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VW says get a grip with new four-wheel drive.

You no longer need to drive a controversial so-called Chelsea Tractor to enjoy the dual benefits of four-wheel drive and invincibility, thanks to Volkswagen.

The German car company has introduced a four-wheel drive version of its Golf model. Called the Golf 4Motion, it uses the Haldex system that splits power between the front and rear wheels.

This is not a new system, but Volkswagen says that in its latest use on the new Golf it is faster acting, more sensitive, quieter and more compact than that used on previous generation Golfs.

In normal driving 90 per cent of the engine's power is delivered to the front wheels with ten per cent going to the rear.

This results in characteristics similar to those of front-wheel drive vehicles, plus improved fuel efficiency compared with a permanent four-wheel drive system.

As the system senses loss of traction the Haldex transmission sends power to the wheels with the most grip.

Prices start from pounds 18,950 for the three-door petrol model.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 19, 2005
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