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Old February 26th, 2009, 05:46   #1
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I just read this in Auto Express:

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/au...LC-Newsletters

There are pictures in the link. I like it ok, but wish the back weren't so fussy....


Bold new Golf gets into shape

It’s only just launched MkVI – but VW is already working on stylish replacement.


Text: Jack Rix / Photos: Poblete25th February 2009
it’s time to face the future at Volkswagen! The MkVI Golf has only just gone on sale, but the firm is already working on its replacement, due in 2012 – two years sooner than anticipated.

Our illustrations show how the MkVII is likely to look. And as usual with VW’s most important model, the styling is evolutionary.

But it’s under the skin where this model plans to break new ground – leading the way in how cars of the future will be made.

Reports suggest the MkVII will differ so radically from its predecessor that it bears comparison to the giant leap Ford made from the Escort to the Focus in 1998.

Bucking the trend for ever-increasing dimensions and kerbweights, the newcomer will rely on a smaller platform than the current car, with many components borrowed from the forthcoming Polo. Lightweight body panels will reduce weight, so similar performance can be achieved from smaller-capacity forced-induction engines. And diesels are expected to make up an even bigger percentage of sales than at present.

VW’s highly efficient twin-clutch DSG gearbox will be offered across the range as well, while advances in its resilience mean high-powered versions such as the GTI will benefit from seven ratios instead of six for the first time.

Hybrid
But it’s not just conventional engineering that’s going to make the Golf the greenest in its class – the hatch is set to join the hybrid party. We tried a prototype of VW’s Twin Drive technology last year (Issue 1,024), although it won’t go into full production until the MkVII emerges.

It combines a frugal 1.5-litre diesel unit with three compact electric motors, and the plug-in drivetrain can operate on battery power alone below 31mph for around 30 miles. Above that speed, it works in tandem with the oil-burner, and takes over entirely at motorway speeds. The result is a startling 113mpg – more than twice what a standard 2.0-litre TDI can muster.

Beyond that, VW is already working on an HCCI engine – a petrol unit that thinks it’s a diesel. By ditching the spark plugs, this blends the fuel efficiency of a diesel with the cleaner emissions and free-revving nature of a petrol.

And as HCCI engines run most efficiently at constant rpm, there’s even talk of using it to extend the range on a plug-in hybrid powertrain – giving a similar set-up to the Chevrolet Volt.

But one thing is for certain: for the first time, VW’s focus will be on fuel efficiency, recyclability and environmental credentials above all else.

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Old February 26th, 2009, 12:06   #2
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Default Say hello to the MKVII Golf

The MKVI isn't even out yet but VW is already working on the MKVII. It will come with the new VW Twin Drive Technology (hybrid diesel).

its time to face the future at Volkswagen! The MkVI Golf has only just gone on sale, but the firm is already working on its replacement, due in 2012 two years sooner than anticipated.

Our illustrations show how the MkVII is likely to look. And as usual with VWs most important model, the styling is evolutionary.

But its under the skin where this model plans to break new ground leading the way in how cars of the future will be made.

Reports suggest the MkVII will differ so radically from its predecessor that it bears comparison to the giant leap Ford made from the Escort to the Focus in 1998.

Bucking the trend for ever-increasing dimensions and kerbweights, the newcomer will rely on a smaller platform than the current car, with many components borrowed from the forthcoming Polo. Lightweight body panels will reduce weight, so similar performance can be achieved from smaller-capacity forced-induction engines. And diesels are expected to make up an even bigger percentage of sales than at present.

VWs highly efficient twin-clutch DSG gearbox will be offered across the range as well, while advances in its resilience mean high-powered versions such as the GTI will benefit from seven ratios instead of six for the first time.

Hybrid

But its not just conventional engineering thats going to make the Golf the greenest in its class the hatch is set to join the hybrid party. We tried a prototype of VWs Twin Drive technology last year (Issue 1,024), although it wont go into full production until the MkVII emerges.

It combines a frugal 1.5-litre diesel unit with three compact electric motors, and the plug-in drivetrain can operate on battery power alone below 31mph for around 30 miles. Above that speed, it works in tandem with the oil-burner, and takes over entirely at motorway speeds. The result is a startling 113mpg more than twice what a standard 2.0-litre TDI can muster.

Beyond that, VW is already working on an HCCI engine a petrol unit that thinks its a diesel. By ditching the spark plugs, this blends the fuel efficiency of a diesel with the cleaner emissions and free-revving nature of a petrol.

And as HCCI engines run most efficiently at constant rpm, theres even talk of using it to extend the range on a plug-in hybrid powertrain giving a similar set-up to the Chevrolet Volt.

But one thing is for certain: for the first time, VWs focus will be on fuel efficiency, recyclability and environmental credentials above all else.

Link to article:
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/au...LC-Newsletters
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Old February 28th, 2009, 10:13   #3
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Can't say I'm a huge fan of that styling.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 12:56   #4
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I wouldn't worry to much about the styling, once we have seen the MkVI in person, I'm willing to bet that this is much more evolution then revolution when it comes here, which probably won't be until 2014 or later, if the timeline follows the MkV's. Then again, if it really is going to be ready that soon, we might just never see the MkVI at all.
Golfs aren't huge sellers here, and I'm sure they can get a little more life out of the GTI. And with the next jetta/passat/whatever being built here, for NA only, I don't see a big push for the MkVI at all.

I really wanted a MkVI TDI Golf/GTI though...
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Say that it's not true. I think that the MKVI looks very good and have read some good reviews from Europe and England. The MKV production has stopped and for sure NA will go Golf less until 2014.
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VW Canada has already put out a press release that we'll get the Mk VI for the 2010 model year, including a TDI!
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True and the Golf 2.0L TDI was at the Chicago Auto show.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 18:25   #8
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They just pshoped the front and the rear of the VW Bluesport concept. Very poor job, the MKVII will likely look a lot different than that. And VW will have a 1.6 TDI, not sure where they got ideas about a 1.5 liter TDI.

In other VW news, VW has put an advertising sign (at the Geneva autoshow I think) of the next gen Polo before it has officially unveiled it.



This gives a much better indication of how future VWs will look like as its teh first clean sheet design from Walter de Silva who will design all future VWs.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 19:35   #9
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To me, It looks like a Nissan Versa.
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Old March 4th, 2009, 04:35   #10
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To me, It looks like a Nissan Versa.
I was thinking more along the lines of a more-angular Focus.
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It screams Honda Fit, though I don't think the styling is too bad.
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Huh, I thought that it looked like a Matrix.
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Versa, Focus, Fit, Matrix. In other words, the MkVII Golf looks....generic? Nondescript?

Personally I like it, though the angle of the taillights looks a little odd, and doesn't seem to really match any other styling cues on the car. Either the MkVI or the MkVII is better than the lump-of-putty look of the MkV, though.
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Sorta like the new Polo on steroids.
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Nondescript. Kinda like what they did to the Jetta.
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