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VW Golf VII Hatchback to Hit Dealerships by 2012-end 25
Posted by Alex Ion in audi a3, Automotive News, Golf, Golf VII, MQB, PQ35, Volkswagen, VW on 01 25th, 2011

Volkswagen is on the verge of bringing its seventh generation Golf hatchback. The much awaited car is expected to come to dealerships by 2012-end or beginning of 2013.

The VW Golf has been the largest selling car in Europe for the majority of last 3 decades. The main reason cited for the premature exit of the current model is that it is built on the old PQ35 platform, whereas the new model will feature VW’s new modular transverse architecture or Modular Querbaukasten (MQB) in German.

The new architecture is an inexpensive one by which VW expects double-digit profit percentage and will be used to build up to 3 million vehicles per year. Also, unlike the current PQ35 where only vehicles of different brands using the same structure could be included, the MQB can be stretched to include different new models.


The new Audi A3 will be the first car to implement the MQB in its design and also the first to hit the roads possibly during the summer of 2012, before the new Golf.

Although no exact date has been revealed for the launch of Golf VII, expect the beauty to drive in by early 2013 at least.

(Via WCF)

2012 Seat Leon Spied Testing Day and Night 13
Posted by Alex Ion in 2012 Seat Leon, Automotive News, Golf VII, Seat Leon, spy photos on 09 13th, 2010

The unofficial sneak peek of the 2012 Seat Leon is out! Auto buffs owe their gratitude to spy photographers for posting the first pictures of the car, clicked during the daylight and night testing of the vehicle.

Again, details are quite limited, but by the looks of it, the three-door model is noticeably shorter than the camouflage suggests. It’s clear that the exhaust pipes are recessed when compared to the body.

The Leon is based on the Golf VII, so it’s safe to expect a seven-speed DSG gearbox, HCCI petrol engines and maybe even a Twin Drive plug-in hybrid powertrain. In the Golf VII, the hybrid powertrain is a combination of a 1.5-liter diesel engine with three electric motors, which gives a 48km (30 miles) range solely on electric power.

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While the photos are sure to raise a buzz, we will have to wait for more details to emerge from the company or other sources to have accurate information on the Leon.

(Via WCF)