Volkswagen Magazine

2016 Paris Motor Show:

Time to Think New.

Volkswagen arrived at this year’s Paris Motor Show (October 1 to 16) fully charged and ready to change the future of mobility. ‘Think New’ was the theme, and the I.D. concept unveiled in Paris certainly lived up to that spirit.

The I.D. concept is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that signalled Volkswagen’s entry into a new era—a vehicle as revolutionary as the Beetle was seven decades ago, before it evolved into the world’s best-selling car of the century.

The concept will become the first Volkswagen to hit the market based on the new modular electrification kit (MEB), first previewed as part of the BUDD-e concept at the January 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. It promises a fully electric range of up to 600 km (372 miles), and takes just 30 minutes for an 80 percent charge. It will also be the first Volkswagen to be engineered for fully autonomous driving, available to customers from 2025.

The I.D. concept is planned for production in 2021. Volkswagen’s goal is to sell one million electric cars by 2025, and become the global market leader in electric cars. In fact, it’s the greatest change program in the company’s history—working towards a future that is smart, sustainable and affordable.

Though VW's newest electric vehicle was the talk of the show, Paris also saw the debut of the Tiguan R-Line. The R-Line is the perfect companion for an active lifestyle, and it’s packed with enough technology to make sure it’s ready for tomorrow. Look for innovative assistance systems such as Lane Assist, Semi- Automated Driving and Traffic Jam Assist for when you’re on the road, and Park Assist for when you’re not. It also offers seamless mobile phone integration and in-car Wi-Fi.

Be sure to keep an eye out for news and reviews from the LA Auto Show—there's plenty more big reveals to come. But you’ll have to wait until the next issue to get the full details.

Coming to Canada

WHEN IT COMES TO THE CANADIAN SHOWS, there’s certainly plenty of Volkswagen news to be excited about. While Montreal kicks off the action, there's plenty to look forward to at all the shows this year. Each features a unique lineup that includes selections from VW's impressive slate of SUVs, capable 4MOTION All-Wheel-Drive models and even a new electric Golf.

Innovation is at the core of what Volkswagen does, and a big part of that is finding mobility solutions that go beyond fuel-efficient design. The e-Golf that’s making its premiere in Canada this year isn’t just fuel-efficient—it’s fuel-free. And, while exciting performance isn’t something you might typically expect from an electric car, with 134 hp, 213 ft-lb of instantaneous torque, and top speeds of up to 150 km/h, electrifying performance is something you can definitely expect fromthe e-Golf. For more, see page 26.

When it comes to SUVs, there's plenty to talk about. In Montreal, look for the special reveal of an all-new mid-sized, sevenseater SUV—the Volkswagen Atlas. (More details on that exciting next issue!)

In Toronto, meanwhile, all eyes will be on the premiere of the 2018 Tiguan. The newest member of the Tiguan family gets longer (about 110 mm), lighter and even more nimble. It will feature a new drivetrain, as well as the sure-footedness of 4MOTION All-Wheel-Drive, and an Active Control System which allows drivers to choose one of four different traction modes: Normal, Snow, Off-road and Individual.

When it comes to VW’s capable and adventurous wagons, look for the exciting 2017 Golf Alltrack and the premiere of the 2017 Golf SportWagen now available with 4MOTION All-Wheel Drive at the Canadian shows. The Golf Alltrack adds a 1.8 L, 170 hp engine and more capable chassis—with generous cargo space, sporty performance and off-road ready attributes, it’s truly the perfect blend of versatility and drivability. The 2017 Golf SportWagen, meanwhile, delivers the performance of a sport car and the versatility of a people and gear hauler. Look for more details on both starting page 18.