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Spotlight

Volkswagen Golf VII

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:00

Volkswagen has a proud history and a promising future in Mexico. One car in particular is a symbol of this successful union: the new Golf VII. The Golf is a compact car that has been produced since 1974, and which has been marketed worldwide across seven generations. Volkswagen invested US$700 million in the modernization of the plant’s infrastructure in Puebla to produce the latest iteration, with production having started on a GTI model and twodoor and station wagon models to begin later in the year. In January 2014, the plant began to assemble seven units a day, reaching 150 units by May. In July, this level had risen to 250, still far below the Puebla plant’s designed capacity of 700 cars daily. Historically, the Golf is Volkswagen’s bestselling model and its arrival underscores Volkswagen’s commitment to Mexico as an automotive hub. Since its arrival in 1964 to the present day, Volkswagen has invested a total of US$8 billion in Mexico and its Golf VII signals its ongoing commitment to Mexico. This has been set in stone with a confirmed investment of US$7 billion that will be allocated in North America in the period to 2018.

The new Golf VII comes equipped with the latest technological innovations of the Modular Transverse Toolkit (MQB), defining as an intelligent lightweight automobile. Compared to previous generations, the Golf VII features a number of new safety systems, which include multi-collision braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistant, driver fatigue detection, and an automatic parking system. Its various models come with a range of potential engines, including 1.2 and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines, with 85PS and 150PS respectively, or 1.6l and 2.0-litre diesel engines with 105PS and 150PS. The Golf VII has a theoretical fuel consumption of 3.2l/100km and CO2 emissions of approximately 85g/km. Early production of the Golf VII will be destined to the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and the local market. In addition to the new Golf, the Puebla plant also builds the Coupe and Cabriolet versions of the Volkswagen Beetle and Jetta. In terms of technology, these models are also set to be equipped with the MQB.