New models in every category
- Caddy: Attractive special model for the 30th anniversary of the range
- Amarok: New 8-speed automatic transmission and Stop/Start system
- Multivan: New BlueMotion version runs on just 6.4 l/100 km
Hanover / Frankfurt Motor Show
, 13 September 2011 – At the 64th International Motor Show (September 15 to 25), Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be showing new models in each of three ranges: Multivan, Amarok and Caddy.
The models in the spotlight will be the Multivan BlueMotion (with fuel consumption figures of just 6.4 litres per 100 km, the most fuel-efficient Multivan ever), the exclusive Caddy Edition 30 and the new Amarok with automatic transmission. This is the first time that the pickup is being offered with automatic transmission, and in this version too it sets new benchmarks in fuel consumption, ride comfort and off-road ability.
Caddy Edition 30. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is exhibiting the special Edition 30 model, a near-production concept vehicle, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Caddy range. Based on the successful Multivan Edition 25, this attractive model is also adorned by a gleaming black roof, black 17-inch alloys and high-end interior features. The special model being shown at the IAA is powered by the high performance, torque-strong 2.0-litre TDI engine that delivers 125 kW / 170 PS with DSG. This engine makes the prototype the most powerful Caddy ever and a real delight for all Caddy fans.
Amarok with automatic transmission. In many respects, the Amarok has already set new standards in its class, but now yet another special feature is being added: from the turn of the year, the Amarok can be ordered with an innovative 8-speed automatic transmission.
This transmission combines excellent ride comfort with good off-road capabilities and unrivalled fuel economy values: the Amarok 2.0 TDI with BlueMotion Technology, including Stop/Start system, consumes just 7.6 litres per 100 km, making it even more frugal than the Amarok with a manual gearbox. This automatic transmission is combined with permanent four-wheel drive and the new 132 kW bi-turbo TDI engine, which now achieves a maximum torque of 420 Newton metres. The Amarok with an automatic gearbox also has an increased towing capacity of 3.2 metric tonnes (up to 12% gradient).
Multivan BlueMotion. The Multivan BlueMotion assumes the role of the most fuel-efficient Multivan ever. The 84 kW / 114 PS 2.0-litre TDI consumes 0.9 litres less diesel per 100 km than the current 75 kW / 102 PS standard model. The average fuel consumption of just 6.4 l/100 km equates to CO2 emissions of 169 grams per km (24 grams less).
This was made possible by efficient, high-torque common rail four-cylinder engines combined with a Stop/Start system, battery regeneration, tyres with particularly low rolling resistance and special aerodynamic measures. However, it is only in terms of fuel consumption that the Multivan BlueMotion is sparing: the model’s standard equipment is far from frugal; it includes ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic climate control, cruise control, special fabric upholstery and wing mirrors and body-coloured door handles.
Special 30th anniversary model: The Caddy Edition
Sporty and appealing special anniversary model
New top engine specification with high-torque 125 kW TDI
Hanover / Frankfurt, 13 September 2011 – As a look ahead to the 30th anniversary of the successful Caddy next year, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is showing an exciting special model at the IAA: the Caddy Edition 30 – a near-production concept vehicle. This Caddy is a very special highlight with its black roof, machine-polished alloy wheels, a high-end interior and a powerful and torque-strong engine.
1982 saw the launch of the Caddy on the European market, then still as a pick-up based on the Golf Mk1. 30 years later, the Caddy is now an established major player in the compact and urban delivery van market, with over 1.45 million units sold to date. Whether for young families, city delivery firms or tradesmen, the Caddy thus has a constantly growing community of fans. Good reason to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this range in due style with a special edition model: the Caddy Edition 30.
On its exterior, the Caddy Edition 30 stands apart from other Caddy models by virtue of a roof painted in brilliant gloss black, roof railing also in high-gloss black and high-end machine-polished 17-inch alloy wheels. The fact that this is a special edition model is also shown by signatures on the sliding doors, the back of the vehicle and the door sills. Five bodywork colours are available, all going well with the black roof, Buyers have a choice of Candy White, Reflex Silver, Salsa Red, Primavera Green or Sunny Yellow.
