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Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTD to debut at Geneva event


At next month’s Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen will unveil the new Golf GTD, the high-performance, oil-burning version of the eighth-generation hatchback. As before, the GTD will be the range-topping diesel variant within the Mk8 Golf range, continuing the company’s legacy that began with the first Golf GTD that debuted back in 1982.

According to the German carmaker, the GTD will feature the most powerful turbo diesel injection (TDI) engine ever to be installed in a Golf. Additionally, the four-cylinder TDI engine is also claimed to be one of the cleanest combustion engines in the world.

The powerplant will boast a new twin dosing SCR (selective catalytic reduction) with double AdBlue injection, which is said to reduce NOx emissions by a significant margin when compared to the previous, Mk7-based GTD model.

Other details such as output figures are a mystery for now, but an earlier leak posted in January revealed that the new GTD will come with 197 hp (200 PS or 147 kW). By comparison, its predecessor’s 2.0 litre TDI mill provided 181 hp (184 PS or 135 kW) and 380 Nm of torque.

The leak at the time also showed the GTD’s front-end, which features a blacked-out, wide-width front intake units arranged in chequered pattern (a la Renault Sport) in the corners. The sole teaser sketch released by Volkswagen confirms this styling cue and it is likely the petrol-powered GTI model will get the same treatment, as the leak and prior iterations suggest.

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2020 Volkswagen Passat facelift launched in Malaysia – 2.0 TSI Elegance, new 7-speed wet DSG, RM189k


Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has finally launched the facelifted Passat here in Malaysia. The updated D-segment sedan comes with a new look, a mildly refreshed interior and some added kit, with the range paired down to just a single 2.0 TSI Elegance model.

It retails at RM189,012 on-the-road without insurance, meaning that it slots between the old 1.8 TSI Comfortline and 2.0 TSI Highline variants in terms of price. Included in the price is a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, a three-year free service package and five years’ roadside assistance.

As the variant name suggests, the car is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine, but it’s been detuned slightly compared to the previous 2.0 TSI mill. It now makes 190 PS and 320 Nm of torque, decreases of 30 PS and 30 Nm, although VPCM would probably like to point out that it’s still significantly more muscular than the old 1.8 litre unit – 10 PS and 70 Nm more, to be exact.

Paired to this engine is a new seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, making it the first front-wheel drive Volkswagen model to come with the gearbox in Malaysia, coming after the all-wheel drive Golf R. So equipped, the Passat is capable of delivering a combined fuel consumption figure of 6.5 litres per 100 km on the new Worldwide Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle.

Visual changes are numerous but fairly subtle in nature, led by the redesigned twin-slat grille and revised graphics for the LED headlights, complete with eyebrow-esque daytime running lights that also function as sequential indicators. The air intakes have also been re-profiled, with a body-coloured strip that forms a “wing” under the front fog lights.

At the back, the tail lights are also new and come with triple L-shaped graphics and sequential indicators, while the rear bumper has also been redesigned with sharper creases and a wider diffuser-like insert; the Passat badge is also now positioned in the middle of the (powered) bootlid, in a spaced-out fashion. Completing the look are 18-inch Liverpool multi-spoke alloy wheels in a painted grey finish.

On the inside, the facelift adds a new three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and removes the centre analogue clock, replaced by the Passat script. The door cards have also been redesigned, and the rear panels now hide manual rear sun blinds, while the rear windscreen gets powered blinds.

Technology has also taken a step up with the new Discover Pro infotainment system, equipped with a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen, voice and gesture control and a customisable three-view split screen function. It also comes with the new Wireless AppConnect system that also includes wireless Apple CarPlay – the second such application of the feature in Malaysia after BMW. The ports are now all USB-C front and rear.

The rest of the kit list includes keyless entry, push-button start, triple-zone climate control, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory and a massage function, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, auto lights and wipers, eight speakers and a reverse camera.

