I'm very interested in purchasing a new golf tdi, but I'm having trouble deciding whether to purchase now, or wait for the US release of the mk7. From what I could find online, the introduction will be at the Paris auto show this fall, with a European release soon after. I could wait to fall or early winter, but wouldn't want to wait a year or more for a US release, like what happened with the mk6. any thoughts, suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!
Not to thread jack here.
But why is it we in North America always wait 2 years. None of the other European car companies do that to us that I am aware of consistantly?
They have a factory in mexico so I do not see the point of alienating potential buyers with last generation cars.
Also, the Golf is built almost exclusively for and consequently in Europe. AFAIK, the Golf for the past two or three generations has been built only in Wolfsburg. The Jetta is built in Mexico, even the European market vehicles. The Mexican factory is already at capacity making the Jetta and Beetle, so it wouldn't make sense for VW to cut down productions of its most important product in North America to build small batches of a niche product.
There are plenty of BMW/Audi/Mercedes/VW products you never even see in America. At least we even get the Golf, two years late or not.
Last edited by kimilein; 04-01-2012 at 03:52 PM.
Also if VW thinks the car will sell and has a higher profit margin than the current Golf (which is almost certainly will), expect to see the VII in the states ASAP.
I thought I had read somewhere (C&D, maybe?) that the MK VII would be available in Europe this summer. So I was hoping that it would be available to the N.American market by Fall of 2012, which wouldn't be unreasonable as a 2013 offering. I wouldn't expect we'd get the new engine lineup right off the bat though.
The Golf V was somewhat of a sales disaster; customers just couldn't overlook its looks despite its handling accolades. Its lifespan was drastically reduced compared to every prior generation, and thus this Golf "VI" facelift was born out of an existing model.
The Golf VII is the first all-new Golf since 2003.
I'm sure we will see the MKVII mid 2013 towards the end of the year, Golf along with the GTI at the same time. Seeing how VW treated the launch of the 2013 CC I believe we will have the MKVII at the same time our European friends if not a few weeks later.
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MK5 was on sale in Europe a full year before the US.
Also there wasn't a year gap between the US MK4 and MK5.
Dealers were sent crappy 2005 Model 2 Door 1.8T GTI's with mostly auto up till September 2005.
MK5 GTI was launched as a 2006 model in February 2006.
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Several posters here have mentioned that VW is set to unveil the Mk VII at the Paris auto show in September, but some sources say that's just the Golf, and that the GTI won't debut until six months later, at the Geneva show in March. That's not to say that the Golf and GTI couldn't both go on sale in the US in the fall. But another source says the GTI won't be available (presumably in the UK) until the end of 2013.
Did previous GTIs lag behind Golfs here in the US?