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Volkswagen Unveils Golf Mk7

Volkswagen has unveiled its new Golf to the public at an event in Berlin.

Despite bearing more than a passing resemblance to the first Golf launched 36 years ago VW are keen to stress this is a brand new car. It is lighter, longer and more efficient than its predecessor. The new Golf is also safer than ever, thanks not just to a stronger body structure (which is also 23 kg lighter) but also to a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems.

According to Walter de Silva, Head of Design for Volkswagen AG, said: ‘One of the keys to the Golf’s success lies in its continuity.  There are a handful of cars with a design that, like the Golf’s, has been refined, tweaked and enhanced down the decades and thus become timeless.’

Inside the Golf there is more room than ever.  Rear legroom is improved by 15 mm, and the front seats have been moved 20 mm further back, benefitting taller drivers. Boot space is also 30 litres larger, at 380 litres. In the cockpit, the centre console is now angled more towards the driver, giving them easier, more ergonomic and direct access to auxiliary controls, including the new generation of touchscreen infotainment systems that is available on the Golf. 

Petrol engines include a 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS unit returning 4.9 l/100 km and a 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS uni. Two diesel engines are offered a 1.6-litre unit with 105 PS, which returns 3.8 l/100 km and a 2.0-litre 150 PS unit which returns 4.1 l/100 km (68.9 mpg and 106 g/km). 

Further details on the new Golf will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show.  Trim levels for the new Golf will be Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. Specification and pricing will be announced later in the year and the New Golf will be on sale in January.


4th September, 2012

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