The facelift also introduces some driver assistance systems for the local market, though as before, the Passat still isn’t offered with autonomous emergency braking. However, it does now get Side Assist blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, along with a tyre pressure monitoring system. Six airbags and stability control continues to be on the standard safety kit list.

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B8 Volkswagen Passat facelift – 2.0 TSI Elegance variant for Malaysia, order books now open


Earlier this week, the facelifted B8 Volkswagen Passat was sighted on a transporter, and now, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has teased the car on its website, identifying that it will be known as an 2.0 TSI Elegance variant when it arrives. The presence of a registration of interest tab also likely means that the order book for it is now open.

The D-segment sedan gets some subtle exterior revisions in the update. At the front, there’s a new bumper with angular fog lamp sections, a reworked grille and slimmer headlamps. As shown by the recent spyshot set, the Malaysian-spec Passat will come equipped with IQ.Light LED matrix headlights and 18-inch “Liverpool” alloy wheels, wrapped with 235/45 series tyres.

At the back, changes include a new light signature for the LED tail lights, a revised bumper with faux trapezoidal-shaped exhausts and a new location for the model script, now located in the lower middle section of the boot lid, like on the Arteon .

The Passat will go on sale as a 2.0 TSI Elegance model – the 2.0 litre TSI should be the new lower-tuned version offering 190 PS and 320 Nm, and likely paired with a seven-speed wet-clutch DSG transmission. This takes over from the 220 PS and 350 Nm 2.0 TSI and six-speed wet DSG on the pre-facelift, and should effectively also replace the 1.8 litre TSI and its dry-clutch seven-speed DSG in the local line-up.

No photos of the interior as yet, but the changes inside are minimal – key new bits include a revised 11.7-inch Active Info Display with clearer graphics and adjusted functionality as well as a third-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) system. The only question is to which the local spec car will get, because there are three options available for the Passat, ranging from a 6.5-inch Composition Media with no navigation to a 9.2-inch Discover Pro system with full navigation.

GALLERY: B8 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Elegance spyshots

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Volkswagen develops mobile robot to charge your EV


With electric vehicles being more common in our world today, ensuring the charging infrastructure is up to par can be quite a challenge. While some parking lots have charging stations put in place for vehicle owners to use, ensuring there are sufficient stations can be a challenge in terms of complexity and cost. In some scenarios, the location just doesn’t allow conventional charging stations to be installed at all.

Volkswagen is looking to provide a solution with an autonomous mobile charging robot that is operated via an app or V2X communication. When activated, the entire charging process, from the opening of the charging socket flap to connecting the plug to decoupling, occurs without any human interaction.

“The mobile charging robot will spark a revolution when it comes to charging in different parking facilities, such as multistorey car parks, parking spaces and underground car parks because we bring the charging infrastructure to the car and not the other way around. With this, we are making almost every car park electric, without any complex individual infrastructural measures,” said Mark Möller, head of development at Volkswagen Group Components.

Aside from being equipped with V2X technology, the robot is equipped with an array of camera, laser scanner and ultrasonic sensors to support its autonomous function. In operation, the mobile robot brings a trailer in the form of a mobile energy storage device (called battery wagons) to the vehicle and connects them to the vehicle.

The device stays with the vehicle during the entire charging process, while the robot is free to service other vehicles that require charging. Several units can be moved by the robot at the same time before being returned to a smaller, dedicated charging station when the charging process is completed.

Each battery wagon has an energy content of around 25 kWh and supports DC quick charging of up to 50 kW. Think of it like having a (rather large) power bank for your car, except there’s an automated robot to help plug it in for you.

“This approach has an enormous economic potential. The constructional work as well as the costs for the assembly of the charging infrastructure can be reduced considerably through the use of the robots,” said Möller.

“Even the well-known problem of a charging station being blocked by another vehicle will no longer exist with our concept. You simply choose any parking space as usual. You can leave the rest to our electronic helper,” he added.

