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18 April 2014

The New York International Auto Show has been held annually since 1900, and usually takes place right around Easter.  While New York is closer to the end of the Auto Show Season, manufacturers always have something new to show off to journalists and visitors who head to the Jacob Javits Center each year for the event.  Volkswagen has been holding out till the New York Auto Show on GTI pricing and now we finally have confirmation of a $24,395 starting MSRP. VW also rolled out a facelifted Jetta that while subtle on the outside actually has quite a few changes underneath to improve safety and fuel economy. Lastly the Golf SportWagen made its official debut at New York. So let’s take a detailed look…

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen R-Line Concept

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So the Jetta SportWagen officially becomes the Golf SportWagen which makes perfect sense since the new models looks like a Golf 7 and has cut all ties to the Jetta design. The SportWagen won’t arrive here till 1st quarter of 2015 and there are strong rumors that Volkswagen is looking at 4motion this time around. The Golf SportWagen Concept R-Line you see pictured here is particularly interesting because it not only looks amazing, but it is equipped with 4Motion all-wheel-drive, and powered by a 2.0TDI mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox.  While this R-Line trimmed Golf Estate is officially a “concept”, the car is built on Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform so there is a very real possibility for something similar to go into production depending on how strongly the public reacts to the car.  We expect to hear more news about the Golf SportWagen very soon.

Face-lifted 2015 Jetta and Jetta Hybrid

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New for 2015, the Jetta has received a subtle cosmetic face-lift with some major upgrades under the skin to make it compliant with all upcoming safety standards for the next four years (including the new small overlap front crash). In person the refresh actually looks more noticeable and in a way seems to complete the Jetta design from 2011. The car overall looks a bit sharper with the new front bumper and grill treatments making the front look wider and lower to the ground. The rear tail lamps and new trunk design mimic the Audi A4 a bit and look crisp and clean with a more finished look. These changes (and others under the hood) are good for a 10% increase in fuel efficiency across the model line.

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Inside the car Volkswagen has updated the dash to include chrome gauge surrounds, revised air vent controls, new seat designs and fabric colors among many other changes. Complaints about the interior looking too dark have been addressed with new two-tone color combinations on the doors.

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Volkswagen tells us that the face-lifted GLI will be part of a staggered launch when the new Jetta is released later this year.

GTI 

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The new seventh generation GTI was on display in US-spec, fresh from it’s pricing announcement.  The vehicle will be available starting at $24,395 as a two door with a manual transmission, only $195 over the outgoing model.  Available trim levels will be S, SE and Autobahn, all available with the optional Performance Pack.  More details on each trim level can be found here.

Golf R

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Also on display was the new Golf R, shown as a two-door vehicle fitted with Volkswagen’s DSG transmission in European spec.  The US model will be available in four door only, and offered with a choice of 6 Speed Manual or DSG transmissions.  This particular car was fitted with deep bolstered cloth seats, which we hope to see available on the US models.

e-Golf

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The e-Golf is Volkswagen’s first foray into the electric vehicle marketplace, and will be on sale later this year in select states.  While this was not the first time this car was put on display, it continues to be extremely photogenic, and was situated front and center in the Volkswagen booth.

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