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The Long Wait for New VW Golf is (Almost) Over

VW's familiar hatchback will debut as a 2015 model.

by on Mar.27, 2013

The seventh-generation, or G7, Volkswagen Golf.

Take a good look.  If you like what you see, you’ll have time to start saving your pennies. A half-year after the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf made its debut at the Paris Motor Show it has finally rolled into the U.S., VW unveiling the ever-popular hatchback at this week’s 2013 New York Auto Show.

Unfortunately for those who’d like to rush out and place an order, the new model is still nearly a year away from actually reaching American showrooms. But Volkswagen is hoping you’ll be willing to wait for what will be sold as the 2015 Golf, promising the 5-door will be not just bigger and more spacious than the model it replaces but is also lighter, and as much as 15 percent more fuel-efficient.

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The maker is showing off three different versions of the 2015 Golf at NY’s Jacob Javits Convention Center: the turbocharged Golf TSI, the “oil-sipping” TDI diesel, and the “hotter” GTI.

The 2015 Golf is 2.2 inches longer and 0.5 inches wider than the outgoing Gen-6 hatchback. It is also 1.1 inches lower and the co-efficient of drag has been reduced by almost 10% compared with the Golf 6. The interior package has been optimized to give 0.6 inches more rear-seat legroom and 1.2 inches of additional shoulder room in the back.

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VW Expecting More Diesel Growth

Reliability “perceptions” still a problem, says VWoA’s Jacoby.

by on Jan.13, 2010

Volkswagen is betting its expanding diesel line-up will help it reach its goal of 800,000 sales, in the U.S., by 2018.

While industry leaders continue to hedge and debate the potential for diesels in the U.S. market, it’s full-speed ahead for Volkswagen of America.

The German maker’s diesel-powered products continue to gain ground, encouraging VW to add the powertrain as an option on even more of its models, going forward, said Stephan Jacoby, CEO of Volkswagen of America.

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“With any new vehicle that arrives with a diesel option,” said the executive, during a speech at the annual Automotive News World Congress, “we estimate 20 to 30% of the mix will be diesel.”

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