A Road Trip On The Jetta And Golf GTS

Isn’t it always fun to drive to the countryside? Taking long drives is one of my personal therapy sessions that not only relieves my stress but kicks in a little childhood fun back into my system. It allows me to drive continuously without the hassle of urban traffic.

Another destination unlocked: An array of Jetta sedans and Golf GTS wagons at the foot of Pico de Loro Cove. (photo from Volkswagen PH)

And I guess I’m not the only one who likes this. Recently some 30 members of the Volkswagen Jetta Club Philippines and Volkswagen Golf GTS Sportwagen Pilipinas embarked on another memorable Sunday run, and they went to the picture-perfect countryside leading to Pico de Loro Cove in the coastal town of Nasugbu, Batangas. The early morning ride, which started at the Volkswagen Bonifacio Global City (BGC) dealership, was called the “Fun Drive in the South,” and virtually every kilometer revealed picturesque sceneries and snapshots that everyone enjoyed—and most likely added to their social media memories.

Fun was the driving force for the loyal members of these two car clubs. These frequent weekend road trips served to highlight the stylishly functional, pleasurable and exciting ride and drive characteristics of Volkswagen Philippines’ best-selling sedan and wagon.

Still wearing those smiles after the drive, participants pose at the Pico Sands Hotel lobby. (photo from Volkswagen PH)

Most of the club participants drove with their Jetta and Golf GTS units which were powered by a 2.0-liter Turbo-charged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission system which generates 150Ps of power at 3,500-4,200 rpm and a class-leading 340Nm of torque at 1,750-3,000 rpm.

All these features were enjoyed by drivers and passengers of the Jetta and Golf GTS throughout the route, from the smooth and straightaways of the South Luzon Expressway, to the tricky rolling hills of Cavite and Batangas.

To highlight, as well, that driving safely and responsibly would also be a shared priority among the two car clubs and Volkswagen, a road safety talk was delivered by Engineer Alberto Suansing of the Philippine Global Road Safety Partnership. Suansing reiterated that, even if the Jetta and the Golf GTS had excellent passive safety systems built into them, motorist and pedestrian safety would still ultimately fall into the hands of the humans behind the wheel.

Touchdown at the destination, where Jetta and Golf GTS club members get to stretch, take in the view, and snap this photo. (photo from Volkswagen PH)

This “Fun Drive in the South” also kept the “fun” part going even outside the confines of the vehicles. Various activities were held, and special tokens were given away to participants. There were lots of stopovers along the way for those share-worthy photo opportunities, including one with the iconic “Parrot’s Beak” summit of Mount Pico de Loro in the background. Sumptuous meals were likewise offered at the seaside sanctuary that is Pico de Loro Cove in Nasugbu.

What would have been a lazy, laid-back Sunday was transformed into an enjoyable, memorable joy ride. The teamwork and camaraderie among car clubs and the dealership proves that the world-class Volkswagen motoring lifestyle experience goes well beyond the confines of vehicles and the showroom. More than just producing vehicles built with the latest in automotive engineering and design technologies and a heritage spanning generations, Volkswagen is building an automotive community where humans, machines, and nature interact seamlessly. Because, with Volkswagen, It’s More Than Just A Car.

The author is a certified motorhead and has been a journalist for the past 30 years. He will be a journalist all his life. He thinks he is famous and his mother agrees. His father has another opinion on that matter.
Email him at irapanganiban@wheelsph.com