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9 February 2006
FIRST U.S.-BOUND ALL-NEW GOLF MODEL AT THIS YEARS CHICAGO AUTO SHOW
CHICAGO “ Volkswagen of America, Inc. has chosen Chicago”one of the German
automakers best metro markets in the country”to debut Europes best-selling
car, the new Volkswagen Golf hatchback.
While the reveal of the first U.S. specific Golf comes as news to many U.S.
car buyers, those who have a genuine affinity for European models already
know this fifth-generation Golf is a significant automotive accomplishment.
It is hands down the most popular motoring choice for drivers on the other
side of the Atlantic, and it is renowned”as its predecessors all have
been”for its appeal that transcends both status and social class. To the
purist, the Golf epitomizes an authentic German car built for a wide group
of buyers who share a stringent set of Teutonic standards for motoring.
The new Golf goes on sale this summer in both a two door- and four-door
version. Volkswagen said it will announce official pricing later this year.
Standard items on all new Golfs will include an advanced ABS braking system,
traction control, active headrests (front), front and rear head curtain
protection, front side airbags, manual climate control and anti-theft alarm
system with remote locking.
Throughout Europe and in many parts of the world, Golf owners chose this
model for its unique and inherent value. First and foremost, the Golf is an
authentic German car. This key trait translates into superior automotive
engineering, high build quality, use of top-notch materials, comfort,
utility, uncompromised safety and an overriding attention to detail in the
design and development of what is simply one the worlds most important and
popular cars. The Golfs model history dates back to 1974, with all-time
sales nearing 24 million, making it the second best-selling car in world
history. To put that number into perspective, you need to imagine that
nearly 2,100 Golfs are built every day around the world.
The new Golf shown for the first time in North America at the Chicago auto
show is a completely revised version from the Golf sold last year. Major new
features abound; however, perhaps the most important technology resides
within the confines of the all-new sheet metal and behind the prominent new
grill. The new Golf, referred to internally and by enthusiasts as the Mark V
for its 5th generation, is a premium car in Germany and throughout the world
for sound German engineering and development.
This fifth-generation Golf platform is renowned for its solidity and
sophistication that make it one of the best-selling models in the world.
Built in Wolfsburg, Germany, the home of Volkswagen, the Golf benefits from
Volkswagens high-tech production process that includes industry-leading
robotics in its assembly technology and sequences.
Improved from an already solid predecessor, the new Golf records
double-digit improvements in its overall structural rigidity. Such firm
stature is achieved partially through the use of more high-strength body
panels, intelligent design, and the exacting precision that is German
automotive engineering. As stated earlier, production also plays a major
role: for example, rivets are replaced by advanced laser-welding systems
that require a new-generation of robotics and elaborate laser-driven
measuring check points. The result is a dramatic increase in precise
laser-welded seams, normally reserved for cars in much higher segments of
the market. The net benefit of the Golfs laser-welding process is a
class-leading fit and finish, heightened body strength, crash protection,
dialed-in driving dynamics, and reduced interior noise”all key components
that set the Golf apart as a premium compact car.
Drivers of the new Golf will enjoy the models first fully independent
suspension system that uses a multi-link rear and optimized front axle, a
new powerful base engine with a larger displacement of 2.5 liters and
five-cylinders generating 150 horsepower and a new optional six-speed
automatic transmission with Tiptronic (five-speed manual standard).
Also among the most impressive new driving advancements are a standard
high-tech electro-mechanical steering system, an optional advanced
electronic stability program (ESP), and new-generation ABS all-disc brakes.
The new Golf adds more interior room than ever with a larger hatch and hatch
opening. Legroom has also increased in this new version.
For added assurance, the new Golf will come with 24-hour Roadside Assistance
for four years with unlimited mileage and new vehicle warranties including:
Five-year/60,000 mile (whichever occurs first) Powertrain Limited Warranty
Four-year/50,000 mile (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty
with wear and tear items and adjustments excluded after the initial 12
12 year unlimited distance Limited Warranty against corrosion perforation