Volkswagen holds the North American Debut of the new 2010 Golf at the Canadian International Auto Show



    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Volkswagen has chosen this year's Canadian
International Auto Show (CIAS) to hold its North American debut of the new
2010 Golf.
    The sixth generation compact hatchback was presented to the automotive
media today for the first time in North America in a 5-door 2.0 litre TDI
Diesel version.
    The new 2010 Golf represents the sixth generation of one of the world's
most popular vehicles ever. Since its introduction in Europe in 1974, over 26
million units have been sold worldwide. Volkswagen also announced that nearly
400,000 Rabbits, Golfs, and GTIs have been sold in Canada since the
introduction of the first generation in 1975.
    The Golf is a phenomenon, regardless of its particular generation. Its
redesign team was headed by the Volkswagen Group's chief designer, Walter de
Silva, with Klaus Bischoff and Flavio Manzoni, has succeeded in giving the
Golf a presence, sharpness, and a power that generates even more fun. Not only
fun to look at, but fun to drive.
    All key body elements were redesigned, and the sixth generation Golf has
a sportier and more distinctive image. In front, the new car adopts the
radiator grille of the first generation Golf that is horizontally aligned
between the headlights. The lines of the bumper match those of the radiator
grille, and beneath this is a section with another air scoop.
    The rear is characterized by a predominance of horizontal lines. The
taillights - now very wide - are marked among other things by an unmistakably
unique night design, and bear a resemblance to the taillights of the Touareg
TDI Clean Diesel.
    The interior is also newly designed, especially in the cockpit area. The
appearance and layout of the materials, including details such as brushed
chrome accents and round instruments derived directly from the Passat CC, and
well-thought ergonomic properties with controls that are easier to use all
contribute to a highly functional and pleasant experience. The new Golf also
has first-class acoustic properties using special sound-damping film in the
windshield, thicker side windows in the front, and newly shaped outside
mirrors to reduce driving noise.
    In presenting the new 2010 Golf, Volkswagen also announced that it was
going back to using the Golf name for its compact hatchback in Canada. The
2010 Golf will replace the current 2009 Rabbit. Volkswagen explained that the
name change back to Golf will reunite the Golf family in Canada.
    The German-engineered 2010 Golf is planned for an October 2009 market
introduction in 2 body styles - 3-door and 5-door with a 5-cylinder 2.5 litre
engine producing 170 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque.
    The 3-door 2010 Golf will be available in two versions: Trendline and
Sportline, while the 5-door 2010 Golf will be available in three versions:
Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline. The 2010 Golf for Canada will be
produced in Wolfsburg, Germany. Pricing will be announced closer to the
planned market introduction date of October 2009.
    Volkswagen showed a 5-door European version of the new Golf with a 2.0
litre TDI Diesel engine at the 2009 CIAS to announce and confirm that it will
bring its award-winning 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged common rail TDI
Clean Diesel engine currently offered in the Jetta TDI Clean Diesel and the
Jetta Wagon TDI Clean Diesel already on-sale in Canada for the new Golf in
Canada early in its product life cycle. This TDI Clean Diesel engine produces
140 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque with a fuel consumption of 4.8 litres per 100
kilometres (L / 100 km) in a 6-speed manual version on the highway, and 6.8 L
/ 100 km in the city. It is expected, like the Jetta TDI Clean Diesel, that
the new Golf TDI Clean Diesel will easily manage over 1,100 km of highway
driving with one tank of fuel. Volkswagen is also the first manufacturer to
certify B5 Biodiesel fuel for its TDI Clean Diesel engines in Canada, allowing
consumers to reduce CO2 emissions by an additional 5 percent.
    A new 2010 GTI will accompany the introduction of the new 2010 Golf this
fall, and will also be available in either a 3-door or 5-door body styles.
Powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged TSI engine producing 200 HP and 207 lb-ft
of torque, the 2010 GTI will continue Volkswagen's leadership in the "pocket
rocket" class popular with Canadian drivers. Both 3-door and 5-door versions
of the new 2010 GTI will be available in 3 versions: Trendline, Comfortline,
Highline. Also to be built in Wolfsburg, Germany, the German-engineered 2010
GTI will arrive in Canadian showrooms in October 2009. Pricing will be
announced closer to this planned market introduction date.
    Joining the new Golf family in Canada will be an all-new 2010 Golf Wagon
to replace the 2009 Jetta Wagon early next year. Based on the sixth-generation
Golf platform, the 2010 Golf Wagon with be available as a 4-door wagon in 3
versions: Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline. Volkswagen also announced
today that the 2.0 litre TDI Clean Diesel engine for the new 2010 Golf models
will also be available in the new 2010 Golf Wagon, along with the standard 5-
cylinder 2.5 litre 170 HP engine. To be manufactured in Puebla, Mexico,
pricing of the all new 2010 Golf Wagon will be announced closer to its planned
market introduction date early in calendar year 2010.

    
    About Volkswagen Canada:
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    Founded in 1952, Volkswagen Canada is headquartered in Ajax, Ontario, and
is part of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG,
headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest
producers of passenger cars and is Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen
offers the City Golf, City Jetta, Rabbit, GTI, New Beetle, New Beetle
Convertible, Jetta Sedan, Jetta TDI Clean Diesel, GLI, Jetta Wagon, Jetta
Wagon TDI Clean Diesel, Eos, Passat Sedan, Passat CC, Passat Wagon, Tiguan,
Routan, Touareg and Touareg TDI Clean Diesel through 130 independent Canadian
Dealers. Visit Volkswagen Canada online at www.vw.ca.





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For further information: Peter Viney, (905) 428-5858, Peter.Viney@vw.ca

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