VOLKSWAGEN'S NEW VAN TO MAKE FIRST APPEARANCE IN SACRAMENTO
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen's long- awaited replacement for the venerable and lovable Vanagon -- which was first produced as the Microbus in 1949 -- will be displayed for the first time in California at the Sacramento Auto Show, Thursday, Nov. 7, through Monday, Nov. 11, at the California Exhibition and State Fairgrounds.
The new generation van, named EuroVan, is bigger, better and more powerful, making it ideal for the active lifestyle of the '90s. Comparable versions of the mid-size EuroVan shown at the auto show will become available to U.S. consumers as a 1993 model in April 1992.
With front-wheel drive, better fuel economy and a full range of standard equipment and options, the EuroVan provides a versatile, spacious and fully equipped vehicle. It's Fahrvergnugen for the family.
The mid-size EuroVan is the van for all seasons -- and reasons. Available in five different models -- the CL, GL, MV, CV and RV -- the EuroVan accommodates weekend recreational or camping enthusiasts as easily as weekday family errand running. And it does so with comfort, convenience and expansive cargo and passenger space. It seats seven people and all their luggage, and is more than 35 percent larger than the average minivan. The low floor and large doors design provide ease of access and loading. The EuroVan has a 1,750-pound passenger/cargo capacity. When reduced to a 1,500-pound payload, the EuroVan can tow a 4,400-pound braked trailer.
Powered by a transverse-mounted "Broad-Torque," 2.5-liter, five-cylinder, fuel-injected, 109-horsepower engine, the EuroVan has 21 percent more power and, at 140 foot-pounds, 20 percent more torque over its predecessor. The broad torque curve of the engine is virtually flat between 2,000 and 4,000 RPM, providing excellent mid-range acceleration.
The EuroVan CL, GL, MV and CV camper have a wheelbase of 115 inches. The EuroVan RV camper stretches its wheelbase to 130.7 inches, 33.8 inches longer than the former Camper. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, with an electronically controlled, four-speed automatic available as an option.
A 21.1-gallon fuel tank, 21-mile-per-gallon EPA highway estimate, and a drag coefficient of only 0.37, mean fewer gas station stops and more Fahrvergnugen on the road, whether it's to the grocery store or the Grand Canyon. Driving range is 47 percent greater than its predecessor.
The EuroVan CL and GL seat seven; the MV seats seven and sleeps two (four with the optional pop-up top), and the standard-wheelbase CV and long-wheelbase RV campers seat six and four, respectively, and sleep four. The campers have it all, even the kitchen sink. They offer motor home independence with car-like operation.
The EuroVan offers a full range of safety features including three- point safety belts on all outboard seating positions and optional ABS brakes.
A full range of standard and optional equipment includes dual front and rear air conditioning; power steering; trailer towing equipment; power windows, mirrors and central locking system; AM/FM stereo cassette with theft-deterrent blinking light and coding system; tinted glass and cruise control.
The camper versions include a two-person bench seat that converts to a double bed; a pop-up top with double bed; central dining table; and a separate kitchen.
It's a new generation Volkswagen for transporting all generations of families.
Volkswagen's 1992 Full Line
Also on display at the Sacramento Auto Show will be Volkswagen's entire 1992 model line where German engineering, Fahrvergnugen and value are standard in cars ranging from the Passat family sedan and wagon to America's lowest-priced German-engineered car, the Fox.
The Volkswagen line consists of the Passat sedan and wagon; the 158- horsepower Corrado G60 sports coupe; a four-door Jetta line which offers three different engine sizes -- including a diesel; the GTI and GTI 16V "pocket rockets"; the Cabriolet "ragtops"; the enormously successful Golf, which has been the most popular passenger car in Europe for eight consecutive years; and the Fox, the lowest-priced European-engineered sedan in America.
Later in the 1992 model year, the Passat sedan and the Corrado sports coupe will receive VW's innovative VR6 engine.
The innovation of the VR6 is apparent the moment the hood is raised -- this six-cylinder engine fits into almost the same space as a standard four-cylinder engine. Unlike standard V6 engines, where the cylinder banks are 60 or 90 degrees apart, the VR6 cylinders are set in a zigzag fashion, angled only 15 degrees apart and all under one cylinder head. More power, less space.
For 1992, VW radios are activated via the ignition switch.
The entire VW line is covered by a comprehensive five-year/50,000- mile powertrain limited warranty; a six-year/unlimited mileage limited warranty against corrosion and rust perforation, and a two-year/24,000- mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty that covers virtually all components against defects in materials and workmanship, including light bulbs and windshield wiper blades.
/NOTE: The new EuroVan can be seen at the VW booth at the California Exposition and State Fairgrounds. CONTACT: Larry Nutson, 313-340-5054, Maria Leonhauser, 313-340-5061, or Tony Fouladpour, 313-340-5064, all of Volkswagen/ CO: Volkswagen of America ST: Michigan, California IN: AUT SU: PDT KK -- DE001 -- 1517 11/06/91 08:00 EST