VW Takes A Mulligan On US Golf
It's been reported here (and at other less reputable outlets like Der Spiegel, Financial Times) that VW would not be selling the Mk VI Golf stateside. But wait! Panicky VW of America spokesfolks tell Edmunds Inside Line that the new Golf will be sold in the U.S. after all, uncooperative exchange rates be damned. "We are currently planning the new Golf VI and GTI introduction for the fall of next year," says VWoA rep Steve Keys. "The estimated volumes are already included in our 2009 financials." Inside Line reckons a new VW Civic competitor will be built stateside, and that's what has everyone confused. Given that VW won't even decide on a new plant location until this summer, and won't start producing vehicles for another three years, we're willing to bet that VW will cut the Euro-Golf from the US lineup for the Mk VII generation. Meanwhile, we still don't know if the Mk VI will continue to be saddled with the lumpen 2.5 liter I5, or if we'll get a taste of fuel-sipping Euro-spec engines. If VW's really saving almost $2k in production cost on each new Golf, they should be able to take the currency knocks and still offer at least one fuel-efficient engine, right? Right?