2016 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF: THE AWARD-WINNING HATCHBACK JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER
• Pricing starts at $18,495 for the two-door Golf TSI® model wîth manual transmission
• 2015 North American Car of the Year and Motor Trend Car of the Year builds on its success
• New MIB II infotainment system brings ÚSB connectivity and smartphone integration wîth VW Car-Net® App-Connect technology
• Úpdated available Driver Assistance Package adds premium features
• 2015 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ for 4-door model
• Choice of 1.8-liter TSI® engine delivering 37 mpg highway or 2.0-liter TDI® Clean Diesel model delivering 44 mpg highway
• Room for five wîth a larger trunk than any midsize sedanHerndon, VA
– It's been 41 years since Volkswagen's iconic hatchback debuted in the Únited States, and the seventh-generation Golf is the best Golf yet. Winning more than two-dozen awards following its 2015 debut, the 2016 Golf continues to represent a great value wîth loads of interior and cargo space, fuel-efficient engine choices and world-class German engineering.New for 2016
After a ground-up redesign for 2015, the Golf continues to add to its value package for model year 2016. The addition of a new infotainment system for 2016 provides a comprehensive suite of connectivity features. Volkswagen Group of America is one of the first in the to support all three available connected car systems: Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®. The new MIB II system offers ÚSB and VW-Car Net® App-Connect, allowing owners wîth these systems to access select apps from their smartphones directly through the vehicle's head unit. VW Car-Net's connected vehicle services umbrella also includes connected car services, advanced telematics, and enhanced navigation available by subscription.
A rearview camera now comes standard on S models and SE models add Keyless access wîth push-button start. The Driver Assistance Package (available on SE and SEL models) has been updated to include a number of new technologies, including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Traffic Alert, and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist).
The seventh-generation Golf is wrapped in sheetmetal that is totally modern yet equally unmistakable as a Volkswagen Golf. The shape and design elements remain as defined as ever, wîth a distinctive C-pillar and roofline framing classic Golf side windows, but the striking new front end and steeply sloped hood leave no doubt this model is different from previous generations.
The look is further accentuated by the sharper headlight clusters and horizontal graphic that runs through them, as well as by the narrower grille, which leads to a strong character line that travels along the side and all the way back to the taillight clusters, only breaking for the wheelarches. Just above, another body line can be traced from the rear side window all the way back up to the headlights and front horizontal graphic. These subtle body lines help create a poised yet elegant appearance.
Dimensionally, the Golf grew for 2015 in all directions but up. Overall length increased by 2.1 inches, while width gained 0.5 inches. Overall height decreased, however, by 1.1 inches. Thanks to the MQB architecture, which dictates a fixed relationship between the front-wheel centerline and the pedalbox, the front wheels sit 1.7 inches further forward, giving a premium 'cab backward' aesthetic. Along wîth the design graphics and shape, these updated proportions help the Golf achieve a lower visual center of gravity and a more dynamic stance. Moreover, the new design helped to improve the vehicle's aerodynamics wîth a reduction in the coefficient of drag from 0.32 to 0.29.
The entry Golf TSI® 2-Door and S models are equipped wîth 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, wrapped in 195/65 all-season tires. The Golf S TDI® Clean Diesel stands on larger 16-inch aluminum-alloy rims shod wîth 205/55 R16 tires. Both TSI and TDI lines are upgraded to 17-inch wheels in the SE trim and to 18 inches for the SEL. A sunroof is standard equipment on all trim levels except the entry TSI 2-Door, Golf S, and Golf TDI S.
In addition to the foglights that are fitted on the SE and SEL models, a stand-alone Lighting Package is also available for $995 on Golf TSI and TDI SE and SEL models: it consists of Bi-Xenon headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights, as well as the Volkswagen Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). This system swivels the main headlight beams by up to 15 degrees as the §teering wheel is turned to help illuminate bends in the road more effectively at speeds of more than 6 mph. Ambient interior lighting wîth LED reading lights is standard on the SEL trim and included in the Lighting Package on SE trims. Automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers are available on SE models and above, along wîth automatic headlights.
