1989 MODEL YEAR OVERVIEW
Six models of the Vanagon were built for the USA market in model year 1989.
Syncro 4WD models appeared again in the lineup after their 1988 absence. Compared to 1988, this is three more models available as VW added the Syncros and the Carat models for the 1988 lineup.
Five paint colors were available on these models:
Pastel White, Flash Silver Metallic, Dove Blue Metallic, Titian Red Metallic, and Wolfram Grey Metallic. Not all colors available on all models.
As began in 1988, Volkswagen's stated horsepower for the Vanagon's 2.1L boxer engine was 90HP compared with 95HP for 1986 and 1987, though no discernible differences account for the reduction in published power.
Volkswagen sold 4,969 Vanagons in the USA in model year 1989
(According to CarSalesBase.com)
Notable 1989 features:
There is only one exterior features to distinguish a 1989 from the 1988
model year. The 1989 has black window trim while the 1988 had chrome
inserts in the window molding.
The 1989 has carryover features from 1988 including:
- 2 Black plastic front grilles (1983.5 - 1991)
- Rectangular primary headlights, separate square high beam lights
(1986 - 1991)
- Large VW logo in center of upper front grill (1988 - 1991)
- Large VW logo in center of rear hatch (1988 - 1991)
- Black plastic vents at the rear of the rear side windows (1988 - 1991)
The 1989 GL Vanagons had black aero-styled bumpers without matching
rocker panels and black outside rear-view mirrors. The Carat model included the rear-facing "jumpseats" behind the front seats like 1987 and 1988 WLEs and rocker panels on the lower sides matching the aero-styled bumpers. These bumpers and rocker panels are metallic grey. Carat models came with body colored power rear-view mirrors.
The 1989-1/2 Wolfsburg Limited Edition (WLE) continued with features and layout of the 1987-1/2 and 1988-1/2 Wolfsburgs including the rear-facing "jumpseats" behind the front seats. It featured body colored rocker panels and matching aero-styled body colored bumpers and power rear-view mirrors.
1989 Brochure Gallery (Click any page to open)
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