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Looks like the same engine will go into a Golf but never a Rabbit. Initially it might have just been for Canada but the US is getting the Golf name again. Since they are introducing the Golf first, it looks like the Golf will be revised before the Jetta.

HERNDON, Virginia — Volkswagen is once again abandoning the Rabbit nameplate in favor of the Golf. The 2010 Volkswagen Golf and GTI will be making U.S. debuts at the 2009 New York Auto Show.

"Volkswagen globally has moved to a global naming strategy," VW spokesman Tom Wegehaupt told Inside Line on Thursday. "We are changing Rabbit back to Golf, just as we changed Bora in Europe to Jetta this year."

Wegehaupt said the name switch was not given the green light by U.S. consumers. "We did not test market this with U.S. consumers," he said. "It was a high-level executive decision."

When asked if he thought it would cause confusion for consumers, he said no. "The Golf nameplate has been here from 1984 to 2006. Just the fifth generation [model] went back to the Rabbit. The Golf nameplate has a lot of weight. It is one of the world's bestselling cars — 26 million in five generations in 120 countries."

VW revived the Rabbit name for the 2006 model year to increase sales of its entry-level model. It first launched the Rabbit in 1975 and used the moniker until adopting the Golf name for the redesign in 1984. When the name was revived in 2006, Volkswagen's director of brand innovation in the U.S. said it would resonate with enthusiasts.

"The reintroduction of the Rabbit represents Volkswagen's commitment to this market and is a nod to the passionate North American enthusiasts who have an emotional connection with the Rabbit name," said Kerri Martin.

Wegehaupt also confirmed that VW will add a diesel engine to the 2010 Golf lineup in the U.S. The engine, a 140-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4, is also used in the Volkswagen Jetta. The diesel will be available this fall, he said.
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=144990
 
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Emissions and cost. The Passat is a heavier car which puts more load on the engine.
 

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Official pics and official release. Note the bold...no soup for you!

LEIPZIG, Germany — The all-new Volkswagen Golf GTD is debuting at the 2009 Leipzig Auto Show, but the German automaker has no immediate plans to market the diesel-powered sibling to the Golf GTI in North America.

European customers will be offered a powerful turbodiesel engine — a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 168 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch DSG.

With the manual, the GTD sprints from 0 to 60 mph in less than 8.1 seconds, with a top speed of 138 mph. Average fuel economy on the European cycle is 44 miles per gallon.

The Golf GTD will go on sale in Europe in May, priced from around $37,000. U.S. customers will have to make do with the new and less powerful Golf TDI.







 

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Nice! VW interiors just get better and better. It's nice that they've avoided the center speedometer stack trend. This just looks way better with the gauges in front of you.
 

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Nice, looks much more mature and less cute than the current Rabbit. Any news on a New Beetle TDI or Passat TDI? The Passat TDI would be great.
 
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Emissions and cost. The worldwide economy is down so it's not like they have spare cash to burn. Developing cars and then bringing them to the US costs money.
 
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