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Old 21st September 2009, 21:40   #1
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2012 VW Golf VII First Prototype Mule Spy Photos


First pictures of a Volkswagen Golf VII (Golf 7) have been spotted. The mule was dressed as a Golf VI but gave its identity away with much wider and bigger wheel arches. Estimated time of arrival is 2012 which is some two years ahead of the anticipated schedule.
The Golf is VW's main bread and butter, so it will be constructed to be the best ever. That means everything from the engine to the chassis to the body will be reflective of the times as well as the future.
Some big news include the introduction of VW's Twin Drive hybrid technology into the Golf. Combining a 1.5-litre diesel with three electric motors will give the plug-in vehicle 48km (30 miles) of electric-only traveling and it will return a 113mpg average fuel consumption. This is on par with what the Chevrolet Volt claims.
Even newer is something called HCCI which is basically a petrol engine that behaves like a diesel in its fuel efficiency as well as cleaner C02 emissions. The HCCI's main point of departure from other petrols is its lack of spark plugs. However it will still rev high like a normal petrol engine. The VW Group's new 7-speed DSG will make its way across the range for the first time too.
Being a Golf the car will be more evolution than revolution when it comes to styling. But the use of lighter materials will be dominant in order to save fuel as well as money while improving overall performance.
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The wheel arches look out of place. The body seems a tab bit longer as well.
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This is necessary move. The current Golf VI is loosely based on Golf V. This is visible in its overall profile that is not very heaviely changed. The Gold VII is expected to have a brand new platform + new range of engines. With the competition increasing from Fiat, PSA and Renault, VW needs to do this. Citroen recently unvield a lot of concepts that intenet grapevine says, will make it to production. Fiat has also come up with new range of engines.

I wish our country was a developed one.
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Isnt this the sirrocco? or is it just the body put on for camouflage purposes?
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"VW was reportedly pushing forward the development of its seventh-generation (read: MkVII) Golf hatchback, with the final car being ready for public consumption as early as the end of next year.
The size and shape of the five-door hatch looks to be nearly the same as the sixth-generation Golf that is known and loved since its debut in 2009, but what lies under the hood will surely be different. In addition to the Blue-e-motion model that we'vehad the chance to sample in sixth-gen skin, new reports suggest that the not-so-great 2.5-liter inline-five base engine will be swapped out in favor of a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four."

Volkswagen Golf: Spy Shots Photo Gallery - Autoblog
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VW lightens Golf by 100 kilos with new platform.

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Volkswagen will shave as much as 100 kilograms (220 pounds) from the weight of its seventh-generation Golf by using stronger steel to minimize the metal content, delivering a reduction of up to 23 percent in fuel consumption.
Europe's biggest carmaker expects the shared architecture to cut production costs by 20 percent, manufacturing time by 30 percent and one-time expenses by 20 percent. The savings will help finance upgrades of in-car entertainment systems and the development of new generations of VW vehicles.
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A revised version of VW's flagship Golf compact is scheduled to be unveiled on September 4 as the company seeks to gain market share and overtake Japan's Toyota and U.S.-based General Motors Co. to become world No. 1 in sales by 2018.
http://www.autonews.com/article/2012...#ixzz24Tn4AWxC
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This car will also debut the all new VW EA211 series petrols and EA288 series diesels. The petrols will be Turbo 4 cylinders in 1.2 and 1.4 variants (1.4 will have cylinder deactivation). The diesels will be 4 cylinders rangine from 1.6 TDi to 2.0 TDIs.

There is no mention of 1.2 TDi 3 cylinder anywhere in the EA288 range which is set to replace the current diesel engine lineup (similarly EA211 will replace the current petrol lineup). Does that means we can kiss goodbye to the 1.2 TDi?
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The 7th Gen VW Golf is longer, lower and lighter!

