Volkswagen Golf GTI: Sporting Icon Zooms In With Top Notch VW Performance PartsWritten by Jenny McLane
The 2005 Volkswagen GTI is a 2-door, 5-passenger sports coupe, available in two trims, 1.8T and VR6. The new GTI boasts a top speed of 145mph and will hit 62mph from rest in just 7.2 seconds on six-speed manual version combining for first time FSI technology with a turbo charger. This unique combination also gives added benefit of excellent fuel consumption for a hot hatch, averaging 35mpg.
The Golf is available in four models: GL and GLS in two door or four door configurations. Both trims can be equipped with either a 1.9L 100 horsepower turbo diesel engine or a 2.0L 115 horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Available options on all models include an OnStar Telematics Communication System, electronic stability traction control, and port-installed six-disc compact disc changer and front and rear mudguards. The Cold Weather Package, available only on GLS models only, includes heated front seats and windshield washer nozzles. A Monsoon sound system comes standard on all GLS model.
Overall length increases by 2.3 inches, it's wider by one inch and it's taller by 1.5 inches. Underneath sheet metal is an all-new suspension with a strut-type front and multilink rear layout combined with electromechanical steering. The GTI is powered by a turbo charged version of 2.0 litre petrol engine first seen in Audi A3 Sportback. It has six-speed manual gearbox or DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) clutchless sequential shift set-up.
Volkswagen Passat with Nokia Blue Tooth Technology: VW Aftermarket and Replacement PartsWritten by Jenny McLane
Volkswagen is first automaker to offer its customers a factory-fitted automotive communication solution that supports Bluetooth SIM Access Profile. The handset integration product provides compatibility with a wide range of mobile phones from various manufacturers. A mobile phone holder is also offered as an option for users who wish to charge their phone in car.
The Nokia Car Phone with Bluetooth Technology for VW Passat is set for launch in Europe and Asia in 2nd quarter 2005."For first time, an automaker is offering a communication solution using Bluetooth SIM Access Profile that is factory-fitted in vehicle. This represents an important engineering achievement: we have taken a further step toward universality and factory-installed, integrated communication solutions. The user can now take advantage of wide-ranging compatibility with a large number of mobile phones without having to rely on aftermarket solutions", says Marcus Stahl, General Manager Nokia Automotive.
The Nokia Car Phone with Bluetooth Technology can access SIM card of compatible mobile phone and log onto GSM network. As soon as user gets out of car or presses a certain button on his mobile phone, receiving mode is deactivated and mobile phone automatically logs back onto mobile network. The VW Passat's Nokia Blue Tooth includes key functions such as radio mute and downloading of phonebook entries from compatible mobile phones via Bluetooth wireless technology, as well as additional basic functions such as voice dial, taking and ending calls, and redial.