• May 21, 2010
Car and Driver has begun assembling pieces of fact and hypothesis to come up with a picture of the next-generation MkVII Volkswagen Golf. Word is that a larger, edgier, lower and wider evolution of the bread-and-butter hatch will show up earlier than planned in order to make a better case for itself against an upmarket Polo and to take advantage of cost savings.

The savings will come from the use of VW Group's new modular platform, which could eventually be a workhorse for 60 different models throughout the company's various brands. That would eliminate 16 of the current platforms it needs to use. Sixty might seem like a large number at first, but the new Golf is being prepped to fit new powerplants including electric and Twin Drive, and that will quickly add branches to the family tree.

The interior will be replete with tech as well, with "higher-quality materials" joining an eight-inch touchscreen with iPad-like operability that controls navigation, audio, and Internet access. We've seen a prototype of VW's GLORIA touchscreen system and it should be impressive. A note of caution, though: C/D starts the piece off with the note that VW CEO Martin Winterkorn wants to make VW bigger than Toyota. All we'll say is we know what happened when Toyota wanted the top spot, so please, VW be careful.

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh boo-hoo. The Tesla Model S has a 17-incher.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A early MK VII seems right since the MK VI was really a MK V.5.

      And bigger is necessarily worse. Heavier is worse. Hopefully they use lightweight materials and make it lighter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually neither V.5 or V.V would be correct.

        The Romans did not have a symbol for fractions and typically wrote out the words for the fractions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wouldn't that be MkV.V?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like a new copy of my 84 GTI. Same size please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The problem for VW is they've never had the quality of Toyota, so if they get too large it's fall will be more like GM than Toyota. Hyundai seems to be following in the Toyota mold, but again, they are just now building the brand/quality perception.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota's quality has fallen the bigger they got, though. VW does have to improve their quality, especially for the price points of their vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, this is awesome news! Bloating the current Golf even further means that VAG will almost certainly bring the Polo over here as well - can't wait!
        • 4 Years Ago
        They've already stated that we are getting the Polo. That is nothing new. Question is whether we get a legit one or an "Americanized" one. So far, signs point to a sedan and a larger, 5dr hatchback, neither being what they offer as a Polo overseas(unless you count India where they'll get the sedan too).
      • 4 Years Ago
      NICE! I don't think there are enough driver distractions though.

      Maybe they can add some A/V inputs to it so the driver can plug up his Xbox to when sitting at a light.
      Or maybe they can have it stream live TV!

      :-|
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL, that what I was thinking. They should also put some kerosene lamps in there for nostalgia... and to cater to the senior generation. ...and throw in a microwave-oven while were at it (and a hundred other useless-&-distracting necessities).

        Not looking forward to another bloated "compact".
      • 4 Years Ago
      "A note of caution, though: C/D starts the piece off with the note that VW CEO Martin Winterkorn wants to make VW bigger than Toyota. All we'll say is we know what happened when Toyota wanted the top spot, so please, VW be careful."


      Enough said!
      • 4 Years Ago
      SimpleCar is going to be pissed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        All a matter of taste i guess
      • 4 Years Ago
      The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want a 2-door Jetta R20. The Jetta used to be a coupe (before my time), and it already sits on the same platform, so why not? Sports cars and hatches don't mix.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The VW group is bringing out moreNEW product than anyone these days.
      Balls or dice?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to see a CEO come out and say they want to make their company smaller and leaner. The bigger the behemoth, the less attention to details.
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