Park Assist – the first automated parking aid introduced to the automobile world by Volkswagen – reaches its ten-year milestone in the Middle East. The feature which previously only supported a maximum of two moves for parallel parking and a clearance requirement of ‘the vehicle length plus 1.40meters’, has since become the ideal companion for drivers, particularly for those living in cities. Arriving in the region in 2007 with the Tiguan, Park Assist brought with it, a safe and convenient solution to the long-suffering car-parker.
“Volkswagen engineers made it their mission to solve the universally common frustration of parking through pioneering innovative technologies. Over the past ten years, we’ve seen Park Assist develop from a feature with limited options to a fully-fledged, affordably innovative assistant that makes parking hassle-free for drivers,” commented Andrew Savvas, Brand Director Volkswagen Middle East.First introduced in the Volkswagen Touran in 2006, Park Assist supported the driver by automatically performing the correct steering wheel movements to take the ideal line to park. The measurement of the parking space, the assignment of the starting position and the steering movements were automatically undertaken by the Park Assist and the driver was only required to accelerate and brake.
By 2010, parking in spaces lengthwise could be done more quickly and by 2012, the option of parking at right-angles to the road was added. Thanks to ever more complex algorithms, the total of twelve ultrasonic sensors on the vehicle made it possible to consistently and precisely assess the environment, subsequently reducing the required buffer in the size of parking space significantly down to 90 centimetres.
Generation 3.0 that was launched in 2015 added a function for forward parking, leaving virtually nothing to be desired. Park Assist now only needs only 80 centimetres of ‘elbow room’ to slot the driver into a parking space. An “emergency brake” is now available too - although this cannot completely eliminate parking accidents, it can at least minimise the damage.
In the past decade, a lot has happened in the cockpit too: formerly, only a simple representation of the environment consisting of six objects was possible; now the detailed environment and the swing out area can be shown on a digital map, calculated by an intelligent system.
The Park Assist function is available in the Golf, CC and Tiguan Volkswagen models. To find your nearest Volkswagen showroom, visit www.volkswagen-me.com
23 January 2017
The limited edition Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport has taken home the much sought-after “Hot Hatch of the Year” title from acclaimed magazine, Evo Middle East, following the announcement of their annual “Car of the Year” special edition.
The editorial team behind the magazine, travel worldwide to test cars from affordable hatchbacks to 300 kph Italian supercars.
The 40th anniversary edition of the iconic Golf was reportedly chosen for its combination of superior ride comfort, powerful traction, potent 286 bhp turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder engine, as well as its every day practicality for family and work life.
Commenting on the award, Andrew Savvas, Director Volkswagen Middle East said: “We knew from the beginning that the Clubsport would stand out in the Middle East as sporty addition to our iconic Golf model line-up. Produced as a limited-edition model, the phenomenal response it received from press and customers has been outstanding. We would like to thank the Evo Middle East team for their tireless work, resulting in the selection of the Middle East’s most powerful Golf GTI yet, as the coveted “Hot Hatch of the Year”.”
The Golf GTI Clubsport anniversary model is a stand-out competitor, with a more powerful engine and extensive enhancements to the design, equipment and features aerodynamic fine-tuning. Due to the high-power output and significantly improved downforce, the dynamic performance of the limited-edition model propels it into the domain of top-class motorsport. This results in ground-breaking handling and breath-taking cornering speeds.
Volkswagen exterior designers created a completely new front bumper, side sills, rear diffuser, multi-part roof spoiler and exclusive forged 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels for the model. These features immediately make the anniversary model stand out from the familiar GTI models.
Launched in early 2016, the Clubsport is now available with a manual transmission. The model is available at Volkswagen retailers across the Middle East. For more information, visit your nearest Volkswagen showroom or visit www.volkswagen-me.com.