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Volkswagen Awarded For Design Excellence And Innovation - (Australia)

June 6th, 2008

Sydney, 30th May 2008. The annual Australian International Design Awards has recognised the Volkswagen Eos CSC (Coupe, Sliding & Convertible) Roof and 1.4 Dual Charged TSI Petrol Engine for their design excellence and innovation.

Both Volkswagen products won Design Awards within the Automotive & Transport category.

The Volkswagen Eos is the first car in the world to feature a five section hard top with an integrated sliding/tilting glass roof. The roof can be opened and closed respectively in on 25 seconds by the use of electrohydraulics. The CSC roof offers several advantages, which are not only visual, but also practical.

The Eos also took out the award for 'Exterior Winner', one of the categories of the Wheels Automotive Design Awards, held in conjunction with the Australian International Design Awards.

The TSI engine, which is available within the Golf Sport range, is dual-charged through an innovative combination of an exhaust gas turbocharger and a mechanical supercharger. At low speeds, the supercharger provided the extra air necessary to burn fuel at its optimum rate, while the turbocharger kicks in at a higher rev stage - producing maximum power with minimal fuel consumption.

The Australian International Design Awards, a division of Standards Australia, is recognised by the Commonwealth Government and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design as the peak promotional body for the Australian design industry, and for its important role in fostering a culture of design and innovation in Australia.

A division of Standard Australia, the 2008 Australian International Design Awards (Australia's longest standing product design awards program) were announced on Friday 30 May at a gala dinner event at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney. The night also celebrated 50 years of rewarding and promoting design excellence and innovation in Australia.

For the first time, internationally-designed products available for sale in Australia were eligible to enter the prestigious Awards program, reflecting the globally competitive environment of the industrial design industry.

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