2012 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF: IMPROVING AN ICONThe versatile Golf is the hatchback that's loaded with German engineering
•Sixth generation of iconic Golf
•Global sales of more than 27 million since worldwide launch in 1974
•MY 2012 line-up features two- and four-door models with choice of 2.5-liter and TDI® Clean Diesel power
•Golf TDI Clean Diesel named one of Top 10 Green Cars of 2011 by Kelly Blue Book's kbb.com
•Golf rated Total Quality leader in Strategic Vision Inc. 2011 Total Quality Index
•Starting Base Price of $17,995 for well-equipped Golf 2.5; $23,995 for Golf TDI Clean Diesel
•Packages and stand-alone options simplified for MY 2012 Herndon, VA
– The Volkswagen Golf remains the hatchback of choice for buyers demanding German engineering coupled with benchmark levels of quality, safety, style and refinement. With global sales now topping 27 million, the Golf continues to be Volkswagen's most successful model ever—and in the Ú.S., the Golf continues to win over consumers, with sales increasing by 23.3 percent, year-to-date.
For 2012, Golf continues to be offered in both two and four-door models with a choice of 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder gasoline engine or the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel that offers an EPA fuel economy rating of 42 mpg on the highway.
The strong tradition of affordable pricing coupled with high levels of standard equipment also continues. The 2012 Golf two-door with smooth-shifting manual transmission starts at just $17,995.New for 2012
For the 2012 model year, option packages along with stand-alone options have been re-thought and simplified. Now, the 2.5-liter and TDI Clean Diesel models are available in three well-equipped trim levels.
For the 2.5-liter, the new line-up runs 2.5-liter Golf, 2.5-liter Golf with Convenience, and 2.5-liter Golf with Convenience and Sunroof.
The Convenience package includes features such as voice-controlled Bluetooth® technology and Cold weather equipment (heated front seats and front washer nozzles). Convenience with Sunroof adds a power/tilting and sliding sunroof, Mobile Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® cable, and Premium VIII audio.
The 2012 Golf TDI Clean Diesel model range now features Golf TDI, Golf TDI with Sunroof and Navigation, and Golf TDI with Tech Package. Even the entry Golf TDI comes equipped with Bluetooth®, Cold Weather package, Premium VIII audio and new-for-2102 10-spoke 17-inch Salamanca aluminum-alloy wheels.
Features of the Tech Package include Bi-Xenon high-intensity headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). Part of the package that is new-for-2012 includes LED daylight-running lights, as well as a Dynaudio® premium sound system and keyless entry with push-button start.Exterior
This sixth-generation Golf evolves the clean-cut design language of its successors to deliver one of the most recognizable shapes in the automotive world. Its simple, minimalistic lines are in stark contrast to many of its over-stylized rivals.
The front-end design uses strong horizontal lines such as the wide, double-bar grille and front bumper air dam vanes-to visually lower and widen the car's stance. The swept-back headlight design heightens the athletic look of the car. The headlights themselves are beautifully crafted: new for 2012 on the Golf TDI Clean Diesel with Tech Package are dramatic, bright-white LED daytime running lights that run along the sides and base of the headlamp units.
In profile, a crisp, sharp crease runs the entire length of the Golf adding visual movement to the car, while pronounced wheelarches add visual muscle. Black window trim and the absence of side moldings are in keeping with this clean-cut look. To ensure the driver has exceptional all-round visibility for added safety, the Golf boasts slender roof pillars along with a large tailgate glass. Mounted at the top of the hatch, visually extending the roofline, is a neat rear spoiler that houses a center high mounted stop lamp (CHMSL).
Distinctive rear taillights feature four individual lenses intersected by a clear panel for the turn signals and back-up lights. Running reflectors are blended into the lower rear bumper which features a blacked-out insert and a cutout for a pair of exhaust tips. Mounted between those rear lights is the trademark Volkswagen badge—only this one has a trick up its sleeve. Push the top portion of the badge and the bottom tilts upwards to release the tailgate.Interior
One of the hallmarks of the 2012 Golf is its exceptionally well-crafted interior that continues to set the quality benchmark in its class. Even the entry-level models feature the kind of materials, fit and finish, and outstanding attention to detail normally reserved for much higher-priced luxury vehicles. Simply releasing the soft-opening, silicone-dampened glovebox allows you to experience just one example of this remarkable attention to detail.
