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VW News: Volkswagen Releases Some Details About The Next Golf

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William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

August 23, 2012

Volkswagen has released some details about the next Golf, which will have its official debut in Berlin next month.

The new Golf will be larger than the outgoing model. The overall length will now be 167.5 inches, and it will be 57.2 inches tall and 70.8 inches wide. Volkswagen says the Golf is larger due to increased safety and giving passengers more space.

Despite the added size, Volkwagen cut close to 220 lbs out of the new Golf thanks to high-strength steel, aluminum suspension components, new electronics, and lighter seats.

The Golf will be riding on Volkswagen's new MQB FWD platform, which can be sized to fit subcompact cars to full-size sedans while using the same engine, front axle, and pedal positioning.

When launched in Europe, the Golf will come with a range of gasoline and diesel powertrain options. For the U.S., expect a 1.8L turbo-four and a diesel. A six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch will be your transmission choices.

At the moment, Volkwagen hasn't said when the next Golf will be arriving to the U.S. Sometime next year is a safe bet.

Source: Autocar

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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bigger.........hmmmmmmm

VW really intends to build about 2/3 of its cars worldwide off this don't they

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So is it just me or has VW been on a bloat diet with all their cars getting bigger/fatter/heavier? Or is this due to the stupid pedestrian safety requirements of Europe? The socialist drive to get everyone the same on mass transit and make all cars look the same is just stupid.

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V dub is trying to make a one size fits all platform that accomodates its biggest sellers in the US and Europe as well as other markets.

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So is it just me or has VW been on a bloat diet with all their cars getting bigger/fatter/heavier?

Actually the new Golf drops about 220 lbs from the previous model. (Story has been updated with this info).

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