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Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Concept Debuts at 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show


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Just the Facts:
  • The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Concept, the successor to the Golf Plus, is set for a debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
  • The production version of the Golf Sportsvan goes on sale in Europe in mid-2014, but Volkswagen of America told Edmunds it will not be sold here.
  • "The market for hatchbacks in the U.S. is pretty limited," said Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen of America spokesman.

FRANKFURT, Germany — The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Concept, the successor to the Golf Plus, is set for a debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The production version of the Golf Sportsvan goes on sale in Europe in mid-2014, but Volkswagen of America told Edmunds it will not be sold here.

"The market for hatchbacks in the U.S. is pretty limited," said Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen of America spokesman, in a phone conversation on Monday.

Volkswagen said the Golf Sportsvan gets a "larger, even more practical body style" than the Golf hatchback. The Sportsvan is 3.27 inches longer than the Golf.

The rear seat, a 60/40 split bench, can slide forwards and backwards by up to 7 inches, for increased passenger or luggage space.

The production version will get a blind spot monitor and other safety features, including an optional Lane Assist system and a Driver Alert System.

VW said the Sportsvan will be offered with a range of gasoline and diesel engines, including four turbocharged 1.4-liter gas engines and three turbodiesels.

The company also noted that the car will not use the Sportsvan name in places like the United Kingdom. Naming will be confirmed closer to launch.

Edmunds says: You'll have to admire this VW hatchback from afar.

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Comments

  • don1944 don1944 Posts:

    "The market for hatchbacks in the U.S. is pretty limited" says Mark Gillies of Volkswagen of American. So what tree has he been sleeping under for the last 5 years? Tell that to Kia Soul, many small Fords, and others. With a diesel and priced correctly this thing would sell like hotcakes in the US! Come on VW, Wake up! Your Passat is selling much better not because of bigger size but because of $7000 price drop!

  • dagmar3 dagmar3 Posts:

    Two years ago, VW was on a roll with big plans to take over the world. Now they have flamed-out and demonstrate why they are still just a Golf-centric company. How do you say "Rondo" in German?

  • themandarin themandarin Posts:

    Worlds most boring car

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