6 August 2008
Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen unveils new Golf

6 August 2008 | Volkswagen is unveiling its most important automotive secret of the year: the new Golf. The car was improved in all areas. The European market launch of the new Golf will begin in October; following in succession will be Africa, Asia, Australia and North America. The entry price for the German market is around 16,500 Euros.

The clear and powerful design of the new Golf is showing the entire brand the way to the future. Its acoustic properties and the overall comfort of the Volkswagen tear down class distinctions. Innovative engines and transmission technologies lower fuel consumption by up to 28 percent. All gasoline and diesel engines satisfy limits of the future EU-5 standard.

Volkswagen Golf

Assistance systems such as 'automatic distance control' (ACC), 'adaptive chassis control' (DCC) and the 'park steering assistant' bring additional new technologies on board the Golf. A new ESP system, with finer response over its control range, further optimized crash properties, seven airbags including knee airbag, the special head restraints (WOKS) that counteract whiplash trauma, a 'seatbelt detection' feature debuting in the rear seating area of the Golf and daytime running lights – that are standard equipment – provide for a maximum level of safety.

Making a significant contribution to the pioneering acoustic properties are the exceptionally quiet TDI common rail engines being used in the Golf for the first time. Two balancer shafts also put an end to undesirable vibrations. Plans call for a TDI power range extending from 66 kW / 90 PS to 125 kW / 170 PS. Right at the market launch, Volkswagen will be offering the Golf with two 2.0 liter TDI engines; they output 81 kW / 110 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS. Always there as production equipment: a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

Volkswagen Golf

The 110 PS strong entry-level diesel is satisfied with 4.5 liters of fuel (119 g/km CO 2 ) per 100 kilometers – that represents a 0.6 liter reduction. Even the 140 PS version requires 4.9 liters of diesel (129 g/km CO 2 ), which is 0.6 liters less.

Four variants will define the range of gasoline engines in the launch phase: 59 kW / 80 PS, 75 kW / 102 PS, 90 kW / 122 PS and 118 kW / 160 PS. Starting at 90 kW / 122 PS, the TSI engines come with supercharger and/or turbocharger. The optimized 80 PS entry-level engine consumes 6.4 liters of Super per hundred kilometers (149 g/km CO 2 ) – that is 0.5 liters less than the previous model. At 122 PS the new Golf 1.4 TSI consumes 6.2 liters of Super (144 g/km CO 2 ); this yields a fuel consumption advantage of 0.1 liters. Compared to the retired 150 PS FSI, the 160 PS TSI's fuel consumption was even lowered by 1.6 liters.

Volkswagen Golf

With the exception of the entry-level versions, all gasoline and diesel engines can be paired with Volkswagen's dual clutch transmission (DSG). Depending on the engine torque, either a 6- speed or 7-speed DSG is used. On the Golf, the efficient and agile DSG has thereby replaced the classic torque converter automatic. Just how efficient the alliance of TSI plus DSG can be is demonstrated by the average fuel consumption of the 1.4 TSI with 160 PS and 7-speed DSG: 6.0 liters (139 g/km CO 2 ). This high-tech duo replaces the 2.0 FSI with 150 PS and 6-speed automatic. Average fuel consumption there: 8.3 liters. Savings: 2.3 liters per hundred kilometers or 28 percent.

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