As was reported earlier, the Volkswagen Mark VI Golf hatch will not come with the Rabbit nameplate when it hits the markets of the US near the close of 2009. The Rabbit designation was brought back three years ago by VW of America after it was dropped in the wake of the termination of the first-generation Golf way back in the early 80s.
It was suggested to assist in promoting the Golf by referring back to some of the American longing for the Mark I Golf, but regrettably, VW had forgotten about the bad experience of the Americans with regards the first Rabbit. When VW reintroduced the Rabbit nameplate it did nothing significant to help the sales of the Mark V Golf. So, it is expected that the Mark VI version will be called a Golf.
Golf is considered an iconic nameplate for the carmaker which is recognized globally. It is, according to VW a spokesperson, the best selling company nameplate in the world with 26 million car sold in more than 120 countries. The move toward the iconic nameplate is an important step toward Vw's worldwide tradition.
It is unclear which of the Golf versions will be offered in the US, but Europe can expect four different versions of gasoline powerplants ranging from 80hp (60kW) to 160hp (118kW). Fuel consumption for the basic powerplant is pegged at 36.75mpg (6.4 liters/100km), with the more potent 1.4-liter TSI powerplant with 160hp is recorded at 37.33mpg (6.3 liters/100km).
There will also be several diesel powerplants to choose from, including two 2.0-liter powerplants generating 110hp (81kW) and 140hp (103kW), correspondingly, and also the brand new GTD diesel which has 170hp (127kW). The 110hp model comes with a 52mpg (4.5 liter/100km) fuel economy and the more potent 140hp comes with 48mpg (4.9 liters/km).
The GTD model comes with 44.4mpg (5.3 liters/100km). VW will begin selling high-performance Golf GTI by the middle of this year. This model will come in three- and five-door body configurations with 210hp (155kW) 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine. Expected to show up later is a more powerful GTI-R which will be the replacement for the obsolete model, the R32.