Volkswagen Canada

Volkswagen Canada

July 28, 2011 11:38 ET

Volkswagen Canada Welcomes Record Setting Touareg

TDI-Panamericana Endurance Challenge Team Conquers 25,000 KM Route in Record Time

AJAX, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 28, 2011) -

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11 days, 17 hours and 22 minutes after starting their journey at the southernmost tip of Argentina, three German adventurers reached their goal at the end of the Panamerica highway at Deadhorse, Alaska in their 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel sport utility on the 13th of July.

Along the way, drivers Rainer Zietlow, Carlos Fernandez and Marius Biela established a new world record for traversing the 25,000 kilometre route, besting the old mark by a full three days.

Their Touareg was up to every challenge along the way. Chosen for its combination of durability, high performance and long range fuel efficiency, the Touareg carried the trio over mountains, and across deserts on a journey that spanned 14 countries, and commemorated the 75th anniversary of the highway. Conditions ranged from blinding sandstorms, snow and untold amounts of mud. The team's website,, followed their progress throughout the drive.

On Monday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m., Rainer Zietlow, the organizer of this adventure will be visiting the Canadian Headquarters of Volkswagen Canada in Ajax, Ontario to show a video of his trip, and to discuss the ups and downs of the long road he faced.

Members of the media are welcome to attend Mr. Zietlow's presentation in Ajax. Please contact Thomas Tetzlaff.

About Volkswagen Canada:

Founded in 1952, Volkswagen Canada is headquartered in Ajax, Ontario. It is the largest volume European automotive nameplate in Canada, and sells the Golf, Golf Wagon, Golf GTI, New Beetle, new Jetta, Eos, Passat, Tiguan, Routan, and Touareg through 133 independent Canadian Dealers. It is the leader in affordable TDI Clean Diesel vehicle sales in Canada, and forms part of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and is Europe's largest automaker.

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Contact Information

  • Volkswagen Canada
    777 Bayly Street West, Ajax, Ontario
    Spokesperson: Thomas Tetzlaff