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Geneva International Motor Show 2019

Volkswagen showcases product innovations.

The 89th International Motor Show will be taking place in Geneva from March 7–17. Brands such as Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Porsche will be in attendance to showcase their latest products. A project team of 20 people worked on the exhibition for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand for over a year, with many other specialists also getting involved. The highlights of the stand, which spans over 3,000 square meters, include the Passat facelift, the T-Roc R, the Touareg V8 TDI, and the ID. Buggy concept. inside gives us a closer look at these vehicles.

The latest Passat facelift is one of the many showcases appearing at the Geneva International Motor Show. The update to the mid-range model from Volkswagen features a number of on-board innovations. These include the new infotainment system, which ensures the vehicle is always online as required. The additional assistance systems promise even greater safety, while the plug-in hybrid Passat GTE1 can rely on its electric operation to stay on the road even longer going forward.

Sporty SUV celebrates its premiere: Performance for road and racetrack.

Volkswagen presents a true sports car at the Geneva International Motor Show: Boasting 221 kW / 300 bhp, the T-Roc R concept is almost ready for production and is the most powerful derivative of the crossover series launched in 2017. It accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds. The R model also stands out visually. The newly designed grille features the obligatory “R” motif. Chrome-effect mirror caps, black grained and slightly flared wheel arches, and the black brake calipers, emphasize the car’s sporty ambitions from the get go.

According to Nicolas Förster (product spokesperson for the T-Roc R): “The new T-Roc R was developed and tested by Volkswagen R. Volkswagen plant driver Benjamin Leuchter supported us with his racing driver expertise with the result being a vehicle that boasts real performance.” The four-cylinder TSI engine with a cubic capacity of 2.0 liters provides 221 kW and a torque of 400 Nm.

It also features sports suspension to ensure optimum grip on the road. The standard progressive steering provides a decisive contribution to the vehicle’s agile handling. The available driving profiles also include a special Race mode to facilitate an exceptionally sporty driving experience. The Launch Control guarantees traction-optimized acceleration for maximum performance on the road.

Sporty design: Bumper and double-flow exhaust system.

The Volkswagen T-Roc R’s exterior serves to emphasize its sporty characteristics. According to Förster, “we have specially designed an R-specific front bumper for the SUV in the same color as the vehicle. Large air intakes allow the engine to really breathe.” The rear also features bumpers in the same color as the car itself, including aesthetic air outlets and a contrasting diffuser. The left and right double-flow exhaust systems are reserved for the R model. The vehicle is fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels as standard.

"Our vehicle boasts real performance"

Nicolas Förster, Product spokesperson

Offering the necessary support: Sports seats with R logo.

Customers can also request body paint in Lapiz Blue Metallic, which is exclusive to R models. There is even the option to combine a contrasting black roof with all available color variants. According to Förster, "the sporty design also continues inside. The stainless-steel sills bear the R logo and the motif can also be found embroidered on the backrest of the sports seats. These seats feature a semi-integrated headrest, which combines with the backrest to form a continuous surface. In combination with the side walls on display, the seats give the driver the support they need to pull off sporty maneuvers in the T-Roc R."

Additional individuality is provided by optional extras such as leather upholstery, the exclusive R interior paint finish, and 19-inch light-alloy wheels with 235/40 R19 tires.

The new flagship of the Volkswagen brand celebrates its world premiere in Geneva in the form of the Touareg V8 TDI. With a capacity of 310 kW/421 bhp, this is the most powerful diesel SUV made by a German manufacturer. The maximum torque reaches the level of sports cars: 900 newton meters. The SUV reaches a top speed of 250 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. Like all Touareg models, the V8 version complies with the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. The Touareg V8 TDI will be launched at the end of May.

In addition to sportiness and dynamics, the V8 TDI also offers premium aesthetics. Buyers can choose between the standard design packages of “Elegance” and “Atmosphere.” “Elegance” features a technical interior dominated by metal finishes and cool colors. “Atmosphere” offers a warm interior characterized by wood features and natural tones. The seats and door panels in both versions are finished in leather as standard.

The interior of the Touareg V8 TDI is characterized by screens with digital display and control elements, tanned leather, as well as aluminum and chrome details. Most notable of all is the use of wood. Taking the “Atmosphere” design package as an example, the entire width of the dashboard is spanned by a narrow curved beam of wood – a single piece of ash that follows the shape of the dashboard.