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2019 year in review and what’s to come in 2020 – Ford, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volkswagen in Malaysia


After reporting on how the premium brands fared in 2019, we continue with the fourth edition of our year-end recap, where we now shift our focus to other carmakers that are also part of the local automotive landscape, which include Ford, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volkswagen.

While some brands focused on strengthening its core offerings, others have been more active by improving their operations to retain loyalists while enticing newcomers. So, let’s take a closer look at each of the five aforementioned brands to see what they have done, and what we can expect from them in the year to come.

Ford’s Power Rangers

The Blue Oval had a relatively quiet 2019, with the latest Ranger being much of its focal point after it was first introduced in the year prior. In March, the performance-focused Raptor variant in the pick-up truck line-up received two new colour options, with Absolute Black and Arctic White joining the existing palette for a total of four colours.

Later in October, Ford dabbled in the e-commerce space by partnering with Lazada to launch the Ranger Splash in conjunction with the site’s 11.11 Shopping Festival. The model featured a number of extra goodies over the existing 2.0L XLT Plus variant, and was limited to just 19 units, with every single one snapped up promptly after sales began.

Another limited-edition version of the Ranger would arrive in December, with the launch of the 2.2L XLT Special Edition in December. With a number of additional equipment and features over the regular 2.2 XLT Automatic variant, the model is currently being offered in limited units, although the exact amount wasn’t revealed by Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC).

In 2020, we are expecting the facelifted Mustang to finally make its debut here after being previewed at the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show. At the time, the updated pony car was originally scheduled to go on sale here in 2019, but nothing has materialised up until now.

Additionally, the Ranger received a small update in Thailand in November that also includes the availability of a new FX4 2.2 Hi-Rider variant, which is a possibility for us, along with other equipment revisions. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that we’ll see the latest generations of the Fiesta and Focus to make their way here.

Isuzu D-Max gets a new heart

It was a long wait for Isuzu fans, but in 2019, the company finally introduced the latest-generation 1.9 litre Ddi BluePower turbodiesel engine in Malaysia, with the D-Max pick-up truck being the first model to get it here.

The introduction of the oil burner comes as part of the pick-up truck’s second facelift in the country, with the RZ4E-TC 1.9 litre common-rail four-cylinder unit replacing the old 4JK1-TCX 2.5 litre unit – the 4JJ1-TCX 3.0 litre turbodiesel is retained.

Aside from a lower road tax that comes with the smaller displacement, the downsized mill is superior to the 4JK1-TCX by offering better performance – 150 PS and 350 Nm versus 136 PS and 320 Nm – as well as a 19% improvement in fuel efficiency, with a combined consumption figure of eight litres per 100 km.

However, just a month after the facelifted, second-generation model went on sale in Malaysia, the third-generation of the pick-up truck celebrated its global debut in Thailand. Completely overhauled with new technologies and a revised design, it isn’t known when and if the latest version of D-Max will make its way to our part of the world.

Pick-up truck aside, the MU-X could get a second update to match the Thailand-spec model, which is now powered by the 1.9 litre Ddi BluePower turbodiesel engine, matching the engine line-up of the D-Max it is based on. The seven-seat, ladder frame-based SUV first arrived in Malaysia in 2015, and was given its first facelift in 2017.

Mitsubishi Triton gets a new face, continuous updates

Like Ford and Isuzu, Mitsubishi prioritised its own pick-up truck, kicking off 2019 with the launch of the facelifted Triton in January. Highlighted by the company’s imposing “Dynamic Shield” face, the entire Triton range also shares a 2.4 litre MIVEC turbodiesel and four-wheel drive, with a choice of six-speed automatic or manual transmission depending on the selected variant.

The Triton would continue to be revised over the year, with new features being introduced, like the Flying Sports Bar, digital video recorder, all-round monitor (ARM) as well as support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The passenger-centric version of the Triton would later be joined by the workhorse version with the Quest making its debut in November, with the low rider truck being powered by a 2.5 litre commonrail turbodiesel as opposed to the 2.4 litre MIVEC unit.

