Volkswagen Innovations

Explore the innovations and award winning engines from Volkswagen to help you make the right decision in choosing the right car for you and your family.

Engines and Drivetrains

TSI Engines

TSI is our pioneering technology for petrol engines. TSI engines are compact, high-powered and use less fuel. TSI technology blends the best of our TDI diesel and FSI (Fuel Stratified Injection) engines.

TDI Engines

Turbocharged Direct Injection or TDI is a design of turbo diesel engines, which feature turbocharging and cylinder-direct fuel injection, developed and produced by the Volkswagen Group.

DSG dule-clutch gearbox

DSG stands for Direkt-Schalt-Getriebe or direct shift gearbox. One can essentially treat it as two manual gearboxes working alternatively but packed inside one housing and therefore it uses two clutches and two gear shafts (one for each 'box, so to speak) to deliver power to the wheels.


A four-wheel-drive system provides extra reserves of traction and gives a reassuring sense of safety, even in adverse weather conditions or on treacherous road surfaces. The system ensures superior handling stability, excellent straight-line running, plus optimum stability in crosswinds.

Alternative Powertrains


With the BiFuel powertrain, the press of a button is all it takes to switch between fuels: LPG or petrol. The hybrid concept allows the vehicle to travel up to 1,100 kilometres* between refuelling stops. And right from the start too – because every BiFuel vehicle from Volkswagen comes ready for hybrid use direct from the factory.


With EcoFuel technology, Volkswagen is reacting to the considerably increasing demand for environmentally friendly and economical vehicles. Compared to the average petrol engine, EcoFuel engines running in natural gas mode produce about 80 % less carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. Additionally, CO2 emissions are reduced by 23% and amounts to less than 129 g/km. That means you’ve got the green light in every environmental protection zones.


The CO2 efficiency of the BlueMotion models and BlueMotion Technology packages is achieved through the perfect interplay of engine, gearbox, aerodynamics and tyres. The difference is achieved through the use of some obvious and some not so obvious design innovations.

The principal measures for reducing fuel consumption:

  • Optimised engine management with modified software
  • Start-stop system
  • Recuperation (brake energy regeneration)
  • Reduced idle speed
  • Longer gear ratios for the upper gears
  • Gear recommendation to help you select the most efficient gear
  • Improved aerodynamics for lower aerodynamic drag (Cd value)
  • Tyres optimised to reduce rolling resistance
  • Flow-forming steel wheels

Assistance Systems

Lane Assist

When the system is activated, “Lane Assist” automatically becomes active from 65 km/h upwards. A camera built into the inside rear view mirror detects the lane markings and evaluates the position of the vehicle. If the car tends to drift off lane, the lane keeping assistance system takes correcting action. If the maximum action available is not enough to stay in lane or the speed falls below 60 km/h, “Lane Assist” warns the driver with a vibration of the steering wheel. Then it is up to the driver to take correcting action.

Side Assist

Side Assist warns drivers of traffic before or while changing lanes. Visual warning signals in wing-mirrors warn drivers of cars closer than 50 metres as well as those in blind spots. Drivers know exactly what is happening around them and can avoid any danger.

Brake Assist

The dynamic handling control systems ABS and ESP assist the driver in critical situations. ESP assists the driver in extreme situations by trying to prevent the vehicle from skidding by controlled application of the brakes and intervention in the engine management. ABS keeps the vehicle steerable when braking hard so that the driver can steer around an obstacle, thus helping to avoid a collision. It is, of course, safer and better to come to a standstill in front of the obstacle. And this is where the Volkswagen brake assist systems come in, making an important contribution to safety.

Park Pilot

It is often necessary to manoeuvre you car into tight parking spaces, especially in towns and cities. The Volkswagen parking assistance systems help the driver to manoeuvre into tight spaces and reduce stress by informing him of the distance from obstacles by means of acoustic or, depending on model, optical signals.

Park Assist

It’s nice if you can park well. Only it’s even nicer if you don’t have to do it yourself. With Park Assist you can get into tight spaces almost automatically. When looking for a space, the ultrasonic sensors work out whether the parking space in question is suitable. They compare the area available with the length of the vehicle. From an optimum starting position, your vehicle is automatically guided into the gap in one move. All you have to do is to press the accelerator and the brake.

Rear Assist

Rear Assist enables you to spot any obstacles behind the vehicle quickly and easily, courtesy of the camera built into the tail.