Volkswagen at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 9, 2011

A team of about 1,000 people are putting the finishing touches to the Volkswagen stand in Hall 3 as the 2011 IAA in Frankfurt draws near. The 8,893 square meter stand, which is shaped like a cloud, will accommodate more than 50 cars. It is designed for the new up! city vehicle which is making its public appearance for the first time along with the recently unveiled Golf Cabriolet, new Tiguan and new generation Beetle.

Also, the NILS single-seat electric commuting concept car will be making its world premiere. Aside from the vehicles themselves, the company is utilizing a 30-meter interactive wall that will provide visitors a taste of futuristic mobility. It will also present details on alternative technologies and innovations.

Moreover, the company’s Motorsport and Commercial Vehicle divisions will be showcasing a range of new models. A press conference will also be held on the first press day, on September 13, 2011, Tuesday, at 11:20 on the Volkswagen stand, to be facilitated by the automaker’s UK press and public relations team members.

Volkswagen AG launched a new car that is just perfect for tomorrow’s world at the Frankfurt International Motor Show: NILS. The electric vehicle is a single seater and presents a fantastic form that follows a minimalist design. The concept car has an aluminum space frame, free-standing wheels and wing doors, all of which look very dynamic. The car also has zero emissions, helping it secure support from the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

Real word feasibility

Board of management member and head of development for the Volkswagen brand, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, says that the NILS is a car that is futureproof and looks very sci-fi, as if it has been projected back in time from the year 2030. The car is sustainable with top-notch design that is perfect for your lifestyle. It is a high technology car from Volkswagen that has electric drive, but it uses realistic technology.

Director of Volkswagen Group Research Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leohold adds that cars such as the NILS are very important in the increasing influence of electric mobility. Dr. Leohold explains that the concept vehicle was based on thorough analysis of car research, future trends and marketing requirements. New vehicle concepts such as the NILS, along with the electrification of current cars out in the market will help promote electric mobility.

Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg says that the aim of the NILS project is to come up with a technically possible and economically feasible car concept that is fit for micro-mobility. This makes way for more efficient and environmentally friendly individual transportation that is “based on electric drive technology.”

Volkswagen’s group research has thoroughly analyzed all aspects of commuter transportation to help it become more sustainable, explains Dr. Leohold. And the results of these were then given out to different car development departments so that all of the company’s various brands benefit from the research.

Networked expertise

Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg adds that working closely with the group research department has allowed Volkswagen to produce cutting-edge vehicles. The “networked know-how” of the company also covers the Volkswagen Design Centre, located in Potsdam.

The Design Centre is headed by Thomas Ingenlath and is responsible for an all-new interpretation of Volkswagen design. And that is what you see in NILS. For people who have seen the concept car, they are able to get a glimpse of what the future holds for the brand and the car itself. The concept car is not a “dry-run exercise” but a realistic view of what’s next. It has compact dimensions but it is very safe, meeting all the safety requirements expected from today’s cars.

Dr. Hackenberg assures commuters that not only are they contributing to the well-being of the environment, they are also guaranteed to be safe.

NILS has a range of 65 kilometres and can reach a speed of 130 km/h. The car would be perfect for most commuters in Germany. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, close to three out of every 4 commuters living between Munich and Germany drive shorter than 25 kilometers to and from work, and the NILS could easily cover that!

Press Release


At the 64th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt (September 15 to 25), Volkswagen is presenting – alongside the new up! that is the show highlight – a tremendous assortment of new car concepts and models. Making world debuts are the Beetle R Concept, Beetle Fender, Polo R-Line, Tiguan R-Line, Golf Cabriolet Exclusive and the Phaeton Exclusive Concept. And that is just the beginning: another car making its world debut on the Frankfurt stage is the single-seat electric vehicle concept car NILS – a car for the world of tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Polo R WRC illustrates how motorsport cars are progressing at Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is also represented with its latest range of successful models. Highlights here include debuts of the Caddy Edition 30 and the Amarok with automatic gearbox. Another show highlight is the extremely fuel-efficient Multivan BlueMotion.

Volkswagen Zubehör (Accessories) completes the company’s product line-up with new and innovative original accessories and lifestyle-related products. Being presented for the first time in Frankfurt are accessories collections for the Beetle and the new up!. An overview of new concepts and models from Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles:

NILS – Study of a single-seat electric vehicle with free-standing wheels, developed for commuters in the world of tomorrow.

Beetle R Concept – Study of the sportiest Beetle ever.

Beetle Fender – A tribute to Fender guitars. Highly customised concept car that relates to the world of music.

