Johan Kristoffersson (S) has claimed his second title in the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin (USA). The defending champion was victorious in his Volkswagen Polo R Supercar at the tenth of this season’s twelve rounds, just in front of his team-mate Petter Solberg (N), and now has 281 points to his name. With a lead of 77 points over second-placed Mattias Ekström (S), and a maximum 60 points up for grabs at the remaining two events, the driver of the Team PSRX Volkswagen Sweden can no longer be caught at the top of the overall standings.

Euro NCAP has released the safety ratings of four new cars . Both the Audi A6 and the VW Touareg achieve a maximum five- star rating, the Ford Tourneo Connect achieves a solid four-star rating and the new Suzuki Jimny scores three stars.

The Audi A6 and the VW Touareg score particularly well for vulnerable road user protection including Euro NCAP’s new requirements for cyclist-detecting AEB. The Ford Tourneo Connect compact panel van is an updated version of the vehicle last tested in 2013. The car achieves a solid four stars against the 2018 requirements. The updated Tourneo Connect is equipped with AEB and lane support as standard, even for commercial variants, making it stand out amid competition in this segment. The Suzuki Jimny scores a three-star rating, let down by its underwhelming driver assistance systems.

Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP said,

“Overall, these latest results demonstrate that, as Euro NCAP’s test protocols evolve and become more demanding, a 5-star rating remains an achievable although challenging objective for the auto industry.

“It is particularly positive and welcome that manufacturers are performing well in the assessment of vulnerable road user protection systems such as AEB for cyclists. Euro NCAP has now tested 6 models which feature this life saving technology. These driver assistance systems are the building blocks for potential automation in the future. Importantly they offer tangible safety benefits today.”

Six and a half years after its debut, the Amarok has been significantly updated, both technically and visually. The central element of the update can be found under the bonnet, where Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has given the ute a new powerful, fuel-efficient 6-cylinder TDI engine. A more athletic front end and a new instrument panel emphasise Amarok’s power. They give the vehicle a more upmarket feel, while the design is in line with the latest Volkswagen design DNA. Ergonomic, electrically adjustable seats, new infotainment functions and safety features such as the Multi-Collision Braking System are additional attributes of the new Amarok.

The new Amarok V6 is available in Australia initially in the high-spec Highline and Ultimate model grades; both offering the most powerful V6 engine available from the global Amarok range. The agile responsiveness and surging torque of the Amarok’s V6 diesel engine satisfy customer demand for greater traction at low revs and combine this quality with surprisingly low fuel consumption. A maximum torque level of 550 Nm is available at less than 1,500 rpm, for example.

The power level is 165 kW, providing sufficient propulsive and towing power for any situation. At higher speeds, the long top gears of the automatic transmission reduce the engine revs and lower fuel consumption, thus helping to cut vehicle noise and lower CO2 emissions. The combined consumption of the new Amarok with 165 kW and the 8-speed automatic gearbox is 7.8 litres of diesel per 100 km*, which equates to an outstanding 204 grams of CO2/km*.

At a length of 5.25 metres and a width of 2.23 metres, including the wing mirrors, the Amarok meets all the expectations of a classic ute. Striking features of the design and of the new instrument panel architecture include the emphasis on horizontal lines, the clear division of the surfaces and the precise folds and edges. The way the front section is divided is completely new. Doing away with round contours and concentrating on horizontal and vertical lines makes both the front and the interior appear more striking and pronounced.

They make the Amarok more attractive as a ute and also appeal to customers moving from the traditional SUV segment.

Both versions of the new Amarok have a high and uniform level of safety features. Occupants are protected, for example, not just with driver and front passenger airbags, but with side and thorax airbags as well. One example of the new features is the Multi-Collision Braking System, which comes as standard. Nearly a quarter of all accidents involving injuries are collisions with more than one obstacle. Volkswagen’s multi-award-winning Multi-Collision Braking System can help to avoid follow-on collisions or reduce their severity.

Within the limitations of the system, Multi-Collision Braking automatically applies the brakes after any collision, even before the driver is able to react. The severity of a secondary accident can thus be reduced and, ideally, subsequent collisions avoided. The driver is able to take back control of the vehicle at any time.

Despite its impressive size, getting into the Amarok is easy. Doors that swing open wide and grab handles on the A and B-pillars help passengers climb into the cab. A glance at the instruments reveals a consistently horizontal design. This is due, first and foremost, to the lacquer bar that stretches from door to door and divides the dashboard into two levels. At the very top of the centre console, and thus directly in the driver’s field of vision, is the new infotainment system – equipped with features such as App Connect and DAB+ as standard. This allows smartphone apps to be integrated via a USB interface to enable them to be accessed via the infotainment system’s touchscreen.

Inside, the Amarok has passenger car levels of comfort. Neither headroom nor legroom leave anything to be desired. This is, above all, thanks to the heightadjustable front seats, which can also be moved a long way back. They feature sporty contoured side bolsters that have been optimised to provide maximum comfort and ergonomic characteristics.