The interior, in either five-seat or seven-seat configuration, has a sporty, high quality design, with seats in Alcantara upholstery, multi-function steering wheel, leather-trimmed gear stick and handbrake lever, semi-automatic (Climatic) climate control and tinted windows combining to create a pleasant ambience.
The Caddy Edition 30 is available with four different engine specifications, both with a short wheelbase as a car or as a panel van for commercial use: as a diesel (TDI) producing 75 to 125 kW and as a petrol (TSI) version with 77 kW.
Appearing at the display stand at the IAA in Frankfurt is the Caddy Edition 30 featuring the most powerful engine ever installed in a production Caddy: the 125 kW / 170 PS 2.0 TDI with DSG accelerates the compact MPV to a top speed of 196 km/h and generates enormous traction with a torque of 350 Newton metres, making this special edition Caddy the most dynamic Caddy ever.
Innovative automatic transmission system for the Amarok
8-speed automatic transmission together with BlueMotion Technology increases comfort and cuts consumption
Amarok with automatic gearbox combines high levels of off-road ability, comfort and fuel efficiency
Hanover / Frankfurt, 13 September 2011 – From the turn of the of year, the gearbox options available for the successful Amarok will include an innovative 8-speed automatic transmission. This new transmission system combines a high degree of ride comfort and good off-road skills with a level of fuel consumption below that of the same model with a manual gearbox. Consumption of just 7.6 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 199 g/km set this Amarok apart in the 1-tonne pick-up market.
Sporting a new 8-speed automatic transmission, the Amarok is the first pick-up in its class to have a transmission system of this kind. The additional gear levels made it possible to achieve a broader gear ratio spread between the 1st and 8th gears compared to a conventional automatic transmission. That had some very positive effects: thanks to this greater spread the TDI engine works even more effectively in every rev range, and it is more fuel-efficient and agile. Moreover, 8th gear was configured as a fuel-saving overdrive gear that operates at reduced engine speed. The first gear is configured for pulling away in off-road use or when towing. Like the manual version, the Amarok with automatic transmission and permanent 4-wheel drive is thus also highly capable in all-terrain use without any need for additional reduction gearing.
The low engine revs that are generated also have a beneficial effect in terms of low-noise comfort. To isolate the drivetrain as ideally as possible from engine vibrations, enhanced torque converters with optimised vibration dampers are also used.
Combining the new automatic gearbox with the engine’s Stop/Start function is not only something unique – it is also convenient. The driver does not need to do anything special here: when the brake pedal is pressed at a stop, the engine shuts off, and when the brake pedal is released, the TDI immediately starts up again.
In order for the Amarok’s Stop/Start system to function smoothly throughout every phase, the transmission has to provide sufficient oil pressure to ensure slip-free power transfer within the gear-shifting components. Therefore, the system has an electric pump, which maintains the necessary stable oil pressure within the hydraulic system during the engine’s ‘Stop’ phase.
This great technological sophistication – combined with BlueMotion Technology that includes battery regeneration and low rolling resistance tyres – is clearly noticeable in the vehicle’s fuel consumption. Unlike comparable rival models, fuel consumption and CO2 emission values of Volkswagen’s premier pick-up with automatic transmission are lower than those of the 120-kW version with manual transmission – just 7.6 litres per 100 km and 199 g/km respectively – making it the most fuel-efficient in its class.
The new automatic transmission is combined with permanent 4-wheel drive and a new engine: a 132 kW / 180 PS 2.0-litre bi-turbo TDI. It has a maximum torque of 420 Newton metres and thus produces very good driving performance and a relaxed ride – even when towing or with a heavy payload. The top speed of 179 km/h is reached in 7th gear. It only takes 8.5 seconds to accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h.
Relaxed driving is also assured with a trailer load or high payload. With the automatic gearbox, the Amarok’s towing capacity has now been increased to 3.2 metric tonnes (up to 12% gradient) – which is a superior value in its class.