Polo R-Line – For the first time, Volkswagen will also be offering the compact and agile Polo in an R-Line version at the end of this year.

Tiguan R-Line – The first generation of the Tiguan R-Line was a bestseller. The new edition of the R-Line SUV will follow at the beginning of 2012.

Golf Cabriolet Exclusive – Starting from 2012, the Exclusive will be sold as the new top version of the Golf Cabriolet.

Phaeton Exclusive Concept – To mark the 100th anniversary (2012) of the handcrafting company Poltrona Frau, Volkswagen has created one of the most elegant Phaetons ever built.

Polo R WRC – Volkswagen wants to use this 300 PS Polo to score victories in the Rally World Championship in 2013.

Caddy Edition 30 – This Caddy shows how elegant a small family van can be on road trips (for details: see separate press kit from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.)

Amarok with automatic – Considered the most advanced pick-up on the market. Now the Amarok will feature an 8-speed automatic gearbox (for details: see separate press kit from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.)

Multivan BlueMotion – Until just recently, it was inconceivable for a large van to only consume 6.4 l/100 km. Now it is a reality (for details: see separate press kit from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.)


Electric vehicle for commuters:

NILS travels like an arrow into the urban future

Lightweight 460 kg single-seater with electric drive was specially designed for commuters

NILS research project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport

Wolfsburg / Frankfurt, September 2011. Volkswagen AG is presenting a car for the urban world of tomorrow at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA): NILS. The single-seat electric vehicle reflects a new, fascinating form of minimalist mobility. The concept car – with its progressive aluminium space frame, wing doors and free-standing wheels – exhibits a high level of dynamic performance, yet travels with zero emissions and silently towards the future. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

Technically realistic and economically feasible. “NILS is a vehicle that anticipates the future. It looks as though someone has projected it back from the year 2030 to the world of today. This study melds sustainability, design and lifestyle in a new way. A high-tech vehicle from the Volkswagen company with an electric drive, but very realistically conceptualised,” says Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the Board of Management and Head of Development for the Volkswagen Brand. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leohold, Director of Volkswagen Group Research explains the project from the research perspective: “In the context of the growing influence of electric mobility, cutting edge vehicle concepts like these – which are based on intensive analyses of future and vehicle research and on strong networking ties to Marketing – will play an increasingly important role. That is because new, very target group specific requirements will be placed on cars with the advent of electric mobility. These new vehicle concepts – together with the electrification of existing models – will help to advance electric mobility to a breakthrough.” In this context, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg explains further: “The goal of the NILS project is to work out a technically concrete and economically feasible vehicle concept for micro-mobility, which restructures individual transportation to make it more efficient and environmentally compatible based on electric drive technology.” Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leohold adds: “Therefore, Group Research intensively analysed all facets of commuter transportation with the goal of making it sustainable for the future. The results of these analyses were made available to individual vehicle development departments. And so, all of the company’s brands – from A for Audi to V for Volkswagen – are benefiting from the think tank of Group Research.”

Networked know-how. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg comments: “The close cooperation with Group Research has meant that we at Volkswagen are really able to put cutting-edge vehicle projects in motion. We benefit from the networked know-how of the company here. This also includes the Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam. There, under the leadership of Thomas Ingenlath, an entirely new interpretation of Volkswagen design was accomplished in NILS. Those viewing this concept car can look far into the future of our brand and of the automobile itself. NILS is anything but a dry-run exercise; it is very realistic. Despite its compact dimensions, the concept fulfils all safety requirements for contemporary vehicles, for example. Commuters would not only drive in an eco-friendly way, but would also be very safe in this car.”

With a range of 65 kilometres, the 130 km/h NILS would certainly be the ideal vehicle for the majority of commuters in Germany. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, 73.9 per cent of all commuters residing between Berlin and Munich cover less than 25 kilometres on their way to work. So, NILS is designed to be a reflection of a new era.

NILS defines new segment

Electric traction changes mobility. Automobiles have always been mirrors of the times with their design styles and technological standards reflecting the status quo of a particular era. Consider Volkswagen: at the turn of the century, the age of downsizing gained momentum in the powertrain area. At the same time, a new quality of styling took hold, which today is still marked by maximum clarity and precision. Currently, we are experiencing yet another developmental thrust: the long-term breakthrough of electric traction. Many Group models in the higher vehicle classes are already available with hybrid drives, where the electric motor supports the conventional drive system. This emissions-reducing drive technology is now breaking into high-volume segments.

