HONG KONG, March 19, 2015 – Volkswagen Hong Kong announces the official launch of the Volkswagen New e-Golf, which will pioneer a new era of “zero-emission” e-mobility in Hong Kong. The selection of Hong Kong to be New e-Golf’s first debut in Asian market demonstrates Volkswagen vigorous support for the promotion of zero emission and pure electric vehicle use by the Hong Kong SAR Government. Volkswagen strives to contribute continuously to create a greener environment and build a sustainable future for Hong Kong.
The launch event for the New e-Golf was held at Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre today. The New e-Golf was officially unveiled by Mr. Thorsten Jaede, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Hong Kong Limited and Volkswagen Hong Kong Limited to media participants and other distinguished guests at the occasion, signifying dedication of Volkswagen in the electric vehicle market. Taichi Band’s members Patrick and Joey were invited as special performer for the official launch ceremony in VIP customer session.
Exemption from First Registration Tax
At the event, Mr. Jaede explained the significance of the Volkswagen New e-Golf: “We are extremely honoured to be the first city in Asia to launch the New e-Golf. Likewise, we are pleased to announce the New e-Golf is one of the few vehicles eligible for the exemption from First Registration Tax (FRT) in Hong Kong as an environment-friendly vehicle. As the product of intense research and development, the New e-Golf ushers in a new ‘zero-emission’, ‘zero-pollution’ and ‘zero-engine noise’ future for the Golf model. The New e-Golf launch in Hong Kong is an important moment to the brand and it represents a major step for the Volkswagen Group as it strives to become the world’s most sustainable automaker by 2018. It also demonstrates the Group’s continuous contribution towards building a green future in Hong Kong.
8-year or 160,000-km warranty on the high voltage battery
As the most successful European model of all time, sales of the Golf have exceeded 30 million units since its introduction in 1974. The Golf has received countless awards and high praise over the last four decades. Continuing the success of the Golf, the New e-Golf adopts the Volkswagen Group’s cutting-edge modular transverse matrix, or MQB for short. The New e-Golf’s battery is integrated in a space-saving manner within the chassis, giving the vehicle an exceptionally low centre of gravity that allows for crisper and smoother handling. With its innovative technological system, improved aerodynamics (cD=0.281) and perfected rolling resistance, the New e-Golf is far more energy-efficient than its competitors. Energy-efficiency commitment of the New e-Golf is apparent through every aspect of the vehicle. The New e-Golf has a range of up to 190 km on a single battery charge based on an average energy consumption of 12.7 kWh per 100 km, equating to as low as HK$13.7 per 100 km and with a 8-year or 160,000-km factory warranty on its battery. Standard LED headlights and LED rear lights offer higher efficiency that helps the New e-Golf maintain extremely low energy consumption costs, and allows the vehicle to satisfy most daily driving needs and makes it exceptionally suitable for use on the roads of Hong Kong.
Last year, at the world's largest electric vehicle rally "WAVE TROPHY 2014" (World Advanced Vehicle Expedition), the New e-Golf was victorious in the main category "POPULAR WAVE" for production models and was also ahead of the pack with the best efficiency and range, winning the "Range Award". The New e-Golf also fully demonstrated its outstanding capabilities in the Alps terrain.
New repair and maintenance services pack for New e-Golf
The Volkswagen Group is fully committed to promoting e-mobility and outstanding customer experiences. In addition to offering 5-year or 100,000-km factory warranty, Volkswagen has designed a new repair and maintenance service package competitively priced at HK$2,780 for New e-Golf owners. With this new plan, two professionally-trained “e-Specialists” will take care of periodic inspection and maintenance services of the New e-Golf. The “e-Specialists” will also provide new owners an “e-Golf Orientation” on vehicle features, usage tips and maintenance guides.