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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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