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The entry-level Volkswagen Golf 77TSI will be ditched when the all-new seventh-generation small car arrives here in late April.

“We’ve created a new entry model [and] added a lot of equipment,” confirmed Volkswagen Australia Group managing director Anke Koeckler. “I can’t say anything [more] at this stage.”

General manager of marketing, Jutta Friese, did however confirm that the 77TSI would not be retained in the range, saying that “it wouldn’t make sense”.

That strongly indicates that Volkswagen will choose the 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 63kW and 160Nm as its entry-level powertrain, rather than the same-sized engine tuned to deliver 77kW and 175Nm – outputs that match the current 77TSI – that is also available overseas.

Doing so would create a larger performance ‘jump’ to the 103kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will also be available in the Golf Mk7 line-up.

Confirmed by Friese, the launch of the Mk7 in this country will herald the re-introduction of a Golf with a torsion beam rear suspension in place of the multi-link suspension used in all models since 2005, but only for the entry-level car – all Golfs with less than 90kW get the simpler, cheaper rear suspension design.

Questioned whether the entry Golfs may take a step backwards in terms of dynamics, Friese replied that “I am not an engineer, I cannot say”. There were no entry-level Volkswagen Golf models at the international launch late last year.

Volkswagen executives wouldn’t be drawn into pricing speculation, however the marketing boss was surprised to learn that initial rumours were that Golf prices would rise on the switch to Mk7.

Firese also acknowledged that regular driveaway pricing during the Golf Mk6 run-out period improved sales volume substantially.

“Other manufacturers offer a really good entry driveaway deal,” said Friese. “We offer [driveaway pricing] across the range, with the exception of maybe the Golf R.”

But boss Koeckler said that the run-out deals seen with Golf Mk6 would not continue with the brand new Mk7.

“There’s no need to do it [driveaway pricing],” she said.


  • Bentham

    Fingers tightly crossed that the lower entry model will mean that the 103kW model gets a price decrease.

  • Martin

    63kW in a C segment car.. Seriously? Seems like VW are banking on price and the bade to get people into the showings, meanwhile they are diluting the brand and nameplate with these crap derivatives.

    • $29896495

      Yes it’s probably just a marketing exercise. These car companies actually don’t expect people to buy these cars. there was a show on Mate about Ford’s Escort and they spoke of how to get in front of the other manufacturers they stripped one to bare bones just to get a price that would get people in the show room. They also said flat out they didn’t expect to sell any.

    • Rjhj

       It’s only 1205Kgs and runs 0-100kmh in 11.9 secs, more than enough to keep up with traffic. Manual only with close ratios combined with a engine that’s happy to rev, but also has peak torque from 1400rpm should make it quite easy to keep up with traffic.
      Look at the VC Crummer back in 1980: 1285Kgs with a 2.8L SIX CYLINDER with only 64KWs. They didn’t like to rev either and of course most Aussies went straight for the 3 speed auto. People didn’t drive any slower in the 1980s, in fact I’d say that people drove FASTER in the 1980s than they do now. Someone is still using my Grandfather’s old Camry from 1987, it only has 64KWs and is 1190kgs, doesn’t hold up traffic, I drove it once and it could do 160kmh. Heck, I remember my parents drove a 1983 TARAGO and it only had 55KWs….in a 8 seat TARAGO!

      As for people not buying them, well it won’t do well in Australia as this model currently has no auto/DSG gearbox and most Australians can’t drive manual. In Europe these kind of cheap hatches sell well.

  • Golfmother

    Sales will soar when this baby arrives , das auto .

    • Autolove

      Maybe you can upgrade your ugly Mk5!

      • Able

        Mk5… Ugly? You’re joking aren’t you?

        • Noddy_of_Toyland

          The Mark 5 has always looked obese, especially from the rear. The 6 and 7 thankfully toned the love handles of the 5.

          • Golfmother

            Noddy would have first hand knowledge of big ear’s love handles .

        • Heystupid

           MK5 has dopey looking headlights like it’s stoned.