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The first details of the seventh-generation Golf were released prior to the car’s official unveiling. The redesigned version goes on sale in Europe in November and in North America in the second half of next year. At 167.5 inches long, 70.8 inches wide and 57.2 inches tall, the new Golf is 2.2 inches longer and 0.5 inch wider than the current model, and 1.1 inches lower. It is the first VW model to use the MQB (modular transverse architecture) platform.
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Golf Features, Interiors and engines:

2013 VW Golf Platform
  • This will be the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf.
  • It will be based on the MQB platform, a modular platform that will underpin a whole range of VW Group models.
  • As a result of an extensive use of high-strength steel in its construction, the new Golf is up to 100kg lighter than the current car.
  • The new Golf measures 4,255mm in length, 1,799mm in width and 1,452mm in height. This makes it 56mm longer, 13mm wider and 28mm lower than the current model. It rides on a 59mm longer wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks.
  • The boot space is up by 30 litres, which means the new car will match the Ford Focus with 380 litres. The boot will have a wider opening and lower lip, as well as 60/40 split-fold rear seats.
  • Volkswagen says that it will be the cleanest vehicle in this class and sport an improved drag coefficient of 0.274

2013 VW Golf Interiors
  • The interior packaging is improved, with a longer, wider cabin space. However, thanks to the sloping roofline, headroom has been slightly reduced.
  • The interiors are wrapped in lush soft-touch covering for the upper dashboard and doors, and sturdy materials elsewhere.
  • The switches and controls have a solid feel, while the fabric-covered door pockets and ambient lighting will lend a classy look.
  • The range of adjustment for the seats and steering wheel has been increased.
  • There is a bigger gap between the brake and accelerator pedals.
  • The gear lever sits slightly higher, so it’s easier to reach.
  • It will have a new infotainment system which uses a 5-inch display on entry-level models, a 5.8-inch color display on mid-trim models and a massive 8-inch WVGA screen on range-topping models. The high-end versions will feature 3D sat-nav which will have a ‘Heptactic’ touch. The Heptatic touch senses your finger approaching the screen and switches from display to operating modes. The touchscreen can also be used to zoom in on maps, for instance, as well as select music from a 64GB hard-drive.
  • Bluetooth, USB, auxillary and SD card connectivity, as well as the ability to read all file formats, ensure Golf owners won’t be without music.
  • It will feature a progressive steering system that will provide various levels of assistance and also five different driving profiles: Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual and Comfort.
  • The electric parking brake – operated by a switch between the front seats – will now be standard

2013 VW Golf Safety
  • Safety innovations include a fatigue detection system, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and a traffic sign detection.
  • It will have a new City Emergency Braking Function that uses sensors to detect an imminent collision and automatically applies the car’s brakes at speeds below 19mph.
  • It will also have Multi-collision Brake that works by automatically applying the brakes after an initial collision in order to minimise any damage or injury in a secondary collision.
  • It will get the latest generation of automatic parking systems, including OPS (overhead parking system), which uses a 360 degree graphic.

2013 VW Golf Engines
  • It will get new generation four-cylinder turbo petrols and turbo diesels
  • The entry-level model will be a 1.2L TSI petrol. There will also be a 1.4L TSI (138 hp) petrol with cylinder-deactivation technology, which shuts down two of the cylinders under light engine loads to save fuel.
  • The diesel power will come from EA288 turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder common rail diesel with 105bhp
  • The Golf VII BlueMotion will be powered by a 1.6-liter TDI engine which will allow the car to return 73 mpg
  • VW will also preview the GTI version of the Golf Mk7 equipped with a new 222hp (225PS) 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol.

Source:2013 Volkswagen Golf comes into focus
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Nice preview to sum up the Golf VII. To be Premiered on Sept 4th 2012.


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Golf 7 interiors:

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Being Volkswagen’s identity car, the interiors exude top notch quality. We see a new design of steering wheel which has a flat bottom. Black glossy finish spokes of the steering stand out quite nicely. The steering mounted buttons also get a new design.
The multifunction LCD display has new look, but the HVAC controls are similar to the 2012 Beetle. The air vents are also changed. The center console is conservative and is very similar to the current generation VW Passat. VW had promised that it will offer premium features on its mass market cars and perhaps the Golf is the first stepping stone. But there is more to the story.
Source:http://indianautosblog.com/2012/09/a...golf-interiors and http://www.autobild.de/
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Volkswagen is launching in Berlin today a revamped version of its star hatch Golf. As per reports the changes more about what has gone inside making the car rather than the outer looks which apart from a peppier feel also helps the Golf conform to stricter emission norms.
This is the 7th generation of the Golf , having already sold 29 million cars worldwide since its launch in 1974.
The revamped Golf will sport a 140 bhp petrol engine with a frame thats 100 kg lighter than its predecessor. It would also be 57 mm longer and 13 mm wider than the earlier generation.
More detailed report given alongside
http://www.businessweek.com/printer/...type=bloomberg

Hope VW chooses to bring the Golf to India soon
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Here's the official pics, this is what it's going to look like. Looks STUNNING, as far as I'm concerned. Understated, classy, and that interior is drop dead gorgeous. You could spot this thing a mile away and it would be instantly recognizable as a Golf. If you look at the 2nd pic from the top (the blue one) it almost looks like a Mk V - especially the C pillar.

