SPE­CIAL VW MOD­ELS TO MARK MERDEKA

JETTA ALLSTAR AND MERDEKA BEE­TLE

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VOLK­SWA­GEN Pas­sen­ger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) launched two spe­cial mod­els at its in­au­gu­ral Volk­swa­gen Fest 2017 at the Se­tia City Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Billed as a cel­e­bra­tion of all things Volk­swa­gen, the event be­gan on Fri­day and ends today.

“Volk­swa­gen cars are bet­ter ex­pe­ri­enced than ex­plained, and with all the test drive ac­tiv­i­ties, amaz­ing of­fers and plenty of fam­ily fun, the Volk­swa­gen Fest is one of the best plat­forms we can pro­vide for mem­bers of the public to be able to en­joy this,” said VPCM man­ag­ing direc­tor Erik Win­ter.

“What’s more, the Volk­swa­gen Fest is where the public is able to view the Jetta ALLSTAR and the 60th Merdekaedi­tion Bee­tle for the first time,” he added.

The Jetta ALLSTAR, priced from RM109,990, is the lat­est VW model to wear the ALLSTAR badge, fol­low­ing the Polo ALLSTAR that was re­leased ear­lier this year

and the Vento ALLSTAR launched in June.

The ALLSTAR vari­ants are tar­geted at cus­tomers who want a dash of in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

“The range was de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for dis­cern­ing cus­tomers who wish to stand out from the crowd,” said VPCM.

Un­der the hood of the Jetta ALLSTAR is a new-gen­er­a­tion, 1.4L TSI sin­gle­tur­bocharged en­gine with an im­proved seven-speed di­rect shift gear­box (DSG) de­liv­er­ing 148hp and a torque of 250Nm at be­tween 1,500rpm and 3,500rpm.

It can ac­cel­er­ate from zero to 100kph in 8.6 sec­onds but has a com­bined fuel con­sump­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 5.0l/100 km.

The Jetta ALLSTAR comes with RM3,000 worth of ex­clu­sive ac­ces­sories such as alu­minium sports ped­als, rear trunk spoiler, “ALLSTAR” scuff plates, em­blems and car­pet mats. It comes in four colours - Candy White, Platinum Grey, Re­flex Sil­ver and Deep Black.

At the event, a charm­ing new ad­di­tion to the VW lineup, in the form of a Merdeka Bee­tle, was also un­veiled.

The 60th Merdeka Edition Bee­tle is painted in liv­ery, with the num­ber “60” on its hood and sides.

Priced at RM136,888, it is lim­ited to just 16 units na­tion­wide, and is avail­able in a choice of Pure White or White Sil­ver.

Up­grades in the spe­cial edition Bee­tle in­clude a leather-wrapped mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel and seat trim cov­ers in “Pepita” fab­ric, a 5.8-inch Touch­screen “Com­po­si­tion Colour” with USB, blue­tooth and eight speak­ers.

Un­der the hood is a 1.2l tur­bocharged TSI en­gine churn­ing out a max­i­mum 103hp and 175Nm, mated to a seven-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion DSG.

All 16 units come with five-year war­ranty, 60-month road tax, and a lim­ited edition Bee­tle suit­case.

The 60th Merdeka Edition Bee­tle.

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