A limited-edition version of the Triton would arrive in early December with the launch of the Knight, which is based on the range-topping Adventure X variant, with just 120 units being made available. While it matches the Adventure X in terms of price, the Knight benefits from additional accessories and unique touches to make it stand out.

Going into 2020, Mitsubishi could be poised to finally introduce the Xpander as an alternative to other seven-seat crossover MPVs in Malaysia like the Perodua Aruz, Honda BR-V and Toyota Rush. The model first made its global debut in Indonesia in 2017 before arriving in Thailand a year later, but has yet to be launched here.

Subaru EyeSight comes to the popular Forester

In terms of launches, the most significant for Subaru this year was the fifth-generation Forester, which we had the chance to try out on a journey from Penang to Bangkok. Not only does it ride on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) like the XV, the Forester also became the second model in the local line-up to come with the EyeSight suite of safety driver assistance systems after the Outback.

Another model that made its debut in 2019 was the XV GT Edition, which gets several aesthetic enhancements to give it more visual presence compared to a standard XV. These 17-inch two-tone alloys, front and rear bumper lip extensions, side skirts, a roof spoiler and two-tone leather seats. The XV GT Edition also comes with a side view monitor system, with cameras located on the lower half of the side mirrors to give a better view of what’s beside the vehicle.

Other initiatives made by Subaru over the course of the year were focused on improving the customer experience, including updating its flagship showroom in Petaling Jaya. The company also began offering a more comprehensive five-year/100,000 km warranty for vehicles registered from April 25, 2019 onwards, and switched to Motul lubricants since January.

In the year to come, we’re expecting the sixth-generation Outback – first revealed in April 2019 – to make its way to Malaysia. The latest iteration of the jacked-up wagon rides on the SGP, which is also used for the upcoming, second-generation Levorg, although the latter has yet to make its debut in production form.

There’s also the Forester GT Edition, which was previewed during this year’s Subaru Palm Challenge in Singapore, and follows the same path as the XV GT Edition with a number of visual improvements. A more distant possibility is the availability of the EyeSight suite for the XV in Malaysia, although we’ve previously been told this won’t happen until the crossover receives its first major facelift.

Of course, Subaru has yet to reveal a global facelift for the XV, but it should be noted the Impreza – on which the XV is based – did get an update in October. so a facelift for the crossover might not be far off.

Saying goodbye to the iconic Volkswagen Beetle while waiting for new sedans

It was a busy 2019 for Volkswagen, as it kicked off the year by improving the ownership experience with the launch of the Volkswagen Cares app and the accompanying Volkswagen Care Plus membership programme for owners with a vehicle that is five years and older.

This was followed by an update for the Tiguan, with the SUV gaining the advanced Active Info Display as well as revised LED tail lights. The Sound & Style Editions of the Golf, Passat and Tiguan arrived later on, with existing owners also offered the chance to outfit their vehicles with some of the enhancements found on these models later on.

July marked a bittersweet moment for the brand, as it bade goodbye to the iconic Beetle with a limited-run model called the Collector’s Edition as well as a massive party that saw 405 Beetles – both new and classic – gathered.

Volkswagen would continue to improve the ownership experience again in the same month by providing the Passat and Tiguan with an additional two years free maintenance. The company would also open the order books for the Arteon in July, a few months after the fastback model made its first Malaysian premiere at the inaugural paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) in 2018.

Volkswagen’s global used car programme, Das WeltAuto, would be launched in August, providing customers interested in purchasing a pre-owned Volkswagen with peace-of-mind ownership thanks to a comprehensive 133-point check, a one-year extended warranty and one-year roadside assistance. In addition, Volkswagen cars older than five years get to enjoy Volkswagen Care Plus benefits.

