Volkswagen Magazine

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News and premieres from automotive trade fairs, salons and shows. The Golf R Touch is the star in Las Vegas, the Cross Coupé GTE is turning heads in Detroit, and a grand total of four new models are causing a sensation at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Four premieres in Geneva.

The diverse spectrum of the Volkswagen brand was on display at the Geneva Motor Show – from the family-friendly van to the highly emotional concept vehicle. In addition to the re-designed Touran, the updated Sharan and the Passat Alltrack, the Sport Coupé provides a glimpse of the progressive future design language from Volkswagen.

SUV
goes USA.

At the Detroit Motor Show, a 57-strong jury composed of American and Canadian car journalists crowned the Cross Coupé GTE the “North American Car of the Year”. In this most prestigious automotive award, the Golf impressed jury members with its unmistakable design, comprehensive range of assistance, safety and infotainment systems and unmatched quality and value. “This award is a massive validation of our work and shows that Volkswagen is at home in North America. We are optimistic that this award will pave the way to a successful year”, says Michael Horn, President and CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America. The Cross Coupé is heralding the biggest SUV offensive by the Volkswagen brand on the highly competitive US market for SUVs.

The ease of swiping.

The future belongs to connected and intuitive cars. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January, Volkswagen presented the Golf R Touch. It is the first compact model worldwide whose control elements can be directed using gesture control. The car understands hand gestures and translates them into commands. This makes it possible to control signals and functions using hand gestures without going near a touchscreen. A swipe toward the front windscreen, for example, causes the sliding roof to close, while swiping away from the windscreen opens it. Seat adjustment is equally smart. The vehicle enables driver and machine to function as an interactive unit, thus making it a major highlight in Las Vegas.