Emissions from diesel engines cannot be treated with the three-way catalytic converter because they operate with excess air. The use of a lambda control system to measure the amount of oxygen in the exhaust system is ruled out for technical reasons. So an oxidising catalytic converter is used to reduce hydrocarbons (HC) and carbon monoxide (CO) to carbon dioxide (CO2). It is, however, not suitable for converting nitrogen oxides.

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Side-wind compensation gives our electromechanical power-assisted steering (EPS) extra comfort and safety. This feature helps when you are driving in a continuous side wind or on a severe camber. If the EPS control unit registers continuous countersteering, the power-assisted steering adjusts itself automatically and compensates. The fact that you no longer have to actively countersteer takes the strain away and makes driving easier and more comfortable.

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Volkswagen’s best-selling family hatchback, the Golf, which went on sale in the UK in January and has since won a string of accolades, has added a new title to its name after winning both the Family Car and, for the first time, the overall prize at the 2013 Scottish Car of the Year awards.  The award was presented last night at a ceremony held in Glasgow.

Commenting on the Golf’s performance, Alisdair Suttie, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said: ‘Success can often breed complacency but that’s certainly not the case on this occasion.  In a world of uncertainty there’s something solid, familiar and reassuring about our Family Car of the Year yet at the same time this is a thoroughly modern machine.  Its engines are among the most frugal in the segment, there’s a choice of bodystyles and, to both look at and sit in, it feels a nudge above the rest.  Seven generations on and still going strong, take to the driving range in what we believe is every car you’ll ever need.’

Robert Hazelwood, Director of Volkswagen UK, said: ‘2013 has been the year of the Golf. Following a successful UK launch in January the car has gone from strength to strength. It has won awards on both a European and world stage – but the UK awards are the ones which have the most tangible results. Winning the overall Scottish Car of the Year accolade is a huge boost and our Retailers north of the border will be delighted with the additional success I am sure this will bring to the car.’

He continued: ‘From the standard hatchback, through the GTI and GTD performance versions to the economical BlueMotion and the spacious Estate, there is a Golf to suit every need and desire.  The Golf’s high levels of quality, safety equipment, technology and value for money have made it a winner, and we’re delighted these attributes have been recognised in this award.’

The seventh-generation Golf has been named overall World Car of the Year and European Car of the Year, as well as taking numerous awards from a number of publications.

The latest Golf is lighter, safer, more advanced, more spacious, more efficient and better equipped than previous generations of Europe’s best-seller, of which over 30 million have been sold since its introduction in 1974 – some 1.6 million of these in the UK. 

All Golf models come with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, five three-point seatbelts, ABS with ESP, XDS electronic differential lock and Isofix preparation for two rear child seats, while standard technology includes a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, DAB digital radio, CD player, MDI interface (for connecting iPod or MP3 player), Bluetooth telephone preparation and audio streaming and eight speakers.  Also standard is ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning, among a host of other features.  Prices start at £16,495 OTR, RRP.

The Scottish Car of the Year awards were established in 1998, and are judged by all 15 members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, who represent publications and websites from across the country.

The ASMW was founded in 1961 and continues to represent the vast majority of working motoring writers/broadcasters in Scotland.  The membership includes staffers and freelancers covering radio stations, regional and national newspapers, websites and an array of specialist publications.

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The Bi-Xenon headlight is a special version of the xenon headlight and allows a single headlight to generate both high and low beam. When low beam is selected, the light beam is partially shielded by a moving shutter. To switch to high beam, an electromagnet moves the shutter out of the light beam's path.

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Airbags are an essential safety feature. They cushion the impact of collisions, reducing the risk of injury.

Why do we need airbags? Because seat belts alone are not enough. In an accident, passengers can be thrown forward even when they're belted, increasing the risk of injuries. We include airbags in all our cars to cushion the impact of collisions and reduce the risk of injury. Combined with seat belts, the airbags provide an exceptional level of protection for occupants.

What does the airbag do?

  • An airbag is deployed in the event of an accident to cushion the body and minimise the risk of injury
  • Cushion the body in a side impact too, where fitted
  • Inflate and deflate in just milliseconds

Prevention is always better than cure

We like to put our drivers on the road to safety. That's why we've included advanced active safety features in our cars to help prevent accidents. But sadly, accidents still happen. Even so, they need not cause injuries.

All our cars are fitted with driver and front passenger airbags. Depending on model, a total of up to 9 airbags are available. Depending on the model, they may include driver and front passenger airbags, front seat side impact airbags, curtain airbag system for front and second row occupants and the new driver's knee airbag. Our front and side airbags offer vital protection for the driver and front seat passenger. They serve to cushion the impact to the head and upper body coming from the front and sides.

Airbag control

They know just when to go off too, thanks to the smart sensors that measure the severity of a collision. The airbag control sets off the gas generator which inflates the airbags in milliseconds. A more advanced version which inflates the front airbags in two stages, is found, for example, on the Phaeton. It aims to reduce the load placed on the driver and front passenger.

And there's no need to worry about your airbags being set off unnecessarily. The sophisticated system is able to tell the difference between a crash, however severe, and shocks to the car caused by hitting a stone or a deep pothole, for example.

New knee protection

The new knee airbag system, found in the latest Golf offers extra protection for the driver's legs from a hard impact with the steering column and instrument panel. In the event of a crash it deploys in milliseconds in front of the driver's knees and absorbs - in conjunction with the seatbelt and front airbag - a significant share of energy forced into the pelvic area.

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