Golf’s Down Un­der re­turn

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Af­ter a gen­er­a­tion on the side­lines, the Volk­swa­gen Golf Cabri­o­let will re­turn to the front-line in Aus­tralia be­fore the end of the year.

The new four-seater soft-top will be un­veiled this week in Europe and is likely to ap­pear Down Un­der next spring.

It will be sold here along­side the hard-top EOS con­vert­ible, al­though there is still no news on a plan to ex­pand the Volk­swa­gen sporty group with the two-door Scirocco coupe. Volk­swa­gen benched the Cabri­o­let while it con­cen­trated on the EOS but the com­pany now says there is cus­tomer de­mand for a pair of open-top con­tenders from the com­pany.

The EOS is also set for a tweak this year, in­clud­ing a new ‘‘fam­ily’’ look at the front.

‘‘There is def­i­nitely space for both cars. It’s a dif­fer­ent sort of car for dif­fer­ent buy­ers. It’s a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion­ing be­tween the hard-top and the soft- top,’’ said Volk­swa­gen Aus­tralia spokesman Karl Gehling.

‘‘There was a Euro­pean up­date of the EOS, adopt­ing the new fam­ily face and we’ll see that around the mid­dle of this car. It will be prior to the Cabri­o­let ar­riv­ing.’’

The new Cabri­o­let is based on the sixth-gen­er­a­tion Golf and, al­though it is slightly smaller over­all than the EOS, it still has ad­e­quate in­te­rior space for four pas­sen­gers, with a work­able boot.

The roof is an elec­tric soft-top de­sign, to save space and cut weight. It can be raised or low­ered in just 9.5 sec­onds, even when the car is be­ing driven at up to 30km/h.

Noise sup­pres­sion work in­cludes a two-layer top and spe­cial door and win­dow seals. On the safety front, the drop­top has ac­tive rollover pro­tec­tion in ad­di­tion to ESP sta­bil­ity con­trol, ABS brakes and an airbag pack­age that in­cludes the driver’s knees.

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