Throughout the cabin, high quality, soft-touch plastics are integrated with tasteful, brushed metallic trim and chrome highlights. Brushed metallic trim inserts are standard on the dash and in the door panels of all Golf models, and accent the Golf's instrument panel and center console.
To match the Golf's long-standing reputation as an involving, fun-to-drive compact car, the interior features front seats with body-hugging side bolsters for added support, plus an array of adjustments. All two-door models start out with eight-way manual adjustment, together with two-way adjustable lumbar support, and adjustment for height. Four-door models have power recline. And to ensure the perfect driving position, the thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel is adjustable for height and reach. For TDI Clean Diesel models, the wheel itself is leather-wrapped and features multifunction controls.
The 2012 Golf also boasts true flexibility and carry-all versatility that only a hatchback design can offer. Raise that high-lifting tailgate, flip forward the 60/40 split-folding rear seat—it comes with a pass-through on TDI models—and the Golf can swallow an impressive 46 cubic feet of luggage. Keep the rear seats in place and there's still space for 15.2 cubic feet of cargo. Standard on all Golf models are a luggage compartment cover, full carpeting/lining in the trunk and luggage area illumination.
Where the Golf also sets exceptionally high standards is in interior refinement. In creating this sixth-generation model, Volkswagen engineers made real advances in reducing noise levels. A highly effective noise-damping intermediate layer is used in the windshield, and sound-deadening technologies and materials are incorporated around the mounting points for the body panels, engine firewall, foot pedals, center tunnel, and around the air conditioning and heating system. The result is the quietest Golf ever.
Music is key to all Golf owners, so even the base Golf 2.5L features an eight-speaker AM/FM radio with single-disc CD player, MP3 readability, and an auxiliary input jack for connecting portable media players. All Golf TDI Clean Diesel models come standard with Premium VIII sound that includes a sleek, user-friendly touchscreen, eight speakers and AM/FM/SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio, plus in-dash six-disc CD changer along with an SD Card slot, and an MDI with iPod® cable. For audiophiles, the crystal clear 300-watt Dynaudio® premium sound system is available on the TDI with Tech Package.Engines and Transmissions
The 2012 Golf is offered with the choice of two technically-advanced engines. Buyers can choose either the 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder gasoline engine, or the 50-state compliant 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel.
The 2.5L inline five-cylinder engine produces 170 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. It features an aluminum-alloy crossflow cylinder head with four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, maintenance-free hydraulic lifters, and sequential multi-port fuel injection.
A five-speed manual transmission comes standard on the Golf 2.5L two-door, while a six-speed automatic with Tiptronic® and Sport mode is standard on the four-door. Tiptronic allows a driver to shift manually with an up or down push of the gear selector.
The 2.5-liter engine with the five-speed manual returns 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, based on EPA estimates. The Golf 2.5-liter four-door with the standard six-speed automatic has a EPA fuel economy estimates of 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Volkswagen's highly efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel produces 140 horsepower and an impressive 236 lb-ft of torque delivered between 1750 and 2500 rpm. This state-of-the-art diesel features an advanced common-rail direct-injection fuel system. The valvetrain consists of double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters.
Standard on the Golf TDI Clean Diesel is a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
The TDI is also available with the highly acclaimed six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode—providing drivers with the performance of the manual gearbox with the effortless precision of an automatic. Both models deliver an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in city travel and an impressive 42 mpg on the highway, with a single tank range of more than 600 miles.Suspension
Responsive, driver-focused handling is the hallmark of every Volkswagen Golf. And much of this is down to the car's German-engineered suspension which provides exceptional balance and fun-to-drive agility. All Golf models feature proven strut-type front suspension with coil springs, a lower control arm, and an anti-roll bar. At the rear there is a fully-independent multilink arrangement with coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar.