The large, mature cabin has an emphasis on comfort and a substantial features list. Despite the Golf's lower overall height, interior space increased all around in 2015, wîth 93.5 cubic feet of interior room, 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space up to the parcel shelf and 22.8 cu ft to the roof. That's more luggage room than even the largest mid-size sedan. (concept carz) The versatility of the load space is enhanced by a trunk floor that can be moved up or down by 3.9 inches, while the 60:40 split backrest can be folded to give an almost flat cargo area that easily accommodates a full-size bicycle. With the rear seats folded, the Golf has 52.7 cu ft of cargo capacity.
In addition to the spacious interior, many of the driver controls are positioned to help optimize ergonomics and usability. The seat position, height of the shifter and the spacing between the pedals are fine-tuned for driver comfort. This driver-centric design focus is also evident from the center stack, which is angled towards the driver—a trait frequently seen in premium luxury or performance vehicles. White backlighting for the controls further highlights this upscale ambience, as well as the use of premium materials throughout, such as soft-touch plastics and trim pieces available in chrome, aluminum, and piano-black finishes.
An equal amount of attention has been paid to maximizing comfort and convenience. The two-door Golf TSI 2-Door has standard power windows, door locks, and exterior mirrors, along wîth air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and a MIB II Composition Color touchscreen radio wîth ÚSB and a 5-inch display. The Golf TSI S and TDI S models up the luxury quotient wîth a larger 6.5-inch Composition Media radio wîth VW Car-Net App-Connect, rearview camera, VW Car-Net connected vehicle services, leather-wrapped handbrake, shifter knob and multifunction §teering wheel, and partial power front seats on the four-door models.
A panoramic tilt and slide sunroof becomes available at the Golf S wîth Sunroof and Golf TDI SE trim levels. Regardless of whether the TSI or the TDI engine is selected, all SE trim models are equipped wîth heatable front seats, Keyless access wîth push-button start, and the highly acclaimed Fender® Premium Audio System. The top-of-the-line SEL variants come loaded wîth the aforementioned navigation system, Climatronic® automatic dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting wîth LED interior reading lights, piano-black interior trim, and front comfort sport seats that include a 12-way power driver's seat.
One of the most significant advances in the 2016 Golf comes in the form of its new MIB II touchscreen infotainment system. Base 2-Door models will feature a Composition Color touchscreen radio wîth a 5.0-inch resistive 400x240 color display and a host of standard features including AÚX-in, SD card slots, and a ÚSB multimedia interface wîth Apple iPhone® and iPod® compatibility, reverse camera display, and Bluetooth® technology.
The all-new infotainment system not only creates the foundation for the next generation of Volkswagen's Car-Net connected vehicle services platform, but also offers one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive today. Features available through the new Car-Net are divided into three key areas, 'App-Connect,' 'Security & Service,' and 'Guide & Inform.'
App-Connect. The Composition Media unit is available on S, S wîth Sunroof and SE models. Incorporating the features from the Composition Color unit, the Composition Media unit adds an 800x480 capacitive color touch display wîth proximity sensor, wîth a 6.5-inch screen. Other standard features include App-Connect smartphone integration, Bluetooth wîth the ability to send and receive SMS text messages wîth compatible phones, sync two phones simultaneously, two SD card slots, and a JPEG viewer, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, HD Radio and support for lossless audio file format (Free Lossless Audio Codec FLAC).
The SEL models feature the Discover Media unit, which captures the features available in the previous two units and adds 2.5D Navigation, one-shot voice destination entry, predicts possible destinations based on often used routes, and Destination Entry wîth Quick Search and Auto-complete, and Car-Net Guide & Inform.
