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Official: US-spec 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI to finally debut in New York

By Steven J. Ewing

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The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is hardly new to us. In fact, we’ve already driven it. And elsewhere in the world, the new Golf is already winning awards. Even so, we still have yet to see the US-spec version of the car, though that won’t be the case much longer. As part of the New York Auto Show festivities later this month, Volkswagen will finally show off the 2015 Golf models destined for our shores.

Three different versions of the Golf will debut under the lights of New York City’s Javits Center: the turbocharged TSI, oil-sipping TDI and hotter GTI. The first model in that list uses Volkswagen’s new 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, replacing the outgoing 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline five-cylinder. The latter two models use familiar engines: the 2.0-liter TDI diesel and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, respectively.

Even though the new Golf officially debuts later this month, it won’t go on sale in the US until the first quarter of 2014. We’ll be waiting patiently.

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Geneva: 2013 Škoda Octavia hits Geneva in sedan and wagon trims [w/video]

By Seyth Miersma

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Volkswagen’s Czech brand Škoda had a big show here in Geneva, even if most North American car buyers would never know it. Škoda brought its newly introduced Octavia model to the show this year, in both sedan and wagon (“combi”) formulations.

The Škoda business model in Europe is roughly analogous to that of Kia in North America; offer brand-neutral buyers a lot of content for a value price. To that end, the 2013 Octavia brings a lot of VW group technology to the table: emergency brake assist, lane keep assist and fatigue detection in terms of safety, and navigation, a touch screen and premium sound for those seeking luxury.

Four TDI diesel engines are available for customers to choose from, while a 1.8-liter, 177-horsepower TSI gasoline engine sits at the top of the petrol range.

And, while Škoda actually announced the Octavia sedan a few weeks ago (Geneva was just its formal coming out party), the brand also brought a heretofore unseen wagon version, the Octavia Combi, to Switzerland, too. We think that the sedan and the wagon are pretty understated and handsome, truth be told, but the higher, more capacious Combi looks a bit neater to our eyes. (That is, when our eyes stray from the girl-next-door models surrounding the Octavia sedan.)

Please continue on for both Škoda’a official press release, and a video of the 2013 Octavia. Naturally you’ll find scads of images of both Octavia variants in our attached galleries, as well.

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SEAT Leon SC: SEAT’s Sportiest Offering Debuts for Europe [2013 Geneva Auto Show]

By Jens Meiners

Seat Leon SC FR 3-door hatchback

A half year after the unveiling of the third-generation SEAT Leon, VW’s struggling Spanish affiliate launches its first-ever three-door derivative, the SEAT Leon SC. The abbreviation stands for Sports Coupé—and to prove its sporting aspirations, the Leon SC comes with a shorter wheelbase and a more attractive rear end, which slightly reminds us of the beautiful but inherently flawed Alfa Romeo Brera. And that, perhaps, is no coincidence: SEAT has been targeting Fiat’s sporty subsidiary for a few years, even though customers have failed to respond to the supposed move upmarket so far.

The Leon SC is available with four diesel engines: a 1.6 TDI with 90 or 105 horsepower, and a 2.0 TDI with 150 or 184 horsepower. It also can be had with one of five gasoline engines: a 1.2 TSI with 86 or 105 horsepower, a 1.4 TSI with 122 or 140 horsepower, and a 1.8 TSI with 180 horsepower. Manual and dual-clutch automatic gearboxes are available. And the most powerful version is yet to come: The Leon Cupra, due to be launched in late 2013, with a 2.0-liter TSI that produces around 300 horsepower, just like in the upcoming VW Golf R and Audi S3. SEAT will introduce a third body variation—a five-door station wagon, due before the end of 2013 as well.



Technological highlights include a multilink rear axle, which is standard on the top-of-the-line diesel and gasoline versions, and optional LED headlights. The Valeo-supplied units, dubbed BiLED, are a novelty in this class, and they create a specific, triangular light signature for the Leon.

SEAT has no plans to launch in the U.S., but the brand is betting big on the Chinese market. The Leon could become a real success in Europe as well because unlike its Audi A3 and VW Golf sister models, it takes a stylistic leap forward.

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