• Sep 29th 2008 at 6:32PM
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These days, when discussions turn towards the cars we'll be driving a few years from now, efficiency and emissions are two unavoidable topics. Such is the case with the next-next generation of the VW Golf, following the sixth iteration that will hit European dealerships later this year. So, what will the seventh version have in store for us? Smaller engines and a smaller structure. For the last few decades, every succeeding redesign was just a bit bigger and more powerful that its predecessor. Expect that trend to end with the Mk VII Golf. You can bet that diesels will account for a larger percentage of sales too, possibly even in the States.

Just when are we likely to see Golf v7.0? Rumors point to 2012, but VeeDub is keeping quiet. What they do admit to, however, is working on it as you read this.

[Source: Automotive News Europe - sub. req'd]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      It's official...the new Golf is one of the most dull looking turds on the road.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They can't bring it out by 2010...Release the 6th gen for 2009 and 2010 bring out 7th gen? that'd be bad marketing.

      But I know what you mean :) I don't get why the Turbo/Supercharged 1.4 isn't in the US though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't they just bring the Polo stateside.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ....6th generation of perfection
      Das Auto
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just so people are aware with the whole weight trend, the following are US numbers.

      Mk1: 1750 - 2145lbs
      Mk2: 2137 - 2445lbs
      Mk3: 2548 - 2800lbs
      Mk4: 2723 - 3091lbs
      Mk5: 2975 - 3213lbs

      This includes GTI variations, including VR6 equipped models. This however excludes the R32 trim levels, which currently weighs 3547lbs in the US market.

      So from the original Mk1 Golf to the current R32, it now weighs twice as much despite being only 302mm longer, and 127mm wider at most. Basically, the Mk1 Golf is about the size of a modern Polo (the Mk4 Polo still being 20mm wider).
        • 6 Years Ago
        VW isn't the only one guilty of this.....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mandatory airbags, stiffer chasis, etc etc

        they dont profit on weight...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't you buy diesels or other fuel efficient cars? In my country 1.4L 170hp (35mpg) Golfs are quite popular because gas prices are $12,5 USD per gallon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait. You mean they can make them lighter if they wanted? Man, I just thought thats how it HAD to be. Lord I feel dumb. Thank you VW for teaching me cars dont have to be heavy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look i know it takes a while to develop cars. But that's what separates winners from losers. By the time this car comes out MOST cars will shed weight or will get much higher MPGs.

      VW needs to bring this car to the market in 2010 to take on Cruze and try to grab some market before the new Civic gets here.
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