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Though the Volkswagen Golf is one of the top selling cars on the planet, it is not such a hot selling unit in North America. Through July, VW has sold just 28,870 Golfs in America this year compared to the 278,470 it has sold in the rest of world during the same period, according to Motor Trend. However, soon there will be a new Golf, the Mark VII Golf, on American shores that could prove to be a game changer.

The Mark VII Golf is VW’s first use of its largest-volume platform, the MQB. Moving forward, the MQB will be used on every front-drive, transverse-engine VW Group car or crossover. In total, the MQB will used on the Jetta, Passat, Golf, Tiguan, and the large three-row Paasat crossovers that should be out in or around 2014. Additionally, the MQB will be applied to many of the smaller Audis.

Volkswagen is high on its Mark VII Golf saying that it is lighter, yet safer and with more convenience features than previous Golf’s have had. The German automaker also says that the new Golf has better performance.

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About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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