New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

VW boosts Passat range

2006-04-24 13:56

Since its international debut in March 2005, the new Passat has established itself as a major contender in the luxury middle class saloon category.

In South Africa, the new Passat was one of the eight 2006 Car of the Year finalists.

"Considering that we launched new Passat with only three models - the 2l FSI 110kW, the 1.9 TDi 77kW and the 2l TDi 103kW derivatives, we are very happy with the sales performance of the all-new Passat thus far" says Mike Glendinning, director sales and marketing Volkswagen South Africa.

"We now complete the range by introducing the all-new Sportline models."

The two new models are the 2-litre Passat Turbo FSI Tiptronic Sportline with a power output of 147 kW at 5 100 r/min and 280 Nm of torque at 1 800 r/min.

The new range topper is the 3.2 V6 Sportline offering an impressive 184 kW at 6 200 r/min and 320 Nm at 3 200 r/min.

Permanent 4-wheel drive (4 Motion) is standard.

Performance and fuel consumption


2.0T FSI Sportline tiptronic

3.2 V6 Sportline DSG

KW at r/min

147 / 5 100

184 / 6 200

Torque at r/min

280 / 1800

320 / 3 200

0-100 km/h, secs



Top speed, km/h



Fuel consumption urban






Combined (Euro)



The all-new Sportline models will carry the full range of features available on the Highline range.

In addition, the Sportline models get front fog lights, darkened "privacy" rear windows, 17 inch "Le Mans" alloy wheels and lowered sport suspension.

The 5 year 100 000 km Automotion Maintenance Plan is standard.


- Passat 2.0T FSI Sportline tiptronic R285 000

- Passat 3.2 V6 Sportline DSG R339 000.


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