17th November, 2005
Upholding the successful tradition of all its predecessor generations, the new
Passat again takes the honours as winner of the Bild am Sonntag newspaper’s
“Goldenes Lenkrad” (golden steering wheel) award.
Highly regarded internationally, the prestigious prize this year celebrates
its 30th anniversary. A jury comprising 25 experts, celebrities and sporting
figures from the world of motor sports reviewed the attributes of a total of 25
automobiles in the five categories “Small Vehicles”, “Compact and Mid-Size
Vehicles”, “Premium-Class Vehicles”, “Off-Road Vehicles” and “Super Sports
Cars”. The jury found the Passat’s qualities so compelling that it chose this
vehicle above a field of renowned contenders for the prize in the category.
On the occasion of the award ceremony in Berlin, Dr
Wolfgang Bernhard, CEO for the Volkswagen brand, said, “The new Passat
impressively shows that it has the stuff of a winner. I am particularly happy
that this sixth-generation Passat, like its predecessors, should once more
receive the award, proving, not least, the success of our strategy to series-fit
the Passat with comfort and safety features otherwise only found in the premium
The awarding of “Goldenes Lenkrad 2005” to Passat reflects the recognition
which this model currently enjoys on the German market. Indeed, the latest
figures released by the Federal Office for Motor Traffic for the month of
September 2005 reveal 7,903 new registrations for the Passat and a market share
of 16.6 percent, making it the top seller in the segment for mid-class cars.
Volkswagen models have traditionally always been successful when it came to
the “Goldenes Lenkrad” award. Previous winners of this coveted prize have also
included the Polo, Golf, Touran and Touareg. The Passat first received the award
The new Passat – equipped to win:
The new Passat has been
available in Europe as a saloon since March of this year and as a wagon since 19th August.
The Passat comes with a choice of four fittings packages: Trendline,
Comfortline, Sportline and Highline. Even the basic package, Trendline, includes
features such as the electric stabilisation programme, the Climatic system,
six airbags, an electronic parking brake, electromechanical power steering, the
“Press&Drive” ignition system, LED indicator lights and tail light plus
automatic emergency-brake blinkers, and an asymmetrically separable and
fold-down rear bench. An extensive array of extras is also available, among them
climate control with an indirect-ventilation function (Climatronic), a
DVD-navigation system, the “Kessy” system (keyless entry start and exit),
bi-xenon headlamps with around-the-curve and cornering functions, a
tyre-inflation-pressure system, newly integrated child seats with side panels
and extra headrest mountings, automatic distance control, a sun roof, a 250-Watt
Volkswagen sound system or a 600-Watt 10-channel Dynaudio sound system, and a
The new Passat is expected to be released in Australia in early 2006.
2006 Volkswagen Passat wagon
Europe's VW Touareg W12 Sport Edition
10th November, 2005
A sporting look and dynamic performance with outstanding comfort. The Touareg
W12 Sport Edition with an extensive package of equipment is available now in Europe .....
Twenty Four Million Golfs
9th November, 2005
The world’s 24 millionth Golf was produced yesterday at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg.
The anniversary model is a 2.0 litre TDI, 103 kW Golf Comfortline in tornado red .....
Volkswagen California and California 4MOTION
7th November, 2005
The Volkswagen California has been synonymous with freedom and leisure since the
late fifties. Many other car manufacturers have tried to copy the original, but none have succeeded in capturing the true
essence of the ‘VW Bus’, nor its derivative, the all inclusive, kitchen sink as standard, Volkswagen Camper .....
Volkswagen Kombi Beach
7th November, 2005
Volkswagen’s new Kombi Beach will strike a familiar note with Volkswagen
enthusiasts. This four-seater, based on Volkswagen’s T5 Multivan, quickly converts to a day-trip or overnight camper .....
Volkswagen Caddy Life + Weekender Package
7th November, 2005
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is presenting
a new concept in leisure travel - the Weekender Package .....
Volkswagen At SEMA 2005
4th November, 2005
Volkswagen of America Inc. has hosted its first display in the 42-year history
of the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) annual exhibition .....
VW Touareg Tow Ball Down Weight Now 350kg
31st October, 2005
Volkswagen has now increased the tow ball down
weight of the Touareg from 140 kilogrammes to 350 kilogrammes .....
Volkswagen EcoRacer Concept Car
28th October, 2005
Its basic data: average fuel consumption of 3.4 litres per 100 km, a
top speed of 230 km/h. Its name: EcoRacer .....
4MOTION For New Volkswagen Passat
27th October, 2005
The new generation Passat can now be ordered with permanent 4MOTION
four-wheel drive in Europe .....
Volkswagen Multivan Business
26th October, 2005
The Volkswagen Multivan Business, now available to order,
made its Australian debut at Sydney's 2005 Australian International Motor Show ..... more
Volkswagen's Latest Hot Hatch
21st October, 2005
Volkswagen Group Australia introduces the latest "Hot Hatch" to the
Volkswagen range and confirms that Australia will be the first country in the world to sell the new Polo GTI .....
New Volkswagen Polo
21st October, 2005
The new generation Volkswagen Polo has received a fresh and dynamic re-design,
reflecting a more modern appearance and building upon the Polo’s vivacious and unique shape .....
Volkswagen Wins Grand Challenge 2005
20th October, 2005
Volkswagen won the American Grand Challenge 2005 with a Touareg TDI .....
New VW Jetta Visits Sydney's Motor Show
17th October, 2005
The new Volkswagen Jetta has just been launched in Europe. Jetta is a sporty
but elegant compact sedan and will be a great value proposition, suiting the Australian market
New Volkswagen Beetle Face Lift and TDI
14th October, 2005
The New Beetle receives a subtle re-styling in both the hardtop and the
cabriolet models for summer. In addition New Beetle also receives the option of a TDI (diesel) engine for the first time
The New Volkswagen Caddy Life
14th October, 2005
With up to seven seats and two sliding doors, the Volkswagen Caddy Life opens up
a whole new world of practical and exciting people moving innovation in the compact van class .....
New Volkswagen Polo GTI To Debut In Tokyo
12th October, 2005
VW will introduce the Polo GTI during a world premiere at the Tokyo Motor
Show next week. With 110 kW/150 hp it is the strongest Polo since the series was first introduced 30 years ago .....
Porsche Secures Stake In Volkswagen
11th October, 2005
After already purchasing 10.26 per cent of VW’s common stock, Dr. Ing. h.c. F.
Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has now secured another 8.27 per cent of the common stock of Volkswagen AG .....
Volkswagen's New Compact SUV
27th September, 2005
Volkswagen AG decided on Monday evening to build the new
compact SUV with AUTO 5000 at the Wolfsburg plant .....
Grand Challenge 2005 in the USA
26th September, 2005
The countdown has begun for what is perhaps the world’s most unusual car race
Volkswagen Touareg For 2006 Dakar Rally
21st September, 2005
Two stories here regarding Volkswagen's plans for the 2006 Dakar Rally which
commences on New Years Eve in Portugal
First Details Of Next Generation VW Golf R32
10th August, 2005
Now comes a new R32 based on the Golf V generation. This time it packs 184 kW
(250 bhp) under the bonnet .....
New Volkswagen Golf Concept Cars
20th July, 2005
Trainees of Volkswagen Coaching GmbH have turned two Golfs into
exciting concept cars. The especially enhanced models boast a range of components from within the Group and have
paintwork finishes that are normally the preserve of Lamborghini