• Jun 17, 2008
While the European press reports that VW honcho Martin Winterkorn has iced plans to sell the Golf Mk VI in the United States, a rep for the automaker's American division has responded to the contrary. Volkswagen of America spokesman Steve Keyes told Inside Line that plans to introduce the 6th-generation Golf and GTI in the U.S. continue apace, with a Stateside introduction scheduled for next fall. Keyes also told IL that the new Golf's sales volumes have been factored into VWoA's '09 financials. The world should get its first official look at the Golf VI at this year's Paris Motor Show in October.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      These are picking up over here, seen a few people getting one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bleh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So I guess the underlying point here is that the Golf might be overkill for them given the Jetta and Bug etc they don't need another car in this segment? I guess I can see that.

      I agree with the comment on the Polo. With the success of the Yarris and Honda Fit (ie gas prices) it seems they'd want to bring that over too potentially.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hopefully this time they'll come with an efficient 4 banger! plz
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey, What's the problem with the 5-banger? Sure, it's a bit rough, and it could be a little better on gas, but still, have you ever felt the torque? It's really quite strong. Torque is what VeeDub does best (at least on their newest engines). And this thing is no exception. I havn't yet been in one of the ones with 170hp, but the 150hp was more than adequate. It felt really nice.

        As for the fact that the next Golf (Rabbit, if I get my way) is going to make it stateside makes me excited. I may get one, as my 98 civic is due for an upgrade.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Hey, What's the problem with the 5-banger? Sure, it's a bit rough, and it could be a little better on gas, but still, have you ever felt the torque?"

        Well, it's a bit rough, and it gets poor gas mileage ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I posted elsewhere that the 175hp 175ft-lbs calibration (on 87 gas) should have an overboost function, so that when you fill up with 89AKI (US mid-grade) and you have the DSG in the manumatic gate & you have the cruise control on, but don't have a target speed set, when you push the gas to the floor, you get 200hp & 200ft-lbs.

        The same would apply to the 225hp 225ft-lbs version, when you can find 93AKI gas (in lieu of 91AKI), you can get 250hp 250ft-lbs.

        Basically this would help with passing, you put the hammer down & you go!

        Then there is room for a 300hp R36 top dog.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you're in a very small minority about the headlights. But look at it this way, they could be worse:

        http://www.autoblog.com/2008/06/16/nissans-diesel-maxima-may-be-manual-only/
        • 6 Years Ago
        Whats wrong with the headlights, I think it looks sweet, maybe its the silver lining.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It would sell a lot better if it got 35 mpg. The Golf is overweight, which reduces its mileage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is a good decision. they need to sell the golf/rabbit in the states, if only to ensure VW's continual presence in the states. that means they need to sell it no matter what, even at a loss if necessary for a few years until this whole dollar/euro messup gets corrected (either through massive inflation in the states or through a rectification of the exchange rate). without the golf/rabbit, VW loses its core enthusiast base - you know, the base who's willing to put up with bad service and the (alleged) mechanical problems...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have an 07 Rabbit and absolutely love it. I was a little upset when I saw the Gold VI wasn't coming to the US, but thankfully they were wrong.

      For the price it can't be beat. And it's only depreciated about $1000 since I got it 2 years ago┬ľ how's the for resale value?

      I wouldn't mind seeing them bring the Polo over though. I'd buy the GTI version of that little bad boy in a heartbeat.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does autoblog seem to give bad news, only to change their minds?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I understand, Perhaps I was a bit harsh

        Autoblog reports news as it happens, where as magazine have weeks to iron out/amend the story. Autoblog has served me far better than all the magazines i subscribe to.

        I appreciate all your hard work, and I understand the predicament you all are in.

        thanks,
        nick
      • 6 Years Ago
      Volkswagen Group Australia have also denied claims that the MkVI won't be sold down under.

      http://www.ausmotive.com/2008/06/25/volkswagen-australia-confirms-mkvi-golf-plans.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      5-banger - 4 banger, fuels efficiency... etc. Question is, how much power (HP) do you need to drive 70 miles an hour on the freeway and how much power do you need to pull up with a reasonable acceleration? They drive a 1.4 4-cylinder engine in VW's home country. It easily gets 35 miles to the gallon. And it's fast enough with a top speed of just over 100mph.
      Don't get me wrong, I'm a car enthusiast and love to drive fast, on a circuit. But I don't see the point of a GTI with 225 HP to commute to work....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Definitely looking forward to the Mark VI GTI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uh. That pic is of the MkV R32.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes... it is an R32. But if you read the last sentence, you'll understand why:

        "The world should get its first official look at the Golf VI at this year's Paris Motor Show in October."
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks like the R32 to me.
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