• Volkwagen PH starts year with product upgrades


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    Volkswagen Philippines (VW PH) announced their line of product offerings for 2016 during their Media Appreciation Dinner held last week at the Bonifacio Global City showroom. The new offerings include the introduction of enhanced variants as well as the introduction of new popular models.

    Before announcing the new model line-up, VW president and Chief Executive Officer John Philip Orbeta thanked the media for being part of making 2015 a banner year for VW PH.

    “I express my deepest appreciation to all of you for helping us achieve extensive market awareness for our entire product line-up. I also want to express my gratitude for helping Volkswagen hurdle the challenges along the way, through your balanced, objective and fair reports of the various automotive issues,” he said.

    Following the welcome remarks, Orbeta presented the new variants of the VW Jetta, which is now available with diesel and petrol power plants mated to an automatic transmission.

    The Jetta perfectly fits the requirements of upwardly mobile professionals and young executives who require both power and comfort in their daily drives. The top grade Comfortline variant features a 2.0-liter turbo common rail direct injection four-cylinder diesel engine, mated to a six-speed DSG transmission. The turbocharged diesel engine produces a maximum output of 103 kilowatts (140 PS or 138 horsepower) at 4,200 revolutions per minute and maximum torque of 236 pound-feet (320 Newton-meters) at 1,750 rpm. On the other hand, the new petrol Trendline variant has a 1.4-liter TSI engine which is mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission with 118 kW (160 PS or 158 hp) at 5,800 rpm of power and maximum torque of 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) at 1,500-4,500 rpm.

    The new Jetta is also loaded with upgraded drive and safety features such as driver, passenger, side and head curtain airbags, Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) with Comfort Brake Assistant, antilock brake system (ABS), Electronic Differential Lock and Anti Slip Regulation, Hill Hold Control and cruise control.

    Comfort and entertainment features include front and rear armrests, rear air-conditioning vents and Composition Color with five-inch touchscreen, radio, CD, MP3, USB, Aux-In and Bluetooth for the infotainment system.

    Notable exterior touches of the Jetta include “Queensland” 17-inch alloy wheels for the Comfortline variant, “Navara” 16-inch variant for the Trendline, front fog lamps, and redesigned bumpers, headlights and tail lamps.

    The new Jetta 2.0 TDI DSG Comfortline and 1.4 TSI DSG Trendline are priced at P1.498 million and P1.378 million, respectively and available in Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, Ruby Red Metallic, Blue Silk Metallic and Platinum Grey Metallic (for Comfortline only).

    (From right) VW PH execs  JP Orbeta, Klaus Schade-wald and Franz Decloedt with the new VW Jetta.

    (From right) VW PH execs JP Orbeta, Klaus Schade-wald and Franz Decloedt with the new VW Jetta.

    New Polo variant
    Besides the Jetta, a new Polo variant was also introduced.  The 2016 Polo now comes with 15-inch Tosa alloy wheels, a new chrome radiator grille, Halogen H7 headlights with turn signal lights and headlight-range adjustment, new front and rear bumpers, color-keyed exterior mirrors with turn signal, color-keyed door handles, new rear combination lamp design and a remote trunk opening switch.

    The new Polo Sedan 1.5 TDI MT Trendline and 1.6 MPI AT Trendline are priced at P860,000 and P840,000, respectively, and available in Candy White, Flash Red, Reflex Silver Metallic, Shadow Blue Metallic and Carbon Steel Grey.

    Upgraded Tiguan
    Meanwhile, the upgraded Tiguan completes VW PH’s opening salvo for 2016. The new features of the Tiguan 2.0 TDI AT Business Edition are highlighted by the “Vienna” leather seats with 12-way electric driver seat, safety-optimized front head restraints with longitudinal and height adjustment, and the RCD510 with color touchscreen audio head unit, radio, CD, MP3, USB, and Aux-In.

    The Tiguan’s exterior, on the other hand, is made more stylish with the “New York” 18-inch alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlamps with headlamp washer and LED daytime running lights, dynamic headlight range adjustment with dynamic cornering lights, auto headlight activation with separate daytime running lights, and electronically adjustable, power folding heated exterior side mirrors with side turn lights.

    The Tiguan 2.0 TDI AT Business Edition goes for P2.426 million and is available in seven colors: Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, Toffee Brown Metallic, Silver Leaf Metallic, Pepper Grey Metallic, Venetian Green Pearl and Uranus Grey.

    Following the introduction of the three new variants, VW PH Chief Operating Adviser Klaus Schadewald revealed their plans of introducing more Golf variants—the Comfortline and Highline models.  Schadewald also disclosed that the R badge on the Passat and Touareg models will soon arrive in the Philippines, as well as the return of the original rugged version of the iconic Beetle, the Beetle Dune.


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    1. the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that many VW cars being sold in America had a “defeat device” – or software – in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve results. The German car giant has since admitted cheating emissions tests in the US.

      What started in the US has spread to a growing number of countries. The UK, Italy, France, South Korea, Canada and, of course, Germany, have opened investigations. Throughout the world, politicians, regulators and environmental groups are questioning the legitimacy of VW’s emissions testing.

      No wonder the carmaker’s shares have fallen by about a third since the scandal broke.

      Sounds like a company to avoid in my opinion.