In an informal discussion with members of the local motoring media at Volkswagen Quezon Avenue on May 31, Volkswagen Philippines’ Chief Operating Adviser Klaus Schadewald cited the compelling reasons behind its move to offer Volkswagen vehicles sourced from China. Among these was the fact that China-sourced cars are taxed with only just 5% import duties, as dictated in the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreements, thus allowing for more Filipinos to have better access to quality German-engineered automobiles.
After unveiling last May 18 its five groundbreaking new models, the Santana MPI M/T Trendline, the Lavida 230 TSI DSG Comfortline, the Tiguan 280 TSI DSG Comfortline, the Santana GTS MPI A/T Comfortline, and the Lamando 280 TSI DSG Highline, Volkswagen Philippines said that all the other vehicle models in its roster, namely the Jetta and Golf GTS, are still available, and parts and services’ support for both models would be in steady supply.
Volkswagen reiterates highest quality standard for all VW manufacturing plants.
Schadewald added that, seen from a global perspective, the Volkswagen Group’s production and quality standards maintain the same world-class consistency across its 120 production plants in 20 European countries, and a further 11 countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries.
Also, of the 10,038,650 passenger cars the Volkswagen Group sold globally in 2017, 41.6 percent, or 4,173,834 units, were in China.
Volkswagen Philippines further stated that, regardless of the source, all Volkswagen vehicles meet the premium German carmaker’s world-class design, engineering, manufacturing and safety standards that have cemented Volkswagen’s reputation and heritage across cultures and generations.
Three of the five new China-sourced models are already available in all eight Volkswagen Philippines dealerships. These are the Santana, the Lavida, and the Tiguan. The Santana GTS and the Lamando will be offered in November.
The Santana, which was among the 10 best-selling models in China in 2017, is powered by a 1.4-liter Multi-Point Injection (MPI) 4-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, with maximum power output of 90 Ps at 5,500rpm and maximum torque of 132 Nm at 3,800rpm. For ride comfort and stability, the Santana features electronic power steering, front McPherson Independent Suspension, and rear composite torsion beam semi-independent suspension. Safety highlights include ISOFIX anchorage points (mounting fixture for two child seats on rear seat bench), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and immobilizer. Available exterior colors are Polar White, Reflex Silver, Pepper Grey and Deep Black with an SRP starting at P686,000.
The Lavida, which is still the best selling sedan and second best-selling model for the entire Chinese car market, is equipped with a 1.4-liter Turbocharged Stratified Injection (TSI) 4-cylinder gasoline engine with BlueMotion Technology mated to a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission, capable of 130 Ps of power at 5,000 rpm and 225 Nm of torque at 1,400 to 3,500 rpm. The interior features and comfort amenities include leather seat material, cruise control, Climatronic air conditioning, and sunroof. Safety highlights include the Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP) with Brake Assistant, ABS, Electronic Differential Lock and Anti Slip Regulation (ASR), hill hold control, Push Start, and Front and Rear Park Distance Control (PDC). Available exterior colors are Polar White, Reflex Silver, Deep Black, Limestone Grey, Sunset Red, and Opalsilver Metallic with an SRP starting at P1,171,000.
The Tiguan, which has comfortably maintained its position as segment leader in China with 330,000 units sold, has a 1.4-liter TSI 4-cylinder gasoline engine with BlueMotion Technology mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission. Maximum power output is 150 Ps at 5,000 rpm, while maximum torque is at 250 Nm at 1,750 to 3,000 rpm. Its interior features and comfort amenities include “Vienna” leather seat material, 2-zone Climatronic airconditioning, Panoramic sunroof, 8 speakers, and driver power 12-way seat adjustment. Safety systems include ISOFIX anchorage points, ESP, ABS, brake assistant, ASR, EDS, EDTC, hill hold control, and rear PDC with acoustic warning signal. Available exterior colors are Polar White, Titanium Beige, Hunting Brown, and Deep Black with an SRP starting at P1,648,000.
On the other hand, the Santana GTS is powered by 1.5-liter 4-cylinder in-line MPI gasoline engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission while the Lamando is equipped with a 1.4-liter TSI 4-cylinder gasoline engine with BlueMotion Technology mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission.
Warranty like no other
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.
Jetta and Golf GTS still available at all dealerships
Volkswagen Philippines’ bestselling vehicles, the Jetta and the Golf GTS, are also available in its dealerships. Once the current stocks of these two models have run out, they would re-evaluate the product lineup based on the existing demands for these two models. Current owners of the Jetta and Golf GTS are guaranteed, nevertheless, of continuous availability of parts and services.
History has been made in the Philippines, now that automotive excellence and heritage unique to Volkswagen are within reach of the hardworking, daring Filipino. And when these cars eventually bring you to the verge of your own personal breakthrough, that’s when you know that with Volkswagen, Your Drive Just Got Better.
For more information on Volkswagen Philippines’ product lineup, log on to www.volkswagen.com.ph, or visit any of its eight 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).