Golf with E-drive debuts in 2013. The first high-volume models with a pure electric drive will soon reach production readiness; the Golf, the best-selling car in the world, will debut with an electric drive (Blue-e-Motion) in 2013. In addition, electric traction will lead to entirely new concepts; they will result in vehicles that fulfil specific needs profiles more than ever. One of these needs profiles is that of commuters who commute to their jobs in their millions every day in the world’s urban areas. For a long time now, public transportation has not always been the first choice of commuters for various reasons. In Germany, for example, about 60 per cent of all commuters travel by car according to the Federal Statistical Office; of these, over 90 per cent travel alone. Zero emissions vehicles like NILS will offer these frequent drivers a new eco-friendly mobility solution.

NILS leaves a small footprint in traffic

Narrower, lower, shorter, different. The concept is a very compact car that requires extremely little space in traffic. NILS is only 3.04 metres long, making it about 50 cm shorter than the new Volkswagen up! model. The width of the NILS, from wheel to wheel, is 1.39 metres; the body itself measures only 0.86metres wide. The concept car is 1.2 metres tall. By means of comparison: a Porsche 911 is taller at 1.31 metres.

Design was created in Potsdam. More important than its dimensions is the layout of its body. NILS shares the same basic body layout as a Formula-1 race car: driver in the middle, engine in back, aluminium wheels outboard and free-standing. The 17-inch alloy wheels are equipped with 115/80 (front) and 125/80 (rear) tyres optimised for low rolling resistance. The clean, distinctive styling of the NILS car has its origins at the Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam. Designer Thomas Ingenlath, the centre’s director, comments on the research vehicle: “NILS was designed to make a visual statement and transport a vision of the automotive future to the present. The car had to visually highlight the theme of sustainability, while showing a future-oriented look and simply being fun. I think that we have successfully integrated both of these aspects. Although our mission here was to come up with an entirely new body concept for the brand, NILS matches the Volkswagen design DNA 1:1.” Consider the bumpers: it is no coincidence that they remind one of the bumpers on the new up! with their black borders around the impact surfaces. Thomas Ingenlath continues: “I am especially pleased that we managed to implement the concept of the 2 glass wing doors. This allowed us to create large transparent surfaces and simultaneously make entering and exiting the vehicle very comfortable, even in the most cramped of parking spaces.”

NILS is tailored to commuting distances

65 km and 130 km/h. Although, or even because, NILS is so compact and lightweight (460 kg), it is a lot of fun to drive. It is an agile car with a top speed of 130 km/h, and it can accelerate to 100 km/h in less than 11 seconds. This is accomplished by an electric motor with a reasonably small 15 kW nominal power and short-term peak power of 25 kW. A lithium-ion battery supplies the electric motor with energy. The battery capacity (5.3 kWh) enables driving ranges of up to 65 km, depending on the style of driving. A battery of this size is relatively inexpensive, and its capacity is sufficient for this type of car. The research vehicle can be charged either via a conventional 230 Volt electrical outlet (maximum charging time 2 hours) or at an electric vehicle charging station. The plug port is located at the back underneath the rear lighting module.

Electric motor is a lightweight 19 kg. In setting up the electric drive system, engineers made use of the great wealth of experience Volkswagen has acquired in developing other concept cars such as the L1 and XL1 as well as future production vehicles like the Golf Blue-e-Motion or up! Blue-e-Motion. The centrepiece of the drive unit is the lightweight 19 kg electric motor together with its transmission and battery. Energy management is via a high-voltage pulse inverter, which – together with the 12 Volt DC/DC converter for the vehicle electrical system and the charger – forms an integral drive unit. It is the rear axle that is driven. All drive unit components are located compactly in an aluminium housing. The unit, including the drive shafts, is integrated at the rear of NILS.

Space for shopping. The motor, battery and all other components are so compact in their construction that there is still space for a small but practical bootspace above the drive unit. As on the Golf, for example, the bootlid is unlocked via the VW logo; in this case, the body-coloured area above the rear lighting module swings upwards. The space is laid out so that users can conveniently stow items from a classic shopping trip – a case of drinks and a bag, for example.

NILS is sporty and agile

Optimal weight distribution. With a vehicle like NILS, the customer target group would not only commute to work with zero emissions, but as described would also have a lot of fun doing it. That is because the lightweight NILS drives like a sports car with its pure mechanical steering and centrally positioned shell seat; from a standstill, the electric motor produces a maximum torque of 130 Nm, which is transferred to the rear axle via a one-speed transmission. For wheel control and suspension, there are double-wishbone suspensions front and rear; the ESP electronic stabilisation programme ensures that with all of its agile performance, NILS will still stay on course. The car’s very good weight distribution between the front and rear axles contributes towards the ESP having to do as little as possible.

