The second generation Volkswagen Scirocco (EA 491) was based on the engineering platform of the Volkswagen Golf. Thanks to the car’s length, which was extended from 3.85 to 4.05 meters, the overall softer lines of the Volkswagen Scirocco had a very elegant effect and also offered more space for people and luggage.
The new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet is a perfect retro car. It inevitably resembles the original Beetle Cabriolet from 1949, but still has modern design. The car looks great and is much sportier than the predecessor, the New Beetle Cabriolet. Compared to which, the Beetle Cabriolet is 152 mm (6.0 inches) longer and 84 mm (3.3 inches) wider. Car’s overall length is 4,278 mm (168.4 inches). The longer wheelbase has improved interior space and boot capacity. At the rear there is enough knee space also for an adult passenger. The cargo capacity has increased by 24 litres to 225 litres. The rear seat can now be folded down, thanks to a newly developed rollover protection system.
It’s good to know that there are some things in life that you can always rely on. One of them is Volkswagen Golf. Making its first appearance in 1974, the Volkswagen Golf is now in its seventh generation. Although the Golf has new design, some typical Golf elements like the C-pillars and the roofline have remained. The front and rear section have a modern look thanks to the new headlights and rear lights, but still the Golf is easy to recognise.
On June 22, 1934 the Reichsverband der Deutschen Automobilindustrie (RDA) (National Association of the German Automobile Industry) commissioned Ferdinand Porsche for a design of a new people’s car. In Ferdinand Porsche’s opinion, the people’s car, or volkswagen, should be a fully adequate and reliable automobile, although with a comparatively light construction style. It should offer room for four people, reach speeds of up to 100 km/h and be able to overcome gradients of 30 percent. The first prototype had an air-cooled, 700cc boxer engine producing 22,5 hp. The prototype featured an independent suspension with torsion bars and friction shock absorbers. Although there were no hydraulic brakes yet, the braking was boosted mechanically using a corresponding control lever in the cable brake system. More prototypes were built for testing and development purposes before the car was unveiled in 1938 with a 986cc engine. However, because of the war, the mass production of the Beetle didn’t start until 1945.
The new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack offers features of an SUV in the form of a conventional Passat Estate. From the outside, the new Passat Alltrack looks very similar to the Passat Estate, except being 30mm higher off course. In addition, the Alltrack can be recognized from the 17-inch alloy wheels, new bumber styling, flared side sills, silver roof rails and front and rear underbody guards. The window surrounds, door mirror housings and radiator grille have matt chrome finish. Naturally there are also Alltrack signatures at the front and rear of the car.
The 2011 Touareg looks all-new, but you can still easily recognise it as a Touareg. Compared to its predecessor, the second generation Touareg is wider, but the roof line is dropped closer to the ground for better aerodynamics. These changes make the new Touareg look sportier and same time a bit smaller, but actually the longer wheelbase and greater total length provide even more room inside the cabin. At the front there is now a narrower grille opening that connects to the headlight housings with U-shaped LED running lights and Bi-Xenon headlamps. At the rear the the taillights have new L-Design. The new front end design and smaller frontal area has significantly improved Cd value. Touareg has also dropped some weigth which results in better fuel economy. The new Touareg is 208 kilograms lighter in the base version than the previous model, still the body torsional rigidity has improved by five prosent.