The electric driver and front passenger seats, standard on the Amarok Ultimate, can be individually adjusted to suit personal body size. The seat height and longitudinal position can be adjusted at the push of a button, the degree and width of lumbar support can be changed and the backrest and seat cushion angle set and the seat depth can also be adjusted manually. Due to their ergonomic quality, which relieving strain on the back, these 14-way ergoComfort seats are recommended by the German Healthy Back Campaign (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.) and have been awarded the ‘AGR’ seal of approval.

As with the current generation of four-cylinder Amaroks on sale in Australia, the four-door Amarok’s cargo platform can accommodate a Euro pallet at right angles With the addition of the new V6 engine, the new Amarok Highline and Ultimate models can tow an impressive 3 tons, and perhaps more tangibly, offers an immense 6000kg GCM.

The wheel designs of the different versions of the Amarok have been updated and boost the appearance of the power athlete. The Amarok Ultimate has 19-inch alloy wheels and, just as is with the Highline, is also equipped with a real-time tyre pressure measuring system and the Park Distance Control parking assistant, which is assisted by a reversing camera. In addition to the multifunction steering wheel with paddle switches, the ‘Premium Color’ combined display, the nappa leather seat covers and stainless steel pedal caps in the interior, the Ultimate’s look is rounded off by a new-look sports bar with an integrated LED.

Amarok V6 Pricing

Amarok V6 Highline $59,990
Amarok V6 Ultimate $67,990

Options and Accessories 

Metallic/Pearl Effect paint $590
Vienna Leather upholstery (includes front heated seats) $2,690
Alcantara upholstery (includes front heated seats) $1,890
20-inch ‘Talca’ alloy wheels (set of 5) $990

Engine and drive system

The 3.0-litre V6 engine, fitted in the Amarok for the first time provides the ute with a thorough upgrade in terms of performance, emissions and fuel consumption. The ute, which is equally at home on-road as it is off-road, generates 550 Newton metres of torque and 165 kW. The fuel-saving BlueMotion Technology comes as standard. Development objectives such as superior performance have also been implemented. An 8-speed automatic transmission in combination with permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive is also standard.

This family of V6 diesel engine, with a cylinder angle of 90 degrees, has been previously used in luxury SUVs such as the Audi Q7 and the Porsche Cayenne. That’s reason enough to now put the latest version of the tried and tested and extremely reliable engine to work in the updated Amarok.

Thanks to a newly developed VTG turbocharger with flow-optimised turbine and adjustable vanes with less play, the engine promises smooth responsiveness under all load conditions and across the whole engine speed range. In combination with the highly advanced common rail injection system and the special combustion process, this 3.0-litre, six-cylinder engine now both meets the applicable emission limits and the acoustic comfort and quiet running expected in a passenger car.

A first in the ute segment. As a result of a special cylinder bore honing process and a newly developed package of piston rings with less downforce, the frictional losses inside the engine have been reduced by around ten per cent. An optimised cooling system with two separate circuits and thinner walls permits a shorter warm-up phase, which in turn saves fuel.

Offered as standard for both the Highline and Ultimate models, the Amarok uses the 4MOTION with permanent 4x4 and Torsen differential system with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This configuration also has an electronic differential lock (EDL) by automatic application of the brake, which prevents the wheels spinning on one side. Thanks to the EDL, the power from the drive system is always delivered to the wheel with the best traction.

4MOTION: the 4x4 version is best suited for off-road use. As a thoroughbred all-terrain vehicle for the toughest of challenges, the Amarok is available with on-demand all-wheel drive. This is helpful when navigating complicated passages off-road and when scaling particularly steep inclines of up to 100 per cent (slope angle of 45°), which the Amarok is able to master, even when fully loaded.

Volkswagen Australia has launched the second generation of its highly popular and much- lauded Tiguan, which arrives in Australia with a full range of petrol and diesel variants in several equipment grades. The new Tiguan sets new standards in design, driving experience, safety, comfort and functionality. Visually the Tiguan presents a completely new dynamic design character for Volkswagen SUVs. Larger proportions directly translate into a more spacious interior, paired with a significant gain in luggage space and versatility.

Tiguan offers the most comprehensive package of standard innovative safety technologies and assistance systems in the segment.

Standard highlights include

Front Assist, City Emergency Brake, Lane Assist, driver Fatigue Detection, Active Bonnet, Multi- Collision Brake, Park Assist and Rear View Camera (RVC). The extensive new engine range consists of three TSI petrol engines: a 110kW, a 132kW and a range- topping 162kW, and two TDI diesel engines: a 110kW, and a 140kW engine; each featuring BlueMotion Technology.

These engines (with the exception of the 110kW TSI) combine with the latest generation 4MOTION all- wheel drive system with Active Control, providing the driver with a tangible means of instantly tailoring the driving characteristics of the Tiguan to the road surface and conditions.

The new Tiguan combines space and flexibility with quality finishes and the availability of premium features and technologies. Australian- delivered Tiguans also usher in a new era of technology and functionality with the Active Info Display (digital instrument display) and Area View, which ensures exceptional all- round visibility. The lower load sill and electric tailgate with Easy Open and Close functions ensure loading the boot is effortless. 3- zone climate control air conditioning system including Air Care function delivers precise multi- zone temperature control to all passengers and 8” infotainment and navigation systems combine with App- Connect for complete connectivity.