The Amarok with double cab will be available in all three versions with this innovative, powerful and at the same time fuel-efficient and comfortable drive system starting in January.
Clean BlueMotion Technology: Most fuel-efficient Multivan ever
As BlueMotion version, this seven-seater consumes just 6.4 l/100 km
Sets new best-in-class benchmark at 169g CO2 per km
Hanover / Frankfurt, 13 September 2011 – – At the 64th IAA in Frankfurt, the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand will be demonstrating its innovative strength with BlueMotion Technology. Even in spacious vehicles like the Multivan, BlueMotion technology offers great savings potential. The new independent Multivan BlueMotion model, for instance, consumes almost a full litre less fuel per 100 km – making it the most fuel-efficient Multivan ever.
Compared to its counterpart with a comparable engine from the current range (75 kW TDI), at just 6.4 l/100 km the Multivan BlueMotion needs 0.9 litres less diesel (equivalent to 169 rather than 193 g/km of CO2). This has been achieved by means of an efficient, torque-strong common rail four-cylinder engine combined with a Stop/Start system, battery regeneration, tyres with particularly low rolling resistance and special aerodynamic measures.
The 2.0 TDI engine in the Multivan BlueMotion delivers 84 kW / 114 PS and develops a maximum torque of 250 Newton metres from just 1,500 rpm. This frugal yet powerful and comfortable powertrain enables fine driving performance carrying up to seven people, while maintaining minimal fuel consumption.
The Stop/Start system in detail
The Stop/Start system, which is fully intuitive to use, works in a very uncomplicated way: the Multivan BlueMotion driver approaches a red light, slows to a stop, shifts to neutral and takes his or her foot off the clutch. This immediately turns the engine off. The ‘Stop/Start’ indicator now appears on the multi-function display. As soon as the traffic light turns green and the driver puts his foot on the clutch, the engine automatically starts, the ‘Stop/Start’ indicator goes out, the driver puts the vehicle into gear and drives on. There is nothing else the driver has to do. The Stop/Start system thus makes an appreciable contribution to cutting fuel consumption.
Battery regeneration in detail
Battery regeneration helps to utilise the energy expended in driving as efficiently as possible. During coasting and braking phases of the Multivan BlueMotion – i.e. whenever the driver releases the accelerator pedal or brakes – the system elevates the voltage of the alternator (generator), and this electricity is used to intensively charge the vehicle’s battery.
Thanks to this alternator control and the fact that the battery is thus always optimally charged, the alternator’s voltage can be reduced, for example during acceleration or when constantly maintaining the desired speed. This reduces engine load, which in turn lowers consumption. Battery regeneration requires special software for the energy management system and modified engine controller software.
Multivan BlueMotion features
Visually, the Multivan BlueMotion sets itself apart from other vehicles in the model range through its exclusive Glacier Blue paintwork – including for wing mirrors and door handles. Also recognisable by the BlueMotion signature on front and back and in the tread board lights, this master of fuel economy runs as standard on 16-inch designer wheels. The optional fog lights with their chrome rings and black frames are also given a design that is exclusive to the Multivan BlueMotion.
Inside, the Multivan BlueMotion sets itself apart with special seat covers in ‘Scout’ design. Standard features also include a tyre pressure indicator, ‘Climatic’ climate control, ‘Plus’ multifunction display, cruise control and carpeted floors in driver and passenger rows of the cab. Trim elements in stainless steel look on the instrument panel and in chrome on the light switches and gear lever knob also create a clearly upgraded feel.
The Multivan BlueMotion is an independent model within Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ T-Series range. BlueMotion Technology is available with the 84 kW TDI and the 62 kW TDI in other T-Series models, and it reduces fuel consumption by 0.5l per 100 km, lowering CO2 emissions by 13 grams. Within this model series, BlueMotion Technology is gradually being rolled out to other engine and transmission variants. For example, starting in early 2012 BlueMotion Technology will also be offered for the first time in combination with a DSG dual-clutch transmission and the 2.0 TDI with 103 kW (140 PS) on all T-Series models.