Volkswagen Philippines displays its CC, Caddy, Golf GTI Oettinger Edition and accessorized units of its top-of-the-line cars at the 6th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) from September 14 to 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
Mr. JP Orbeta, President and CEO of VW Philippines said, “The Philippine automotive industry is incessantly growing. With the support of the government and private sectors, I am confident that the local automotive business is bound for even greater success. And I am happy to announce that Volkswagen Philippines is aligned in this economic trend as our sales is growing and our dealership network is expanding. From the five dealer facilities when we first joined PIMS in 2014, we now have eight across the Philippines, with the addition of Volkswagen in Pampanga, Iloilo, and Bacolod.”
Volkswagen’s highlight display for this edition of the PIMS is the CC, the four-door comfort coupe. The CC held its premiere in 2008 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and is the latest iteration of a successful line of sports and saloon coupes from Volkswagen dating back to 1955. The CC showcases in pure white combines the luxurious styling of an executive sedan with the sleek design of a sports coupé. It is powered by a 2.0 4-cylinder Turbo Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine with Start/Stop System. The 177 Ps of power it is able to generate is managed by a 6-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) transmission system.
The CC’s safety and ride technologies feature eight Airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP), Engine Drag Torque Control, Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) with Drive Profile Selection, Electronic Differential Lock (XDS), and a Driver Alert System.
Interior amenities include 12-way electric driver seat with memory, massage and Active Climate function, and 12-way electric passenger seat with Active Climate function.
Also making its Philippine debut is the Caddy, Volkswagen’s own take on the mini-van segment. First introduced in North America in 1980 and in Europe in 1982, the Caddy is now on its 3rd generation of production, and through the years has collected its fair share of awards. The Caddy in reflex silver is powered by a 2.0 TDI engine mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission system, generating 140 Ps of power.
The Caddy comes with four airbags, an Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP), Hill Hold Control, Cruise Control, and 4Motion 4-wheel drive.
This mini-van offers flexible seating configurations as well as generous cargo space.
Golf GTI Oettinger Edition
In the local absence of the legendry Scirocco, the award winning Golf GTi will temporarily take its throne in the performance segment of VW. With its already muscular look, the Golf makes an even bolder statement with the famed Oettinger kit. “OETTINGER who?” You may ask.
For over 60 years now the name OETTINGER has stood for professional tuning. Long experience and innovative developments have made OETTINGER a renowned tuner for vehicles from Audi, Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda worldwide. It is but logical that Volkswagen Philippines get OETTINGER modifications for their Golf. This special Golf GTI on display makes an even bolder statement with an Oettinger kit (front spoiler, front splitter, side skirt set, 4-pipe rear skirt insert with diffuser, roof spoiler, and 4-pipe rear muffler), in menacing Matte Black Bodywrap, and mounted on a set of humongous 19-inch twine spoke rims with 225/40 tires.
However, the most integral part of this Golf, is the engine, a 2.0 TSI (Turbo Stratified Injection) engine with 220 Ps of power, mated to the 6-speed DSG transmission system and sports-tuned suspension. Its ready to mingle with supercars and other hyper modified cars in its class, and maybe, teach them a lesson in VW diplomacy.
This Volkswagen icon takes on a modern twist for the auto show. The simple, straightforward, classic quality of the Beetle in oryx white mother of pearl is highlighted with trim foils, 19-inch tornado black gloss alloy rims and 225/40 tires.
The Beetle offers modern amenities, with a twin-charged 1.4 TSI engine that generates 160 Ps and 7-speed DSG transmission system.
The 2.0-liter TDI Jetta sedan in DSG transmission is known for above-average legroom, fold-down rear backrests, and its 510-liter cargo space, and stands out in its class for its simple elegance and comfort.
The Jetta on display at the auto show features a spoiler kit and 18-inch titanium alloy Karthoum rims in 225/40 tires.
The 5th generation Polo comes in as a favorite of young professionals and car lovers who value superior build quality and driving pleasure. These features are enhanced when a copper orange-colored Polo Hatchback is displayed sporting a set of 17-inch Motorsports (Anthracite) alloy rims.
The Polo Hatchback is powered by a 1.6-liter multi-point injection (MPI) gasoline engine that generates 105 Ps, maximum torque of 153 Nm, and mated to a 6-speed AT.
Tiguan Business Edition
The compact SUV Tiguan gets its own dress-up for the show with the Savannah 19-inch Mistral Anthracite alloy rims and 255/40 tires. The 2.0 TDI AT Business Edition in pepper gray metallic features the 4Motion permanent 4-wheel drive system.
The Tiguan engine generates 140 Ps, maximum torque of 320 Nm and mated to a 6-speed AT.
Touareg Sport Edition
The Touareg Sport Edition in deep black pearl highlights all the strengths of this premium SUV both as a luxury ride and as an off-roader. The Touareg is powered by the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder TDI engine that delivers 245 Ps with maximum torque of 550 Nm and mated to an 8-speed AT.
The Touareg is also equipped with a permanent 4Motion 4-wheel drive with air suspension, offering a high level of ride comfort.
“Sabel sa Beetle”
An interesting sidelight of the 6th PIMS is the vintage Beetle on display at the motorshow’s heritage section at the World Trade Center lobby. The art masterpiece comes straight from the Museo Orlina in Tagaytay City, where multi-award-winning glass sculptor Ramon Orlina holds a permanent exhibit of his works spanning four decades. The model 1974 “Sabel sa Beetle” was transformed into a handpainted artwork by no less than Orlina’s close friend, National Artist Benedicto “Ben Cab” Cabrera. The “Sabel sa Beetle” represents the artist’s love affair with the automotive icon, which started in the 1960s when his mother gave him a Beetle as a gift for earning his architectural degree in UST.
Photos by Neil Pagulayan