Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has launched an online showroom for Malaysians wanting to purchase a Volkswagen.
This is in response to the Government’s Movement Control Order where all Volkswagen dealerships nationwide are closed to ensure the safety of customers as well as its employees.
With the concept of bringing a ‘dealership’ right to the customer’s fingertip, the Volkswagen eShowroom offers special online deals to car buyers who have had to put their Volkswagen purchase on hold. Additionally, these exclusive deals are also available on its flagship store on Lazada.
Erik Winter, Managing Director of VPCM agrees with the Government’s efforts to flatten the curve. “The safety of our customers and employees are our top priority and it is crucial that we each play our part in overcoming this global pandemic.
The Volkswagen eShowroom was created to offer our customers an alternative solution for those still interested in purchasing a Volkswagen during this Movement Control Order, with attractive deals which we believe will ease the purchasing process for our customers.”
For the month of April, the Volkswagen eShowroom and official flagship store on Lazada offers additional savings and greater deals on the models as listed below:
To take advantage of the savings, customers just need to visit the Volkswagen eShowroom and follow four simple steps:
Step 1: Browse deals and select your preferred model.
Step 2: Fill in the online reservation form.
Step 3: Select your preferred Volkswagen dealership and submit the form.
Step 4: Wait for a verification call from the Volkswagen Customer Care personnel.
Step 1: Browse deals and click ‘buy now’ on your preferred model.
Step 2: Make a payment of 1% booking fee to secure the deal.
Step 3: Receive an order confirmation via email from Lazada.
Step 4: A Volkswagen Customer Care personnel will contact you for verification and for your preferred dealership selection.
Once the verification process is complete, the customer’s preferred dealership will be in touch to finalise the booking. Registration and delivery of the vehicle will take place once the MCO period is over.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is presenting for the first time the e-BULLI, an all-electric vehicle that produces zero emissions on the road.
Equipped with the drive system components of the latest Volkswagen electric vehicles, the concept vehicle is based on a T1 Samba Bus produced in 1966 and comprehensively restored.
The stage for the world premiere was to have been Techno Classica 2020. As it has been postponed, VWCV is now presenting it virtually. An important message for all fans of the Bulli and of electric mobility: the combination of high-end classic and high-tech electric vehicle will be available to buy for real. VWCV partner eClassics is planning to offer T1 conversions and T1 complete vehicles in the style of the new e-BULLI.
It started with the seemingly audacious idea of switching an historic Bulli over to a drive system producing zero emissions on the road in order to bring it in line with the challenges of a new era. To this end VWCV engineers and designers formed a team along with drive system experts from Volkswagen Group Components and the eClassics company, which specialises in electric car conversions. As the basis for the future e-BULLI the team chose a T1 Samba Bus produced in Hannover in 1966, which prior to its conversion spent half a century on the roads of California.
One thing was certain from the start: the e-BULLI was to be a T1 that utilises the Volkswagen Group’s latest electric drive system components. This plan has now been realised with the e-BULLI. The vehicle serves as an example of the great potential that this concept offers.
The 32 kW (44 PS) four-cylinder boxer engine gave way in the e-BULLI to a silent Volkswagen electric motor delivering 61 kW (83 PS). The comparison of the engines’ power output alone makes it very evident that the concept vehicle has completely new drive characteristics, as the electric motor is almost twice as powerful as the boxer.
What’s more, with maximum torque of 212 Nm, the new drive provides more than twice the force of the original T1 engine from 1966 (102 Nm). The maximum torque is also – as is typical for electric motors – immediately available. And that changes everything.
Never before has there been an ‘official’ T1 as powerful as this e-BULLI. New in this form, it thus becomes a silent cruiser that combines the fascination of a zero-emission drive system with the incomparable style of a classic Bulli.
Power transmission is by means of a 1-speed gearbox. The drive system is coupled with the gear lever, which is now positioned between driver and front passenger seat. The automatic transmission’s selector settings (P, R, N, D, B) are shown next to the lever.
In position B the driver can vary the degree of recuperation, i.e. of energy recovery when braking. The e-BULLI reaches a top speed of 130 km/h (electronically limited). With the original drive system the T1 managed a top speed of 105 km/h.
Just like the boxer engine of the 1966 T1, the combination of gearbox and electric motor integrated in the back of the 2020 e-BULLI drives the rear axle.
A lithium-ion battery is responsible for supplying the electric motor with power. The battery’s usable energy capacity is 45 kWh. Customised for the e-BULLI in collaboration with eClassics, a power electronics system in the back of the vehicle controls the high-voltage energy flow between the electric motor and the battery and in the process converts the stored direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC). In addition, the on-board electronics are supplied with 12 volts via a so-called DC/DC converter.
All of the electric drive system’s standard parts are being made by Volkswagen Group Components in Kassel. Added to this come the lithium- ion modules designed at the Braunschweig components site.
They are transferred by eClassics into a battery system appropriate for the T1. As in the new ID.3 and future ID.BUZZ, the high-voltage battery is housed centrally in the vehicle floor. This layout lowers the e-BULLI’s centre of gravity and thus improves its driving characteristics.
Compared to the T1, riding in the e-BULLI feels completely different. This is further enhanced by the chassis, which has also been redesigned: multi-link front and rear axles with adjustable shock absorbers and coilover struts, plus a new rack-and-pinion steering system and four internally ventilated disc brakes contribute to the new dynamic handling being transferred to the road with serene poise.
