Updated Volkswagen Golf is the record-holder of sales in Europe
According to sales statistics for September 2017, the updated Volkswagen Golf for the first time since the beginning of the year showed double-digit growth in the European market and, as they say, left competitors far behind. In total 51,500 units were sold, which is 11% more than a year earlier.
A city crossover Nissan Qashqai, which recently passed restyling, has taken the second place, ahead of such popular models as the Volkswagen Polo and Renault Clio. Its result in the ranking of European bestsellers in September is 28,987 units. (+14%).
The third place is taken by the Renault Clio, which was preferred by 26,902 customers (+3%). It is followed by the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa resulted in 23,575 units, although the demand for the model fell by 22% compared to September 2016.
In the fifth position there is the Volkswagen Tiguan, it was chosen by 22,540 consumers (+2%). This is a direct competitor to the Volkswagen Golf in a very promising SUV segment. It is also presented in the same price range and potentially able to take away customers from the Golf soon.
The second five of the European ‘favorites’ (6-10 places) included:
- Ford Focus (20,939 units, +3%);
- Volkswagen Polo (20,446 units, -35%);
- Skoda Octavia (20,399 units, -2%);
- Peugeot 208 (20,145 units, -14%);
- Toyota Yaris (19,178 units, +2%).
Traditionally, conservative Europe prefers its European brands: 8 out of 10 models in the ranking are European.
Now a few word about the refreshed Volkswagen Golf itself.
The car got a 360° сircular view system, new bumpers and a radiator grille, as well as exhaust pipes of new design and special rear LED lights.
Sportiness is emphasized by 15- and 17-inch alloys. Active ACT cylinder control allows to turn off two cylinders to optimize the use of motor power.
A riding mode – from thrifty to sports – can also choosen. The new Golf offers as options two convenient mobile phone interfaces that make using the phone simple and convenient while driving.
In addition to two advanced multifunction multimedia Composition Color and Composition Media systems, the Car-Net Guide & Inform service pack is available in conjunction with Discover Media and Discover Pro navigation systems.
It allows to use up-to-date data from the Internet about traffic congestion ahead, free parking spaces, hotels, restaurants or gas stations, plus access to satellite and panoramic images from Google.
To assist the driver, a whole range of assistants is available: an adaptive cruise control and Front Assist, Park Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist systems, optional Blind Spot control system and DYNAUDIO audio system, an innovative Active Info Display dashboard.
An optional ergoActive sports seat with 14-positional setting, leather interior, a multifunction steering wheel, heated and massaged seats – will allow you to enjoy comfort.
The power lineup includes six TSI petrol 1.0- and 1.4-liter engines of 85, 110, 125 and 150 hp. The variants of transmission are 5- and 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG.
Sources: JATO Dynamics, Volkswagen Ukraine
Photos from manufacturers. In the photo above – 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI