Volkswagen introduces two new models at the 2008 Canadian International Auto Show



    AJAX, ON, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Volkswagen Canada is pleased to announce the
Canadian debut of two new production vehicles at the 2008 Canadian
International Auto Show in Toronto. The first of these new models is the 2009
Passat CC, which was first introduced to the world at the 2008 North American
International Auto Show in Detroit last month. The second is the 2009 Routan,
which made its North American debut last week at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show.
    The Passat CC is an evocative new coupe-like design with sedan access and
functionality. The CC features a muscular shoulder line, which visually
connects the front wheel wells to the taillights, providing an emotional and
expressive stance. It will come standard in Canada with the 2.0T engine,
producing 200 horsepower and 207 lbs.-ft of torque, and matched to either a
standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission with
Tiptronic(TM) mode. Available as an option is a 3.6L 6 cylinder engine, with
280 horsepower and 266 lbs.-ft of torque. The 3.6L model comes equipped
exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and 4Motion
all-wheel drive.
    With an unmistakable front-end, the grille sports two cross-struts and a
centrally placed Volkswagen logo between trapezoidal headlamps. In the lower
area, three large air inlets and integrated turn signals and fog lights
dominate the visual image. An indicator of the CC's excellent overall
aerodynamic qualities, it boasts a drag coefficient of only 0.29. The rear end
is also marked by large-surface dual taillights, which produce an unmistakable
visual image, day and night. A rear spoiler - styled into the trunk lid -
tames air turbulence and, like its counterpart at the front end, supplies
greater down force. The large rear window continues the roof line, extending
into the short but high-opening trunk lid. The styling makes the window appear
even larger and the trunk lid even smaller. It extends the look of the glass
and underscores the dynamic character of the CC.
    Newly developed for the CC is an electrically actuated Panorama power
vent sunroof. The transparent roof is 29.5 inches long and 44 inches wide,
covering the entire front area up to the B pillar. Volkswagen's attention to
detail is further exemplified in the interior of the Passat CC with four
ergonomically formed seats with available climate control, new instruments,
new door trim, new radio and navigation system and a unique multi-spoke
steering wheel. The rear seats offer ergonomically optimized lateral support
on the sides of the seatbacks and seat surfaces and optional heated seats will
be available.
    The 2009 Passat CC will be available in the Canadian market this fall.
The prices will be announced as we get closer to launch, however it will be
positioned at a premium over Passat.
    The 2009 Routan, an all-new seven-passenger minivan, delivers the best of
both worlds: a vehicle that offers European design, fit, finish, and driving
dynamics, combined with market relevant features offering outstanding value to
the Canadian consumer. The vehicle is instantly recognizable as a member of
the Volkswagen family, with its stylized front grille and exterior treatments.
The interior enhancements create an environment that is visually pleasing,
modern, and meticulously detailed. While pleasing and contemporary, the
interior also follows the traditional Volkswagen design philosophy that form
follows function. Second row captain's chairs offer a level of luxury and
comfort while still providing the convenience of a traditional minivan, with
over 32.7 cubic feet available behind the third row seats and a full 83 cubic
feet available behind the second row.
    The Routan will come standard with a 3.8L V6, providing 197 hp and
230 lb. ft. of torque, and will be available with an optional 4.0L V6 with
power ratings of 253 hp and 263 lb. ft. of torque. Both engines are mated to a
standard six-speed automatic transmission. Also featured on this vehicle is a
European tuned suspension and steering optimized for handling and improved
driving dynamics. Standard all-season traction control and ESP, brings safety
and security to all occupants.

    
    The Routan offers a host of desirable features, including:

    -   Conversation Mirror

    -   Rear seat entertainment system with two 9 inch screens for second and
        third row, wireless headsets, and remote control

    -   Dual power sliding doors with power windows

    -   Touch screen navigation with thirty gigabyte hard drive

    -   Power lift gate with flood lamp

    -   And no less than thirteen cup holders
    

    The Routan will be built for Volkswagen in Windsor, Ontario, and will be
positioned to compete in the import minivan segment. Pricing will be announced
closer to the fall launch.
    John White, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., said: "We
are very excited about these two new additions to our vehicle line-up. The
Passat CC, with its expressive and incredibly appealing design, as well as the
Canadian-built Routan minivan, an entry into a significant market, will surely
contribute to our success in Canada."

    Founded in 1952, Volkswagen Canada is headquartered in Ajax, Ontario. It
is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and
Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the City Golf, City Jetta,
Rabbit, GTI, New Beetle, Jetta, Passat, Eos, and Touareg 2 through more than
130 independent Canadian dealers.




For further information:

For further information: Patrick Saint-Pierre, (905) 428-5858,
Patrick.Saint-Pierre@vw.com

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