Report: Next-generation Vw Golf coming by the end of 2012 or early 2013

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 25, 2011

It has been confirmed by a Volkswagen AG spokesman that its flagship, the seventh generation of the VW Golf hatchback, will go on sale at the "end of 2012 or early 2013." The next Golf is based on the cost-saving modular transverse architecture, known by its German abbreviation "MQB” – the first Volkswagen brand model to do so. Eventually, the MQB will be used to build about 3 million vehicles group-wide annually.

Because of a production process that’s different from the older vehicle platforms, the carmaker anticipates savings in the double-digit percentage range. The previous platforms only offered synergies across brands using the same underpinnings instead of synergies across both brands and models.

The new Audi A3 that’s due in the summer of 2012 is the first vehicle to use MQB-based modularity. Automobilwoche, a German-language sister publication of Automotive News Europe, said that according to a source close to VW's CEO Martin Winterkorn, the new Golf, Europe's top-selling car, will arrive in showrooms in November 2012. But the VW spokesman asserts that the date for the launch has yet to be decided.

No matter what generation it is, the Volkswagen Golf has always had a reputation for being a force to reckon with. This style icon, which belongs to the compact category, goes against every automotive and social class rule.

There is no other car within this price range that has ever reached such a wide variety of people. The latest edition is expected to have an even wider reach. It is ideal in every single way as Volkswagen has raised the design of the Golf to a whole new high.

Italian Walter de Silva, the chief designer of the group has become successful in making the Volkswagen Golf presentable, sharp and powerful as well as more fun to drive or even look at. It is certainly an intelligent vehicle.

According to reliable data, it is economical too, consuming 4.5 liters/100 kilometers for a 110 PS TDI. Upon request, the Volkswagen Golf can almost automatically park itself in the city with the help of “Park Assist”.

It can also leave a perfect gap on the highway via distance control (ACC). With the press of a button, it can change from cruiser to sports car as long as the new "DCC Adaptive Chassis Control" system is aboard.

There could not be a higher target for designing the Volkswagen. According to Walter de Silva, the group’s chief designer, their challenge is to produce the iconic cars of tomorrow.

This was his unforgettable statement when he assumed the position of overall design leader at Volkswagen AG in February 2007. This just shows that the team headed by de Silva is fully aware of its duty to bring achievements such as the Golf further into the future.

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