Posted by: David Kiley on September 29, 2008
Next VW Golf won’t be bigger? Hallelujah!
According to www.autobloggreen.com. speculation is that VW’s popular hatchback will be the same size or smaller when the seventh generation 2010 design hits Europe. The U.S. is now on a cycle to get the Golf (Rabbit in America) two years after Europe.
The current Golf not only got heavier in its sixth generation design, but it adopted (for the U.S.) a five-cylinder engine that slaughtered its fuel economy (21/30) relative to rivals like the Nissan Versa, Honda Fit and forthcoming Ford Fiesta. Even the current Focus does much better, though it is not offered in a hatchback.
Autobloggreen.com correctly notes: “Europe is currently working on legislation to limit carbon emissions and the U.S. is set to cap manufacturer’s fuel efficiency at a much more stringent rate that what we have now. Therefore, the Golf, or Rabbit in the States, should shed a few pounds in its Extreme Makeover and will likely get some smaller entry-level engines.”
The Rabbit should be among fuel economy leaders and should be on par with the 2009 Honda Fit…28/35…if it wants to be competitive.