Despite the gorgeous looks though, this thing will have to fill some pretty big shoes - it's predecessor (the Mk VI) was a fantastic all-rounder and the GTI was probably the most complete hot hatch in the world. Things are looking good for this one though - apparently its a 100kgs lighter than the Mk VI.

Still can't get over that interior!!!
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It looks great from the front, and the interiors are to die for! I don't like the thick C-pillar, but apparently that is one of the signature design cues of the Golf, just like the "hoffmeister kink" in the C-pillar that is present on BMW's.

More pics and lots of detailed information in Autocar.
Golf 7 revealed
Engine line-up
Interiors

It's interesting that they are going to have two different suspension setups. Lower-end models will have a torsion beam setup at the rear, and the higher end models will receive a multi-link rear suspension.

I'm also curious what the three door hatch will look like, I couldn't find any pictures of it.
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The 2013 VW Golf:

VW has conducted a media presentation wherein full details of VW Golf have been revealed. Public presentation will be done during the upcoming Paris Motor show (starting 29 September) followed by sales commencing in November.

This is the first VW car to transition to the next gen MQB platform which promises to significantly enhance parts sharing among all FWD VW (and Skoda et al.) cars ranging from Polo to Passat. Other VW models will move to MQB in their respective refreshes. (Octavia is next in line to receive MQB treatment - November 2012)

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The sharp appearance, high-quality interior and class-leading safety features of the crucial 2013 Volkswagen Golf hatchback has been revealed at a media presentation in Berlin, ......

.......As with each generation before it, the latest Golf has grown in size. Length is up by 56mm to 4255mm and width extends by 13mm to 1799mm, although a flatter roof reduces height by 28mm to 1452mm.

The increase in external dimensions has also led to a larger footprint, with the wheelbase growing by 59mm to 2637mm and the front and rear track widths extending by 8mm and 6mm to 1549mm and 1520mm respectively.......

The claimed kerb weight of the most basic new model is just 1050kg.
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Diesels:
Diesels will major on 1.6 and 2.0-litre capacities. The 1.6 is a lightly reworked version of today’s unit, while the 2.0 is a heavily revised version of the current engine.

In standard tune, the 1.6 diesel will make 103bhp and boast 74.3mpg and 99g/km. The more frugal BlueMotion variant claims 14mpg better at 88.3mpg, with CO2 emissions improved by 14g/km at just 85g/km.

The headline news surrounding the car, which will go on sale here in November, are the claimed 88.3mpg fuel consumption and 85g/km CO2 figures that VW quotes for the 103bhp, 1.6-litre diesel-powered BlueMotion model.

A significant change with the 2.0-litre diesel is a new installation that switches the engine by 180deg for more efficient cooling. Power is 148bhp, with claimed economy of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 106g/km....

Petrols:
At launch, the range will kick off with a pair of turbocharged 4 cylinder petrol engines: a 1.2-litre unit making 85bhp and a 1.4-litre boasting 138bhp.

The frugal 1.2 promises a claimed 57.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 113g/km, while the 1.4 returns 58.9mpg and 112g/km, helped by a cylinder deactivation system that cuts out the two middle cylinders to reduce fuel consumption between 1400 and 4000rpm.
Transmission Details:
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Transmissions include standard five and six-speed manual units together with optional six and seven-speed dual-clutch units. Volkswagen will continue to offer the Golf with optional four-wheel drive with selected engines, ......

As part of Volkswagen’s efforts to improve fuel economy across its line-up, the dual-clutch gearboxes are now programmed to disconnect the engine on a trailing throttle. .....
GTI and GTD Versions
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.... Golf GTI, which will be launched late next year alongside a more powerful Golf R. Both will forgo their current turbocharged 2.0-litre powerplants from Volkswagen’s EA113 engine family for more contemporary EA888 units developed in partnership with Audi. In the new GTI, which is set to be previewed in concept form at the Paris show, it is claimed to produce 222bhp, with the R receiving a more heavily tuned version delivering 276bhp.

new performance-orientated Golf R diesel. Nothing is official at this stage, but talk centres around a twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre engine producing up to 222bhp.
Source:http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/20...-golf-revealed and http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/20...line-announced
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