• May 11th 2009 at 6:29PM
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Germany only gets its own top-tier international auto show every other year, with the Frankfurt Motor Show alternating with the Paris salon. So when the circus rolls into town, you can bet Germany's giant auto industry will embrace the opportunity to reveal their latest. Audi's tipped to unveil its A5 Sportback and revised A8, Mercedes is expected to unveil its new E-Class Cabrio, BMW the new X1 and 5-Series GT/Progressive Activity Sedan... even Opel is anticipated to unveil its new Astra in Frankfurt. But according to the latest reports, Volkswagen is preparing to upstage them all with four new models.

First up is the Robust pick-up truck recently spied undergoing testing at the Nurburgring. A more versatile version of VW's midsize hatchback called the Golf Variant is tipped to join the show stage, too. But the real excitement is in the pair of hot hatches set to make their debuts in Frankfurt. The Golf R is anticipated to pack a 265-hp 2.0-liter TFSI with all the trimmings, while a mini-Scirocco based on the Polo could also be in the cards, packing a 180-hp 1.4-liter four. Of course, it's entirely possible that one or more of these could drop off the card for the upcoming show in September, but either way, Volkswagen looks set to make a big splash in Frankfurt this year, and of course we'll be on hand to catch it all for you.

[Source: AutoWeek.nl]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The Golf Variant would be what we get as the Jetta SportWagen.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd love to see the Sportwagen/Variant/Wagon (it's just "Jetta Wagon" here in Canada; we don't get the cool US badging) in GTD form. I heard that over 50% of all wagons sold here in Canada are the TDI, so it makes sense that more than a few people might want a sportier version of it... (I know at least one!)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring the Golf TDI here to the US already (with the dual-clutch auto). Make mine a 3 door hatch. And while you're at it, please bring back the fastback/hatchback styling with it that looked so good on the original Sciroccos. The only thing I don't like about the Golfs is the Europeanish vertical back windows. They just don't look streamlined. Ok, admittedly, I also don't like the goofy plaid interior on some models. But I love the drivetrains and suspensions. VW is one of the manufacturers who don't view their small car as "cheap" or "entry level". Thank you VW for not incorporating a torsion beam or drum brakes into your Golf. ...wish I could say the same for the Polo!

      • 6 Years Ago
      Volkswagen should focus on improving the quality and reliability of their existing lineup, instead of gunning for lousy vehicles in every segment. Their cars are consistently at the bottom of the JD Powers list. I own a 2003 GTi that has been a piece of crap since I drove it off the lot brand new. Too many electrical and mechanical problems to list, plus countless plastic pieces that have broken off in my hands. Terrible sales people, terrible service, horrible quality vehicle, and a company that doesn't stand behind its products. I'll never touch another Volkswagen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      R20 sounds plausible, mini polo sirocco not so much.
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