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A new report from Germany's Auto motor und sport (via Automotive News) says that Volkswagen is working on a new Golf that will be due out in 2017, just under three years after the current model has begun arriving in the U.S.

The eighth-generation Golf is expected to be lowered and wider than the current model, along with a restyled front end and new taillights. Other changes for the eighth-generation model include an automatic parking system, automatic braking with pedestrian recognition, heads-up display, and the ability ti access and use smartphone apps through the Golf's touchscreen.

The new Golf will still use the MQB modular platform, but feature new engines that are expected to be lighter than the current crop.

Source: Auto motor und sport, Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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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This pretty much wants to make me root for the avian flu an Ebola. Dumb, dumb, dumb on the part of VW...why are we in America the last to get everything, and then we get the crumbs...and then the geniuses at VW wonder why Americans don't want to buy An offblackgreydarkwhite German Camry with power windows that quit in the rain.

Announcing a new Golf before the current one is even fully released here is an insult...

Sorry for the rant. Maybe the MK 8 will have a USB port or a decent navagation screen, two things missing on the mk7. Then again, maybe VW will be happy selling 1400 Golfs a month long term in the US.

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From what I've read the MQB issues were with the production process, so maybe re-engineering the car is the only way to lower the cost of assembly? If so, someone at VW f*ed up seriously on the current MQB cars...

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Why would anyone really want to sit lower to the ground and always have to do a deep squat to get out of the car. That lower sitting position really does not affect the MPG or handling that much in real world driving.

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Depends, some of us like the ultra sweet handling of a Miata, Corvette, BRZ, Boxster, Z4, et al. Key word in the above post though is real world driving.  If it is not a sports car, then the really low center of gravity is pretty much a moot point.  Again, VW of America is showing that it really does not understand American customers.  Many drivers, particularly female, like to sit up higher.  i know my wife does.

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Why would anyone really want to sit lower to the ground and always have to do a deep squat to get out of the car. That lower sitting position really does not affect the MPG or handling that much in real world driving.

 

Lower to the ground most certainly does effect mpg.  There is less wind resistance both above and below the car.  It's one of the reasons the Tesla has a height adjustable suspension

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Why would anyone really want to sit lower to the ground and always have to do a deep squat to get out of the car. That lower sitting position really does not affect the MPG or handling that much in real world driving.

 

Lower to the ground most certainly does effect mpg.  There is less wind resistance both above and below the car.  It's one of the reasons the Tesla has a height adjustable suspension

 

To clarify, I agree with you that it does make a difference on road trips and constant highway driving, but for the bulk of people just driving local city driving, I question that it really affects the MPG that much if at all.

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Horse, yes VW would rather sell Beetles. First of all, the beetle line sold over 40k last year. Not at all niche. VW's entire brand history is based off the Beetle and it's far more charismatic in America than the Golf. VW even tried to rid the Golf name from our soil (Rabbit redux). The Beetle was remade to precisely provide appeal as the 2 door coupe/hatch here because no one wants a 2 door Golf. Side by side in the showroom, the 2 door golf can't compete vs a Beetle. With four doors, the Jetta creams the golf hatch. The only thing that keeps the Golf afloat is the GTI as far as keeping it in the news.

We're lucky actually to get this new version with the new one hitting in 17. I think VW would bail on the Golf if not for the interest in the Focus and Mazda 3 hatches. If this were GM they'd let the previous version wither on the vine a few more years.

VW has a problem, they have this paradox where they want to make one car or platform all over, but then we have 2 world Passats simultaneously on different platforms. I think VW seems to have weird behavior these days with their market planning. Aggressive but not at all executed well.

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What's so bad about lowering the new Golf. I think it's a good idea because it will help the looks, being wider too and the fuel consumption will be improved too. The Golf it's a hatchback, in my opinion they should look a little bit aggresive.  

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What's so bad about lowering the new Golf. I think it's a good idea because it will help the looks, being wider too and the fuel consumption will be improved too. The Golf it's a hatchback, in my opinion they should look a little bit aggresive.  

The lower to the ground the harder it is for most people to get into and out of especially once you go north of 5'8" tall.

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      Pricing for the ID.4 starts at $39,995, for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro (available in the first quarter of 2021), before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is applied. With those credits, the entry price of ID.4 is on par with the 2021 Tiguan SEL.  For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit, the monthly lease payment for a 36-month lease with 10,000 miles a year, is $379 per month with $3,579 due at signing, excluding tax, title, license, options and dealer fees.
      Starting later in 2021, the ID.4 AWD Pro ($43,695) will be available. Both Pro models carry largely the same equipment, with AWD models putting out 302 hp, and adding a heated windshield and tow hitch. These models can be additionally outfitted with two packages—Statement ($4,500), and Gradient ($1,500), which is only offered with Statement.
      The ID.4 launches with a limited-run ID.4 1st Edition (MSRP $43,995). The 1st Edition models feature the same content as the Pro model, and Statement package (minus illuminated VW logo) and Gradient package come standard. These models also include unique features including accelerator and brake pedals with “play” and “pause” logos, the steering wheel and column, radio bezel and door island finished in Electric White, 1st Edition badging, black mirror caps, and a tow hitch.
      Volkswagen plans to offer the ID.4 electric vehicle across all 50 states, and throughout its network of more than 600 dealers. A reservation platform debuts today on VW.com, allowing customers to reserve an ID.4 before it hits dealer showrooms, with a fully refundable $100 reservation fee. As vehicle production starts, reservation holders will be invited to confirm their order with an additional fully refundable $400 vehicle deposit. From placing a reservation, to production and through delivery, the customer can see where they stand and when they can expect their ID. 4 to arrive at their preferred local VW dealer in a simple, transparent process. At that time, the customer can transact with their dealer and complete their purchase.
    • By William Maley
      The COVID-19 pandemic has possibly caused another auto show to rethink their plans. According to Automotive News, organizers of the show are planning to delay the show from November to next May. Three sources tell the outlet the new dates are May 21st to 31st. Two of sources go on to say that an announcement could come this week.
      Automotive News tried to get comment from Terri Toennies, president of the show, but did not reply.
      By possibly moving the LA Auto Show to May, automakers and organizers of the New York and Detroit shows find themselves in a difficult spot. The LA show sandwiches between New York (April) and the revised Detroit show (June), which may cause automakers to make difficult decisions as to which shows get the most significant unveilings or whether to attend at all.
      Auto shows in general have been struggling before the onset of the pandemic. With automakers deciding to hold their own events to have more time in the spotlight and save cash, the spectacle of the show has gone down.
      We'll keep you posted.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    • By William Maley
      The COVID-19 pandemic has possibly caused another auto show to rethink their plans. According to Automotive News, organizers of the show are planning to delay the show from November to next May. Three sources tell the outlet the new dates are May 21st to 31st. Two of sources go on to say that an announcement could come this week.
      Automotive News tried to get comment from Terri Toennies, president of the show, but did not reply.
      By possibly moving the LA Auto Show to May, automakers and organizers of the New York and Detroit shows find themselves in a difficult spot. The LA show sandwiches between New York (April) and the revised Detroit show (June), which may cause automakers to make difficult decisions as to which shows get the most significant unveilings or whether to attend at all.
      Auto shows in general have been struggling before the onset of the pandemic. With automakers deciding to hold their own events to have more time in the spotlight and save cash, the spectacle of the show has gone down.
      We'll keep you posted.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
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