From Left: First VP Shanghai Volkswagen, Mr. David Powels, AC President and COO, Mr. Fernando Zobel De Ayala, President and CEO of AC Industrials, Mr. Arthur Tan, COO Volkswagen Philippines, Mr. Klaus D. Schadewald,

Volkswagen Philippines recently unveiled five new models, to add to their automotive arsenal, redefining how the world-renowned German marque in the Philippines will develop and expand its local presence.

Tiguan and the Santana GTS
The Santana, Lavida and the Lamando

Ayala Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer Fernando Zobel de Ayala led the unveiling ceremony by driving one of the highlight vehicles onto the stage – the Santana MPI M/T Trendline. Other models introduced were the Lavida 230 TSI DSG Comfortline, the Tiguan 280 TSI DSG Comfortline, the Santana GTS MPI A/T Comfortline, and the Lamando 280TSI DSG Highline.

Ayala Corporation President and COO, Fernando Zobel De Ayala driving the Santana onstage

Mr. Zobel De Ayala stated, “These newest car models are the latest expressions of the Volkswagen tradition of world-class, superior German craftsmanship passed on from generation to generation. They represent the kind of craftsmanship, engineering, and design that Volkswagen is known for—and that has endeared Volkswagen to Filipinos as one of the premier European automotive brands in the country.”

He added, “The Tiguan, Lamando, Lavida, Santana GTS, and the Santana represent additional, superior options for the Filipino motoring public. Whether you’re a successful professional, an outdoorsman, or someone looking to invest in a functional and stylish car for your family, there is a Volkswagen vehicle for you.”

Volkswagen has been a top performer in the China market for the past few years, and the five models are the top performers; with sales up to thousands of units. It was only logical to bring in the five models to the Philippine shores. The Santana, a 1.4 liter, manual tranny sedan is obviously the star of the lineup; its introductory price of Php 686,000, is the lowest being offered by VW, and its competitively priced against its counterparts of its class. Truly, a sedan worthy of the “people’s car” badge.

Shanghai Volkswagen First Vice President David Powels

According to Shanghai Volkswagen First Vice President David Powels in his welcome remarks, “Volkswagen continues to be a strong brand worldwide and even the number one choice for car buyers in many markets, offers these five new models as being “tailor made” for Asian customers. In fact, these five models have had notable successes in China, the world’s biggest and most competitive automotive market.”

Beyond the vehicles’ value-for-money specifications, features, and the warranties and PMS intervals, the five new models unveiled open new chapters to the continuously evolving relationship between Filipinos and Volkswagen, making the world-class auto brand much more accessible than ever to the Filipino car-buying public.

AC Industrials President and CEO Arthur Tan

This unique, cross-generational relationship between Volkswagen and the Filipino was highlighted when AC Industrials President and CEO Arthur Tan took to the stage before the formal unveiling to address guests and the media. He stressed that the new models would undoubtedly add to the growing heritage of the Volkswagen brand in the Philippines, helping Volkswagen continue to be an integral part of the Filipino culture, crossing over many generations and economic classes.

The VW Lamando

  • 1.4 Liter TurboStratified Injection (TSI) engine with Blue Motion Technology
  • 7-speed Automatic Transmission

The VW Lavida

  • 1.4 Liter Turbo Stratified Injection (TSI) Engine with Blue Motion Technology
  • 7-speed Automatic Transmission
  • 130Ps at 5000rpm, 225 Nm of Torque at 1400 rpm

The VW Santana

  • 1.4 Liter Multi Point Injection (MPI) Engine
  • 5-speed Manual Transmission
  • 90Ps at 5000rpm, 132 Nm of Torque at 3800 rpm

The VW Santana GTS

  • 1.5 Liter Multi Point Injection (MPI) Engine
  • 6-speed Automatic Transmission
  • 130Ps at 5000rpm, 225 Nm of Torque at 1400 rpm

The VW Tiguan

  • 1.4 Liter Multi Point Injection (MPI) Engine Engine with Blue Motion Technology
  • 6-speed Automatic DSG Transmission
  • 150Ps at 5000rpm, 250 Nm of Torque at 1750 rpm
  • Panoramic Sunroof

More importantly, the warranty coverage for all these five new models are comprehensive. Aside from the 3 years or 100,000-km general warranty, whichever comes first, Volkswagen Philippines also offers a 3-year warranty for paint and another 3-year warranty for through-corrosion of the main steel body structure.

The periodic maintenance service (PMS) interval schedule for these new models is also structured for its owners’ convenience. The PMS interval is once a year, or every 10,000 kms, whichever comes first. This is more convenient and more cost-efficient compared to the industry-standard 5,000-km PMS interval.

Beyond the vehicles’ value-for-money specifications, features, and the warranties and PMS intervals, the five new models unveiled open new chapters to the continuously evolving relationship between Filipinos and Volkswagen, making the world-class auto brand much more accessible than ever to the Filipino car-buying public.

And now, as declared by Fernando Zobel de Ayala himself, more Filipinos who are involved in their own passions—whether they be businessmen, adventurous outdoorsmen, millennials, or even everyday working men or women—can now own a Volkswagen.

Take your pick. Your drive just got better.

 

The Santana MPI M/T Trendline, Lavida 230 TSI DSG Comfortline, and Tiguan 280 TSI DSG Comfortline are available at all eight Volkswagen Philippines dealerships:

  • Volkswagen BGC at 938 28th Street City Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Volkswagen Quezon Avenue at 1229 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
  • Volkswagen Alabang at Caltex along Alabang-Zapote Road, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • Volkswagen Greenfield District Service Center at 833 Sheridan Street, Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City
  • Volkswagen Pampanga at McArthur Highway, Dolores, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
  • Volkswagen Cebu at A. Soriano Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
  • Volkswagen Iloilo (upper ground level of SM Iloilo along Benigno Aquino Sr. Avenue
  • Volkswagen Bacolod (along Araneta Street, Singcang, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental).

*Three of the five new models— the Santana, the Lavida, and the Tiguan —are available at the entire dealership network starting May 19, while the Santana GTS and the Lamando will be offered in November.

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