VW gives the Golf fresh look, new technology
The sixth-generation Golf will be unveiled at the Paris auto show in October and will go on sale in Europe shortly after.
VW today released details of the new-generation car.
VW group CEO Martin Winterkorn said the new Golf will offer more quality and comfort than the current model at a competitive price.
"This sixth-generation Golf will completely redefine the quality and comfort level of its class over broad categories, offering more customer value than ever before," Winterkorn said in a statement.
The new entry-level Golf will cost 16,500 euros in Germany, about 200 euros more than the current car.
Redesigned key elements
VW has redesigned key elements of the current Golf to give the new model a sportier and more distinctive appearance than previous generations of the car. The wide grille is similar to that of the new Scirocco coupe.
VW group design chief Walter de' Silva said all key body elements of the current Golf were redesigned.
"It is more accentuated, more three-dimensional than its predecessor; with precisely defined lines and edges, and with finely proportioned flared surfaces and recesses," de' Silva said.
The new Golf will have diesel engines equipped with common-rail injection technology, which is quieter than the current pump-injection diesel technology.
VW says the new Golf's Euro 5-standard gasoline and diesel engines are up to 28 percent more fuel efficient than engines in the current car.
The most fuel-efficient engine, a 110hp, 2.0-liter diesel, uses 4.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, a 0.6 liter reduction compared with the current engine. It emits 119 g/km of CO2.
For the first time, the Golf will be offered with adaptive chassis and automatic distance control, and parking assistance.
VW has sold 26 million Golfs since the car was launched in 2003. Last year, VW sold 548,942 Golfs in Europe, according to JATO Dynamics.
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