NILS brakes and accelerates automatically upon request

Innovative City Emergency Braking. Another important electronic assistant in NILS is City Emergency Braking. The continually active system uses a laser sensor (in the front VW logo) to detect the risk of an imminent collision, and at that moment it automatically brakes the car. Depending on the car’s speed and the driving situation, City Emergency Braking can reduce the speed at impact and might even prevent an accident.

Automatic Distance Control. City Emergency Braking is a software extension of the automatic distance control system (ACC). Its full range of functionality is available in NILS. The ACC system also uses a laser sensor to measure the distance and relative speed to the vehicle ahead in traffic – parameters to which NILS automatically adjusts its speed. Beforehand, the driver preselects the desired following distance and vehicle speed, similar to a cruise control system. The automatic distance control system has intuitive controls with 3 new multifunction keys in the steering wheel. Two arrow keys are used to vary the vehicle speed (in open driving) and the distance to the vehicle in front. Another key between the 2 arrow keys is used to activate or deactivate the ACC system. The system itself can be used over the entire speed range of NILS; in addition, the system can even automatically brake the car to a stop, depending on the situation. Not only are the four disc brakes used to brake; electric traction by electric motor and battery regeneration can be used to brake as well, depending on the driving situation. Last but not least, Front Assist is integrated in the ACC system. This continually active system warns the driver of a potential collision; at speeds below 30 km/h, automatic braking can avoid a collision under some circumstances.

Digital instruments

TFT display as instrument cluster. The instrument cluster was tailored to the electric vehicle. The main feature here is a 7-inch TFT display. The vehicle’s speed is shown digitally in the middle. Energy flow is visually represented by bar elements. Another graphic display offers information on the driving range.

Clever touchscreen. The second central instrument is a mobile multifunctional system like the one used in a similar form in the new up!: the Portable Infotainment Device (PID). It is snapped onto the A-pillar to the right of the instrument cluster. Via touchscreen, the driver controls functions related to “Navigation”, “Radio”, “Media”, “Telephone”, “Trip computer” and – to preconfigure the driving range – “Eco”. At the start of the drive, the PID computes the expected driving range, then it not only displays the route on the map display, but also the radius and thereby the destinations that can be reached using the current battery charge.

Simple where it makes sense. To save on weight and costs, certain functional elements and controls are operated without electrical assistance. The side mirrors, for example, are adjusted manually, which is not really an inconvenience in an interior that is only 0.61 metre wide. There is no power assistance for steering either; however, this is no problem on a vehicle weighing less than 500 kg. Meanwhile, the heating and ventilation system has fully electronic control. The driver sets the temperature and blower setting via 2 controls in the form of electronic sliders; 2 additional sliders are used for the ventilation flap position (air flow direction) and seat heating. Located to the right of the steering column is the motor start-stop switch; this round, handy switch is also used to select the position of the single-speed transmission (D, N or R).

NILS relies on aluminium space frame body

Safe like a big car. The aluminium space frame body was designed to be a highly effective safety cell. The body-in-white – i.e. the basic structure without add-on parts or glass – is produced from extruded aluminium parts, cast aluminium and sheet aluminium. The roof frame, together with the wing door mounts, a sturdy roll bar behind the driver, the bootspace and the front bulkhead consist of high-strength sheet aluminium. Also extremely sturdy are the extruded aluminium parts; they are used in the area of the side sills, the transverse profiles and the crash-optimised longitudinal profiles (front and rear car sections). The housings for the drive unit and other elements consist of cast aluminium parts. All add-on body parts are made of plastic and aluminium. The front and rear side body parts are manufactured in aluminium. Parts made of high-strength plastic include the bumpers and the trim panels on the side sills.

Wing doors from 3 parts. The 2 wing doors are a work of art in their manufacture. Their frames consist of 3 main elements: an inner section, a crash reinforcement section and an exterior part. When they are closed, they offer optimal crash safety. The door windows are made of lightweight, scratch-resistant, layered polycarbonate. The front window is made of laminated safety glass.