Despite moving into a larger vehicle category and offering an expansive raft of standard safety and convenience equipment, the all- new second generation Tiguan will be significantly cheaper to buy than the comparable entry level model of the first generation Tiguan, which launched in 2008*.

The all- new Tiguan range begins with the tech- laden 110TSI Trendline manual variant at $31,990; $2,000 more affordable than the comparable first generation entry model at the time of its launch. As with other Volkswagen passenger models, the all- new Tiguan will be offered in a number of equipment grades, the entry- level Trendline, the mid- level Comfortline, and the high- spec Highline grade.

The model and grade breakdown is as follows:

Tiguan Trendline (110TSI manual and DSG) from RRP $31,990

As the starting point for the Tiguan range, the Trendline specification is far from entry- level. 110TSI manual and DSG transmission- equipped Tiguans offer an extremely high level of standard equipment, which includes Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, Lane Assist, 17- inch alloy wheels, Park Assist, RVC, low tyre pressure indicator, LED tail lights, an eight- inch Composition Media infotainment system with App- Connect USB interface, automatic headlights and rain- sensing windscreen wipers, cruise control and a leather multi- function steering wheel.

Tiguan Comfortline (110TSI DSG, 110TDI DSG and 132TSI DSG) from RRP $36,990

Expanding on the already exhaustive list of the Trendline’s standard equipment, the Tiguan Comfortline grade offers a raft of additional convenience features to further enhance the Tiguan.

Key features included in the Comfortline grade include:

  • Driving profile selection with 4MOTION Active Control,
  • 3- zone climate control air conditioning,
  • satellite navigation,
  • colour multi-function display,
  • folding table on front seat backrests,
  • front fog lights,
  • carpet floor mats,
  • extended roof storage console,
  • luggage floor net,
  • chrome roof rails,
  • chrome window surrounds and painted bumper inserts and a storage drawer under the front seats.

Tiguan Highline (140TDI DSG and 162TSI DSG) from RRP $48,490

 Offering unprecedented levels of exclusivity to the discerning customer wanting the best of everything, the Highline grade completes the Tiguan range with the highest level of technology, premium appointments and luxurious comfort.

Highline features include:

  • LED headlights with dynamic cornering lights,
  • 18-inch alloy wheels,
  • Keyless Access,
  • electronically-operated tailgate with Easy Open and Close,
  • an 8-inch Discover Pro satellite navigation system,
  • Vienna leather-appointed upholstery,
  • heated comfort sport front seats,
  • an electronicallyadjustable driver’s seat with three-position memory,
  • interior ambient lighting and LED reading lights,
  • power folding door mirrors,
  • steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles,
  • dark tinted rear side and rear windows, premium LED tail lights and a chrome strip in the front lower air intake.

Optional packages

To offer further customisation to customers, Volkswagen Australia is also pleased to offer the new Tiguan with a number of optional packages, including:

Luxury Package (Comfortline) RRP $5,000

 Expanding upon the Comfortline’s specification, the optional Luxury Package includes:

  • Vienna leather-appointed upholstery,
  • electronically adjustable driver’s seat with three-position memory,
  • heated front seats,
  • power folding door mirrors,
  • Keyless Access,
  • electronically-operated tailgate with Easy Open and Close,
  • and a panoramic electric glass sunroof.

Driver Assistance package (Comfortline and Highline) from RRP $2,000

Enhancing Tiguan Comfortline and Highline models with the latest in Volkswagen technology, the Driver Assistance Package offers Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, Active Info display, power folding door mirrors and Area View.

R- Line Package (Highline) RRP $4,000

 As premiered in the current generation Tiguan, the optional R- Line Package enhances the strong on- road presence of the Tiguan Highline exponentially. Including unique styling and technology, the R- Line upgrade changes the visual appearance of the Tiguan with an exclusive R- Line body kit, R- Line interior, 20- inch alloy wheels, adaptive chassis control and progressive steering.

Model Retail Price

  • Tiguan 110TSI Trendline 6 Speed Manual $31,990
  • Tiguan 110TSI Trendline 6 Speed DSG $34,490
  • Tiguan 110TSI Comfortline 6 Speed DSG $36,990
  • Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline 7 Speed DSG $41,490
  • Tiguan 110TDI Comfortline 7 Speed DSG $42,990
  • Tiguan 162TSI Highline 7 Speed DSG $48,490
  • Tiguan 140TDI Highline 7 $49,990


  • Metallic / Pearl Effect Paint $700
  • Driver Assistance package – Comfortline $2,250
  • Driver Assistance package – Highline $2,000
  • Luxury package – Comfortline $5,000
  • R- Line package – Highline $4,000
  • Panoramic Electric Glass Sunroof – Highline $2,000

* 1st generation 125TSI manual ($33,990) vs 2nd generation 110TSI manual ($31,990)

Volkswagen Australia announces the 40th anniversary edition of the Golf GTI: the Golf GTI 40 Years. This exclusive model is available in limited numbers and offers a premium package over the existing Mark 7 GTI. The Golf GTI 40 Years has impeccable performance credentials. It is the most powerful production GTI to date, with an engine output of 195kW. A new boost function sends power up to 213kW with 380Nm of torque upon full ‘kick down’ of the acceleration for around 10 seconds each time.

