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2014 Volkswagen Golf Grows in Size, Gains Efficiency and Safety Tech

2014 Volkswagen Golf Grows in Size, Gains Efficiency and Safety Tech

By Jeff Youngs, September 27, 2012
The redesigned 2014 Volkswagen Golf, which debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, was introduced in 2- and 4-door hatchback body styles and displayed in what the automaker claims are "near final prototypes" of the Golf BlueMotion and Golf GTI.

Longer, lower, wider, and more spacious in terms of passenger and cargo room, the new VW Golf is also hundreds of pounds lighter than the model it replaces, contributing to a 23% increase in fuel economy across all of the powertrains offered in Europe, according to Volkswagen.

Additional features that help to improve the all-new Golf's fuel economy include automatic stop/start technology, a brake energy regeneration system, and electric steering. In Europe, where Volkswagen claims the Golf is the most popular model on the market, the new seventh-generation version comes standard with low-rolling-resistance tires and offers cylinder-deactivation technology.

The Golf BlueMotion has, to date, only been sold in Europe. The new version is the most fuel-efficient Golf ever built, according to Volkswagen, and the company claims that the new Golf BlueMotion's fuel tank will only need to be refilled 15 times per year, based on the average annual miles traveled by European drivers.

In addition to 7 air bags, traction and stability control, and a drowsy driver detection system, the new 2014 Golf is equipped with multi-collision braking technology. If the car is involved in a crash, the brakes automatically bring it to a stop as soon after impact as possible, with the goal of reducing secondary collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians.

For more details about the redesigned 2014 Volkswagen Golf, read our full preview.

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