See and be seen. Xenon and LED elements are used for the headlights, rear lights and indicators. In front, 2 bi-xenon modules handle the job of the dipped and main beam headlights. The indicator lights and daytime running lights are implemented as white and yellow LEDs. The daytime running lights are mounted on the front wheel trim panels, and these lights also serve as position lights for parking. In the acrylic glass of the rear lights – which are integrated in the rear section like small wings – the light generated by LEDs is routed via transparent semiconductors. Their electrical power consumption? Minimal. Which is just what you need with an electric vehicle.

Beetle R Concept

The Beetle as sports car:

World debut of the design study Beetle R Concept

Beetle R Concept has customised front and rear sections and 20-inch wheels

Sport seat system of Beetle R Concept is upholstered in luxurious Nappa leather

Wolfsburg / Frankfurt, September 2011. At Volkswagen, the letter “R” as an added identifier promises top-notch performance. Currently, this claim is being validated with turbo pressure by the Golf R (199 kW / 270 PS) and Scirocco R (195 kW / 265 PS). In a world debut at the IAA, Volkswagen is now showing a third variation of this sporty theme: the Beetle R Concept. It is based on the 21st Century Beetle. Like the Golf R and Scirocco R, the R version of the Beetle was also created at Volkswagen subsidiary Volkswagen R GmbH located near to Wolfsburg. The Beetle R Concept is still a design study. Those who are familiar with the Beetle 2.0 TSI (147 kW / 200 PS) know the dynamic potential of this new car. As an “R”, the Beetle could demonstrate a performance potential similar to that of the Golf R and Scirocco R.

Exterior with 20-inch wheels

Visually, the Beetle R Concept, painted in “Serious Grey”, offers a glimpse of what a production version might look like. Outside, the concept is equipped with 20-inch “Talladega” alloy wheels – the same design used on the Golf R and Scirocco R. However, 18- and 19-inch wheels are mounted on those cars. Easy to spot on the Beetle’s wheels, which feature 5 triple spokes, are the blue brake callipers in R design.

Newly sculpted bumpers are wider

Designers completely redesigned the front and rear bumpers that were widened by 30 mm. In front, the bumper module practically consists of 3 air intakes, which are styled in contrasting “Black High Gloss”. The middle air intake supplies the engine with oxygen, while the outer two contribute to cooling the brakes. The front spoiler, also painted in “Black High Gloss”, is designed as a flat splitter (with a chrome strip); splitters of this kind are typically used in motorsport. To maintain temperature regulation of the engine within an optimal range, even under extreme conditions, ventilation slots are found on the right and left sides of the engine bonnet.

The rear bumper also has air slots – air exhaust vents – that are integrated in the aerodynamic concept of the Beetle R Concept. There is also a diffuser that is integrated in the lower bumper area. Together with the rear spoiler – which is significantly larger than the production models with up to 200 PS in power – and its black trailing edge, ideal downforce values are attained at the rear axle. A visual and acoustic highlight is the exhaust system with its 2 sets of dual chrome tailpipes.

On each side, the bumpers transition into the free-standing wings; they were also widened: 15 mm per side. The side sills are styled in “Black High Gloss”; a high-end chrome trim strip is incorporated here. Also painted in “Black High Gloss” are the roof, the upper part of the bootlid connecting to it, the door mirror housings and door handles.

Interior with Nappa leather sport seat system

As is usual on R models, the interior also makes a customised and sporty impression. In the front, the driver and passenger sit in motorsport shell seats with what are referred to as Ergopads made of gray nubuck leather. The seats are upholstered in black Nappa leather. Embossed on the seats is the R logo. The seat seams and piping are in the colour “Space Blue”.

The contrast colour “Black High Gloss” that was already used on the exterior is used in the interior as well, such as for dashboard accents and decorative elements around the gear shift grip. Interior designers also styled the instruments to be R-specific. The central instrument cluster (tachometer in the middle, in the style of a sports car) and the auxiliary instruments laid out above the centre console are both modified here. The door sill plates are upgraded with the R logo. Meanwhile, brushed aluminium is used for all pedal caps. Matching the seats with their blue piping are the fabric floor mats with their blue-black double borders.

Beetle Fender

Let the music play!

Legendary USA company Fender inspires Beetle designers and engineers

Beetle Fender pays tribute to a legendary brand of guitars from the USA

An electric guitar can be connected to subwoofer of the Fender sound system

Wolfsburg / Frankfurt, September 2011. The Beetle is the first car in Europe that can be ordered with a sound system by the guitar and amplifier producer Fender. Now, at the IAA, Volkswagen is presenting a concept car that can be interpreted as a tribute to the legendary US company: the exclusive Beetle Fender with a customised look and features such as a sound system interface for connecting the electric guitar.

