January 8, 2007
Volkswagen GTI Named Automobile Magazine’s 2007 Automobile of the Year
Auburn Hills, Michigan – The sporty Volkswagen GTI has been named 2007 Automobile of the Year, by Automobile Magazine. The magazine profiles the GTI in its February 2007 issue, on stands now, and presented Volkswagen with a trophy at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The magazine commended the GTI’s high-tech, 200-horsepower 2.0T four-cylinder engine that produces 207 ft.-lbs. of torque, noting that its DSG gearbox “is simply the best automatic-type transmission we’ve ever driven.”
First introduced in the U.S. in 1983, the GTI quickly drew admiration for its combination of sporty performance and practicality. The 2007 GTI is Volkswagen’s definitive return to its groundbreaking, hot hatch sports car concept, offering enthusiasts a modern and dynamic extension of the automaker’s original “pocket rocket.”
Automobile Magazine notes that the GTI “feels like it has more build quality than anything within miles of its price point.”