The love affair with the Beetle continued in November, with the launch of the Retro Edition at this year’s PACE. Limited to just three units, the rare Beetle featured an accessories kit that includes aluminium side scuff plates, retro-style 17-inch ‘Circle White’ alloy wheels tyres, a rear spoiler and VW Tint.

For 2020, we’re expecting the Arteon to finally make its launch debut along with the facelifted B8 Passat. Originally, both sedans were supposed to arrive in the second half of the year, but it looks like those plans have been pushed back.

This post is one of several in our multi-part “2019 year in review and what’s to come in 2020” series, which covers a variety of major brands, albeit in different groupings. You can check out our earlier posts focusing on other brands as listed below:

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Volkswagen ID.3 production ongoing despite software issues, vehicles to be updated in storage – report


Volkswagen is pushing ahead with the production of its ID.3 fully electric vehicle despite ‘massive’ software problems, Manager Magazin reports. The hatchback EV has been in production at the facility in Zwickau, Germany from November, and the issues faced here have been indicated to be incomplete software architecture, the German publication wrote.

Volkswagen will, however, proceed with the manufacture of approximately 10,000 units of the ID.3 despite the software issues. This initial batch will then be stored in large facilities until the Northern Hemisphere spring of 2020, when the automaker will deploy teams with mobile computer stations to manually rectify the software in each car.

Production of the ID.3 will continue alongside the software rectification for the initial batch of 10,000 ID.3s, and the same software update will be applied to the following batch of 10,000 vehicles, albeit through a simpler update administered over-the-air. A separate report by Inside EVs states the second batch as comprising 20,000 units for a total of 30,000 vehicles affected.

Manager Magazin also reports that Volkswagen chief Herbert Diess intends to sell the new software architecture to other automakers, and Wolfsburg-based automaker is currently in talks with automotive components manufacturer Continental.

The ID.3 is set for market launch across Europe in the summer of 2020, and more than 35,000 customers have already reserved with a pre-booking deposit paid, Volkswagen said last month. The electric hatchback is offered in 45 kWh, 58 kWh and 77 kWh battery versions, offering ranges of 330 km, 420 km and 550 km respectively. Propulsion is courtesy of a rear axle-mounted 204 PS/310 Nm motor.

GALLERY: Volkswagen ID.3

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Volkswagen cracks the efficiency whip, says its German plants need to match overseas factories


Winter is coming. Volkswagen is cracking the efficiency whip on its domestic plants, which need to boost efficiency to match overseas factories, production chief Andreas Tostmann was quoted as saying, reported by Reuters.

The German giant is targeting two billion euros worth of savings by 2023. “The pace of improvement is better abroad. In Germany, despite all the successes we’ve achieved, we have to do better,” Tostmann told trade journal Automobilwoche.

He’s seeking to implement the savings in the production of VW brand cars through a bundle of measures on top of automation, including a leaner logistics operation. “The result is that we need 15% less space, 60% fewer logistics vehicles and are able to move 20% more product,” Tostmann said in the interview.

This remark comes as German carmakers announced thousands of job cuts in recent weeks. It’s to address an expected 5% drop in global auto sales this year, with declines likely to spill into 2020. Investment in electric cars is usually the cited reason. VW brand Audi said last month that it would cut up to 9,500 jobs until 2025.

“In times of upheaval, we are making Audi more agile and more efficient. This will increase productivity and sustainably strengthen the competitiveness of our German plants,” Audi CEO Bram Schot said last month. The six billion euros generated from the move “will flow into future projects such as electrification and digitalisation,” Audi said.

Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler and big German auto suppliers Continental, Bosch and Osram have also recently announced staff and cost cuts.

Last month, Volkswagen’s board approved a €60 billion (RM275.7 billion) investment into hybridisation, electric mobility and digitalisation over the next five years. The group also plans to introduce 75 all-electric models across its range of brands by 2029, along with 60 hybrids.

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