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Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

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New Golf sun-seeker at JIMS

2011-10-06 13:59

SUN SEEKER: Convertible fans will have to wait until 2012 to get their hands on the new Golf Cabriolet.

Three generations and more than 680 000 units sold... the Golf Cabriolet remains a best-seller for Volkswagen and the automaker hopes to continue its soft-top success with the unveiling of its next generation Golf convertible.

The new model has an assertive image courtesy of a redesigned and backswept windscreen and will be powered in two 1.4 TSI engines capable of 90kW and 118kW. Each will have the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG).


The cabrio has the same chassis as the Golf and a Macpherson-type strut suspension with performance-optimised anti-roll bars is used in front while a multilink rear suspension is fitted at the rear.

The soft roof opens automatically in nine seconds and this can be hoisted or lowered at up to 30km/h.

With the top down the cabriolet sports 250-litres of boot volume and a folding rear bench seat can split to increase the stowage capacity.

SOFT TOP: The Golf Cabriolet’s windscreen frame is refreshingly short giving it an “optimized” cabriolet feeling.

Like the VW Eos, the Golf Cabriolet sets itself apart from other convertibles in the compact class with its short windscreen frame.

And, like its CC and Touareg siblings, the new cabriolet is only available in one equipment line that can be customised by various optional features. Standard features include smoked lens diode rear lights, 16" rims with 205 tyres and chromed trim on the radiator grille.

Standard equipment includes aircon, height-adjustable seats (front), power windows and front and side curtain air bags.

The new Golf Cabriolet will be introduced in South Africa in the first quarter of 2012.

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