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THE specifics of the course of the new Golf from Volk­swa­gen raise more ques­tions than they do an­swers. The car is not com­ing to Aus­tralia un­til next year and no one at Volk­swa­gen Group Aus­tralia wants to make any firm com­mit­ments or prom­ises that can­not be met.

The com­pany will def­i­nitely have the Golf 6 at the Mel­bourne Mo­tor Show in March, af­ter pre­view­ing its classy new Pas­sat CC in Syd­ney next month.

But Volk­swa­gen is vague about any­thing be­yond then.

Com­pany spokesman Karl Gehling does his best, but comes up short in Reyk­javik, Ice­land, when the ques­tions get curly.

When will we see the new Golf?

It will be in Aus­tralia in the first half of next year. Noth­ing more spe­cific than that at this stage. It will be the five-door to be­gin with. We prob­a­bly won’t see other vari­ants un­til the GTi ar­rives.

Which is when?

Af­ter the stan­dard vari­ants. The GTi goes on dis­play in Paris next week and will be on sale in Europe early next year.

Why the se­crecy?

It’s not se­crecy. We have a very . . . still some ne­go­ti­a­tions about what the model line-up is go­ing to be.

And pric­ing? Hasn’t been con­firmed.

But do you have a prob­a­ble start­ing point, con­sid­er­ing the Golf now costs from $25,490? We prob­a­bly won’t con­firm pric­ing un­til later this year. It will be af­ter the Syd­ney Mo­tor Show in Oc­to­ber. We’ll an­nounce the pric­ing and specs closer to launch.

What about en­gines and trans­mis­sions?

You will see the 1.4 petrol tur­bos and the 2.0-litre diesel, six-speed man­ual and seven-speed DSG for petrol, and six-speed DSG only for the diesel.

Why those trans­mis­sions?

The seven-speed DSG has a torque limit, which means it can’t go into the diesel. What about some of the ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy in Golf 6, such as Dy­namic Chas­sis Con­trol, au­to­matic park­ing and radar cruise con­trol? We’ll con­sider all the op­tions.

What about seven airbags in the base car?

It will have a full com­ple­ment of safety fea­tures.

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