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GTI Golf expected in October, FWD in works


May 3, 2003

AFP
NAPLES, Italy — Volkswagen is expanding its Mark V Golf range this year, with a racier GTI model likely to roll out at the Paris Motor Show in October, the company says.

The Mark V was launched one year ago, with the German manufacturer concentrating on the volume versions first to meet demand. So far the GTI version has only been sighted as a "study", at the Frankfurt Motor Show last autumn, but it should be on sale by year's end.

At a briefing in Naples, Italy, VW sources added that a four- wheel-drive version, the Golf 4Motion, would be available in Germany in a few months. The Mark IV was sold in a similar variant.

Also in the works for Germany's biggest-selling car: an estate version with extra headroom that is provisionally being named the "Golf Plus". It will be sold as a lifestyle car, much like the Peugeot 307 SW.

One variant from the Mark IV range that will not be revived is the soft-top version Golf Cabriolet.

The Wolfsburg based company is committed instead to a convertible version of the New Beetle as well as a mid-size retractable-roof coupe that still goes under the project name "Concept C" and is set to go into production within a year or two.

Volkswagen has been secretive about Concept C, but it is clear that it fits somewhere between the Golf and Passat in size. – Sapa-DPA


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