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.