The Golf GTI 40 Years incorporates the best technical features of the earlier Golf GTI Performance model, including: larger brakes, sophisticated front differential lock, 19” alloy wheels with a unique design, and adaptive chassis control. The bar is further raised with a host of distinctive offerings.

A unique and purposeful styling treatment simultaneously upholds the Golf GTI’s legacy and sets the 40 Year model apart. A bespoke body kit including a new front bumper with larger air intakes and a two-piece rear roof spoiler gives the GTI an aggressive stance on the road and significantly increases downforce.

Meanwhile, a black side stripe on the body and the choice of a traditional tornado red and pure white paint exterior pay tribute to the original GTI. The interior conveys a premium sports quality, with unique anniversary ‘honeycomb’ seat upholstery (featuring the GTI logo) and decorative inlays as well as an Alcantaracovered steering wheel and door trim inserts.

Highlights include:

  • Choice of gloss paint finishes with a contrasting black roof or Metallic paint finish
  • Black door mirrors
  • Revised rear bumper with new diffusor
  • Large diameter exhaust tailpipes, left and right
  • Darkened LED tail lights, reminiscent of the Golf R
  • Extended side sills
  • Traditional GTI-themed red stitching on wheel, seat belts and floor mats
  • Front door sill strips with new GTI emblem
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (City EB)
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert

This comprehensive equipment package adds a retail price premium of only $2,500 to the Golf GTI Performance model when paired with the six-speed DSG transmission, with a recommended retail price of $48,990. However, unlike the Golf GTI Performance, the Golf GTI 40 Years will also be available with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The manual variant of the high performancetuned GTI is $46,990. It arrives shortly.

With such a high level of standard equipment, the only option is a panoramic electric glass sunroof for $1,850 RRP.

It is incredible value for an extremely compelling premium performance package.

Matthias Müller, the CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, presented “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025”, the Company's vision for the next decade, to approximately 3,000 shareholders at the 56th Annual General Meeting in Hanover in Hall 3 of Messe Hannover. At the same time, he reaffirmed that the Company would invest billions over the coming years in a major “electrification initiative second to none in the industry” as well as in autonomous driving, digitalization and new business fields such as mobility services.

“We are also continuing our intensive efforts to enhance the environmental compatibility of our diesel and gasoline models,” Müller said and then announced another milestone related to the internal combustion engine. “We will successively equip the Group's new TSI and TFSI engines with gasoline particulate filters. This initiative will begin with the 1.4 liter TSI engine* in the new VW Tiguan and the Audi A5 in June 2017. This will reduce particulate emissions by up to 90 per cent. Up to 7 million Volkswagen vehicles could be equipped with this technology each year by 2022.”

Recall gathers speed: approval from the KBA (Federal Motor Transport Authority) for more than 3.7 million vehicles

The Federal Motor Transport Authority recently issued approval covering approximately 1 million further vehicles – primarily Golf models. This means approval has now been issued for more than 3.7 million affected vehicles, including the VW Passat, Tiguan and Caddy, all variants of the Golf, the SEAT Exeo and the ŠKODA Superb plus various Audi models such as the A3, A4 and Q5. “We expect the recall campaign to really pick up speed now. Tens of thousands of vehicle owners will be informed in the next weeks and asked to take their vehicles to the workshops. Our customers can rest assured that we will continue to do our utmost to make every effort to execute the recall campaign as quickly, professionally and satisfactorily as possible.”

He said the Company’s “most important currency” was credibility and trust in the Group’s brands, products and “Volkswagen as a whole”, adding that it was all about regaining the trust lost as a result of the diesel issue. With reference to the current fiscal year, he added: “That does not mean, of course, that we have buried our ambition. Quite the opposite. We do not plan to make it easy for the competition.” The 60 or so innovations that the Group will be launching on the market in 2016 will play a role as well. These include vehicles like the new VW Tiguan, the Audi Q2, the new SEAT Ateca and the Porsche Panamera, “which have been extremely well received and for which we have high expectations.”

Müller also made it clear that “in 2016, too, we will naturally be paying very close attention to our costs. The ongoing efficiency programs are in full swing throughout the Group. And with regard to capital expenditure, we will set the necessary priorities and maintain strict discipline.” However, there was no doubt that “even in difficult times, we will meet our social responsibility to our employees. This is what sets Volkswagen apart from many other companies. And that will remain the case in the future.”

Exploiting revolutionary transformation for profitable growth with Strategy 2015

Müller called 2016 a year of transition for the Company: “However, it will also be a year in which we accelerate the ongoing transformation. In which we set the stage for the future of the Group. In which we lay the foundation for a new, better Volkswagen.” He sees the automotive industry on the cusp of the next big innovative leap. In conjunction with e-mobility and autonomous driving, digitalization will revolutionize the Volkswagen Group’s business to an extent that many people still fail to appreciate. But it is not just the automobile itself that will see massive changes in the years ahead – mobility as a standalone product is being redefined. Noting that this revolutionary transformation opens up tremendous opportunities for the Company, he added: “We plan to harness these opportunities for profitable growth.”

