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The new 2010 Golf represents the sixth generation of one of the world’s most popular vehicles ever. Since its introduction in Europe in 1974, over 26 million units have been sold worldwide. Volkswagen also announced that nearly 400,000 Rabbits, Golfs, and GTIs have been sold in Canada since the introduction of the first generation in 1975.
The Golf is a phenomenon, regardless of its particular generation. Its redesign team was headed by the Volkswagen Group’s chief designer, Walter de Silva, with Klaus Bischoff and Flavio Manzoni, has succeeded in giving the Golf a presence, sharpness, and a power that generates even more fun. Not only fun to look at, but fun to drive.
All key body elements were redesigned, and the sixth generation Golf has a sportier and more distinctive image. In front, the new car adopts the radiator grille of the first generation Golf that is horizontally aligned between the headlights. The lines of the bumper match those of the radiator grille, and beneath this is a section with another air scoop.
This TDI Clean Diesel engine produces 140 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque with a fuel consumption of 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres (L / 100 km) in a 6-speed manual version on the highway, and 6.8 L / 100 km in the city. It is expected, like the Jetta TDI Clean Diesel, that the new Golf TDI Clean Diesel will easily manage over 1,100 km of highway driving with one tank of fuel. Volkswagen is also the first manufacturer to certify B5 Biodiesel fuel for its TDI Clean Diesel engines in Canada, allowing consumers to reduce CO2 emissions by an additional 5 percent.
A new 2010 GTI will accompany the introduction of the new 2010 Golf this fall, and will also be available in either a 3-door or 5-door body styles. Powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged TSI engine producing 200 HP and 207 lb-ft of torque, the 2010 GTI will continue Volkswagen’s leadership in the “pocket rocket” class popular with Canadian drivers. Both 3-door and 5-door versions of the new 2010 GTI will be available in 3 versions: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline