DETAILS ON THE GOLF COURSE
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.