The Company is already laying the foundations for this with TOGETHER – Strategy 2025, the future program that was announced to the public last week. Müller told the shareholders that the new Group strategy will clear the way for transforming one of the world’s best car manufacturers into one of the world’s leading providers of sustainable mobility. “We have launched the biggest change process in Volkswagen’s history,” he said, and continued: “In TOGETHER – Strategy 2025, we have formulated a clear vision for the next decade.”

Electrification initiative with more than 30 fully electric cars by 2025

In Strategy 2025, the Group is undertaking an electrification initiative that is “second to none in the industry.” Nonetheless, the combustion engine remains important: “It will be with us for some time to come and will still account for around two-thirds of the new vehicles market volumes in 2030. But that also means the other third will be electrically powered. The breakthrough for e-mobility will long be reality by then. And we are determined to make e-mobility a new hallmark of Volkswagen.”

The Volkswagen Group is going to launch over 30 fully electric new vehicles by 2025. “We expect that by then we will be selling about 2 to 3 million pure-electric automobiles a year. This will account for a significant share – an estimated 25 per cent – of our total sales volume. We are stepping up our efforts accordingly and will launch a multi-billion euro investment program,“ Müller declared.

At the same time, Müller pointed out: “As far as the development of fuel cells is concerned, we intend to stay on the ball in this area too. And we will be ready when the time is ripe.”

Autonomous driving and battery technology to become core competencies

Autonomous driving is another key issue in the transformation of core business. The Company’s aspiration is to serve all relevant segments, with autonomous vehicle concepts for private transport as well as last-mile solutions for shifting people and freight in major cities. Matthias Müller went on to say: “Fully autonomous vehicles with a self-driving system developed in-house will enter the market by the beginning of the next decade. Cumulative investment in new autonomous mobility solutions will amount to several billion euros.”

A similar goal is being pursued in another initiative: establishing battery technology as one of the Volkswagen Group’s core competencies. This technology is the key to e-mobility. It accounts for 20 to 30 per cent of value-added for fully electric vehicles. “We will need 150 gigawatt hours of battery capacity by 2025 for our own e-fleet alone – which would make for a massive procurement volume,” the CEO explained.

The economic importance of this issue is plain to see. And the technological expertise will certainly be a good fit with the Volkswagen Group. Müller pointed out: “We will examine in detail all strategic options for developing battery technology as a new core competency for the Volkswagen Group. In doing so, we will be scrutinizing the entire process chain – from raw material right through to battery production.”

Realignment and bundling of components business across the Group

One of the Volkswagen Group’s little-known strengths is the manufacture of “first-rate components.” One of the world’s biggest automotive parts suppliers is part of the Group. The components business today boasts a workforce of some 67,000 at 26 locations across five continents and belonging to various brands. Here, Müller said: “We have decided to strategically realign and combine these activities across the Group. The realignment will give the components business greater entrepreneurial freedom. We anticipate that this will improve transparency while boosting internal competition. It will also contribute substantially to future topics such as electro-mobility.”

And he added: “Anyone familiar with Volkswagen will know that the realignment of the components business is a big step for our Company – as is the transformation of our core business as a whole. In all of this, we will proceed responsibly and in a spirit of cooperation. That, too, is part of Volkswagen. We owe it to our workforce, who are doing a great job in these turbulent times.”

The second building block of Strategy 2025 is the creation of the new mobility services business. The Volkswagen Group aims to exploit the opportunities in this growth market. “With our investment in Gett, we have already taken a key first step. This strategic partnership with a company that already has more than 50 million users in the fast-growing ride hailing market is the nucleus for expanding the business. In the years ahead, we will group other services such as robotaxis, carsharing or on-demand transport in quick succession around this core service. In a rapidly expanding and hotly contended market, our aim is for it to generate sales revenue in the multi-billion range by 2025.”

Volkswagen to become a model for “Integrity & Legal Affairs”

Regarding the diesel issue, Matthias Müller assured shareholders that the main thing now was to find good solutions for customers, systematically investigate how the situation could have happened in the first place and, looking forward, to learn from past mistakes and do the right things in the future.

The CEO added: “What’s done cannot be undone. But what does lie in our power is ensuring we act in a responsible manner. This is our commitment to you. What unites all of us with a role to play here at Volkswagen – whether it be the Supervisory Board, Board of Management, executives, employee representatives or workers – is the desire to do everything we can to win back trust.” He also stressed the great significance of compliance and integrity for the future of the Group: “What our experience over the last few months has shown is that long-term success is only possible where law-abiding and value-driven behavior forms the basis for our daily actions and decision-making.

This principle must and will be anchored more firmly throughout the Group and, even more importantly, be put into practice on a daily basis.” The goal is to make Volkswagen a model of how 'Integrity & Legal Affairs' should be implemented in a modern, transparent and successful company. “In doing so, we are also mindful of the fact that not everything that is legal is also correct,” Müller said.

