THE distributor of Volkswagen in the Philippines, Automobile Central Enterprise Inc. (ACEI), arrayed on its display floor at the 5th Philippine International Motor Show not only the pop culture icon that is the VW Beetle but also the model widely credited for creating the modern hot hatch genre—the VW Golf GTI.
With a history spanning almost four decades, the Golf GTI has in as much time been the benchmark among sporting hatchbacks. In present form the car is more refined than ever, and though slightly bigger than the previous-generation model—translating to more cabin room—is now lighter, whuch improves fuel economy. Under its hood is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-pot engine that spins out 210hp and a whopping 350Nm.
Presenting the Golf GTI was Simon Loasby, director of design at Volkswagen China, who did an impromptu sketch of the Mk. VII Golf in order to point out the design concept of the car and the philosophy of VW itself. Loasby’s talk was followed the next day by the preview display of the actual car.
Of course, no VW gig is complete without the Beetle. A true piece of automotive history, the latest model bridges the gap between old and familiar and new lifestyles.
Besides the Golf GTI and Beetle 1.2 TSI, ACEI also lined up the rest of its VW offerings—the Jetta Sport Edition, Polo Sedan, Touran MPV and Tiguan and Touareg SUVs.