Security & Service. Consumers have the ability to access the Car-Net Security & Service suite through the innovative online Customer Web Portal as well as an advanced app for smartphones, providing access to all the features available from virtually anywhere your mobile device is connected to wireless internet.
Available security related features include Automatic Crash Notification, which automatically notifies an operator who can quickly contact first responders in the event of an collision; Manual Emergency Call, a feature that allows for quick access to customer specialists at the touch of a button; Roadside Assistance, for added peace-of-mind in the event of trouble on the road; and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, which uses Car-Net Security & Service to assist law enforcement wîth locating your vehicle in the event that it is stolen.
In addition, VW Car-Net Security & Service offers other new features for 2016 model year including new layers of convenience such as remote vehicle access, remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash (of lights), last parked location information, and remote status check (doors and windows). Consumers will also be able to send a location from their connected smart device to the factory-installed compatible navigation system on select models. For consumers that prefer a more personal touch, agent destination assist is also available.
The Car-Net Security & Service also offers Family Guardian, a suite of features that help families. Features including speed alert, which notifies the owner of the vehicle when the pre-determined maximum speed limit is exceeded; and boundary alert, which lets you know when the vehicle has traveled outside of a pre-set virtual boundary.
Diagnostics and maintenance information is also available through Car-Net. A Vehicle Health Report allows Volkswagen customers to quickly check to see if their vehicle is in proper running order. When it's time for scheduled service, Car-Net Security & Service not only notifies the customer, but provides a simple way to schedule a dealer visit. It can even identify the closest dealer in case you need a recommendation.
Available later this year, the VW Car-Net app for Apple Watch will allow VW customers to control a host of features and functions available through the iPhone app and Customer Web Portal, directly from their wrist. Apple Watch wearers can keep an eye on their vehicle from afar, remotely locking and unlocking doors and viewing the status of doors, windows and sunroof (open or closed). Consumers will also be able to find a parked vehicle quickly, wîth a map of the current vehicle location, walking or driving directions to the vehicle, and the ability to honk the horn and flash the lights remotely. Drivers of gas and TDI® Clean Diesel-equipped Volkswagen vehicles will be able to check their fuel level, right from the Apple Watch. As wîth the Car-Net app for iPhone, Apple Watch wearers will also be able to receive alerts directly to their Apple Watch from the app.
Guide & Inform. Car-Net Guide & Inform offers an enhanced navigation and infotainment experience for VW consumers. Volkswagen has incorporated technologies that enhance existing navigation offerings while adding an additional level of information that empowers consumers.
Satellite navigation is refined wîth Car-Net Guide & Inform, incorporating several layers of information right onto the screen. MIB II-equipped Volkswagen models wîth in-vehicle navigation systems will now feature real-time fuel prices, sports scores, movie information and weather data as part of the three month SiriusXM® Travel Link trial. VW customers will also enjoy real-time traffic information and a complimentary four-year SiriusXM Traffic trial.
Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped wîth VW Car-Net connected vehicle services (not including App-Connect) will receive a no-charge trial for six months after purchase. To extend the benefits of this connectivity system, customers can choose from a number of VW Car-Net payment options: 1 year, for $199; 2 years for $378; 3 years for $540; or, month-to-month, for $17.99. App-Connect can be used free-of-charge and is not included as part of the subscription-based services.
The Golf features compact turbocharged and direct-injection engines throughout the entire model range. In the case of the standard Golf, the 1.8-liter four-cylinder EA888 TSI gasoline engine sees duty under the hood, while the TDI features the EA288 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine. With the TDI engine, Volkswagen aims to further reinforce the benefits of diesel—namely torque, fuel efficiency, and longevity—to the Ú.S. market.
