Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Volkswagen at the 2006 Montréal Auto Show

Text from CNW Group.
AJAX, ON, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Volkswagen Canada will unveil two brand new models at the 2006 Montreal auto show, the 200hp GTI and the Eos, a new convertible coupe which first debuted at the Geneva auto show.

The GTI best represents VW's special appeal to drivers seeking affordable German bred performance at great value. Available early in 2006 the completely redesigned "pocket rocket" now comes with a potent new 2.0 litre turbocharged powerplant with FSI technology, a new fully independent, sports-tuned suspension -- a first for the GTI -- standard six-speed manual transmission, and an understated but dynamically aggressive style outside and a practical interior that equally mixes functionality, flair and a preoccupation with a driver-first focus and layout.

Performance has been vastly improved, providing 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque the new GTI can accelerate to 100 kilometres per hour in less than 7 seconds. Along with great acceleration thanks to FSI technology the GTI also receives exceptional fuel economy 9.4 litres per 100 km in the city, and
6.9 litres per 100 km on the highway when equipped with the DSG transmission.

The Eos is Volkswagen's new convertible coupe, the world's first four seater car with a five section CSC roof. The folding hard top combines the characteristics of a coupe, sliding and convertible roof, unifying three different car concepts to form a whole. When closed, the CSC roof curves in an arc between the rear end and the windscreen, giving rise to an outstanding coupe roof which is both elegant and sporty. When the roof is open, the 4.41 meter long and 1.79 meter wide Eos also clearly reveals that it has been specifically developed as a convertible coupe.

The Eos is expected to be available in Canada later in 2006. It will be offered with the renowned 2.0T four cylinder engine*. The Eos will be launched with one high-quality equipment package expected to include ESP, safety optimized front headrests, front airbags and specially developed side head-thorax airbags, 16" alloy wheels, air conditioning, fog lights, electric windows, ambient lighting, leather covered steering wheel, gear lever knob and hand brake lever, plus sports seats. Options are expected to include features such as Dynaudio sound system with ten channel amplifier, ten loudspeakers and 600 W output and power or bi-xenon headlights with dynamic and static cornering lights*.

The Volkswagen GTI and Eos, two sporty cars which are bound to appeal to the Canadian market, particularly in Quebec.

*Information subject to change

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