The Volkswagen brand is represented by six premieres at the AMI (Auto Mobil International) motor show in Leipzig that begins today: in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Golf, Volkswagen is issuing the new premium special model "Golf Edition"; another world premiere car that can be viewed is the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann. The new, technically perfected Touareg is celebrating its European debuts. Celebrating their first motor show appearances for the German public are the new Scirocco, the new Golf GTE1 with a plug-in hybrid drive and the Beetle Dune concept car with a higher-set body and distinctive off-road design.
The special "Golf Edition" model combines the typical characteristics of the successful bestseller with the exclusivity of the premium class. Top xenon headlights with daytime running lights, machine polished 17-inch "Singapore" design wheels (optional: 18-inch wheels) and tinted rear and side windows all discreetly identify the exterior of the anniversary model. In the interior, the premium ambience is underscored by Alcantara leather seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, leather gear shift boot, black roof lining and illuminated door sill plates. The first-class features also include the "Premium" multifunction display, "Composition Media" radio system and assistance systems such as the Light & Sight package (includes automatic running light switching and intermittent windscreen wiper with rain sensor), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and "Blind Spot Detection" (informs driver of vehicles in the "blind spot" which makes lane changes easier).
Volkswagen is also celebrating the world premiere of the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann2 at the AMI show. Just as in the Golf Cabrio Karmann before it, Volkswagen is paying tribute to the body manufacturing company Karmann with this new special model. Between 1949 and 1980, the company produced many Beetle Cabriolet cars for Volkswagen. Exterior identifying features of the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann include 18-inch "Disc" design wheels with chrome caps, sport seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, aluminium pedals and dash pad with Beetle look in matt aluminium. The electric top sports the new colour Sioux Brown, both inside and outside, it comes with a colour coordinated tarpaulin and may be combined with seven different exterior body paints. The special model is based on the "Design" equipment line, and it contains a wind deflector and the Park Pilot parking distance monitor. Ordering of the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann begins next month, and it covers all engine-gearbox variants. On the other hand, the Beetle Dune, which is celebrating its German premiere at the AMI show, is a near-production concept car that shows everything that is feasible in this car.
In its home market, Volkswagen is showing good form so far this business year. Through April, the Volkswagen passenger car brand increased its deliveries by 2.0 per cent, delivering 184,100 (180,500) vehicles to customers. This represents a 2.0 per cent increase over the prior year. Volkswagen has been a guest at the AMI show in Leipzig since 1991. Its exhibit area is around 2,200 m² in size this year. On visitor days, Volkswagen is showing over 30 vehicles from its current model range here.
Volkswagen is offering interested visitors to the AMI show test drives in the e-up!3, Golf Sportsvan and the new Polo, Golf TGI and Golf Estate. Over a circuit course in the vicinity of the motor show site, experts of Volkswagen Driving Experience accompany visitors as they drive and explain the vehicle technology to them.
In Saxony, Volkswagen operates three production sites: in Zwickau, Chemnitz and Dresden. Volkswagen is the largest car maker and one of the key employers in Saxony – employing around 9,000 people – and Saxony is a modern hub site for the Golf, Golf Estate and Passat models, and a place where Volkswagen manufactures luxury bodies and vehicles as well as engines. To date, over four million Volkswagen cars, over 100,000 luxury vehicles and over twelve million Volkswagen engines have been produced in Saxony.
With an exclusive concept car, the Golf Edition, Volkswagen is celebrating at the Auto China the 40th anniversary of the Golf, which has been successful around the globe. The anniversary edition's equipment was extensively customised. A Golf has emerged that will be on the road in a league of its own as one of the most premium models in its class. With its iconic design and pioneering all-round features, the Volkswagen best-seller, of which more than 30 million have been sold worldwide, was reflective of technological progress, and always head and shoulders above the rest. With the Golf Edition, another highlight in the history of this model range is launched.
Special paint effect and 19-inch wheels. From the outside, the concept car can be recognised by the exclusive "Magic Morning" colour and machine-polished "Madrid" 19-inch alloy wheels; while the "metallic" basic colour is white, it has a striking golden shimmer depending on the angle of vision. The mirror caps of the Golf Edition are finished in "matt chrome." Another distinctive feature is a badge on the B pillars showing an engraved laurel wreath with the number "40".
Two-tone leather upholstery. The two-tone interior is particularly exclusive and features leather upholstery ("Sensitive" type of leather) that comes in two colours: "St. Tropez" (bright as a sand beach) and "black". The sporty seats are another highlight. The centre panels up to the headrests are done in "St. Tropez". The centre panels of the seats and backs are upholstered with diamond-shaped stitching. The seams have a brown hue, making for a warm contrast to the bright "St. Tropez" colour. The interior designers opted for black leather as upholstery material for the side and outside surfaces. Brown leather piping in "Sevilla" forms the interface between the bright "St. Tropez" and the "black" surfaces. The three-seat rear seating system is designed in the same style as the front sports seats. The two outside seating surfaces in the rear give the impression of exclusive individual seats.
Wood inlays and piano finish. Wood inlays in the door trim panels (with integrated ambience lighting) and in the dashboard on the passenger's side are used for the first time in the latest Golf. Perfectly matching in bright "St. Tropez" are the door inserts in leather, roof pillar panels, interior rooflining and arm rests. Making for a striking contrast is the decor of the centre console, the instrument surrounds as well as the trims around the air vents in high-gloss black piano finish. Likewise in "St. Tropez" colour: the contrasting seams of the multifunction steering wheel covered in black leather and the gear shift grip, also fitted in black leather. The floor mats adopt the diamond pattern of the seats. The door sill plates are equipped with ambience lighting and, after opening the doors, make the initial impression of the new Golf Edition absolutely perfect.