The 1.8-liter TSI unit in the Golf is a member of the latest EA888 engine family and has a state-of-the-art design that uses intelligent downsizing to deliver excellent power and torque as well as efficiency. The Golf's turbocharged 1.8-liter EA888 engine produces 170 horsepower at 4,500 rpm, and torque peaks at 199 pound-feet wîth the broad swathe of torque starting at 1,600 rpm and lasting until 4,400 rpm. The engine, when combined wîth the manual transmission, gets an EPA estimated 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
The TDI Clean Diesel model is powered by the EA288 turbodiesel engine. Designated the modular diesel matrix, or MDB, this engine will form the basis for all future Ú.S.-market Volkswagen diesel products. Just like the MQB platform, the concept is best understood by visualizing the MDB engine as a grouping of standardized modules available across the Volkswagen Group.
The EA288 in the Golf is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection diesel engine, which produces 150 horsepower at 3,500 rpm, as well as 236 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm. The engine, when combined wîth the manual transmission, gets a manufacturer-estimated rating of 32 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway.
The 1.8-liter TSI engine is mated to either a traditional five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission that is optional on Golf TSI 2-door models and S trims, and is standard on SE and SEL models. The EA288 TDI Clean Diesel sends its power to the wheels through either a six-speed manual gearbox or a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, both available regardless of trim level.
| ||Vital Stats|
|Engine : 1.8 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 170 hp
Torque: 199 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 150 hp
Torque: 236 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
The A7 Golf is the first Ú.S.-market vehicle built on Volkswagen's MQB modular platform. The unitary construction chassis has two solid-mounted subframes wîth bolt-on front fenders, and utilizes new technologies such as the laser clamp welder, which produces 'wobble seam' welds in a wave pattern to maximize strength in a limited space, offering up to four times the strength of a traditional spot weld.
The Golf models' stamped steel body and chassis boasts 28-percent of its parts in high-strength, hot-formed steel. This technology allows much of the chassis and body to be constructed from thinner and lighter parts without any loss in strength. Thanks to the use of selective thickness for parts, a single component can be tailor-rolled to have as many as 11 zones of varying thicknesses.
The Golf features a strut-type front suspension. At the back, the TSI models have a multilink arrangement wîth coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar. The TDI Clean Diesel models use a compact torsion beam rear suspension wîth coil springs and telescopic dampers. The rack-and-pinion §teering features electric power assist and features a 13.6 to one ratio that allows for 2.76 turns from lock to lock.
All 2016 Golf models are equipped wîth the XDS® Cross Differential System, which acts somewhat like an electronic substitute for a traditional mechanical limited-slip differential, working by actively monitoring data from each wheel sensor. If the suspension becomes unloaded, the system automatically applies braking to the driven inside wheel as needed to help reduce understeer (the tendency for the front wheels to run wide). This not only helps the Golf's stability, but also helps improve handling and cornering performance.Safety
To help keep occupants safe, the Golf provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. The Golf has been engineered to meet or exceed all current crash regulations and features six airbags as standard, along wîth a number of electronic and mechanical safety systems.
The seventh-generation Golf's braking system involves substantial 11.3-inch vented front discs and 10.7-inch solid rear discs (10.0 inches for the TDI) wîth standard three-channel ABS wîth electronic brake pressure distribution. All Golf models are equipped wîth standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
A standard feature on the 2016 Golf models is Volkswagen's Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System addresses this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
The Golf also includes Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions.Driver Assistance Systems
The SE and SEL models are available wîth the Driver Assistance Package that adds Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning wîth Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Traffic Alert, front and rear Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist).
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses forward facing radar to maintain a set speed while helping maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. The driver sets the speed and the desired spacing via buttons on the multifunction §teering wheel and can use the accelerator, brake pedal, or §teering wheel to cancel or override the ACC function. All system messages appear in the central multifunction display.
When the roadway ahead of the vehicle is empty, the system can maintain the set speed. Golf models fitted wîth automatic transmissions and ACC can match a vehicle in front and come to a stop, as well as resume ACC control after the driver presses the accelerator pedal or the 'resume' button on the §teering wheel. On manual transmission Golf models, the ACC ceases to operate below 19 mph.
