- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2003

The new Golf is not a spectacularly different car from the present model, although VW says it has completely restyled the front of the car up to the windshield.

Noticeable are the new headlamps in the style of the Phaeton, as well as the new rear lights.

The new Golf is 2.2 inches longer (165.3 inches), nearly 1 inch wider (69.3 inches) and 1.5 inches taller (58,2 in.). The increased size especially benefits the rear passengers. Luggage capacity increased by 1.55 cubic feet to 13.2 cubic feet.

Volkswagen revised the front wheel suspension and applied a new fully independent rear suspension. Electro-mechanical power steering and a new brake system with brake assist are other improvements.

The Golf V will have a standard equipment with six airbags, five head rests (of which the driver’s head rest will have a anti-whiplash system), safety steering column and pedals that fold away in a crash.

Both gas and diesel engines will have direct injection technology. The Golf V will be available with the new 2.0 TDI common rail diesel with a six-speed stick shift, or the optional Direct Shift Gear DSG.

The new Jetta will be built on the same platform and will go on sale in North America in the second half of 2004, to be followed by the Golf V by the end of that year.

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