In addition to the external investigation by US law firm Jones Day, the second thrust of the overall investigation was an internal audit. This was ordered by the Board of Management immediately after the misconduct came to light. The audit focused on three clusters: processes, reporting and control systems, and infrastructure. Matthias Müller gave the following explanation: “Based on what we now know, in the past there were certain process deficits in some technical subdivisions in addition to misconduct on the part of individuals. This was true of the testing and release processes for the engine management systems, for example. The audit identified weaknesses and proposed remedial measures.”

The focus now lies on creating more clearly structured and systematic processes. For example, the workflows and structures used for approving the software for engine management systems are being reorganized with more clearly defined and binding powers and responsibilities. Measures include multi-stage approval processes, an extended “four eyes” principle, clear functional separation between development, approval and quality assurance, and escalation procedures in the event of problems.

Emissions tests to be evaluated externally by independent third parties as a general principle

The CEO outlined the lessons that will be drawn from the past for the shareholders: “We have therefore decided that emissions tests at our company will, as a general principle, be externally evaluated by independent third parties in future. Real-world random testing of vehicle emissions behavior on the road will also be introduced. I strongly believe that our industry requires more transparency, courage and openness in dealing with this issue. And this is why we firmly support political initiatives in this area.” All 31 measure sets identified by the internal audit will be systematically implemented. In some cases, this has already been completed.

Currently, other departments within the Group are also checking their processes against a handbook of "golden rules" derived from the audit’s findings. In numerous projects groups, representatives of several brands are coming together to work on the design of optimized and more robust processes. “Moreover, the full results of the internal audit have been passed on to Jones Day, and can therefore contribute to identifying the responsible parties,” Müller concluded. The external, independent investigation is receiving the wholehearted support of the Board of Management.

*Tiguan 1.4 TSI fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.9 – 5.7 (combined), CO2 emissions in g/km: 155 - 139 (combined); Efficiency class: C-B

My Drive this week was the Volkswagen Polo GTI. The reborn-again Polo GTI underwent a major update around this time last year – drivetrains were replaced, the three-door bodystyle was cut from the range, and purists were thrilled to find a manual transmission option was now available again. Yes, the Polo GTI was only available in automatic for a time – you’d think a sports car proposition would have a manual option wouldn’t you? But thankfully Volkswagen was listening and the faithful are happy again. Let’s take a look.

One of the more vocal criticisms of the last Polo GTI was that it didn’t look much different from your regular Polo, but VW has given the new model different looking alloy wheels, headlights and front and rear body parts to make it more obviously look like a sports model. Still, the design follows VW’s design trends for its cars with a refined, assertive looking appearance.

The interior is the same affair, with the typical dual binnacle instrument cluster divided by a vertical LCD information display. The centre console stack has gotten an update with a new 6.5-inch LCD screen dominating most of it. This entertainment system has the usual support for AM/FM radio, a CD player, USB music and Bluetooth phone, although it also adds the newer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone control systems. These two aren’t unique to the Polo, but they’re a sorely welcome addition and as a bonus, give you access to your smartphone’s navigation system, although you can also get Volkswagen’s own sat-nav as a cost-option.

The tartan cloth seats are much the same as before, and they’re quite a good mix of support and comfort. It’s a small car, so legroom is going to a little tight for taller people, but otherwise most people should be fine. Same goes for the boot, which comes with a very city-focused 204 litres of storage space.

The Polo GTI used to be equipped with that revolutionary 1.4 litre twin-charger engine, which combined a low-rev supercharger with a high-revving turbocharger to get the best of both worlds and enable forced induction throughout the rev range without killing fuel economy. Times have changed though and turbochargers have become advanced enough to kick in almost from idle these days, so VW dropped the supercharger and enlarged the engine. We’ve now got a 1.8 litre turbo four cylinder that puts out 141 kilowatts of power and up to 250, or 320 Newton-metres of torque. That maximum torque depends on your choice of transmission – stick with the seven speed dual clutch automatic and you’ll go up to 250, but choose the new six speed manual and you can add that extra 70 Newton-metres of torque to get very close to Golf GTI performance. The weird thing is, they both take only 6.7 seconds to get up to 100 km/h from a standing start.

The dual clutch auto has been refined further, taking off from second gear under relaxed acceleration and quickly working its way up while keeping revs very low for more driving refinement. The suspension is balanced quite well, not feeling too harsh under everyday driving but staying taut enough for some fun cornering. The steering has been moved over to an electric setup, something which makes every-day driving much easier but slightly deadens road feedback in sportier situations. Only slightly though. Combined fuel economy is officially rated at 5.7 L/100km for the auto, and a slightly higher 6.1 for the manual. My testing in the automatic scored a somewhat-higher 7.2 litres per hundred.

The Polo GTI comes in the one trim level, although there’s a couple of option packs available. Standard features include remote central locking, climate control air, cruise control, auto-on headlamps and wipers, front fog lights and a security alarm. The options packs include LED headlights, mixed leather/Alcantara seats, a sunroof, parking sensors and a rear view camera.

The Polo GTI retails for $27,490 with the manual gearbox, while the dual-clutch automatic version comes in at $29,990, both before on-road costs.

So some people will claim the Polo GTI has got its mojo back – they’d be right. Now that there’s a manual gearbox and more power, there’s an awesome combination of sporty fun and everyday practicality available for under 30 grand. Definitely worth a look. That’s it for me this week.