19-inch wheels and leather coated roof

Outside, the Beetle Fender is painted in a high-gloss “Black”, while a fine red line frames the side windows; another line in this style is used on an electric guitar customised by Volkswagen Design – a Fender Telecaster.

Chrome and aluminium also influence the look of the Beetle Fender. Designed in chrome are the door mirror caps, door handles, the trim strip beneath the side windows, accents in the side sills, VW badge and the 2 tailpipes of the exhaust system arranged as they were earlier on the Beetle. Produced from machine-polished aluminium are the caps and rings of a 19-inch version of the “Circle” alloy wheels. The basic structure of the wheel is in red. Track width extensions on the rear axle shift each of the wheels 10 mm outwards. Compared to the production version, the Beetle Fender’s ride height was lowered approximately 30 mm; this lets the wheel-tyre combination fill out the wheel housings more fully. Two other small but fine details: a guitar pick decal on the bonnet and the original Fender signature (in chrome) located beneath the VW badge on the bootlid.

Interior with dash pad in electric guitar style

The interior is also exceptionally well appointed. Eye-catching is the dash pad implemented in “Sunburst” – the two-tone wood design pattern of many Fender guitars. This instrument bar extending across the dashboard in front of the driver and passenger also creates a visual link to the world of rock music.

A high-end audio system sends music into the passenger compartment over a Fender sound system with an auxiliary tube amplifier. It has a prominent visual presence at the top of the dashboard. A cool solution: thanks to a special socket in the bootspace, an electric guitar can be plugged in; its sound plays over the subwoofer that is also integrated in the boot.

The Fender system is controlled from the control panel of the RNS 510 radio-navigation system (which comes with a touchscreen and integrated 30-GB hard drive). Like the rotary knob of the RNS 510, the controls for the climate control system (temperature, air conditioning function, rear window defrost and seat heating) were redesigned. The light-coloured metallic controls now look like those that have been used for decades on guitar and bass amplifiers; in the Beetle Fender the controls are executed in the high-end precision that is typical of Volkswagen. A similarly designed metallic control is also used for mirror adjustment. Another feature uncompromisingly tailored to musicians: a pick holder to the right of the DSG gear shift lever. The holder comes with 3 picks on which the outline of the Beetle is imprinted. Moreover, the stretch band across the door storage bin features the Fender signature. Although the Beetle Fender is still a concept car, “Fender Sound” can be ordered in the Beetle.

Fender sound system with ambience lighting

Those who choose the sound system also get ambience lighting for the interior in 3 colours (red, white, blue). Along with indirect lighting in the door shoulder panels, there are also light rings around the loudspeaker boxes in the doors. The sound system itself has 2 sets of tweeters – one set in the mirror triangles in front and one set mounted in the rear trim panels; they are equipped with neodymium magnets and fabric domes. In the front doors, there are woofers with dual voice coils, while the woofers located in the rear side trim each have a single voice coil. In addition, a subwoofer with a dual voice coil is integrated in an enclosed bass box in the Beetle’s boot. The centrepiece of the sound system is a 10-channel amplifier with Class A/B power amplifiers and 400 Watts of output power.

Polo R-Line

First Polo with R-Line features:

New bumpers and sport seat system

New Polo R-Line will arrive on the market at the end of this year

Range of engine options available

Wolfsburg / Frankfurt, September 2011. In 2011, the Polo continues to be the bestselling car in its class in Germany. In the overall ranking of all new car registrations in Germany, it holds 3rd place after the Golf (1st) and the Passat (2nd). It should be noted that this is not just a Volkswagen list, rather it is a ranking covering all cars sold in Germany. Across Europe the Polo holds 3rd place in new car registrations. A genuine bestseller, which has long been on roads across the globe – in China as well as in Russia, Japan and Australia. Now Volkswagen is presenting the new Polo R-Line in a world debut, extending the R-line family of cars (Golf, Scirocco, Passat CC and Touareg). This is the first time that Volkswagen has designed such a version of the Polo. Yet, it is fully in keeping with the agile character of the current generation of the Polo model. The Polo R-Line can be ordered with nearly any engine variant. Market launch of the Polo with the new equipment pack will be at the end of this year.

Exterior offers new bumpers and roof edge spoiler

Outside, the extended standard equipment of the Polo R-Line includes 16-inch “Mallory” alloy wheels, a radiator grille painted in high-gloss black (with R-Line badge), a specially designed sporty R-line bumper (in the specific body colour; rear bumper has a distinctive diffuser), chrome tailpipes for the exhaust system, body-coloured roof edge spoiler, R-line side sills also in body colour, daytime running lights (integrated under a chrome band in the main headlights), fog lights (in the front spoiler) and LED licence plate illumination. Available upon request: a sports chassis, which lowers the car into the dampers by 15 mm.