Steering is enhanced with an electro-mechanical, variably assisted, power rack-and-pinion system. It's able to vary the feel of the steering wheel to suit the speed and driving situation; firm and direct when driving hard, lighter and less sensitive at parking speeds.
Bringing the Golf to a halt is a sophisticated braking system that incorporates power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes, with vented 11.3-inch-diameter discs at the front and 10.7-inch solid discs at the rear. Anti-lock braking (ABS) is standard together with electronic brake pressure distribution.Safety and Security
As with all Volkswagen models, the starting point for ensuring the safety of those inside is with an extremely strong and rigid body structure. Key body components are made using ultra-high-strength steel and joined with seamless laser welds instead of spot welds.
In a collision, occupants are protected by six airbags (dual front, side, and side curtain airbags). In addition, every Golf offers front safety belt pretensioners with load limiters and three-point safety belts in all five seating positions (two front, three rear), with emergency locking retractors.
In addition to these, the 2012 Golf comes with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard equipment. This key safety feature detects any loss of control and automatically brakes individual front or rear wheels and reduces engine power as needed to help maintain directional control.
The Golf also comes with Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System. In certain types of collision, the fuel pump is shut off instantaneously, the doors are unlocked, and the hazard lights switched on.Model Line-up
For the 2012 model year, option packages along with stand-alone options have been re-thought and simplified.2.5L GOLF
2.5L GOLF WITH CONVENIENCE
Engine : 2.5 L., 5-cylinder
Power: 170 hp
Torque: 177 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 140 hp
Torque: 236 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
With a starting price of $17,995 for the two-door with five-speed manual transmission, and $19,795 for the four-door version, the 2.5L represents impressive value. Its standard features include 15-inch wheels with wheel covers; rear window wiper & washer system; body-colored exterior mirrors, moldings, door handles, and bumpers; daytime running lights; tilt and telescopic steering column; power windows with auto up/down; cruise control; adjustable intermittent front windshield wipers; compass; trip computer; air conditioning; cloth seating surfaces; two-way manual lumbar support; split folding rear seat with armrest and pass-through; RCD310 radio with single CD, eight speakers, and Aux-In; dual front airbags, front side airbags with side curtains; and dual polished exhaust tips.
Priced from $18,595 for the two-door and $20,395 for the four-door, the package adds a front center armrest, heatable front seats and Bluetooth® technology.2.5L GOLF WITH CONVENIENCE AND SÚNROOF
Priced from $20,395 for the two-door, and $22,195 for the four-door, this adds: a sunroof with power tilt and sliding; Premium VIII touchscreen radio with six-CD in-dash changer; Sirius® Satellite Radio, with limited time subscription; and an MDI with an iPod® cable.
2.0L GOLF TDI Clean Diesel
With a starting MSRP of $23,995 for the two-door, and $24,695 for the four-door, the Golf TDI is equipped as standard with the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine; 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; heated front washer nozzles; front center armrest; leather-wrapped, multifunction steering wheel (manual shift paddles for DSG®); footwell lighting; heatable front seats; Premium VIII touchscreen radio with six-CD in-dash changer; SiriusXM Satellite Radio; MDI with iPod cable and Bluetooth.2.0L GOLF TDI Clean Diesel WITH SÚNROOF AND NAVIGATION
Priced from $25,695 for the two-door, and $26,395 for the four-door, this package features a sunroof with power tilt and slide and an RNS315 radio navigation system.2.0L TDI Clean Diesel WITH TECH PACKAGE
Priced at $27,365 for the two-door, and $28,065 for the four-door, this adds: Bi-Xenon headlamps with AFS: Dynaudio premium sound system; LED DRLs; and keyless access with push-button start.About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan through approximately 600 independent Ú.S. dealers. All 2011 Volkswagen models come standard-equipped with Electronic Stability Control. This is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called ESC the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.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 with 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 with the emphasis on driving fun was linked to a pared down interior came as a revelation at the time. Especially when combined with 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 with 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 with 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 with the first diesel-engined GTI introduced along with 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 with 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 with 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 with 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 with 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