Volkswagen celebrate launch of new Golf GTI and GTD with the Leinster Rugby Team…

A host of car enthusiasts, Golf GTI fanatics, rugby fans, media and VIP guests witnessed the unveiling of the new Golf GTI and GTD at an exclusive launch event held at the Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse on Wednesday evening.

Special guests on the night, the Leinster Rugby team, tried out the new GTI as they celebrated their recent partnership with Volkswagen before the new season kicks off.

The Leinster contingent including captain Leo Cullen, new signing Nathan Hines and out-half Jonathan Sexton as well as a host of other coaches and players all arrived in their new Volkswagens just three days before their first competitive outing of the season against the Scarlets in the Magners League.

The recent pairing of Europe’s number one car brand with the Heineken Cup Champions forms a formidable partnership.

A ‘stig styled’ Mondello stunt driver treated lucky guests on the night to a hot lap on the Leopardstown Race Track in the new Golf GTI, while indoors guests tried out Volkswagen’s new Golf GTI scalextric track. The event featured lots of entertainment and guests were welcomed with special Volkswagen cocktails from the signature GTI to the Beetle Juice. Some of Ireland’s top party-goers attended the event with models Georgia Salpa and Diana Donnelly welcoming guests.

Commenting on the night, Adam Chamberlain, Head of Sales and Marketing, Volkswagen said: “We are delighted with our new partnership with the Leinster Rugby Team and very pleased they could be here for the launch of our halo car so close to their first competitive outing of the season. It is a perfect start to what promises to be a great relationship with Leinster.”

The Golf model line-up has grown stronger and better and this sixth generation offers a sporty GTI that maintains the character offered in the mid-nineties generation. The new model is striking with the honeycomb radiator grill rounding off a 240 km/h fast GTI that delivers a 210 BHP turbo engine. The Golf GTI is joined by the new Golf GTD, whose 170 BHP combined with 5.3 litres per 100km and 139 g/km CO2 makes it the high performance economical alternative.