Thursday, December 08, 2005

Police in North Rhine-Westphalia Drive the Volkswagen Passat Estate TDI

Text from Volkswagen AG.
The first 30 of 1 000 radio patrol cars are delivered

Grevenbroich/Wolfsburg, 07 December 2005 - The police in North Rhine-Westphalia drive Passat Estate TDIs. Volkswagen handed over the first 30 of a total of 1 000 silver-green radio patrol cars to State Minister of the Interior Dr Ingo Wolf on Wednesday. The carmaker was awarded the order on the basis of a bid from Volkswagen Leasing GmbH in a Europe-wide invitation to tender. According to market estimates, every second police vehicle used in Germany including passenger cars and transporters now comes from Volkswagen.

State Minister of the Interior Dr Ingo Wolf received the symbolic vehicle key from Peter Fischer, Head of VW Sales – State Authorities and Christian Welack who is responsible for Key Account Management – Fleet Customers at Volkswagen Leasing. The minister emphasized both the favourable leasing deal and the new Passat generation's modern vehicle concept. He said the Passat was economical, comfortable and easy to operate, and exemplary in technical standards from its handling to its safety equipment.

The 1 000 Passat Estates for the North Rhine-Westphalia police are equipped with the 2.0 TDI engine (103 kW/140 PS), which combines a high torque of 320 Nm with excellent fuel economy. Together with the globally unique automatic dual clutch gearbox (DSG) the TDI represents an ideal power unit. The DSG from Volkswagen brings together the advantages of a manual and those of an automatic without any loss in economy and gear change comfort. The gear shifts cannot be felt and fuel consumption remains as low as with a manual gearbox. The TDI engine also comes with a diesel particulate filter.

The Passat Estate also features an impressive interior with excellent ergonomics, comfortable seats, even more boot space, automatic air conditioning, curtain airbag system, and other equipment details providing police officers with the best working conditions for their daily duties.

Also throughout Germany the police relies on Volkswagen, both for passenger cars and transporters. According to market estimates every second police car in Germany now carries the VW badge. In the last three years alone the Volkswagen brand has won large orders in Europe-wide invitations to tender for in total more than 9 000 police vehicles for the police forces of North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, and Berlin.

On the basis of attractive deals Volkswagen Leasing has recorded a substantially increased share of leased models from over 50 percent of vehicles delivered in 2002 to over 70 percent today.

Volkswagen Passenger Cars
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 3.064 million vehicles in more than 150 countries in 2004 (2003: 3.075) and employs more than 130 000 people worldwide. In nearly all classes, Volkswagen can offer its customers vehicles with leading technology that meet the highest requirements in design and quality. These include the Golf and the Passat, the small cars Fox and Polo and the luxury models Phaeton and Touareg.

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