Factory Warranty Benefits

One of which is peace of mind. For a trouble-free experience, driving a new Volkswagen is hard to beat. These are just a few of the benefits that come with our Factory Warranty.

  • Your warranty is valid at any authorised Volkswagen retailer throughout the United Kingdom - so if you discover a fault in your car during the 3 year warranty period, and it is within the mileage limit, just take it to the nearest Volkswagen retailer.
  • If you happen to be in another country, you can still take your vehicle to the nearest Volkswagen retailer - where your Factory Warranty will be recognised.
  • All Volkswagen parts replaced within your warranty period will continue to be covered throughout the warranty period.
  • You'll also receive a 2-year Accessories warranty for all genuine accessories fitted by the retailer - including radios and alarms. Should you add on any extra items, you may be charged for their removal during repairs if necessary.
  • You'll also receive a 3-year paint warranty for any manufacturing defects in the paintwork of your new car.
  • Our Body Protection warranty protects all Volkswagens against internal rust-attacks - for 12 years from the date of registration (or 6 years for Sharan models).

Article source: www.volkswagen.co.uk

APR Volkswagen Racing Cup

Launched in 2000, (and celebrating it’s tenth anniversary last year), the APR Volkswagen Racing Cup is widely regarded as the most exciting saloon car championship in the UK and for 2010 it remains the sole saloon support race in the prestigious British Formula 3/British GT Championship package.

What makes the Volkswagen Racing Cup unique?  Instead of being a ‘one-make’ championship where all the cars are indentical, we encourage as much variety of Volkswagens as possible, all racing together.

So, open to any model of racing Volkswagen, the Cup has attracted drivers of the Scirocco R, Beetle RSi, Golf GTIs, R and R32s of every generation, Jetta, Scirocco, Polo, Lupo and Bora models.

Engine usage has been as varied as car choice, with turbocharged and even turbodiesel power joining the established four and six cylinder engines. This variety of machinery, representing Volkswagens of all ages, has made for one of the most colourful and diverse grids in motorsport, and is always a real hit with spectators.

The innovative regulations put all cars into a single class based on power to weight ratios. The idea of a lightweight Polo GTI challenging a powerful V6 Beetle and a torquey Golf GTI for overall victory is a real experience for drivers, teams and spectators alike.

The double-header race format of the racing features seven weekends in the UK and Europe.  For 2012, we will be supporting the DTM German Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, plus the first ever visit to the legendary Spa Franocrchamps Grand Prix circuit in Belgium.

High standards of driving and presentation befitting a championship with manufacturer backing and television coverage are expected of all participating drivers and teams. But above all, the Volkswagen Racing Cup remains a friendly championship where team spirit and camaraderie in the paddock count for more than on-track heroics.

For more information about races and events visit our dedicated Championship website.

Article source: www.volkswagenracing.co.uk

Environment - A cleaner, greener driving future

We care as much as you do about the environment so we design our cars to have minimal impact on it at every stage: during manufacture, while on the road and at the end of their lives.

Of course, we also want you to enjoy driving your Volkswagen. That means our engineers are constantly working to produce cars that offer great performance with better fuel economy and fewer harmful emissions. Our Golf BlueMotion for example, is currently one of the most fuel efficient cars of it class, with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km thanks to its start/stop technology and regenerative braking. Click here to find out more about our BlueMotion technologies.

We also use recycled and recyclable materials where possible and the most environmentally friendly construction techniques.

A car doesn't just have an impact on the environment when it's being driven on the road. Download Viavision to see the whole story - from factory to shredder - and to understand how Volkswagen is working to minimise energy consumption, emissions and waste throughout a vehicle's life.

So when you decide to drive one of our cars you can feel you're making a choice for a better future, too.

Please visit our Mobility and sustainability website or download our mobility and sustainability report for more information on what Volkswagen are doing in the area of mobility and sustainability.

