February 10, 2006
Volkswagen shows first U.S.-bound all-new Golf in Chicago
Chicago, Illinois – Volkswagen of America has debuted Europe’s best-selling car, the new Volkswagen Golf hatchback, to American buyers at the Chicago Auto Show.
The new Golf goes on sale this summer in both two- and four-door versions, with pricing to be announced later this year.
First introduced in 1974, the Golf has sold nearly 24 million copies, making it the second-best-selling car in world history. The version shown in Chicago is completely revised from the model sold last year and is known internally as the Mark V, for its fifth generation. The new Golf has the model’s first fully-independent suspension system, a new 2.5-litre five-cylinder base engine, and new optional six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic manual mode.