Unlike the models with V6 engines, the Touareg V8 TDI also comes with air suspension, an electrically opening and closing trunk lid, comfortable seating, an anti-theft warning system, stainless-steel pedals, and the “Light & Visibility” package as standard. In addition, the V8 will be released with 19-inch “Tirano” alloy wheels instead of 18-inch wheels.

The product range also includes state-of-the-art assistance and chassis systems. Additional security is afforded by the night vision support, which uses a thermal imaging camera to detect people and animals in the dark. There is even a “traffic jam and roadworks assistant” that enables semi-automated steering and lane-keeping, accelerating, and braking up to 60 km/h.

This year sees Bugatti celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Volkswagen Group’s sports car brand by releasing a special model. The Geneva International Motor Show is where the Alsatians will be presenting the Chiron Sport4 “110 Ans Bugatti,” which is limited to a run of just 20 vehicles. The vehicle underlines the French origin of the luxury brand.

The Chiron Sport boasts 1,500 bhp and is capable of top speeds of 420 km/h.

Sandblasted and hand polished: The fuel cap of the Chiron Sport “110 Ans Bugatti.”

The anniversary vehicle features two colors: “Steel Blue” matt to the rear of the vehicle and “Steel Blue Carbon” to the front. The sandblasted and hand-polished aluminum fuel filler cap is adorned with the “110 Ans Bugatti” logo engraved into the bodywork. Another visual highlight is the French national flag, which features at several points on the body and in the interior.

Since 1909, Bugatti has developed into one of the most fascinating names in automotive history. The Bugatti legend was brought to life by the company’s founder Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean, whose designs and constructions sought the perfect synthesis of art and technology. The brand has been part of the Volkswagen Group since 1998.

Tricolore: Bugatti emphasizes its French origin.

Concept based on the modular electric drive toolkit

Fully electric and based on the MEB: The ID. Buggy concept.

A real crowd pleaser: Volkswagen presents the electric ID. Buggy at the International Motor Show in Geneva. The concept is inspired by the popular US beach buggies and based on the Beetle chassis. The new edition is based on the modular electric drive toolkit (MEB).

“A buggy is more than just a car. It’s an automotive lifestyle. And this is reflected in the new ID. Buggy, which embodies a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic. But above all, it shows the emotional side of electromobility,” says Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer for the Volkswagen brand.

Like its predecessors that were popular until the 1980s, the electric buggy does without a fixed roof and conventional doors. In addition, the free-standing wheels with off-road tires and open side skirts are also reminiscent of the classic design.

The new MEB-based concept shows that the all-electric platform isn’t just for mass production models. Customized small series are also possible.

"A buggy is more than just a car. It’s an automotive lifestyle"

Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer for the Volkswagen brand

Components Presents Flexible Charging Station

Volkswagen Group Components looks forward to its first trade fair appearance in Geneva – series production starts in Hannover in 2020.

First trade fair appearance for the new Group Components brand: The Components division is presenting its flexible fast-charging station, which is an in-house development, to an international audience at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 5–17. The charging station can also be seen before the trade show opens, at Volkswagen’s “Group Night” on the eve of the first press day. The Geneva event is one of the world’s biggest automobile trade shows, attracting around half a million visitors each year.

Flexible charging stations also attracted attention at Volkswagen Passenger Cars’ Sustainability Workshop on 15 February in Dresden. Thomas Tiedje from Components Development briefed around 70 journalists on the charging station: “With the flexible fast-charging station we are making a significant contribution to the topic of sustainability in e-mobility. On the one hand, we are making it possible to charge electric vehicles quickly and effectively. On the other hand, we are developing solutions for recycling, for the second life, of the batteries,” says Tiedje. Under the new battery strategy, Components is taking on overall responsibility for batteries.

Flexible charging station: The future product was on display in Dresden recently – and is making its first trade show appearance in Geneva.

"The charging station is a good example of how we are shaping change in Components"

Thomas Schmall, CEO of Components

CEO of Components Thomas Schmall: “Components can, with its flexible charging station, make a major contribution to the development of charging infrastructure as a whole. Series production is starting in Hanover in 2020, and the pilot project will be launched in Wolfsburg this summer. The charging station is a good example of how we are shaping change in Components.” As part of a management info event and the first press briefing by Group Components in Salzgitter last month, Components also presented the flexible charging station to the public – and received an enthusiastic response.