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post Jan 29 2004, 03:07 AM
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New VW Golf wins English magazine's Car of the Year award
2004 Volkswagen Golf (Europe)



London, England - Volkswagen’s new Golf was presented with What Car? magazine’s Car of the Year 2004 award yesterday. The Golf goes on sale in England, January 30th.

“There’s no denying that a fourth Car of the Year title in the 30-year history of the Golf is a simply staggering achievement. In lifting the crown in 2004, the Golf proves emphatically that Volkswagen knows what people want and deliver it," said Rob Aherne, editor of What Car? magazine.

“The best thing about the Golf is its big car feel. It’s so refined and roomy, that you could easily mistake it for a much more expensive car," said Aherne.

Volkswagen also won What Car's award for Best Convertible award for the New Beetle convertible, and the Best Compact MPV award for the Touran.

Paul Willis, director of Volkswagen UK, said: "We are delighted that three of our latest models have done so well in these important awards, especially the Golf. Claiming the What Car? Car of the Year trophy just as the car goes on sale is a fantastic accolade."

CanadianDriver.com
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post Jan 29 2004, 06:58 AM
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Still trying to decide if I like the new design. I guess everything looks a little understated to me. I like the Golf II's and Golf IV's a lot.
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post Jan 29 2004, 11:00 AM
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QUOTE(mogulmonster @ Jan 29 2004, 06:58 AM)
Still trying to decide if I like the new design.  I guess everything looks a little understated to me.  I like the Golf II's and Golf IV's a lot.

I agree completley. I am waiting to see this on the road before I judge it. Cars aren't that photogenic. I wanna see the Jetta also.

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post Jan 29 2004, 11:11 AM
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Um, how is it the car of the year? I thought it just came out... doesn't the "car of the year" have to be out for a full year before it can win for that year? Isn't it premature to call a car that just came out the "car of the year"?
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post Jan 29 2004, 11:14 AM
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Why did VW name it Golf?

Where's that stupid name thread at, I need to ammend it.
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post Jan 29 2004, 11:19 AM
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QUOTE(fiber optic @ Jan 29 2004, 11:14 AM)
Why did VW name it Golf?

Where's that stupid name thread at, I need to ammend it.

Germany.
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post Jan 29 2004, 11:27 AM
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haha the thread is in Germany?
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post Jan 29 2004, 02:38 PM
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QUOTE(fiber optic @ Jan 29 2004, 11:14 AM)
Why did VW name it Golf?

Where's that stupid name thread at, I need to ammend it.

Golf is short for "Golfstrum" which is German for "Gulfstream". At the time, all their cars were named after winds (Jetta = Jetstream, Passat = Tradewind, Scirocco, Bora, etc.)
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post Jan 29 2004, 02:54 PM
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Redline, is that a Jetta hatcback concept? Or is that a Golf concept?
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post Jan 29 2004, 02:55 PM
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It's a sketch of all five generations of the Golf, mogulmonster.
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post Jan 29 2004, 03:00 PM
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Sure, its obvious when someone points it out. cool.gif
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post Jan 29 2004, 03:23 PM
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QUOTE(Mr b00st @ Jan 29 2004, 11:27 AM)
haha the thread is in Germany?

What I meant, is that the word is german.
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QUOTE(mogulmonster @ Jan 29 2004, 02:54 PM)
Redline, is that a Jetta hatcback concept?  Or is that a Golf concept?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but a Golf basically is a Jetta hatchback. They've got the same frame, and they look almost the same, and they have many of the same motors choices available, as well as other options.
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post Jan 29 2004, 04:00 PM
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QUOTE(riobranden @ Jan 29 2004, 03:55 PM)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but a Golf basically is a Jetta hatchback. They've got the same frame, and they look almost the same, and they have many of the same motors choices available, as well as other options.

The older ones maybe, not the newer ones. The newer ones have different lights and the exterior is different. But yeah, same chassis, and lots come with same transmissiosn and engines.
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post Jan 29 2004, 04:01 PM
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The Golf and the Jetta are the same car. The Jetta came first, so I prefer to think of the Jetta as the "Golf sedan" but yeah, calling the Golf a Jetta hatchback wouldn't be toooo inappropriate (although they had some strong styling differences in the MkIIIs and MkIVs, but the MkVs should look more similar to each other)
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They _used_ to be essentially the exact same car, but they've somewhat moved away from that, though the Golf and Jetta do share very many similarities still.

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