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The MkVI (sixth-generation) Volkswagen Golf has been around since 2009, and according to a report from Reuters, the next all-new Golf may be approaching sooner than we thought. According to a spokesperson for Volkswagen, the automaker will have the MkVII Golf ready for public consumption by either the end of 2012 or beginning of 2013.

Golf generational changes typically occur in much larger intervals, but this rapid introduction for the MkVII is a result of the Volkswagen Group's new cost-savings model architecture called MQB. Different makes and models that share the same underpinnings will be built in a similar manner to save large percentages of money.

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[Source: Reuters]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Most boring and ubiquitous car in Europe, at least it used to be. A decade ago the Golf was the default go-to vehicle for any European kid's first car, pretty much all my friends drove one. And the few that didn't all drove a Polo, an Open Corsa/Astra or a Honda Civic. Chavs everywhere. I bought a Lancia Delta, though. I've always been special.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last trip to Germany in 2009, Best thing I ever did was turning down the prepaid Seat and going next door to Hertz. 2010 TDI awaited. It was fantastic in every way!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone give me one reason to get a 5 cylinders instead of a 4 like the GTI or the CC?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Golf isn't available with a gas 4cyl(in the US). You either get the 2.5L or the TDI. If you want the 4cyl, you have to get a GTI. It's roughly a $5k difference in base price between a Golf and GTI.

        If the extra 30hp, 30lb-ft and increased dynamics are worth the increased price, get a GTI. If not, get the Golf and pocket the difference.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had two GTIs, an 84 Rabbit and an 87 16V. Lost interest after that, seems they got bigger and heavier and lost their spunk. Like the R56 Mini compared to the R50.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a Golf GT TDi 5 door with the DSG gearbox.

      Agreed, the Golf does have a dull image in North America, But here in Europe it's loved for its practicality, build quality, and refinement (when compared to other small hatchbacks.)

      The current Golf MK6 is basically a Golf MK5 with a new design front and rear, and interior.

      For example, the doors and hatch on the MK6 are exactly the same as the MK5... as are the engines and mechanical components.

      So, the MK7 WILL be a genuinely new car. Because its so popular it will be an evolutionary design, rather than revolutionary, but that's what Golf fans want.

      I get 38MPG at 100MPH, or 60MPG at 50MPH.

      Its just a shame that the North American buyer gets an inferior Golf with crappy rear suspension, and an interior which uses cheaper materials, in order to enable VW USA to sell the car at a lower price in your market.

      Fingers crossed you'll get the Euro spec MK7, and then you will learn first hand why the Golf is so loved.

      • 4 Years Ago
      GOLF I don't want a retouch in the design like the current version.I really like the current version but impress me on the next generation with different design theme!!!
      and hot riding qualities as well..
      • 4 Years Ago
      So expect a thorough blanding and genericizing of the design then.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey VW, make sure and screw up the rear suspension with some hot torsion action... wouldn't want it riding any better than the Jetta.
        • 4 Years Ago
        On the contrary, it seems that the Golf is actually the more upscale offering now that VW has decontented the Jetta(for the US). The Golf is sold worldwide and has a higher standard to live up to. This is also why the Euro Jetta retains the multilink rear which the US version omits. Europeans will pay for that while most Americans bitch that the car is too expensive.

        Also note the recent AB story about the Euro Jetta coming to the US in about 2yrs. Considering that, I fully expect the Golf to retain the multilink rear that it currently has. Basically, it seems that their cost-cutting with the new platform(MQB) has allowed them to include the more complex designs that they had to omit in the Mk6 in order to meet their pricing goals.
        • 4 Years Ago
        De-contenting too!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If there is one model that won't get more bland, it is the Golf. The Golf is VW's bread and butter car - it sells well in most places in the world, has a luxurious interior and it performs very well. The MkVI is an example of how good VW can make cars - it didn't win World Car of the Year in 2009 for nothing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look at how nicely (sarcasm) that MKV B-pillar trim lines up with the MKVI door panel. I can't believe VW did that to save a few pennies.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Well I hope it comes out before December 21, 2012 or there won't be one at all...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet the suspension goes from the current awesome one to feeling like you're riding on a wet sponge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it's anything like VW's latest effort with Jetta, they can go.....well you know the rest.
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