16 April 2016
Albert Malik

Volkswagen’s popular all-rounder, the Passat Alltrack, has returned to Australia, joining the existing range of the eighth-generation. Passat. Based on the spacious and practical Passat Wagon, the new Passat Alltrack offers an increased level of unique standard features and the added ability to explore with confidence. The Passat Alltrack sets benchmarks in its class in terms of its ability to handle both sealed and unsealed roads as a wagon. This is due to the model’s latest generation 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.

As was the case with the previous generation Passat Alltrack, the new variant utilises a TDI diesel engine. The 2.0 litre turbocharged TDI diesel engine in the Alltrack makes 140kW and 400Nm, while still offering a low combined fuel consumption figure of 5.4 litres per 100km. This is achieved with the assistanceof BlueMotion Technology which comes standard on all Passat models and includes engine start/stop and brake energy recuperation, as well as a coasting function; a feature of the Passat Alltrack’s Eco drive mode – one of several adjustable settings available as part of the Alltrack’s driver profile selection.

The Passat Alltrack’s driver profile selection feature enables drivers to select an appropriate pre-determined drive setup from a choice of eco, sport and, unique to the Alltrack, off-road mode. The Passat Alltrack comes standard paired with a six-speed DSG transmission, which also ensures the best possible performance and efficiency from the 2.0-litre TDI engine. The Passat Alltrack holds a commanding presence on the road among other Passat Wagon models, and is distinguished by a number of external visual cues that both enhance the vehicle’s appearance and its practicality on dirt roads.

The Passat Alltrack sits higher than standard Passats, thanks to a ground clearance of up to 27.5mm above a standard Passat Wagon model, while wheel arch mouldings and flared side sills offer additional body protection. Rounding off the Alltrack’s exterior, newly designed bumpers make the vehicle instantly recognisable from the front, while the standard 18-inch “Kalamata” alloy wheel specifically created for the vehicle, and unique rear badging, once again showcases the Passat Alltrack’s sporty credentials and completes the Alltrack-specific look.

The car’s stylish exterior design continues inside the Passat Alltrack, with sophisticated interior styling defined by such details as Vienna leather appointed upholstery, a leather multi-function steering wheel and gearshift knob, as well as LED reading lights. The Passat Alltrack also features the latest in Volkswagen’s infotainment technology, with the added convenience of the innovative App-Connect system, which features Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ systems, which allow drivers to access content from their latest generation smartphones, from music to messaging and navigation. This integrated technology is displayed in high definition via the 8.0-inch Discover Pro unit with satellite navigation, which also offers USB, SD card and AUX-in connectivity.

At its heart, the Passat Alltrack imbues all the outstanding qualities of the Passat Wagon, and adds more. Providing generous boot space with the ability to hold 639 litres of cargo volume even with 5 adults on board, the Alltrack is the perfect vehicle for extra-long weekends. The cargo area offers an impressive interior length of 1,172mm up to the back of the rear seats and 2,018mm of interior length up to the back of the front seats. With convenience and practicality in mind, the Passat Alltrack also provides owners with a luggage partition net, shopping bag and load restraint hooks, interior illumination and a 12V socket in the boot.

Like all Volkswagens, the Alltrack has been engineered to feature the latest safety systems, to ensure maximum passenger protection. The new Passat Alltrack comes standard with multi-collision brake technology, a driver Fatigue Detection system, Continental mobility tyres, a low tyre pressure indicator, parking distance sensors and reversing camera, ESP and XDL.

In addition, nine airbags including front, front and rear side, curtain (front and rear), and driver’s knee airbags have been installed to ensure standard safety features are met, along with safety optimised front head restraints and three-point seat belts.

Optional Package

With an impressive list of standard features and equipment, the Passat Alltrack offers customers a wide range of practical and convenient inclusions. However, should customers wish to enhance their Passat Alltrack even further, an optional package is available which adds value-for-money and a host of luxury and assistance systems. The optional Luxury Package enhances the Passat Alltrack exterior and interior appearance with a panoramic sunroof, ambient interior lighting, electric foldable mirrors, Park Assist 3 parking system, LED daytime running lights, LED headlights with Dynamic Cornering Function, Headlight washers and a chrome grille strip.


  • Passat Alltrack TDI140 DSG with Bluemotion Technology - $49,290


  • Metallic or Pearl Effect paint - $700
  • Luxury Package - $3,500

Volkswagen won the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in Sweden through Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and remains unbeaten on ice and snow with the Polo R WRC. Four wins in a row at the only winter rally in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) For Ogier and Ingrassia, this latest victory was the third success in four years at this classic rally and their 34th in total. The road to victory demanded a herculean effort from the three-time world champions, for which Volkswagen was rewarded with its eleventh win in a row and 36th triumph in 41 rallies. The duo overcame the challenge of opening the route on roads covered with a layer of fresh snow, and thus having to sweep the road clear for the following cars, with one of the best displays of driving and navigating in recent years. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) ended their home race in fourth place. In contrast, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila had to abandon any hope of a fourth victory at the Rally Sweden on Friday, when they suffered a broken drive shaft.

