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2017 Volkswagen Golf news, pictures, specifications, and information

2017 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF: THE AWARD-WINNING HATCHBACK JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER

• 2015 North American Car of the Year and Motor Trend Car of the Year builds on its success
• MSRP starts at $19,895 for the Golf TSI® S wîth manual transmission
• Wolfsburg Edition trim brings added value to Golf lineup wîth standard Driver Assist features
• MIB II infotainment system offers ÚSB connectivity and compatible smartphone integration wîth VW Car-Net® App-Connect technology
• 1.8-liter TSI engine achieves an EPA estimated 37 mpg highway
• Room for five wîth a larger trunk than any midsize sedan

Herndon, VA – It has 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 Golf continues to represent a great value wîth loads of interior and cargo space, fuel-efficient engine choices and world-class engineering.

New for 2017

The Golf adds a high-value Wolfsburg Edition trim to the lineup, slotting above the S model. The Wolfsburg Edition adds the following equipment to the S trim: panoramic sunroof; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; KESSY® keyless access wîth push-button start; heatable front seats; automatic headlights; rain-sensing windshield wipers; 16-inch 'Dover' aluminum-alloy wheels; Wolfsburg Edition floormats; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); and Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Traffic Alert.

Exterior

The seventh-generation Golf is wrapped in sheet metal that is modern, yet 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 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 wîth a detail line 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. These subtle body lines help create a poised yet elegant appearance.

Dimensionally, the latest Golf is bigger than its predecessor in all aspects other than height. 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 shaping and horizontal design emphasis, 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 Golf TSI® S is equipped wîth 15-inch 'Lyon' aluminum-alloy wheels, wrapped in 195/65 all-season tires, and is upgraded to 16-inch wheels in the Wolfsburg trim: 18-inch 'Durban' aluminum-alloy wheels are available as an option for both S and Wolfsburg Edition trims. A panoramic tilt-and-slide sunroof is standard equipment on the new Wolfsburg Edition., along wîth automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers and automatic halogen headlights.

Interior

The large, well-appointed 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. 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, 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 increased 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 helping maximize comfort and convenience. The Golf TSI S has standard power windows wîth one-touch up/down from all window switches, power door locks, and power exterior mirrors, along wîth Climatic® air conditioning; cruise control; leather-wrapped handbrake, shifter knob and multifunction §teering wheel; partial power front seats; Bluetooth® connectivity wîth audio streaming for compatible devices; and a MIB II Composition Color 6.5-inch touchscreen radio wîth ÚSB and Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect smartphone integration, rearview camera, and Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service.

All Wolfsburg trim models are equipped wîth V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; KESSY keyless access wîth push-button start; heatable front seats and Wolfsburg Edition floormats.

One of the most technologically advanced features in the 2017 Golf comes in the form of its MIB II touchscreen infotainment system, which offers a host of standard features including AÚX-in, an SD card slot, HD Radio, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio capability, and a ÚSB multimedia interface wîth compatible Apple iPhone® and iPod® integration, reverse camera display, and Bluetooth technology wîth audio streaming. In addition, the system offers one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive today. Features available through the Car-Net are divided into three key areas, App-Connect, Security & Service, and Guide & Inform, which is only available on vehicles that have an integrated navigation system.

App-Connect. The Composition Media unit is standard on the 2017 Golf. This unit features 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 stream audio and sync two phones simultaneously, an SD card slot, and a JPEG viewer, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, HD Radio and support for lossless audio file format (Free Lossless Audio Codec FLAC).

Security & Service. With the Car-Net Security & Service suite, owners can access their VW remotely through vw.com/carnet as well as a smartphone app and an in-car Car-Net button console, providing access to the features available from virtually anywhere your mobile device is connected to wireless internet.

Available security related features include Automatic Crash Notification, which can automatically notify an operator who can 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 VW Car-Net Security & Service to assist law enforcement wîth locating your vehicle in the event that it is stolen.

In addition, Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service offers 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).

The Car-Net Security & Service also offers Family Guardian, a suite of features that help families. Features including speed alert, which can notify the owner of the vehicle when the preset maximum speed limit is exceeded; and boundary alert, which can alert you if the vehicle has traveled outside of a pre-set virtual boundary.

Diagnostics and maintenance information is also available through VW Car-Net. A Vehicle Health Report allows Volkswagen customers to check to see an overview of vehicle diagnostics. When it's time for scheduled service, Car-Net Security & Service can not only alert the customer, but also provide a simple way to schedule a dealer visit. It can even identify the closest dealer in case you need a recommendation.

Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped wîth Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service 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 Volkswagen Car-Net payment options: 1 year, for $199; 2 years for $378; 3 years for $540; or, month-to-month, for $17.99.

Powertrains

The Golf features a compact turbocharged and direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder TSI gasoline engine. The engine 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, wîth the 6-speed automatic transmission, and torque peaks at 199 pound-feet (184 pound-feet wîth the 5-speed manual transmission) wîth the broad swathe of torque starting at 1,600 rpm and lasting until 4,400 rpm.

The 1.8-liter TSI engine is mated to either a traditional five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission wîth Tiptronic® shifting that is optional on Golf TSI S and Wolfsburg trims. Manual transmission equipped models achieve an EPA estimated 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, while models equipped wîth the automatic transmission achieve 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

Chassis

Vital Stats
Engine : 1.8 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 170 hp
Torque: 199 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 technologies such as the laser clamp welder, which produces 'wobble seam' welds in a wave pattern to help 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 Golf has a multilink arrangement wîth coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar. 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 2017 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 protect occupants, 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 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 2017 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 Wolfsburg model comes equipped wîth Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Traffic Alert.

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.

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 away from the vehicle.

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.

Limited Warranty
The 2017 Golf TSI models are offered wîth Volkswagen's standard five-year/60,000-mile (whichever occurs first) powertrain limited warranty and three-year/36,000-mile (whichever occurs first) new vehicle limited warranty.

Model Line-up

TSI S

$19,895 MSRP (plus $820 destination) wîth manual transmission
$20,995 MSRP (plus $820 destination) wîth automatic transmission

TSI Wolfsburg
$21,595 MSRP (plus $820 destination) wîth manual transmission
$22,695 MSRP (plus $820 destination) wîth automatic transmission

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.

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