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2015 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF: Redesigned for 2015, the Volkswagen Golf will be appearing at the 107th annual Chicago Auto Show. Volkswagen’s sporty yet economical hatchback includes two higher performance variants, the Golf GTI and the Golf R. This is the seventh-generation of the Golf, and it includes a new available turbodiesel engine, a new 1.8-liter gasoline four-cylinder, new safety and driver’s assist features, and a new standard 5.6-inch touch screen for infotainment. The standard Golf is available with two doors or four doors and either a 1.8-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine or a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine. The 1.8-liter engine produces 170 horsepower and mates to either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic, while the 2.0-liter engine makes 150 horsepower (10 more than before) and mates to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual clutch DSG automatic. Available features include iPod integration, satellite radio, Bluetooth, an automatic post-collision braking system, automatic air conditioning, and a premium audio system. Heated front seats, a rearview camera, keyless entry and starting, LED ambient interior lighting, and piano black interior trim are available. The Golf GTI has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 210 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, which are increases of 10 and 51, respectively, over the previous car. An optional Performance Package boosts power to 220 horsepower (along with adding a limited-slip differential and larger brakes), and buyers of this hot hatch can choose between a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed DSG automatic. If the GTI isn’t enough of a hot hatch for you, the Golf R has a 290-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that mates to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG. Volkswagen is promising a sub-five-second 0-60 mph time for the DSG-equipped Golf R, which has all-wheel-drive with either transmission, and it’s only available with four-doors. Volkswagen is also offering a wagon variant of the Golf, dubbed the Golf SportWagen, that offers either the 1.8-liter engine or the turbodiesel. Transmission choices are the same as in the hatchback Golf.

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