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New Volkswagen Golf to launch in 2017, says report

Volkswagen will reportedly launch its eight-generation Volkswagen Golf in 2017, only five years after launching the current model, according to a German magazine.

GERMAN MOTORING MAGAZINE, Auto motor und sport reported the eight-generation Golf would be lower and wider than the current-generation Golf and offer a redesigned front and rear, including new head- and tail-lights. Volkswagen will also offer new safety options in the Golf, including automatic parking and automatic braking with pedestrian recognition that will also be available in the new mid-size Passat, the report said.

Infotainment features carried over from the larger model will also include a heads-up display and Mirror-Link, which allows drivers to access and use smartphone apps via the car’s touchscreen display, the magazine said.

In an attempt to cut fuel consumption, Volkswagen is developing a range of new, greener engines for the Golf and has, according to the report, cut the overall weight of the Golf by 50kg. Volkswagen might also offer the three-cylinder engine from the Polo, the report speculated.

Volkswagen has yet to officially respond to the report, but we’ve reached out to them locally and will update this article with their response.

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Isaac Bober

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