Canadians love the Volkswagen Golf. There's something just so outdoorsy and well.. Canadian about the car. We love it, but for some reason it's rarely at the top of our shopping list. In Europe though, the situation is much different. Volkswagen is the largest automotive manufacturer in Europe.
In Europe, the Golf is in it's seventh generation, while we Canadians continue to wait for newer models. On the other side of the Atlantic, Volkswagen offers the Golf Plus, a five door hatchback Golf that's a good four and a half inches taller than the others. This translates into an extra 5 cubic feet of cargo space. The seventh generation Golf Plus is being replaced by the Golf Sportsvan, which is debuting at the Frankfurt International Auto Show this week.
Longer than the new Golf, but less than the SportWagen (we just call it the Wagon in Canada), the Golf Sportsvan Concept is getting close to reaching the production stage. Since this will be an exclusively European model, it will be offered with an impressive choice of powertrains. Four turbocharged engines will be available in different versions producing 85, 110, 125 or 150 horses. Two turbo TDI engines meanwhile produce 110 or 150 horsepower. All, except the least powerful diesel can be paired to the famous double clutch 6-speed DSG.
Several devices will appear for the first time in this market segment. A blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, active headlights, a heated steering wheel, panoramic sliding roof, parking assist, lane change detector and Volkswagen's new Car-Net system, which is similar to GM's OnStar; all can be ordered at the time of purchase of the Golf Sportsvan.
In Europe, the Volkswagen Golf tends to attract older consumers, but the brand could attract a younger clientele with this new Sportsvan. Volkswagen is putting potential buyers of the Kia Soul and Nissan Juke into their crosshairs.
For us poor Canadians, we're still waiting for the seventh generation of the Golf to reach us, only then can we hope for other models...
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca