Cam­eras, ac­tion for VW


VOLK­SWA­GEN has joined the grow­ing list of car com­pa­nies to add a rear-view cam­era to most of its range, start­ing with the cheap­est model in the line-up, the Polo hatch­back.

How­ever, a rear cam­era is still only avail­able on the most ex­pen­sive ver­sions of the VW Amarok ute and not yet avail­able on the Caddy or Trans­porter vans.

While the move to stan­dard rear cam­eras on the rest of the VW line-up will be wel­comed by safety-con­scious buy­ers, there is just one catch.

When the up­dated VW pas­sen­ger cars and SUVs ar­rive in show­rooms in Au­gust, the most af­ford­able mod­els will have a price rise of up to $2150 to help pay for the tech­nol­ogy.

As part of the sweep­ing changes to the VW line-up, ev­ery model in the pas­sen­ger- car range will also come stan­dard with Ap­ple CarPlay, Mir­rorlink and An­droid apps to more seam­lessly op­er­ate mu­sic and phone func­tions.

It also means the CD player has been rel­e­gated to the history books on these mod­els, in­clud­ing the Polo, Golf, Jetta, Bee­tle, and Tiguan.

The rear cam­era up­grade has been made pos­si­ble by the fit­ment of a new, larger 6.5-inch high res­o­lu­tion touch­screen (up from five inches).

The changes in the Polo range in­clude a price rise of $500 to $16,990 plus on-road costs for the five-speed man­ual and $19,490 plus on-road costs for the seven-speed au­to­matic, putting it close to Toy­ota Corolla money.

The price of the Polo GTI (pic­tured) re­mains un­changed — it starts from $27,490 plus on-road costs — but it gains elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable sus­pen­sion as stan­dard.

The base model Golf hatch goes up in price by $700 (from $22,490 plus on-road costs for the six-speed man­ual and $24,990 plus on-road costs for the seven-speed au­to­matic), and the Golf wagon has jumped by $2150 (now from $27,990 plus on-roads for the seven­speed au­to­matic, up from $25,840).

But the Golf GTI hot hatch has come down $1000 (to $40,990 plus on-road costs for the six-speed man­ual and $43,490 for the six-speed auto) and the au­to­matic-only Golf GTI Per­for­mance Pack is now $46,490, or $2000 less than be­fore.

The price of the flag­ship Golf R hot hatch re­mains un­changed (from $52,740 plus on-road costs) but it gains a larger touch­screen and heated leather seats.

Volk­swa­gen has an am­bi­tious tar­get to over­take Toy­ota glob­ally by 2018 and is push­ing sales with sharp prices in for­eign mar­kets.

VW sales in Aus­tralia have grown by a whop­ping 500 per cent over the past 10 years.

In 2004, Volk­swa­gen sold 10,754 ve­hi­cles lo­cally but last year de­liv­ered 54,800 ve­hi­cles pas­sen­ger cars, SUVs, util­i­ties and vans.

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