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Dubai Municipality takes delivery of 10 Golf GTE models from Volkswagen

10 Golf GTE models arrive in the United Arab Emirates for one year in the first Volkswagen hybrid pilot in a super-hot country climate

Volkswagen Middle East and Al Nabooda Automobiles, in collaboration with Dubai Municipality, announced the arrival of 10 Golf GTE models in Dubai for one year during a press conference at the Volkswagen Al Nabooda Automobiles showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road.

H.E. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General, Dubai Municipality was given the key to the first Volkswagen Golf GTE by H.E Khalifa Juma Al Nabooda, Chairman of Al Nabooda Group Companies, Mr K. Rajaram, Chief Executive Officer of Al Nabooda Automobiles and Mr Thomas Milz, Managing Director Volkswagen Middle East during the conference. Dubai Municipality will trial the 10 Golf GTE models over the course of a year as the first Volkswagen hybrids to explore a long-term home on the roads of the United Arab Emirates.

H.E. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General, Dubai Municipality said, “Dubai aims to become one of the world’s leading sustainable cities by 2020 and wide-scale deployment of electric vehicles is a key aspect to achieving this goal. Volkswagen hybrid vehicles are in parallel with our strategic vision for the United Arab Emirates Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021, which aim for an environment-friendly, smart, sustainable and connected city.”

Mr K. Rajaram, Chief Executive Officer of Al Nabooda Automobiles commented, “Today, we hand over the first of 10 Golf GTE vehicles to H.E Lootah – a defining moment for Volkswagen Al Nabooda Automobiles as we begin our pilot. With this milestone we can look to build the future of electric mobility by Volkswagen in the region.”

Thomas Milz, Managing Director, Volkswagen Middle East said, “Volkswagen is a technology pioneer and to date we have one of the widest range of electric-mobility vehicles. These include the e-Up!, the e-Golf, the Golf GTE and more recently, the Passat GTE – with all models meeting three customer wishes in one: all-electric mobility, a full range for long-distance driving and, not least, 100% dynamic performance and driving pleasure.”

“The Golf GTE is a sporty and dynamic plug-in hybrid vehicle fully capable of navigating the city of Dubai in all-electric mode, or the long commute between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. With the realization of 50 kilometres in all-electric driving mode, we are able to cover 80 percent of everyday journeys.

“The Golf GTE is the first Volkswagen hybrid to explore everyday use in the United Arab Emirates. Collaborating with the Dubai Municipality and Al Nabooda Automobiles in working towards Dubai’s strategic vision for a sustainable future is a significant milestone for Volkswagen in the Middle East.”

The 10 vehicles will be visible throughout the city with clear tri-branding denoting their status assigned to the Dubai Municipality. A Golf GTE will also be on display at the Volkswagen stand at the Dubai international Motor Show, November 10-14 2015.