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New VW Golf to make North-American debut in New York

But the seventh-generation Golf won't go on sale here until 2014, as a 2015 model

Published: March 13, 2013, 4:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:22 PM

2015 Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen's seventh-generation Golf had its world premiere at the Paris auto show last September and it has been on sale in multiple markets around the world since late in 2012 – but not yet in North America.

The new Golf will make its first North-American appearance at the New York International Auto Show at the end of this month. But it won't go on sale here until 2014 – as a 2015 model.

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It's typical of Volkswagen to delay the North-American launch of new-generation Golfs for a year following their European introduction. But this time it will be even longer.

Why? In part, at least, because the new Golf VII for our market will be built in VW's Puebla, Mexico plant, where the Jetta is currently built.

Because it is built on an all-new (MQB) architecture, major plant renovations will be required. Plus, according to VW, production will be ramped up slowly to ensure high quality right out of the gate.

By all indications, it will be worth the wait. The Golf VII has been widely acclaimed, including being named European Car of the Year in Geneva recently.

And, it is among four finalists for the World Car of the Year title, the winner of which will also be revealed at the New York show, on March 25.

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Compared to the current Golf, the new car is bigger both inside and out – but substantially lighter, making it more fuel-efficient.

It is also said to be safer than the vehicle it replaces, with new safety features such as collision avoidance and lane departure systems

It will also offer new engines and infotainment options.

The New York introduction will feature all three variants to be sold here next year: an entry-level TSI; a TDI Clean Diesel; and the sporty GTI.

The TSI and GTI will use new versions of VW's EA888 turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine, while the TDI gets a new EA288 diesel engine.