Interior has sport seats and black roofliner

Inside, the Polo R-Line resembles the GTI with its sport seats. The rear and front seats are upholstered with high-end “Kyalami” fabric (or optional Alcantara/leather look); the inner surfaces of the lateral seat supports (front) are made of “San Remo” microfibre fabric. Worked into the front head restraints is the R-Line logo. Also standard: the black roofliner, leather steering wheel with aluminium decor and R-Line badge (chrome signature on black background), accents in high-gloss black, pedal caps with aluminium look and door sill plates with R-Line signature.

IAA vehicle with special body colour and 17-inch wheels

Incidentally, the Polo R-Line being presented at the IAA is equipped with the 17-inch version of the “Mallory” alloy wheels and is painted in a special colour that is not yet offered: “Fire Spark”. The Polo R-Line can be ordered in the following colours: “Deep Black Pearl Effect”, “Reflex Silver Metallic”, “Pepper Grey Metallic”, “Shadow Blue Metallic”, “Hot Orange Metallic”, “Candy White” and “Flash Red”.

Tiguan R-Line

Comeback of an R-Line bestseller:

New generation of the Tiguan R-Line will launch in 2012

Most successful German SUV with 19-inch wheels and front sport seats

Tiguan R-Line can be delivered with any engine

Wolfsburg / Frankfurt, September 2011. Since its initial launch, the Tiguan has remained the uncontested market leader in Germany. The Tiguan – which was significantly improved both visually and technically this year – has for a long time been a globally successful model, because it unites the advantages of a compact SUV (high seat position, rugged overall concept, impressive styling, spacious interior) with the properties of modern passenger cars – including very safe driving properties and extremely efficient TDI and TSI engines. Now, this total package is once again available as an R-Line version, but in the latest generation Tiguan. The Tiguan R-Line celebrates its world debut at the IAA in Frankfurt. The sporty SUV will launch on the German market at the beginning of next year. The Tiguan R-Line is based on the “Sport & Style” version.

19-inch alloy wheels are standard

Outside, the Tiguan R-Line can be recognised by its 19-inch alloy wheels, bumper in R design, R-Line badge on the radiator grille, a rear diffuser with black ribs and an R design rear spoiler in body colour. In addition, the door add-on parts are painted in body colour and are trimmed with chrome accents. The wheel well flares are in sporty black.

Front sport seats are required equipment in the R-Line

Key interior features of the R-line include a sport seat system – like the one also found in the new Tiguan R-Line. The seat system is upholstered in the exclusive, sporty “Kyalami” style fabric as standard, but it may also be ordered in “Vienna” leather as an option. The sporty Volkswagen’s most prominent brand symbol is the R-Line logo worked into the head restraints; it is also found on the multifunction steering wheel with its aluminium decor. Last but not least, other interior features are the pedals in stainless steel, aluminium door sill plates in front with R-Line logo, and – for the first time in the Tiguan R-Line – a black roofliner.

Golf Cabriolet Exclusive

Open-top flagship:

Golf Cabriolet Exclusive debuts for summer 2012

Most luxurious convertible Golf with sport seat system in “Nappa Cool Leather”

Optional 18-inch “Charleston” alloy wheels

Wolfsburg / Frankfurt, September 2011. This summer, the new Golf Cabriolet was launched onto the market. A four-seater with an electrically activated soft top, a boot with enough space for long trips and all of the practical and technical traits that have made the Golf the most successful car in the world. Now, at the IAA, Volkswagen is presenting the Golf Cabriolet Exclusive as the new top model of the convertible line-up. The Golf Cabriolet is the fifth Volkswagen (after the Golf Variant, Eos, Passat CC and Touareg) to be launched in the sophisticated Exclusive version (conceptualised by Volkswagen R GmbH). And it will happen at the beginning of 2012.

Two-tone sport leather seat system in “Nappa Cool Leather”

Distinguishing the Golf Cabriolet Exclusive are its 17-inch “Salamanca” alloy wheels; also available as an option are 18-inch “Charleston” alloy wheels. Inside, the Volkswagen is equipped with a sport leather seat system in innovative “Nappa Cool Leather”, which is designed in the colour combination “Pepper Beige / Titan Black”. “Cool Leather” is especially ideal for cabriolets, because it absorbs much less heat.