Within physical system limits, Forward Collision Warning helps warn the driver of critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by a warning symbol in the instrument cluster, and, if necessary, Autonomous Emergency Braking is activated to slow the vehicle if the driver fails to brake. If the brake pedal is applied but the driver brakes too lightly, the brake pressure is increased by the system (Braking Support).
If there is an indication that the vehicle is unintentionally straying from its lane, the Lane Departure Warning system actively countersteers to help keep the vehicle in the lane above 40 mph. The system's camera recognizes visible lane markings (one side suffices) and, using a special algorithm, calculates the risk of the car leaving the lane. If the driver takes their hands off the wheel for a defined period of time, or the vehicle crosses a lane marking without use of a turn signal, the system provides an audible warning and a visual signal in the instrument cluster, asking the driver to take over.
The system works in the dark and/or in fog, but will not engage if it cannot properly detect lane markings. If the turn signal has been set before crossing a lane marking, the Lane Departure Warning system will not engage or give a warning. The driver can 'override' the system at any time by applying minimal force, and is not relieved of responsibility to make conscious driving decisions.
Blind Spot Monitor uses two radar sensors at the rear of the vehicle to scan the approaching traffic and help warn drivers of potential danger in adjacent lanes. If the driver uses the turn signal to indicate a lane change while a vehicle is detected in a blind spot, the system utilizes a flashing LED symbol in the outer area of the side mirrors.
The system is designed to help alert drivers in specific situations; stationary objects or oncoming vehicles do not trigger warnings, nor will vehicles more than one lane across.
The Rear Traffic Alert system not only helps alert the driver to stationary and moving vehicles directly behind, but also helps detect vehicles approaching from the side that may be difficult for the driver to see while reversing. It offers a sizable range of about 65 to 80 feet, depending on model, and will present a visual and an acoustic warning, before applying the brakes if a potential impending collision is detected. The system is activated either by selecting reverse gear or by the optional Park Distance Control when starting off.
Park Distance Control (Park Pilot) uses ultrasonic sensors located in the front and rear bumpers to monitor a range of up to five feet in front or behind the vehicle. The system is activated when reverse gear is engaged or below a speed of 9 mph and helps provide guidance when parking or in tight situations. The system has audible and visual warnings when the car starts to approach parked cars or static objects from the front or rear.
The Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) automatically steers the car into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces in reverse. After pressing the Park Assist button—once for parallel and twice for perpendicular—the driver only needs to activate the accelerator pedal and brake once a gear is selected, as Park Assist automatically helps steer the vehicle into the parking space.
The driver can override or deactivate the §teering assistance at any time by turning the §teering wheel, disengaging reverse gear or pressing the button. Below 25 mph, the system scans both the left-hand and right-hand sides of the road, for example in a one-way street, for any parking spaces as it drives past. By activating the turn signal, the driver stipulates which side of the road they wish to park on.Limited Warranty
The 2016 Golf TSI and Golf TDI models are offered wîth Volkswagen's standard five-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and three-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty.Model Line-up
With a starting price of $18,495 (plus $820 destination and delivery), the TSI 2-Door brings a high level of standard equipment to the compact hatchback class. This Golf model features a standard turbocharged and direct-inject engine; 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; Bluetooth connectivity; MIB II Composition Color touchscreen infotainment system wîth ÚSB and a 5-inch display; Daytime Running Lights; cruise control; cloth seats wîth front manual lumbar adjustment; power windows; power door locks; and air conditioning. Equipped wîth the six-speed automatic transmission, the TSI 2-Door is priced at $19,595.TSI S
The TSI S begins at $19,575 for the two-door model wîth five-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
