Wolfsburg, August 2012. The new Golf is the first car of the compact class in which -- despite its reduced weight of up to 100 kg -- significant gains have been made in comfort and safety.
New assistance systems include the multicollision brake -- the Volkswagen Group is the only carmaker in the world to implement such a system -- a proactive occupant protection system, standard XDS electronic differential lock (as found in the previous-generation Golf GTI), ACC adaptive cruise control plus Front Assist and a City Emergency Braking function, Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant, fatigue detection, traffic sign detection and the latest generation of the automatic parking assistant Park Assist including OPS (360 degree display) as well as the automated light functions Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist. There are other new technologies as well, such as progressive steering (optimised dynamic performance and better comfort), selection of the driving profile with up to five modes ("Eco", "Sport", "Normal", "Individual" and "Comfort"), an electronic parking brake, a newly developed ergonomic sport seat (ergoActive seat), a guard against using the wrong fuel in the diesels, a new climate comfort windshield that is also a first in this segment and a new generation of information and entertainment systems.
For the first time, a car has been developed in Wolfsburg that is based on the pioneering Modular Transverse Matrix and exploits its new potential to produce the best possible Golf. The results: although the new Golf has been made more spacious, safer and more comfortable, Volkswagen was able to reduce its weight by up to 100 kg compared to the previous model and, in alliance with two new engine lines, its fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced by up to 23 per cent.
A significant improvement in fuel economy is attributable to innovative lightweight design. Consider the petrol engines: the new Golf 1.4 TSI with a powerful 103 kW/140 PS and cylinder deactivation has a combined fuel consumption of just 4.8 l/100 km (112 g/km CO2). Consider the diesel: the world of the TDI begins at 77 kW/105 PS and delivers a combined fuel consumption of just 3.8 l/100 km for an emissions value of 99 g/km CO2. Technically, the Golf shines with other new features such as proactive occupant protection, fatigue detection, the Front Assist safety system with integrated City Emergency Braking function and a standard multicollision braking function that can avoid one-fourth of all accidents involving personal injury. And so, the latest generation of the Golf, a model of which over 29 million units have been built so far, is also advancing to become a technology leader in the compact class and one of the most advanced cars in the world.
World presentation is coming soon.