Article source: www.volkswagen.co.uk


Volkswagen presents an incredibly economic sports car capable of 100 miles per gallon - the EcoRacer. With fuel consumption as low as 3.4 litres and a maximum speed of 230 km/h this TDI powered prototype provides you with a glimpse into the next generation of fuel economic vehicles.

Its carbon-fibre body means the car weighs a mere 850 kilograms and accelerates in only 6.3 seconds to an impressive 100 km/h.

This sports car is powered by a 100 k/w turbo diesel engine of the next generation and stands for a trend setting synthesis of rock-solid economy and an abundance of sportiness.

The EcoRacer as a coupé: The bonnet, boot-lid and doors are made of CFP (Carbon-fibre plastic), as are the roof elements. The door locks of the EcoRacer open using electromechanical technology that not only release the door catch - via Keyless-Entry-and-Go system - but also swing the associated roof wings upwards on a gas-pressure damper optimising entry to and exit from the vehicle. These roof sections and the so-called T-bar, the longitudinal web between them, can be removed completely and stowed behind the seats.

The EcoRacer as a Roadster: Within a matter of minutes, the entire roof structure including the windows can be removed or converted. First, the rear hatch, the coupé rear end, is removed. At the same time, the side elements of the front wings between the front wheel and the door hinge are taken out.

The EcoRacer as a Speedster: In the final stage, the roadster can be converted to a speedster. For this, a special catch in the area of the A column is simply released, to allow the windscreen and the upper dashboard housing to be taken off. In place of this, a reduced windscreen with its own dashboard cover is inserted. The result is a speedster in its purest form.

Article source: www.volkswagen.co.uk

Volkswagen unveils the XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle in Qatar

The new Volkswagen XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle (SEV) has been unveiled at the Qatar Motor Show.  Pioneering construction techniques, an advanced plug-in hybrid drivetrain and innovative packaging all play a part in allowing the XL1 to return 313 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 24 g/km of CO2 to set a new benchmark for vehicle efficiency.

Powering the XL1 is a compact 800 cc TDI two-cylinder common rail diesel engine developing 48 PS.  It’s linked to an electric motor producing 27 PS, resulting in a total of 75 PS – a modest output yet more than enough when the low kerb weight (795 kg) of the vehicle is taken into account.

The TDI engine is linked to an electric motor and a seven-speed DSG gearbox with an automatic clutch mounted between each unit.  The electric motor can either work independently of the TDI engine or in tandem when accelerating.  In pure electric mode the XL1 can travel up to 35 km before the diesel engine cuts in.  Accelerating from rest to 62 mph can be achieved in 11.9 seconds; the electronically limited top speed is 99 mph.

In both its styling and packaging the XL1 draws on lessons learned from the 1-Litre car (2002) and the L1 concept (2009).  The XL1 has evolved to feature staggered seating with the driver and passenger placed next to each other in a body structure made from advanced new materials providing immense strength yet weighing just 230 kg.

To make such weight savings possible, and yet viable for series production, Volkswagen developed and patented a new system for the manufacture of the Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) parts on the car called the Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) process.

In total the XL1 weighs 795 kg.  In addition to the body structure, the weight is accounted for by the drivetrain (227 kg), the running gear (153 kg), the interior including a pair of bucket seats (80 kg) and the electrical system (105 kg).  In total just 23.2 per cent of the car (184 kg) is made out of either steel or iron.

Further savings are made through the extensive use of lightweight materials including magnesium (wheels), ceramics (brake discs) and aluminium (dampers, steering system, brake calipers).

The styling of the XL1 is borne out of functional requirements – easy access to the interior is granted via a pair of elegant scissor doors that hinge on the A-pillar while the profile of the car has been honed in the wind tunnel, the result being a remarkable coefficient of drag figure of 0.186.  The XL1’s overall length (3,970 mm) and width (1,682 mm) are similar to those of a Volkswagen Polo yet its height (1,184 mm) is more akin to that of a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.

Article source: www.volkswagen.co.uk

Although the XL1 is still very much a concept, its unveiling marks the next step towards the birth of a new class of Super Efficient Vehicles, while the advent of a process such as RTM is a significant milestone.