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New Volkswagen Golf Named ‘World Car of the Year 2013’

New Volkswagen Golf Named ‘World Car of the Year 2013’

The Volkswagen Golf VII was last week Thursday named the ‘World Car of the Year 2013’ at the 2013 Ney York International Auto Show.

This award comes a few weeks after the Volkswagen Golf VII was named the ‘European Car of the Year 2013’ at the 2013 Geneva motor Show. Thus far the new Golf has already received 17 awards since its launch in November 2012.

Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, explained: “We at Volkswagen are all delighted that the Golf has been named ‘World Car of the Year’. To win this award again shows that the Golf is and remains in a class of its own all around the world. This car sets new benchmarks again and again, not least in terms of efficiency and environmental credentials.”

 The ‘World Car of the Year’ jury consists of 66 motoring journalists from 23 countries, who rate new cars appearing on the world market not only for the award, but also in their daily reporting work for millions of drivers and car enthusiasts.

With the Golf VII being launched locally in February this year, there is probably a great chance that the Golf will continue in its winning streak and get named the South African Car of the Year 2014.

We can only wish Volkswagen well.


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VW Golf VII Named Europe's Car of The Year

VW Golf VII Named Europe’s Car of The Year

The new Golf is Europe’s “Car of the Year 2013.” The renowned international “Car of the Year” Award is deemed one of the most important barometers in the automotive industry. The winners were announced yesterday, Monday 4 March 2013 in the run-up to the Geneva Motor Show.

In his acceptance speech, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen AG, stated: “This is a superb result and we are very proud of it. This most significant European award is the perfect final touch to the list of prizes we have already won. Over 29 million customers have made the Golf into the icon that it is. The new Golf will continue this success story.”

The vote for “Car of the Year” is one of the oldest and most renowned in Europe. The best new cars have been given prizes annually since 1964. The panel of judges, consisting of 58 automotive journalists from 22 countries, nominated eight cars for the final run. The finalists were compared and evaluated during the last few months under a broad range of criteria, such as fuel efficiency, comfort, safety, driving properties, functionality, design and technological progress.

In the final vote, the new Golf came out on top with a total score of 414 points – the car in second place received a score of 202 points. Two Volkswagen models have received the coveted prize before, the Golf in 1992 and the Polo in 2010.

The most successful car in Europe has been further perfected in its seventh generation. The new Golf scored high not only with its quality, comfort, low fuel consumption and emission values as well as its excellent drive properties but also in the most vital area of safety. One of its new safety features is the standard Multi-Collision Braking System that slows the vehicle down automatically after an accident so as to reduce the remaining kinetic energy, thus avoiding more subsequent collisions.  Other safety features that are offered as standard in the new Golf include electronic XDS differential lock. These safety features offer maximum of safety and comfort at an affordable price.

The Golf’s success story is exemplary, whether as a classic five door Golf, Golf Cabriolet. It is available in all five continents and in more than 120 countries. With nearly 30 million vehicles produced, the Golf has set new standards in the compact class in the last few decades. New technologies such as ABS, the airbag and the electronic stabilisation programme were integrated and have decisively shaped automotive construction in the class named after it. The exterior and interior of the Golf are also leading the way. Like almost no other product, the Golf distinguishes itself by its unique product and design language, which is seen as timeless and classless to this very day.

The new Golf, which was launched in South Africa in last month, sold over 760 units in its first month of retail.

Source: Volkswagen South Africa

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New Golf GTI to Make Debut in Geneva

New Golf GTI to Make Debut in Geneva

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI is set to debut at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show following on the premier of the Golf GTI concept late last year at the Paris Motor Show.

For the first time the Golf GTI will be available in two power levels, the standard 162kW or the GTI performance with 169kW and front axle differential lock. Both GTI versions will develop 350Nm.

 The sporty character of the Golf GTI is reflected in its traditional red-painted brake callipers, two chrome tailpipes and a sport suspension. The exterior of the compact sports car also scores with 17-inch “Brooklyn” GTI wheels and 225/45 size tyres, special side sills, a diffuser and smoked LED rear lights (including LED licence plate illumination).

Visual highlights in the interior are top sport seats in tartan pattern (“Clark”), a black roofliner and red ambience lighting. The cars also offers sporty GTI features such as a sport steering wheel, GTI gear shift grip and instrument cluster, special trim strips and stainless steel pedals and foot support.

The new Golf GTI may not be the most exciting performance hatch out there but we hope it will offer the same level of all round performance that we have come to expect from it. Judging from the general feedback on the new Golf VII, we think it will do just that.

The new Golf GTI will be introduced in the second half of the year in South Africa.

For more info on the new Golf GTI make sure to read our previous article.