Designed in the same colour combination are the interior door trim panels and the centre armrest. Also trimmed in “Cool Leather” are the steering wheel, gear shift lever and parking brake grip (each upgraded with decorative seams in a contrasting colour). Other Exclusive features include customised door sill plates (“Volkswagen Exclusive”) and floor mats whose base colour (“Titan Black”) and border (“Pepper Beige”) are coordinated with the colours of the seat system.

Phaeton Exclusive Concept

Italian leather custom manufacturer will soon celebrate its centenary:

Phaeton study with full leather interior by Poltrona Frau

Interior is one of the most elegant ever implemented in the Phaeton

Seats in light leather, dashboard in dark leather, accents in piano paint

Wolfsburg / Frankfurt, September 2011. The company Poltrona Frau, which in 2012 will be exactly 100 years old, is one of the top sources for leather workmanship in the world. Poltrona Frau is actually a furniture manufacturer. However, the leathers of the Poltrona Frau brand are not just limited to exclusive furniture items; they can also be found in automobiles, aeroplanes and yachts. As a tribute to the 100 years of the Italian company, Volkswagen has now upgraded its flagship with leather from the Poltrona Frau company: the Phaeton Exclusive Concept.

Multicolour leather upholstery and Alcantara roofliner

The full leather interior (“Agata” type) implemented in the Phaeton by Poltrona Frau is one of the most luxurious that has ever been fitted in an automobile. Designed in a leather named “Silkway Beige” are the seats (front seats with electric 18-way adjustment), door inserts, package tray and centre armrest (front). Meanwhile, leather surfaces of the dashboard, centre console, upper door panels and frames, as well as the borders of the floor mats are all upholstered in the contrasting colour “Anthracite”. Coordinated with this is the Alcantara roofliner in “Alabaster White” / “Silkway Beige”; even the bootspace is decorated in this colour and material combination. All relevant add-on parts are also painted in “Alabaster White”.

Volkswagen R GmbH exclusively applies piano paint (“Black”) to the wood accents or the “extended wood pack” offered in the interior. Piano paint is also used for the first time on the climate control panel in the rear.

Show car in “Luna Blue” with 20-inch wheels

The Phaeton Exclusive Concept 3.0 V6 TDI being presented in Frankfurt is painted in the pearl-effect colour “Luna Blue”. The LED rear lights are smoked. The show car sits on 20-inch alloy wheels.

Polo WRC

2013 racing start in the World Rally Championship:

Volkswagen Motorsport shows Polo R WRC at the IAA 2011

Engine of the Polo R WRC develops about 300 PS from 1.6 litres displacement

Base engine is Volkswagen TSI four cylinder from high volume production

Wolfsburg / Frankfurt, September 2011. The abbreviation R at Volkswagen combines the properties of commanding handling performance and uncompromising powertrain agility with a maximum of safety. The R ennobles Volkswagen models as vehicles with superior dynamics, compelling performance data and sportiness, at a price that offers outstanding value for money. From 2013 on, Volkswagen will contest the World Rally Championship with the Polo R WRC.

Thanks to the Technical Regulations that have been revised in 2011 the WRC offers optimum prerequisites for the fielding of the Polo. The new set of rules prescribes 1.6-litre turbo engines with direct injection, in line with the trend to downsize engines – a discipline in which Volkswagen has been a pioneer with small-volume, turbo charged, and thus highly efficient, powertrains. Combined with clever rules that also stand for cost efficiency, the World Rally Championship offers a very attractive stage for Volkswagen.

Four-cylinder turbo engine with direct injection and about 300 PS

The centrepiece of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC will be a 1.6-litre TSI engine with direct injection and turbo-charging that will achieve a power output of about 300 PS and a maximum torque of about 350 Newton metres. In accordance with the regulations the four-cylinder power-plant will have its air intake reduced by a 33-millimetre air restrictor at high engine speeds. The new engine regulations introduced in 2011 thus fit the Volkswagen philosophy of clever downsizing for high efficiency while delivering sporty performance to a T.

To transmit the engine’s power to the wheels a sequential gearbox is planned. In addition, the Polo R WRC will naturally be fitted with a safety cage, four-wheel drive and, last but not least, an aerodynamically optimised exterior. According to the regulations the minimum dry weight will be 1,200 kilograms. In the World Rally Championship the technical concept of a world rally car has to be based on the body shell of a production vehicle. Substantial driving assistance systems are prohibited. The aim is to put a reasonable cap on development costs.

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