Hyundai Motorsport is celebrating another podium result as Hayden Paddon clinched second place in Rally Sweden, the second round of the Rally. The result marks the first occasion that Hyundai Motorsport has taken back-to-back podium finishes in the WRC and also represents the second podium for the New Generation i20 WRC which only made its rally debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo last month. Further underlining the performance of the new car, Dani Sordo added a second top-six result to his 2016 tally, finishing in sixth place, having shown top-three potential prior to a puncture on Saturday morning. Thierry Neuville ensured all three New Generation i20 WRC cars completed the rally, although the Belgian’s rally was hampered by differential troubles on the opening day.

Temperatures above zero and persistent rain before the rally, heavy snowfall and frost during it: the competitors at the 2016 Rally Sweden had to battle changing and difficult conditions. During the Recce on Wednesday and Thursday, the special stages were dominated by soft loamy ground and mud. Once the rally started, and the cars hit full speed, they were faced with ice and fresh snow. Thanks to the huge commitment shown by the organiser and the many volunteers who worked tirelessly overnight to prepare the route, 68.37 per cent of the timed kilometres originally scheduled were completed. Full points are awarded if more than half of the route is completed.

A true rally sprint. The warm weather in Sweden and the persistent thawing ahead of the second WRC event of the year forced the organisers to cancel nine of the 21 special stages. This reduced the distance of the classified kilometres to 226.48 km - making the 2016 Rally Sweden the shortest WRC rally of all time. Before this, the 2015 Rally France at 245.35, the 2007 Rally Argentina at 248.90 and the 2011 Rally Jordan at 259.56 timed kilometres were the shortest competitions in WRC history.

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally Sweden – Final Results

01. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen, 1h 59m 47.4s
02. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Hyundai, + 29.8s
03. Mads Østberg/Ola Fløene (N/N), Ford, + 55.6s
04. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N), Volkswagen, + 1m 10.8s
05. Ott Tänak/Raigo Mõlder (EST/EST), Ford, + 1m 50.7s
06. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai, + 2m 24.0s
07. Henning Solberg/Ilka Minor (N/A), Ford, + 2m 40.0s
08. Craig Breen/Scott Martin (IRL/GB), Citroën, + 2m 44.6s
09. Elfyn Evans/Craig Parry (GB/GB), Ford, + 5m 17.0s
10. Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (S/S), Škoda, + 5m 31.7s

Volkswagen Australia is pleased to present local specifications and pricing of the latest Transporter from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Boasting key updated features, the new Transporter offers improved levels of safety and comfort, combined with modern design elements, the latest in-car technology and a new TDI engine producing 150kW of power.

In Germany, the T series has been the number one seller in its segment for decades. The new Transporters predecessor, the outgoing T5 series, sold almost 2 million units around the world in 13 years. Across the entire series’ 65 years of production, the vehicle has sold over 12 million vehicles worldwide, offering millions of customer’s Volkswagen’s renowned contemporary transport solutions. As the new Transporter returns to the Commercial Vehicles segment, it is set to continue this success story for generations to come.

With the latest Transporter vehicles, there continues to be two basic categories of the T series – the commercial vehicles (van, crewvan, single cab and dual cab) and the passenger carriers designed for commercial and private use (Multivan and Caravelle). Two different wheelbases and three varied roof heights (available in van and crewvan only) add to the series’ level of flexibility and functionality.

A completely new generation of TDI engines is being launched with the introduction of the new T series. The EA288 engine has been developed specifically for the tough requirements of a commercial vehicle, ensuring the longevity and ruggedness of the engine were placed as top priorities in developing the vehicle. The TDI engines available are transversely mounted and angled forward by eight degrees. They have a cubic capacity of 1,968cm3 and deliver an impressive 103kW @ 3,500rpm and 132kW @ 4000rpm, while the new engine delivers a powerful 150kW @ 4000rpm.

The sixth generation Transporter continues to showcase the unmistakable stylistic traits of its predecessors and combines these into a powerful overall design. Functional and versatile dimensions have always been a crucial element in the light Commercial Vehicles sector and the new Transporter’s dimensions offer maximum load capacity, while at the same time ensuring optimal accessibility to the van.

Volkswagen Commercial vehicles have also integrated a wide array of intelligent assistance systems in the new Transporter. With ABS, ESP and EDL standard across the range, there are also a multitude of electronic aids over and above these that make driving the T series simpler and safer including Front Assist, City Emergency Braking (City EB) and Adaptive Cruise Control (only available in Multivan with TDI450), as well as Driver Fatigue Alert and Multi-Collision Brakes and to name a few. The exterior design of the new Transporter series has been updated to enhance its traditional credentials, while showcasing the vehicles modern design elements.

Inside the new Transporter, the vehicles new interior design inherits many new impressive features. The new Transporter has also been fitted with the latest technology and infotainment systems, while showcasing an impressive range of comfort and convenience systems. With an impressive list of standard features and equipment, the new Transporter series offers customers a range of vehicles that are practical, functional, spacious and enjoyable to drive. However, should customers want to enhance their Transporter, a host of optional packages are available which add great value-for-money and a wide range of convenience, assistance and upgraded luxury inclusions.