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Production of the New 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII [Video]

Production of the New 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII [Video]

We came across this video of the production process for the new 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII last week. It’s always fascinating to watch a vehicle through the build process.

This video shows the Volkswagen Golf VII, going through the body shop, paint shop, and final assembly line. All along the process checks are made to ensure the car is built according to Volkswagen standards.

The Volkswagen Golf VII will be  locally available from February 2013 with the order book opening from January 2013. For more information on the Volkswagen Golf VII read our earlier article.

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Official Pictures of the New Golf GTI Concept

Official Pictures of the New Golf GTI Concept

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI concept was premiered at the 2012 Paris Motor Show yesterday. The new Golf GTI will produce 162kW and 350Nm in the standard option and 169kW and 350Nm with the optional performance pack. The new Golf GTI will be launched early in 2013 in Europe.

The Golf GTI is powered by a 2.0l turbocharged engine with stop/start technology and fulfils EU-6 emission requirements which come effective in 2014. The engine is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox or the optional 6 speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). Overall fuel consumption on the Golf GTI has been improved with the 162kW Golf GTI having a fuel consumption of 6.0l/100km which is an improvement of 1.3l/100km or 18% improvement over the outgoing model.

The 162kW powered Golf GTI accelerates from 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 246km/h whilst the 169kW powered Golf GTI accelerates from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds and reaches 250km/h.

The performance pack not only offers a plus in power, but also a plus in handling: instead of 16-inch brakes, the GTI is equipped with 17-inch brakes here (with GTI badges on the callipers) and a front axle differential lock (VAQ) that is also being offered for the first time in this form.

A new progressive steering system will be standard on the Golf GTI and optional on all other Golf variants. The progressive steering allows the GTI to realise optimised steering behaviour that is sporty yet practical in everyday driving.

From an exterior styling perspective the new Golf GTI follows the ethos that has been defined by previous model GTI’s featuring classic GTI insignia. On the exterior, these include the red painted brake callipers, a GTI-typical honeycomb structure for the air inlet screens, smoked LED rear lights including LED licence plate lighting as well as chrome 80 mm diameter tailpipes on the left and right.

The Golf GTI interior is filled by tartan patterned sport’s seats with red decorative seams, black roof liner, GTI special gear shift grip embossed by red decorated seams, and GTI spec sport steering wheel.

Also making a strong statement is the GTI instrument cluster with a colour display and independent graphics of its instruments. The GTI-specific look of the interior is completed out by red ambience lighting, special trim strips and panels (trim strips in the front doors with ambience lighting), brushed stainless steel pedals and foot rest (on left), door sill entry plates in front with a stainless steel application and ambience lighting that is also integrated here.

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The New Volkswagen Golf VII BlueMotion

The New Volkswagen Golf VII BlueMotion

The new Golf VII BlueMotion was presented at the Paris Motor Show and is touted to have a fuel consumption of just 3.2l/100km an improvement of 15% over the outgoing model and CO2 emissions 85g/km.

The Golf VII Blue Motion is powered by an 81kW 1.6 TDI diesel motor and will go on sale in Europe from mid 2013.

The fact that fuel consumption for the third Golf BlueMotion has been reduced by 0.6 litres or 15 % and CO2 emissions by 14 grams per km is a reflection of the continuous technical progress that Volkswagen has made using its Blue Motion technology. The number crunchers at Volkswagen claim that with a 50 litre fuel tank and 3.2 l/100 km fuel consumption, the new Golf will have a theoretical range of 1562 km.

Improvements in the fuel consumption of the Golf VII BlueMotion have been attained by a reduction in weight, improved aerodynamics, and the newly developed EA288 1.6 TDI engine.

Unlike other generation BlueMotion vehicles which were only offered in a single spec, the new Golf VII Blue Motion will be offered as a Trendline or Comfortline. The new Golf VII BlueMotion will also be exclusively offered with 15- and 16-inch wheels to optimize weight, aerodynamics and rolling resistance.

The equipment level spec will be similar to the rest of the new Golf VII range.

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Its Official The Golf VII Has Finally Been Unveiled

Its Official The Golf VII Has Finally Been Unveiled

The much awaited official unveiling of the Volkswagen Golf VII finally took place at a media briefing in Berlin, Germany today. The Golf VII will go on sale this coming November in Europe with the more powerful Golf GTi and Golf R being launched next year.

The Golf VII will be available in three specifications; the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline.

The Golf VII uses the MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform which it currently shares with the new Audi A3 and the Seat Leon. This new platform makes it possible for VW Group vehicles using the same platform to share a number of components such as the new EA211 engines.

The new Golf VII is slated to weigh in just over 100kg less than the outgoing Golf VI, of which the Body-In-White (BIW) is 23kg lighter and overall fuel consumption and emissions reduced by 23%.

