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Volkswagen Rolls Out Golf Variant Sportline

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Volkswagen Jetta wagon has been missing from the U.S. lineup since 2004, but it will reappear shortly with the debut of the 2008 Jetta SportWagen in September. The Jetta SportWagen is the U.S. counterpart of the Golf Variant Sportline, which VW unveiled on Monday in Wolfsburg.

Volkswagen Golf Variant SportlineVolkswagen Golf Variant Sportline 2A diesel version of the 2008 Jetta SportWagen will arrive in U.S. showrooms in January, equipped with a 2.0-liter clean diesel engine that makes 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed DSG transmission. VW of America Spokesman Keith Price said the automaker is anticipating EPA numbers of 40 mpg in city driving and 60 mpg on the highway for the diesel SportWagen. The vehicle will be available in all 50 states, marking the first time a diesel Jetta will be available nationwide since 1999, he noted. The gas-engine Jetta Sportwagen will get a 2.5-liter inline-5 that makes 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque and is linked to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic transmission.

Price said pricing has not yet been set for the 2008 Jetta SportWagen, but added that it is expected to cost about $1,500 more than the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta sedan, which starts at $17,130, including a $640 destination charge.

The Golf Variant Sportline, which comes with a standard panorama sunroof, will hit showrooms in Germany on June 1. It is about 6.2 inches longer than its predecessor and offers increased cargo capacity.

© Source: insideline
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At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see VW getting back into the US diesel game with this nice, useful wagon, but please do your research before publishing fantasy mpg numbers...... 60 mpg -NOT!

That 40/60 mpg number seems to have come from someone in the UK. That means the US number would be 33/50, but even that seems high, considering an equivalent Jetta sold in Europe right now averages around 40.
(Only the much smaller, stripped down VW Polo Bluemotion gets 60mpg US).


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