Damn, VW Already Working on Next Generation, Technology-Rich Golf

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Not wasting any time here.

The current seventh generation Volkswagen Golf is still a fairly new arrival, in both Europe and North America. But VW has absolutely no intention of allowing the competition to catch up and potentially surpass its signature model. The carmaker has already begun work on the next generation Golf, due to arrive in 2017. As with the existing model, the eighth-gen Golf will ride on the carmaker's MQB platform and will obviously look like a Golf from the outside.

However, as first reported by Auto Express, the next Golf will be lighter and more powerful than it is now. Fuel efficiency is also key, so VW will equip the hatch with the world’s first 10-speed dual-clutch gearbox. VW claims the new transmission will put less stress on the engine than the current seven-speed DSG, thus improving fuel emissions. For tech buffs, the new Golf will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Up to four drivers will be able to have their own settings, which will be transferable to other VW vehicles – even rentals. Expect a facelift for the current Golf to happen next year, but the new model is shaping up to be very interesting.

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