Ease of repair
Ease of repair is an important criterion in the design stage at Volkswagen. This is decided by which parts are damaged by which types of accident, how quickly this damage can be repaired and which material costs are involved.
Great ease of repair has a positive impact on maintenance costs which is two-fold. First of all, it has a crucial impact on parts prices and labour costs, and secondly, a vehicle’s insurance premium classification is based on the specific model’s ease of repair.
Front seats with the Easy Entry function offer convenient access to the rear seats in two-door vehicles. This is achieved thanks to the front seat, which can be slid very far forward, and the backrest, which can also be folded forward. A memory function makes it easy to adjust, as once they are folded back into place, the front seats return to their original position.
The Easy Fold functions makes it easier to climb into vehicles with multiple rows of seats. Both outer seats on the second row can be folded forward in a single motion.
With contactless boot lid opening, a single motion of the foot activates additional sensors on the rear of the vehicle. They detect the key and the system opens the boot lid by itself.
Depending on the model, Easy Open is available as an optional component of Keyless Access or Kessy (Keyless Entry Start and Exist System), Volkswagen’s automatic locking and starting system.
Electrohydraulic power steering
Electrohydraulic power steering is an enhancement of the well-known hydraulic power steering. The main difference lies in the drive in the hydraulic pump, which supplies the necessary pressure required for power steering. In electrohydraulic power steering, an electric motor drives the pump, which is steered according to the steering assistance required.
At very low speeds or when stationery the flow rate of the hydraulic pump is boosted for significant steering assistance. At high speeds, the engine speed is reduced, as the assistance is not required.
The electrohydraulic power steering helps save fuel, as energy is absorbed where required.
Electric drive / Electric drive motor /
Fuel cell technology
The electric drive or electric drive motor is the alternative drive source of the future. Beginning by optimising conventional combustion engines using brake energy recuperation (micro-hybrids), the development spans various hybrid systems (full hybrids, plug-in hybrids) with BEVs (battery electric vehicles) as the ultimate objective. Volkswagen’s powerful yet noiseless electric drives deliver up to 100 kW, depending on the vehicle, and provide their maximum power and maximum torque from the very first revolution. The development of the fuel cell, with the help of hydrogen, should generate electrical energy for the electric drive, and drive forward the development of lithium-ion batteries.
Electromechanical power steering
Electromechanical power steering is a form of speed-based electric power steering. It only operates when the driver needs it and manages without any hydraulic components whatsoever. The advantage in comparison to hydraulic power steering lies in the reduced fuel consumption and new comfort and safety functions: Active recuperation of steering in the central section improved the feeling of being centred and side wind compensation makes the driver’s life easier on a driving surface with an incline on one side or in constant side winds. Assist functions such as ‘Park Assist’ and ‘Lane Assist’ are implemented with its help. Individual adjustment of power steering to motorisation and equipment creates a unique steering feel.
Side wind compensation