In parallel with the new electric drive system, an interior concept has been created for the e-BULLI that is both stylish and avant-garde. The new look and corresponding technical solutions were developed by the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles design centre in cooperation with VWCV Vintage Vehicles and the Communications department.
The designers modernised the exterior of the iconic vehicle with great sensitivity and finesse, including giving it a two-tone paintwork finish in ‘Energetic Orange Metallic’ and ‘Golden Sand Metallic MATTE’. It is details such as the new round LED headlamps with daytime running lights, via which the transformation into the modern era is outwardly communicated. On the outside at the rear there are also LED charge indicators. They signal to a driver walking up to the e-BULLI how much charge the lithium-ion battery still has even before they reach the vehicle.
The cockpit too has been sensitively modernised. The new speedometer is based on the original, while a two-digit display integrated into it creates a link to the modern era. This digital display in the otherwise analogue speedometer provides the driver with a variety of information, including range.
LEDs also indicate whether, for instance, the parking brake is on or the charging connector is plugged in. There is a small but lovely detail in the centre of the speedometer: a stylised Bulli symbol. A multitude of further information is shown via a tablet integrated into the roof console.
Via Volkswagen ‘We Connect’ the e-BULLI driver can also call up information online by smartphone app or via a PC and a corresponding web portal such as on remaining charge time, current range, kilometres travelled, trip times, energy consumption and recuperation.
Music on board comes from an authentic-looking retro-style radio, which, however, is equipped with cutting edge technology such as DAB+, Bluetooth and USB. The radio is linked to a sound system with out-of-sight components, including an active subwoofer.
It is the
month of love, and this
Valentine’s Day, Volkswagen Malaysia is playing Cupid with an exciting new
social media campaign, “Score a Fling“.
The campaign will run from the 9th till 29th February
2020, and offers participants the chance to win a 3D/2N weekend fling at the
luxurious W Hotel Kuala Lumpur and a Volkswagen model to drive around during
“Score a Fling“ is inspired by the dating app Tinder, where
users swipe left or right to like or dislike. Participants only needs to select
their favourite Volkswagen model and once matched, a flirtatious chatbot takes
The chatbot will then invite users to ‘impress‘ it with a
pick-up line, and to select a preferred Volkswagen dealer to test drive their
selected model. Providing a catchy pick-up line and completing the test drive
will place the participant in the running for the ultimate weekend fling. The
lucky winner will be announced in March via Volkswagen’s social platforms.
Additionally as part of the “Score a Fling“ campaign,
Volkswagen is also offering overnight test drives for those interested during
the campaign period.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has launched the new Passat 2.0TSI Elegance in Malaysia, four months after its German market launch in September.
A refreshed front and rear profile distinguish the new Passat from its previous iteration, while other distinctions include the “Passat” lettering stretched across its rear and bold 18-inch “Liverpool” alloy wheels.
Adding to its character is a redesigned lighting signature – an all-LED headlight system, front and rear sequential turn signals and a three-wing tail light design – completing the overall look of this global bestseller.
Inside, the new Passat comes with an assortment of new materials and decorative design elements that provide the cabin with a luxurious and stylish ambience.
Updates include newly-designed door trims, 30-colour ambient lighting, and a new leather multi-function steering wheel with new ergonomic multifunction button for convenience and connectivity at the touch of a button.
Comfort is a priority, and the new Passat is decked in supple leather seats and 12-way driver electric seat with 3-zone Climatronic air-conditioning system for all passengers. New to the list is a power-operated roll up rear sunshades.
Under the hood, the new Passat is powered by a new 2.0TSI turbocharged engine paired with a new and improved 7-speed wet clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG) that produces an impressive output of 190PS and a torque of 320Nm.
New safety features include Side Assist with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, complete with 180- degree detection range of up to 50 metres. While on the road, the new Passat’s Blind Spot Monitoring System keeps the car secure in its lane with a detection range of up to 70 metres.
An added convenience is the new Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, with integrated sensors on all four tyres to monitor individual pressure readings based on user preference.
Other safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist (BA), Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) as well as Hill-hold Control, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and Proactive Passenger Protection System.
The new Passat Elegance is available in six colours and two finishes. Metallic colours are Aquamarine Blue, Manganese Grey, Reflex Silver and Tamarind Brown, while pearl-effect colours are Deep Black and a new Oryx White. Pearl-effect colours are available without any additional surcharge to the overall price of the new Passat.
The new Passat Elegance is priced at RM187,990, and for a limited time only is offered with free 1-year insurance. The first 50 owners of the new Passat Elegance will also receive a complimentary pair of TVR (Total Vintage Revival) sunglasses worth RM1,890.
Last month Porsche unveiled their all new 935 during the “Rennsport Reunion” motorsport event at Laguna Seca Raceway in California. Featuring a body evoking the legendary Porsche 935/78, the 935 is a race car you would want to drive in the track. Nonetheless, it isn’t car you can just drive on the road from your garage to the track. After all, the 935 is a track-only race car and can’t be driven legally on the road.
So how will owners of the 935 get their race cars from their home to the track? The solution is here and has been solved using a sexy looking transporter, which happens to be large enough to accommodate more than one race car.
Created by Igor Shikitov, an automotive designer from Moscow, Russia, this “Volkswagen Renntransporter” is a just a concept for now and we are quite sure Volkswagen is working on it as Porsche is part of the Volkswagen Group.