mirrors. Having a positive effect on aerodynamics are the Polo’s 15 mm lower ride height and special underbody trim. Interior of the Polo BlueGT. Interior features were upgraded by extended functionality of the multifunction display (ACT message and tyre pressure), the GTI instruments, a cruise control system, black roofliner and black pillar trim in GTI style, vanity and interior lights tuned to match, a leathertrimmed sport steering wheel with ‘BlueGT’ emblem, sport seats in front with newly designed trim (fabric type and colour) as well as various chrome surrounds. Information © 1996-2010 VWvortex All rights reserved.

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