The electronic parking brake in the Tiguan replaces the conventional handbrake. It's designed to hold your parked car securely, even if the onboard electric power supply fails.



All you have to do is drive off and the brake is released automatically, preventing your car from rolling back on hill starts.



Indicator lights in the instrument cluster and in the button, plus an operating sound, tell you when the parking brake has been activated. And because the conventional handbrake lever is no longer necessary, you get more storage space between the front seats. 

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The new Golf GTD will be in Volkswagen showrooms from Monday, and customers can get behind the wheel from just £199 a month, using Solutions PCP from Volkswagen Financial Services, or from just £25,285 on the road.  What’s more, with combined fuel economy of up to 67.3 mpg, emissions as low as 109 g/km and an insurance group rating of 26E (four groups lower than the previous model), the Golf GTD is as economical to own and run as it is rapid.

Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged common rail diesel engine (TDI) with 184 PS, the Golf GTD can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 7.5 seconds, while the top speed is 142 mph.  Maximum torque – the characteristic that arguably best defines the easily accessible performance of the GTD – has risen from 350 Nm (258 lbs ft) to 380 Nm (280 lbs ft) from just 1,750 rpm. 

While the standard six-speed manual Golf GTD consumes just one gallon of fuel every 67.3 miles, even with the optional six-speed DSG fuel consumption is 62.8 mpg and CO2 emissions 119 g/km.  As evidence of the progress which Volkswagen has made over the years in combining performance and economy, when the first generation Golf BlueMotion went on sale at the end of 2007, it too returned 62.8 mpg and had CO2emissions of 119 g/km.

The Golf GTD comes with smoked LED rear lights with LED licence plate illumination, along with standard bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, chrome dual tailpipes, 18-inch ‘Nogaro’ alloy wheels with 225/40 tyres, side skirts, a rear diffuser, sports suspension and a large roof spoiler.

Distinctive GTD features distinguish the interior: along with tartan ‘Jacara Grey’ sports seats, a black roof lining, sports steering wheel, and stainless steel pedals, there is also a GTD-specific gear lever, trim strips and instrument cluster.  Standard features including progressive steering, white ambience lighting, 2Zone climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system which also includes DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.

As well as high performance, a high level of safety equipment comes as standard in the Golf GTD.  On top of high passive safety levels – thanks in part to a passenger cell made from high- and ultra-high strength steels – active safety features include the Automatic Post-Collision Braking system, a pre-crash system, Front Assist, City Emergency Braking, Automatic Distance Control, and seven airbags as standard, including one for the driver’s knees.

Optional equipment includes 19-inch ‘Santiago’ alloy wheels, ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery, keyless entry, High Beam Assist, Lane Assist, Park Assist (parking sensors are standard), a rear view camera, ACC Adaptive Chassis Control, touchscreen satellite navigation and a Dynaudio sound pack with 10-channel amplifier and eight speakers.

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The ASG is an automated manual transmission that combines excellent fuel economy with driving ease.

Just like with a conventional automatic transmission, gears can be changed automatically by switching the gear lever to the drive (D) position, but it’s also possible to change gears manually by moving the gear to the “+”or “-“ positions.

When the drive position is selected, the gear change timings will depend on driving style and acceleration speed. Because the ASG is a single-clutch gearbox (just like a manual gearbox), torque to the driving wheels must be interrupted during a gear change. This is most noticeable during maximum acceleration: a lighter throttle load produces a smoother shift.

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Crumple zones are part of the tough safety shell of our cars, helping to protect you and your passengers in the event of an accident

Our cars are designed and engineered with a range of safety features to help protect you and your passengers in any eventuality.

All our cars are built with a tough safety shell. We 'test-drive' our designs through accurate, computer-simulated accidents to make sure the safety shell stays intact when you need it to.

To further enhance your safety, we include crumple zones at the front and rear of the shell. Crumple zones are designed to absorb impact energy during a collision so that most of the energy is dissipated across these zones, and not in your passenger compartment. The strong outer shell comes with front and rear crumple zones that help to absorb the impact of a crash, increasing the safety of occupants.

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You may have seen this advert in the Goodwood Festival of Speed programme and are wondering how we determined that the XL1 was the world’s most fuel-efficient hybrid production vehicle.
In order to make this comparison, we referred to an independent, 3rd party information provider for the automotive industry – JATO*.
We ran a data set which compared the XL1’s figures for the emissions and combined fuel consumption per gallon against all production cars available between 2010 and 2013 so far. The XL1 has the lowest carbon dioxide emissions levels per km (21g/km) and the lowest combined fuel consumption (313mpg) amongst this data set.
This data set looked at excludes purely electric cars, as these are rated on different standards, and also only looks at cars in, or previously in, production across this period.
*JATO is an independent, 3rd party information provider for the automotive industry. They pride themselves on delivering “the world’s most accurate and up-to-the minute automotive intelligence”. The data that they test is subject to approval by UK authorities but is taken directly from publications made by manufacturers.

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