An automatic transmission is available for an additional $1,100. The four-door manual starts at $20,175. This model adds a rearview camera; a MIB II Composition Media touchscreen infotainment system, VW Car-Net App-Connect and a 6.5-inch display; VW Car-Net connected vehicle services; SiriusXM Satellite Radio; leather-wrapped handbrake, shifter knob, and multifunction §teering wheel. Four-door models add partial power seats for front passengers.TSI S w/ Sunroof
The TSI S w/ Sunroof, which is only available as a four-door model, starts at $22,625 wîth the automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
It adds a power tilt and slide panoramic sunroof to the S model's extensive list of standard equipment.TSI SE
Pricing for the midrange TSI SE begins at $25,225 wîth automatic transmission The SE includes all the features of the TSI S and adds: 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; a cold weather package consisting of heatable front seats and heated front washer nozzles; rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers; automatic headlights; front foglights; Keyless access wîth push-button start; and the exclusive Fender Premium Audio System. The $1,495 Driver Assistance Package adds Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning wîth Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Traffic Alert, Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist). A Lighting Package becomes available at this trim level: for $995 it adds Bi-Xenon headlights wîth LED daytime running lights, ambient lighting wîth LED interior reading lights, and the Adaptive Front-lighting System.TSI SEL
Building on the specifications and layout of the TSI SE, the TSI SEL starts at $27,425. The top Golf trim includes 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and adds a MIB II Discover Media touchscreen navigation system; Climatronic automatic air conditioning; sport comfort seats wîth a 12-way power driver's seat; and ambient lighting wîth LED interior reading lights.TDI S
The line of diesel-powered Golf models largely mirrors its gasoline siblings in terms of features and packages. Both the entry S 2-Door and S 4-Door models offer a six-speed manual gearbox and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels as standard, wîth a dual-clutch DSG automatic available.TDI SE
The TDI SE adds a sunroof and the same list of equipment and optional packages as its gasoline-powered counterpart, including the Fender Premium Audio System and the cold weather package.TDI SEL
Like the TDI SE, the TDI SEL is available wîth either six-speed manual or DSG transmissions. The standard equipment mirrors the Golf SEL, adding features such as a navigation system, Climatronic automatic air conditioning, and sport comfort seats wîth a 12-way power driver's seat.Source - Volkswagen
1975 – 2008: THE HISTORY OF THE GOLF GTI
The Volkswagen Golf GTI was unveiled in 1975 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The ÚK market had to wait a further two years for vehicles to arrive – 1977 saw 34 examples, all of them left hand drive, sold in the GTI's first tentative year.
The GTI was powered by a 1,588 cc four cylinder engine wîth K-Jetronic fuel injection it developed 110 PS at 6,100 rpm and 103 lbs ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. This allowed the GTI, which weighed 810 kg unladen, to hit 60 mph from standstill in nine-seconds before reaching a top speed of 110 mph.
The now familiar mix of a high-revving, responsive four-cylinder engine installed in a hatchback body wîth the emphasis on driving fun was linked to a pared down interior came as a revelation at the time. Especially when combined wîth tartan trim and the now iconic golf ball gearshift.
The car was an instant hit. By the time right-hand drive cars arrived in the ÚK in 1979 a total of 1,573 cars were sold in that year, a number that would triple within two years.
In 1984 the Mk II GTI was launched and picked up where the Mk I left off. A new chassis structure, a 1,781 cc engine developing 112 PS and 114 lbs ft of torque and new styling evolved the GTI and saw it appeal to a new generation of fans. Sales of the Mk II GTI surpassed those of the Mk I, peaking at 17,193 vehicles in 1989. In Germany a supercharged G60 version developing 160 PS was sold, an output that wouldn't be bettered in a GTI until 2002.
Three years later the Mk III GTI was launched, bringing wîth it a new 2.0-litre eight-valve engine and improved aerodynamics over the previous Mk I and Mk II models. In 1993 the GTI fitted was wîth a 2.0-litre 16-valve engine, raising the power output from 115 PS in the eight-valve model up to a more substantial 150 PS and 133 lbs ft of torque to drop the 0-60 mph time to 8.3 seconds and raise the top speed to 133 mph.
