Vw wants to test the Golf GTD and Up subcompact in the United States

Article by Christian A., on July 23, 2012

In an attempt to boost its sales in the United States but also to test the popularity of diesel engines, Volkswagen of America will bring the Up subcompact car and the GTD to the U.S. Still, there are some bad news as the German manufacturer will bring only a few units in order to be tested by automotive journalists, not to sell them here.

According to Rainer Michel, VW of America's vice president of product marketing and strategy, the company has currently no plans to sell the Golf GTD in the United States but it wants to bring the next-generation. Things could be more difficult with the Up, as the car is way too small for the United States (try to think at an accident between a Vw Up and the Toyota Sequoia).

Currrently, the Volkswagen Up is offered in three versions in Europe: Take Up, Move Up and High Up. Pricing starts at 10,000 euros or $12,238 for the Take Up and at $17,000 for the High Up. The Volkswagen up is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine capable to offer a fuel consumption of 59 mpg highway and 40 mpg city in the European test cycle.

It comes as no surprise that the interior Volkswagen Golf GTD follows the same principle as that of the GT. As such, one can observe inside ergonomics that is in its purest form and then complemented with features made specifically for this new model. It also reveals the use of materials that are truly of high quality and this is rather expected since each of the sixth generation of the Golf has these as well.

Because of this, the Golf GTD is able to give an excellent impression due to the satisfying look and after that, the feel. This new model also put in the best sports seats, the very same seats in the Golf GTI, which again is able to set standards to a higher level. It is in how the exterior has been styled, plus a number of features, that truly reveal the similarities of the new Golf GTD with that of the GTI.

Take the rear section for example, particularly the turbo-diesel variant. In this section, VW made sure to include an improved diffuser. On the left side of the diffuser is the twin chrome tailpipes of its exhaust system which allows the Golf GTD to be immediately recognizable even if it does not have the GTD badge. This is different from the GTI which has one tailpipe on the right and another on the left.

VW revealed as well that the two top versions of the Golf will have the taillights smoked. Customers who want to be able to highlight further the dynamic qualities of either of the two GT’s can have special colors placed on the exterior. The choices are either Tornado Red or Black, both can be availed at no extra cost to the customer. The front end is another example and it is notable how the bumpers have been designed.

For the GTD, as the GTI for that matter, the bumper are with fog lights in the front as standard and positioned in a vertical manner. Both the radiator grille and the headlights have similar layouts. While the GTI is known to have horizontal strips placed on the radiator grille, the GTD have these same strips in chrome. The Gran Turismo diesel version, like the GTI, has the upper and lower protective screen of the radiator grille shaped like a honeycomb.

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