The reduced height and wider stance of the Golf Vii give the car sportier proportions as well as an added improvement in interior space.

The Golf VII is 53mm longer than the previous model and now has an overall length of 4255mm and similarly the wheel base has increased by 59mm to 2637mm. The vehicle width is 1799mm which gives the Golf VII a 13mm wider stance relative to the outgoing Golf VI. In parallel the track widths have been increased by 8 mm in front and 6 mm at the rear. These additional millimetres give the Volkswagen a fuller stance on the road. Apart from this the reduced height of the roof (reduced by 28mm to 1452mm) improves the Golf Vii aerodynamic performance.

Despite the reduced height of the Golf VII, VW claims that there is still more than adequate headroom.

Passengers in the rear seating area, in particular, can now enjoy 15 mm more knee room. Shoulder room has grown by 31 mm to 1,420 mm. Elbow room is increased by 22 mm to 1,469 mm. In the rear seating area, shoulder room has also been optimised with a 30 mm gain and elbow room increased by 20 mm.

The luggage carrying capacity on the Golf VII has also been increased by 30 litres to 380 litres. The 60: 40 split backrest that is standard on all variants can also be folded down to increase luggage space.

One of the key highlights in the interior is the sporty, driver-oriented architecture of the dashboard with a wide centre console that is oriented towards the driver.

At the middle of the centre console, beneath the hazard flasher switch, is the five- to eight-inch infotainment touchscreen (three display sizes will be available 5, 5.8 and 8-inch) with its menu keys and dials. The touchsceeens have a proximity sensor and a function that reacts to wiping movements by the fingers (wiping and zooming gestures like those of a smart phone). The touchscreen display automatically switches to operating mode as a hand approaches.

Below the infotainment system is the climate control system and further down on the centre console and to the right of the driver are the buttons for the new electronic parking brake and its Auto Hold function. Integrated in front of it is a storage compartment in which the multimedia interfaces (aux-in, USB and Apple) have been integrated. The compartment is also big enough to hold a smart phone.

Below the front centre armrest lays a large storage compartment that is also capable of storing a lot, including the optional hands free telephone system and a second fully featured USB interface that can be used for data transfer and charging.

The Golf VII will initially be launched with 1.2 and 1.4 litre TSI engines with the 1.4 TSI engine featuring Volkswagens ACT cylinder deactivation technology.

The 1.2 litre TSI engine produces 63kW and has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100km whilst the 1.4 litre TSI develops 103kW with claimed fuel consumption figures of just 4.8 l/100km and 112 g/km CO2.

The diesel engines available at launch will be the 1.6 and 1.8 TDI engines. The 1.6 litre TDI engine develops 77kW and has a claimed fuel consumption of just 3.8 l/100 km for an emissions value of 99 g/km CO2 whilst the 1.8TDI engine develops 110kW and has a claimed fuel consumption of just 4.1 l/100km and 106 g/km CO2.

For the first time the Golf is now also being offered with a driver profile selection system to aid in efficient driving. There are a total of four – and, in combination with DCC (adaptive chassis control), five – driving modes available: Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual and, in combination with DCC, Comfort. In the Eco driving profile engine management, air conditioning and other ancillary systems are controlled such that optimum fuel consumption is achieved. In addition on vehicles with DSG when driving in Eco mode there is a ‘coasting’ function available. If a driver takes their foot off the accelerator – for example, when drawing up to traffic lights or on downhill stretches – the DSG disengages and the engine idles. As long as the driver drives appropriately, the Golf’s kinetic energy can thus be put to optimum use.

From a safety perspective the Golf VII has a plethora of safety systems aimed at protecting the lives of its passengers. The Golf VII has new safety features such as proactive occupant protection, fatigue detection, the Front Assist safety system with integrated City Emergency Braking function and a standard multi-collision braking function that can avoid one-fourth of all accidents involving personal injury.

Other than that the Golf VII also comes with ACC adaptive cruise control, Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant, traffic sign detection and the latest generation of the automatic parking assistant Park Assist including OPS (360 degree display) as well as the automated light functions Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist.

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Volkswagen Golf VII Pictures Leaked A Day Before Official Launch

Volkswagen Golf VII Pictures Leaked A Day Before Official Launch

There has been quite a bit of a buzz over the last few weeks over the imminent launch of the Volkswagen Golf VII. One of the main stories last week being of the leaked presentation detailing some information on the new Golf VII (see the article from Autoblog).

The most recent information as of the 3rd of September was news on leaked pictures of the Golf VII from Autoevolution via German publication Autozeitung.

Well the official media information is scheduled for release today the 4th of September so hopefully we can sleep easy by the end of the day, knowing that we no longer have to wonder about the new Golf VII and whether or not it will live to its expectations.

We will release additional information on the Golf VII as we receive it.

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