The introduction of the Mk IV GTI in 1998 saw significant changes to the line-up wîth the first diesel-engined GTI introduced along wîth two petrol engines in a total of four different states of tune. The Mk IV GTI made significant gains in refinement and safety – in 2002 the fastest accelerating and most powerful GTI produced up until that point was released in the form of the 180 PS GTI 25th Anniversary Edition. It was the success of this more powerful vehicle that inspired the introduction of the Mk V GTI.
Launched in September 2004 at the Paris Motor Show the Mk V GTI equipped wîth a 200 PS engine was not only the most powerful but also the most focused GTI yet produced. A new 2.0-litre T-FSI engine linked to a six-speed gearbox and standard Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) were linked to a new chassis equipped wîth MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link configuration at the rear. The vehicle was 15 mm lower than the standard Golf on new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars.
Visual cues were taken from the original GTI wîth the return of the tartan interior and the red surround to the grille element – even the GTI typeface used on the badge echoed that of the original.
The Mk V GTI served as a basis for two special editions – the Pirelli and Edition 30. Both models were powered by an evolution of the 2.0-litre T-FSI engine fitted to the conventional GTI, albeit both producing 230 PS.
The wildest GTI ever created – the GTI W12-650 – was also based on the Mk V. Powered by a mid-mounted 6.0-litre W12 engine producing 650 PS the vehicle could accelerate to 62 mph in 3.7-seconds and could theoretically achieve a maximum speed of 201 mph.
Production of the Mk V Golf ceased in August 2008 wîth a total of 17,630 examples sold in the ÚK alone. In total over 1,700,000 examples of the GTI have been sold worldwide since the vehicle went on sale in 1976.Source - Volkswagen
A compact car manufacturer in Germany, the Rabbit originally debuted in Europe in 1974 as the Volkswagen Golf and it adopted the Rabbit moniker once it made its first appearance in Canada and the U.S. in 1975. The named was switched back to the original Golf name in 1985 and it remained that way for 21 years.
In 1975, Volkswagen introduced the Rabbit as an attempt to correct flagging sales for their company. At the time, Japanese auto makers were competing with the VW Beetle by introducing little ‘econoboxes' at a much cheaper price and were overwhelming the U.S. market. Cute, compact and a front wheel drive vehicle, the Rabbit was priced nearly the same as a Japanese econobox, but with a water-cooled 4 cylinder engine with a transversely mounted engine that drove the front wheels.
Replacing the Beetle in the U.S. market, it wasn't until about 4 years after it was introduced when the Rabbit finally became popular, most of this due to the oil crisis. Fuel economy was excellent on the tiny little car, 45 in the city, and up to 57 mpg on the highway, this could be combined with the optional 1.514 cylinder Diesel. Enthusiasts clamored for this new Volkswagen. In 1979 production for the U.S. market was relocation to New Stanton, Pennsylvania and the first Rabbit rolled off the assembly line on April 10th, 1978. NBC news was on hand to document the first foreign vehicle to be built in the U.S.A. Production of the VW went from April of 1978 until July 1988 at the New Stanton plant before they closed. A total of 1,192,411 vehicles were produced at this plant.
For the late 1979 model year the Rabbit received a make-over as the production was moved. The largest and most noticeable change to the American Rabbit, were the addition of all new square headlights. 1979 was also the year that the Rabbit Convertible was introduced and featured the body of the Rabbit, but featured a soft vinyl top. The convertible featured the round headlights that were found on older-model rabbit's.
The Rabbit received yet another make-over in 1981 and featured the new square headlight from the previous year, with wrap around turn signals that replaced the ones that had been used previously in the bumper. Inside, the Rabbit received a much more modern ‘Americanized' interior that was color keyed completely in the inside. For the 1981 model year, the engine was upgraded to a larger size and the gas engine leaped from 1.6 to 1.71 and the diesel also shot from a 1.5 to a 1.6.
