VW in New Zealand

 

 

Here is a brief history of Volkswagen cars:

1930s: The Volkswagen (which means "people's car" in German) project is started in Nazi Germany under the guidance of Ferdinand Porsche. The aim was to produce a car that was affordable and accessible to the average German family.

1938: The first Volkswagen prototype, known as the KdF-Wagen, is completed.

1945: The Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany is taken over by the British military government.

1949: The first Volkswagen Beetles are imported to the United States, marking the beginning of Volkswagen's international expansion.

1950s: Volkswagen becomes a popular car brand in Europe and the United States, with the Beetle becoming an iconic car of the era.

1960s: Volkswagen expands its range with the introduction of the Karmann Ghia, Type 3, and Type 4 models.

1970s: Volkswagen introduces the Golf (also known as the Rabbit in the United States) which becomes a popular compact car in Europe and North America.

1980s: Volkswagen expands its range with the introduction of the Passat, Scirocco, and Polo models. The Passat becomes a popular mid-size car while the Scirocco is a sports car that appeals to enthusiasts.

1990s: Volkswagen introduces the New Beetle, a modern interpretation of the classic Beetle, which becomes a popular car in Europe and North America. The company also expands its range with the introduction of the Sharan MPV and the Lupo city car.

2000s: Volkswagen expands its range with the introduction of the Touareg SUV, the Phaeton luxury car, and the Eos convertible. The company also introduces the Jetta and Passat models to the Chinese market, where they become popular cars.

2010s: Volkswagen expands its range with the introduction of the Up! city car, the Tiguan SUV, and the Atlas mid-size SUV in the United States. The company also faces a major scandal related to emissions cheating, which damages its reputation and leads to significant financial penalties.

2020s: Volkswagen continues to sell a range of cars globally, with a renewed focus on electric vehicles such as the ID.3 and ID.4.

Throughout its history, Volkswagen has become known for producing cars that are reliable, practical, and accessible to a wide range of people. The company has also faced challenges such as changing market trends, economic fluctuations, and reputational issues, but has continued to innovate and adapt to remain a major player in the automotive industry.

Volkswagen cars in New Zealand

1950s: The first Volkswagen car, the Beetle, is introduced in New Zealand. The car quickly becomes popular due to its affordability and reliability.

1960s: Volkswagen launches the Kombi van in New Zealand, which becomes a popular vehicle for both commercial and personal use.

1970s: Volkswagen introduces the Golf, which becomes a popular compact car in New Zealand. The car is also produced locally at a Volkswagen factory in Otahuhu, Auckland.

1980s: Volkswagen introduces the Polo, which becomes a popular small car in New Zealand. The car is also produced locally at the Otahuhu factory.

1990s: Volkswagen introduces the Passat and the Transporter van in New Zealand. The Passat becomes a popular mid-size car while the Transporter van becomes a popular commercial vehicle.

2000s: Volkswagen introduces the Touareg SUV, the Eos convertible, and the Scirocco sports car in New Zealand. The Touareg becomes a popular luxury SUV while the Eos and Scirocco are niche models that appeal to specific markets.

2010s: Volkswagen introduces the Tiguan SUV, the Amarok ute, and the Up! city car in New Zealand. The Tiguan and Amarok become popular vehicles in their respective segments while the Up! is a niche model.

2020s: Volkswagen continues to sell a range of cars in New Zealand, including the Polo, Golf, T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Touareg, and Amarok.

Throughout its history in New Zealand, Volkswagen has faced challenges such as competition from other brands, changing market trends, and economic fluctuations. Despite these challenges, Volkswagen has maintained a loyal following in New Zealand and continues to offer a range of cars that appeal to a variety of drivers.

Volkswagen models currently sold in New Zealand:

Volkswagen Polo

·       Available engine options:

·       1.0L TSI petrol engine (70 kW / 175 Nm)

·       1.0L TSI petrol engine (85 kW / 200 Nm)

·       1.5L TSI petrol engine (110 kW / 250 Nm)

·       Available transmission options:

·       5-speed manual

·       7-speed DSG automatic

·       Fuel economy:

·       5.0-5.6 L/100 km (combined)

·       Available trim levels:

·       Polo Trendline

·       Polo Comfortline

·       Polo Highline

 

Volkswagen Golf

·       Available engine options:

·       1.4L TSI petrol engine (110 kW / 250 Nm)

·       2.0L TSI petrol engine (180 kW / 370 Nm)

·       2.0L TDI diesel engine (110 kW / 340 Nm)

·       Available transmission options:

·       6-speed manual

·       7-speed DSG automatic

·       Fuel economy:

·       5.3-7.7 L/100 km (combined)

·       Available trim levels:

·       Golf TSI Comfortline

·       Golf TSI Highline

·       Golf R

 

Volkswagen T-Cross

·       Available engine options:

·       1.0L TSI petrol engine (85 kW / 200 Nm)

·       1.5L TSI petrol engine (110 kW / 250 Nm)

·       Available transmission options:

·       6-speed manual

·       7-speed DSG automatic

·       Fuel economy:

·       5.4-6.5 L/100 km (combined)

·       Available trim levels:

·       T-Cross Life

·       T-Cross Style

 

Volkswagen T-Roc

·       Available engine options:

·       1.4L TSI petrol engine (110 kW / 250 Nm)

·       2.0L TSI petrol engine (140 kW / 320 Nm)

·       Available transmission options:

·       6-speed manual

·       7-speed DSG automatic

·       Fuel economy:

·       6.1-7.3 L/100 km (combined)

·       Available trim levels:

·       T-Roc Sport

·       T-Roc Limited

 

Volkswagen Tiguan

·       Available engine options:

·       1.4L TSI petrol engine (110 kW / 250 Nm)

·       2.0L TSI petrol engine (132 kW / 320 Nm)

·       2.0L TSI petrol engine (162 kW / 350 Nm)

·       2.0L TDI diesel engine (110 kW / 340 Nm)

·       2.0L TDI diesel engine (147 kW / 400 Nm)

·       Available transmission options:

·       6-speed manual

·       7-speed DSG automatic

·       Fuel economy:

·       5.6-7.7 L/100 km (combined)

·       Available trim levels:

·       Tiguan Trendline

·       Tiguan Comfortline

·       Tiguan Highline

·       Tiguan R-Line

 

Volkswagen Amarok

·       Available engine options:

·       3.0L TDI V6 diesel engine

·       Available transmission options:

·       6-speed manual

·       8-speed automatic