Volkswagen is adding new features across its model range for the 2005 model year. The changes detailed apply to the German home market, and will vary in detail in export markets.

The Lupo is now equipped with anti-lock brakes as standard, effectively a cost reduction of €335.

The top diesel Polo version with the 96 kW/130 bhp TDI engine now meets Euro IV exhaust emissions standards, giving it tax benefits in Germany and the UK.

Polo, Golf wagon, Bora (Jetta), Bora wagon and Sharan models now have centre rear three-point seat belts and centre headrests as standard.

The interior of the recently redesigned Golf has been upgraded with chrome highlights on the handbrake, gear stick and glove compartment, which is now lockable and illuminated. Headlights have also been given some chrome treatment and an acoustic warning now accompanies the seat belt warning lamp.

A seat occupant recognition system is added to the front passenger seat.

New options for the Golf include a windscreen made of insulating glass with infrared reflection coating and a RCD 500 radio with integrated 6-slot CD changer, with sound package if required. Another new item is the optional multi-function display “plus” with additional display and set-up functions.

The Touran minivan gets an optional multi-function leather steering wheel, which can be used to operate the telephone and radio,  and a fully adjustable centre front armrest becomes standard on two versions. The front passenger seat backrest can be folded forward (standard in the top version) allowing loading of larger items such as a surfboard.

The front passenger seat can also now be folded down and used as a table if there is no passenger. A rear DVD player with TFT screen is now optional, along with a 6-CD radio and new sat-nav system.

The Touran 1.9 TDI and 2.0 TDI with manual gearbox both now develop slightly more power (77 instead of 74 kW and 103 instead of 100 kW).

The Touareg V6 SUV gets more power for 2005. Instead of 162 kW / 220 bhp, the 3.2-litre V6 now develops – as in the Phaeton – 177 kW / 241 bhp.

Also new are optional 18, 19 and 20 inch wheels, an exterior spare wheel and reversible mat for the luggage compartment.

All Phaeton models will have permanent four-wheel drive for model year 2005. As a result of this change, the Phaeton V6 is now equipped only with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic gearbox with Tiptronic.

This version is also available with an extended wheelbase. All Phaeton models now have fog lights as standard, aluminium sill panel strips and five-seat models have a wood finish on the upper part of the centre console.

VW has also introduced a new and more informative navigation CD for the German market that includes a list of ‘best buy’ addresses showing 1300 factory outlets for clothing, sport items, games and so on.