During its production run, the VW Rabbit didn't receive many changes, though it did undergo many improvements. The Rabbit pickup was debuted in 1979 late in the year for the 1980 model year. The pickup was lengthened by 3 feet and had great hauling capacity and was offered with either a diesel or gas engine, though most were sold as diesels.
The GTi was introduced in 1982 and a much more sporty rendition of the VW Rabbit. The engine was a 1.81 and it featured a much stiffer suspension, front air dam, alloy wheels and unique Recaro sports seats. All of the grand features that drivers wanted were improved, the top speed, the handling and the acceleration on the GTi.
In 1982 a special 'black tie' edition Rabbit was introduced and featured black bumpers and mouldings that gave it an elegant look. On the inside, special seats were utilized and a rear wiper was also added. A Wolfsburg Edition Rabbit was debuted for 1984. A lush Rabbit model, the Wolfsburg came with a very unique interior, along with an extra moulding on the bottom of the door, and A/C.
The Volkswagen Golf was introduced in July of 1984 and the Rabbit stepped aside a bit. After being redesigned and renamed, the Rabbit convertible became the Cabriolet, and more recently to the Cabrio. Though it was not a long-lasting vehicle, the Rabbit was a popular vehicle that made a big impact on the history of Volkswagen. Today, the Rabbit is still a popular vehicle that is still in high demand all over the U.S. Though U.S. production has stopped, the MK1's continue to be produced by Volkswagen of South Africa dubbed as the CitiGolf model.
Volkswagen of America announced the return of the Rabbit on April 12, 2006 at the Detroit Auto Show. This was due partly to the decline of sales for the VW Golf in the North American market and VW of America choosing to re-brand the Golf name. This newly introduced model is the same as the Golf V that is sold worldwide.
For the 2007 model year, the Mk V Rabbit replaced the VW Golf and the engine was upgraded to a standard 2.5-L 150-hp I-5 for both the 2-door and 4-door models. The '06 Rabbit was available in two trims, a 2-door and a 4-door hatchback. The 2-door came wit a 150-hp 2.5L DOHC engine, speed sensitive wipers, 10-speaker AM/FM CD stereo system, 6 way manually adjustable driver's seat and turn signal indicator in side mirrors. The 4-door rabbit came with a 150-hp 2.5L DOHC engine, heatable front seats, adjustable lumbar support for both driver and front passenger, light tinted windows, and 60/40 folding rear seat.
By March 2009 the Volkswagen again chose to drop the 'Rabbit' nomenclature and chose once again to rename it the 'Golf'. Volkswagen debuted the all new Golf/Rabbit online on August 2008, thought the official unveiling of the 6th generation occurred at the 2008 Paris Motor Show in October 2008. The newest Golf/Rabbit will be wider than before and will feature body styling similar to the VW Scirocco as well as tail-lamps that remind one of the Touareg. Under the hood was a range of 2-diesel (1.9-liter and 2.0-liter TDI) and 3 Petrol (1.4-liter TSI, 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter TFSI) burning engines. The '09 Rabbit features a 5-cylinder engine with Tiptronic 6 speed automatic transmission which can be adjusted to sport mode which allows for longer RPM runs before gear shifting. To keep the engine in the power band, the sport mode also aggressively down shifts. A manual mode is available as an alternative that allowed the driver to shift gears up and down, much like a F1 car.
On October 15, 2008 the first U.K. example of the all new Golf was auction off for charity by the London Press Club Ball. All of the proceeds went to the 'Journalists' Charity', a UK charity for journalists in need.
At this time there are no hybrid variants of the VW rabbit, but there is also an opportunity that Volkswagen's 2.0 liter clean diesel engine will be available from 2008 on. Outside of North America the VW Rabbit is known as the Golf and over 5 generations and more than 24 million vehicles have been produced.By Jessica Donaldson