The New Golf
information supplied by: Volkswagen SA - Product
04 February 2013
The New Golf
Volkswagen presented the seventh generation Golf to the public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. Nearly five months later, Volkswagen is launching the „best Golf ever‟ in South Africa.
The weight of the new Golf has been reduced by up to 100 kg, which has resulted in improved fuel economy by almost 23 per cent depending on the engine.
In addition, the seventh generation Golf will feature a new range of standard and optional assistance systems in its class.
– The new Golf can do everything better and the base model 1.2 TSI 77kW with BlueMotion Technology consumes only 4.9 l/100 km - CO2
of 114 g/km.
– New petrol and diesel engines have been added into the new Golf model line-up. The 1.2 TSI with 77 kW is the new entry engine and it replaces the 1.6 MPI 75 kW. The 1.4 TSI with 103 kW and 2.0 TDI with 110 kW engines replace 1.4 TSI with 118 kW and 2.0 TDI with 103 kW respectively. Both engines combine dynamic sporty driving experience and frugal fuel consumption. The combined fuel consumption of the 1.4 TSI engine is: 5.3 l/100 km (equating to 121 g/km CO2
) whilst the 2.0 TDI has a combined fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100km (equating to 119 g/km CO2
Progressive – first Volkswagen with multi-collision brake
Safety and comfort at a new level.
The quest to reduce every last gram of weight should not hinder advances being achieved in other areas. Volkswagen is demonstrating that the new Golf stands for the democratisation of advanced technology and for perfection in every detail. With added space (extra legroom in the back and 30 litres more boot capacity); new pioneering safety systems such as the multi-collision brake system, XDS electronic differential lock
, electronic parking hand brake, a completely redesigned world of information and entertainment systems with standard touchscreen in all models and with a display that reacts to hand movements via a proximity sensor in Highline models.
Confident – one of the best-known designs is further enhanced
Unmistakable product features
. The new Golf joins its six predecessors that have written a story of success not only in technical and economic achievement, but also in industrial design. The Golf‟s exterior form is today one of the most recognisable product designs in the world.
Walter de Silva, Head of Design, Volkswagen AG: “One of the keys to the Golf‟s success lies in its continuity. There are but a handful of cars in the world with a design like the Golf‟s. It has been refined, tweaked and enhanced down the decades and has thereby become timeless.”
Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer, Volkswagen Brand: “The Golf‟s unmistakable product features include the typical C-pillars, the long roofline and typical window line as well as the characteristic front and rear sections with their horizontal elements. These details make the new Golf more independent, sophisticated and durable than the majority of other compact cars. You could also say that the Golf‟s design is inherently stable.”
“The language of form,” says Bischoff, “is logical, solid, product-focused, pure and precise and reflects the brand‟s design DNA as a perfect model of creativity. The base architecture of the new Golf is therefore unmistakable. It feels uncomplicated, strong, reliable and safe. Starting with the pure element of this clear base architecture, details such as the economical use and placement of sculptural lines are more like fine nuances. Also extremely important is the fact that the proportions of the Golf Mk7 have changed significantly, making the car look more confident than ever.”
Marc Lichte, lead exterior designer, explains: “The proportions have changed significantly because we have taken advantage of the Modular Transverse Matrix here. The front wheels, for example, were moved 43 millimetres further forward. This makes the front overhang shorter, and at the same time the bonnet looks longer.”
Klaus Bischoff confirms this: “Visually, the passenger compartment has been shifted towards the rear, creating what is called a „cab backward‟ impression. That‟s what we call the proportions of premium-class vehicles, where the bonnet is long and the passenger compartment a long way towards the back. On the new Golf, we thus have proportions that you otherwise only get in higher-class segments of the market.” ….read attachment for whole story.
The New Golf.pdf (297kB)
New Golf Specifications Sheet.xls (80kB)
New Golf Specifications Sheet.pdf (174kB)