VOLKSWAGEN NEW CAR MODEL GUIDE
from Germany, with a long-standing reputation
for producing affordable small cars like the Beetle,
Golf and Jetta, blooms in 2005 with an expanded
line featuring deluxe luxury vehicles.
Volkswagen's elite products include the brand's
ultra-luxury car -- Phaeton -- and a serious sport-utility
vehicle, Touareg, which brings three powertrain
options capping with a muscular V10 turbo-diesel.
The full-size Volkswagen sedan amounts to an ultra-premium
limousine on a stretched wheelbase with luxury
gear aboard. VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive (AWD)
system is standard, along with an air suspension,
xenon high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights,
an automatic interior climate system with four-zone
temperature controls, plus a deluxe digital audio
system with 12 speakers scattered around a leather-lined
cabin. The Phaeton brings two powertrain options
as model nomenclature follows engine patterns
-- the Phaeton V8 and Phaeton W12. The Phaeton
V8 contains a 4.2-liter V8 producing 335 hp and
connecting to a six-speed automatic with Tiptronic
clutch-less shifter. Phaeton W12 carries VW's
W-shaped 12-cylinder engine at 6.0 liters for
420 hp through a five-speed Tiptronic automatic.
car has OnStar telecommunications with an info-tainment
center and seven-inch color screen in the dash
serving as CD switcher, navigation system, trip
computer and interior climate controller. Other
standards range from heated washer nozzles for
the windshield to entry-exit lamps on all doors,
a big sunroof and a trunk lid that closes with
the push of a button. For 2005, there are cabin
hardwood trim upgrades for the Phaeton V8 in myrtle
and walnut, plus active cruise control (ACC) and
new 'Soft Close' doors.
Volkswagen's SUV is a five-door model built with
a tight unibody structure. It's sleek in style,
large in scale for the mid-size wagon class and
provides a big cabin with seats for five and luxurious
appointments. The Touareg employs VW's four-wheel-drive
(4WD) traction device labeled 4XMotion, which
provides uncanny stick-it-down traction for all
wheels, plus optional locking rear differential
and an air suspension. Engines contain six, eight
or even ten cylinders. The base plant, a 3.2-liter
V6 coupled to a six-speed automatic transaxle
with Tiptronic clutch-less shift mode, jumps up
to 240 hp for 2005.
is a 4.2-liter V8 worth 310 hp or a massive turbo-diesel
5.0-liter V10 that musters 310 hp with 553 lb-ft
of torque to boost Touareg's towing capacity to
7,716 pounds. The Touareg V10 TDI also has a six-speed
automatic transmission, electronic stabilization
program and a device called Hill Descent and Climb
Assist to keep wheels tethered to a steep grade.
Improvements to Touareg in 2005 include self-dimming
exterior mirrors, a full-size spare tire mounted
at the rear, and new stand-alone options like
a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), DVD-based
navigation equipment and satellite radio service.
The roly-poly New Beetle is the most recognized
car in Volkswagen's fleet. It's a modern treatment
of the original VW. Various engines are available
on the 2005 Beetle, including a feisty dual-cam
1.8-liter plant fitted with turbo-charger and
inter-cooler. It fires up the Turbo S edition.
Beetle's standard gasoline-powered 2.0-liter in-line-four
engine achieves 115 hp. An optional direct-injection
1.9-liter turbo-diesel with VW's sophisticated
unit-injector technology nets 100 hp plus high
fuel economy figures, while the 1.8T turbo kicks
to 180 hp. A new six-speed automatic transmission
with Tiptronic shifter works with the 2.0-liter
and 1.8T plants.
consist of the Beetle 2.0L GL, 2.0L GLS, GLS TDI,
GLS 1.8T, plus the Turbo S that uses the turbo
plant with a six-speed manual. The Turbo S wears
unique fascia front and rear with fog lamps and
a fixed spoiler on the tail. Shadow Blue is a
fresh body shade for New Beetle in 2005, and satellite
radio service through XM or Sirius subscription
New Beetle Cabriolet
The convertible variation for the New Beetle is
a modern conversion based on the coupe and worked
out by Karmann Coachworks in Germany. With its
top raised, the convertible maintains the familiar
arched roof of the New Beetle coupe, so the generous
dimensions in a spacious cabin remain relatively
the same. The fabric-lined top has three layers
for insulation plus a rear window constructed
from glass and imbedded with a defroster element.
The top opens and closes by either a manual mode
or optional semi-automatic power. When the lid's
down, it rests in a ring behind the rear seats
and looks similar to the top-down style of the
vintage Beetle convertible. The convertible New
Beetle in 2005 comes with a choice of two different
trims (GL and GLS) and two four-cylinder engine
options, plus manual or high-tech automatic transmissions.
And it appears in cool paint, including new tints
like Tornado Red.
The mid-size Passat in sedan and wagon formats
returns with a five-seat passenger compartment
filled with the appointments of a luxury car.
Each packs a four-cylinder or V6 engine, manual
or automatic transmission and standard front-wheel-drive
(FWD) or VW's optional 4Motion AWD. A base GL
Passat has a feisty dual-cam 1.8-liter plant with
turbo-charger and inter-cooler hitting 170 hp.
Coupled to the turbo is a manual five-speed that's
a mechanical treat for those who like to work
a shifter, but the Passat also offers a five-speed
direct-injection turbo-diesel at 2.0 liters is
available with a power rating of 134 hp. And a
V6 drops into any version of Passat. Displacing
2.8 liters, the longitudinally-mounted plant pumps
out 190 hp with the manual or automatic. Silverstone
Gray is a new paint choice for any Passat. The
Passat GLS upgrades to larger 16-inch alloy wheels
with 17-inch Bilstar alloys now optional on GLS
subcompact series of three-door and five-door
hatchbacks use a stiff platform fixed with precise
mechanical controls like power rack-and-pinion
steering, an independent suspension and disc brakes.
The Golf comes in two trims as base GL and up-level
GLS for both three-door and five-door styles.
A naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder
engine worth 115 hp is standard, but VW's direct-injection
1.9-liter turbo-diesel with unit-injector technology
is available for 100 hp and high fuel economy
ratings. A Monsoon sound package is standard on
A variation of the Golf three-door hatch with
firm suspension settings and superior equipment
goes by the tag of GTI. VW's 1.8-liter turbo four-pack
is the base plant in the GTI GLS, delivering 180
hp through a five-speed Tiptronic automatic. The
GTI VR6 upgrades to a twin-cam 2.8-liter V6 with
six-speed manual for 200 hp. The cabin pitches
two bucket seats in front of a two-place jump
seat with space in the hatchback bay for gear.
Volkswagen maximizes equipment on the GTI GLS.
takes the five-door hatchback Golf and adds a
bona fide trunk to create this compact-class four-door
notchback sedan, or a five-door station wagon.
Jetta provides a respectable amount of room for
five adults to travel in comfort, offers a choice
of powertrains that range from economical to exuberant,
stocks a long list of standard convenience items--
yet holds a tight grip on bottom-line prices.
Engine choices start with a naturally-aspirated
2.0-liter four-in-line borrowed from Golf with
115 hp. Then there's a 100 hp TDI for the Jetta
GL and GLS. Jetta's third engine -- a 1.8-liter
turbo four -- makes 180 hp with the five-speed
automatic Tiptronic. A revamped color chart for
Jetta in the 2005 line shows shades like Speed
Blue with the cabin in black and gray.
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