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At 5.3 litres/100km, the Volkswagen sets a world best in its class for fuel economy New ‘EasyFold’ seating concept with up to seven seats first MPV with automatic main beam control (Light Assist)

06 Mar 2010 | International News : U.K.

Wolfsburg /Geneva, March 2010. With over 600,000 units sold, Volkswagen’s Sharan is the favourite vehicle of countless families all over Europe. Coming now, with a world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show (4th to 14th March), is a completely new generation of this best seller. Equipped for the first time with sliding doors in the back, the 2010 Sharan has been enhanced in every area.

There are only two parts that the new and the old Sharan have in common: the sun visors. That’s it! Everything else - every screw, every exterior and interior part and all of the technology, including the TDI and TSI engines (103kW/140PS to 147kW/200PS) and transmission systems (DSG option al) - is new. Sharan 3.0, as it were, offering world- record performance in fuel efficiency: at 5.3 litres per 100km (51,4 British mpg), the 140PS Sharan 2.0 TDI achieves lower fuel consumption than any other MPV in this class.

The hallmark of the new Sharan is a complete design concept that includes the extremely flexible EasyFold seating system (up to seven easily adjustable seats), high-end quality, un compromising safety (seven airbags, Light Assist automatic main beam control, bi- xenon headlights with LED daytime running and position light) and numerous clever details. Also new to this generation of Sharan are adaptive chassis control (DCC) and a level regulating system. This comfort able multipurpose vehicle in the upper B segment of the market has been tailored to families with two or more children and high-mileage business users with a need for extra space.

The new Sharan’s drive and handling matches the levels of comfort and dynamic response provided by the excellent Passat. Added convenience and safety is provided by an electronic handbrake and the second- generation parking manoeuvre assistant. This means auto-matic steering for parking in even smaller spaces, including on pavements, between trees and even on corners, plus now, for the first time on an MPV, for parking at an angle to the traffic.

Cutting edge entertainment systems, a huge, electrically operated panoramic sliding roof (with a 300 % bigger opening than with a conventional sliding roof) and a powerful 3-zone climate control system guarantee great travelling conditions at any time of the year.

Available in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline versions, even the base model of the Sharan is supplied with features such as semi-automatic air-conditioning ('Climatic’) and radio/CD system ('RCD 210’). As the only vehicle of its class to offer this, the third generation of this MPV will again be available with four-wheel drive (Sharan 2.0 TDI 4Motion with 140PS). In the first markets where it is available orders for the new Volkswagen can be placed from as early as the end of March, with the full launch beginning in the summer.

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