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Volkswagen switches to more tax efficient diesel engines

 Published 6th August 2020
Company Fleet 

Volkswagen is switching its entire range of diesel cars over to the more tax-efficient RDE2 versions.

RDE2 compliant clean diesels escape the 4% surcharge applied to diesels for company car tax purposes, and will be welcomed by companies that still require high mileage diesel vehicles for business purposes.

These engine changes - most significant for business users on the Golf, T-Roc, Passat and Touraeg ranges - are part of a raft 2021 Model Year changes being introduced.

Among these are the latest MIB3 infotainment system, which brings the benefit of wireless Apple CarPlay – alongside streaming and internet – thanks to an integrated eSIM, and the new-style Volkswagen logo.

Other changes include the Passat's revised trim line-up which begins with the well-appointed SE Nav specification.

Meanwhile the flagship Touareg gains white ambient lighting for the entry-level SE specification. There's more: SE, SEL and SEL Tech gain a three-spoke, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters and touch control. The R-Line, R-Line Tech and Black Edition gain a new second-generation heated sports steering wheel.

The Touareg also now comes with Volkswagen's Travel Assist system, which facilitates semi-automated driving and replaces Traffic Jam Assist as part of the Driver's Assistance Pack Plus.

Sarah Cox, the head of marketing at Volkswagen said:

"Model Year updates usually bring a host of improvements, but the introduction of a new infotainment system, the stylish new badge for much of the range, and the latest RDE2-compliant engines rolling out across the rest of the year, on top of a raft of other changes – combine to create a step above and beyond the regular update.

"The new MIB3 infotainment system now fitted across the majority of the Volkswagen range is in keeping with our customers' need for connectivity and convenience, and adds even more value to Volkswagen's offering."

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