Volkswagen kills the two-door GTI in America

Why build it if no one buys it?

The two-door GTI, a bodystyle that goes back to the original Mk1 version, is officially dead in America. That's the word directly from Volkswagen, which decided to streamline the vehicles' manufacturing process and kill off the slow-selling variant. The news is unfortunate for fans of the two-door model, but it should come as no surprise.

Two-door vehicles are always a compromise over their four-door brethren. Usability and space efficiency are generally worse with the reduction in doors, so it should be no surprise that two-door GTIs make up a fraction of the vehicle's sales. According to Volkswagen Product and Technology Manager Mark Gilles, two-door GTI sales were fewer than 10 percent of total sales. He also said that number has been steadily declining.

For 2016, the two-door GTI was only $600 less than the four-door. For those that care, the weight advantage of the two-door is nearly negligible. Volkswagen has already shuttered the two-door versions of the standard Golf and Golf R, so it seemed like only a matter of time before the same thing happened to the GTI. Competitors like the Ford Fiesta ST are also only offered as four-door models in America, though a slick-looking two-door is sold elsewhere.

Volkswagen's website still allows you to build and order a two-door 2016 GTI, so if you have your heart set on one, you'd better act fast.

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