          • Able

            Each to their own, but get out. Mk5 is easily the best looking Golf and the jump from Mk4 to 5 was substantial, unlike 5 to 6 and 6 to 7. 

    • DAVIDZ

      how many warranty and dealership visits

      too complicated, fail

      • Bob222

        How many VW hater stereotypes? FAIL

  • Luke Brinsmead

    Being lighter, the reduced power won’t make much difference. But what a shame, I really like the liveliness of my 77 TSI Golf.

    • Zaccy16

      yeah its a fantastic characterful engine, it goes like the clappers in my polo! in gear performance is very strong and it sounds great

      • Pro346

        It goes like the clappers you say compared to what?

        • Matt

          My thoughts exactly, you won’t win too many drags in it

        • DAVIDZ

          a donkey or bicycle?

    • JoeR_AUS

      I think the MK7 is 100kg lighter and with VW they get the gearing right so the performance is always better than the competition. 

      Look at the 90TSI it can compete with the 120KW Focus performance wise.

      As the article mentions, its about price/ equipment level combination with the 63kw model.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFLU42DZJ4E23NZKHN3UXJU44Q Aazz

    It’s amazing how the silver/blue golf pictured above looks dated already.

    • Golfschwein

      Your tongue is firmly in cheek, yes? It’s the old one. Perhaps you know that.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFLU42DZJ4E23NZKHN3UXJU44Q Aazz

        When you say the old one you do mean the current model. Yes?

        • Karl Sass

          How about outgoing model?

        • Golfschwein

          It’s a Mk 6, the one still on sale here, but on its way out.

      • Without wax

        MK5 looks like something from the 80s.

    • Luke Brinsmead

      I think it looks modern, in a restrained kind of way. Golfs have never been known to have superfluous styling.

  • $29896495

    I don’t thin she/he understood. I imagine the writer was talking about clearance prices. Drive- away is in law in this country, a manufacturer can not offer a vehicle with two prices only one, RETAIL.

    • Miker

      Of course you can, you can go to a restaurant and see an itemized bill with the RETAIL prices of each item, then gst is added at the end to give you a TOTAL.

      • Bob222

        I sure hope you’re not an accountant. Side issue… but anyway.. Prices in Australia are assumed to be GST inclusive unless clearly stated otherwise. So in your example, the price of that apple pie on the dessert menu is gst inclusive. The bill (aka tax invoice) then shows you how much of that price included GST. In the US the sales tax is added afterwards (because its a state based tax and the rates differ between states).

    • Tex

      Dude, there is NO LAW that says you need to show Drive-Away pricing. Get real.

      They’re usually RRP, which doesn’t include your on-road costs.

      • $29896495

        Dude there is. Go do your research. As an example of how it works, check the pricing on the Opel web site.

  • Rjhj

    Whats the point of a entry model which has lots of “added equipment”. The entry level model should be spartan, particularly for a “people’s car”.
    I guess the masses would be more satisfied with extra electrical gizmos rather than multi-link suspension. I for one am only interested in the drive/quality/safety/practicality not electrical gizmos.

  • Blair Waldorf

    Overseas (UK) reviews suggest there will be very little difference between the torsion beam and multilink variants. I quite like the new Golf.

    Reliability wise, from what I’ve heard, as long as you stay away from the 118tsi twincharged engine, and buy a manual – they’re pretty reliable.

  • O123

    didnt the acc make it illegal not to display drive-away pricing for cars. i want to know the full price not 21990 plus onroads =/

    • $29896495

      Yes ACCC did, and it is illegal to try and sell a car with anything other than all costs included in the retail price. So there is one figure, no pluses.

      • Tex

        As a review, it is not considered to be promotional and given prices can vary between regions, it is not required to be stated as Drive-Away.

        • $29896495

          You are very much mistaken. In this country it is required by law to show ONE DRIVE AWAY price. As with any retailing operation (dealers) can adjust that price, but it must be one drive out the door price, not including options.

          So the sticker on the window has no additions if you want it as is. No matter where you are in Australia.

          • Tex

            My apologies. The ACCC must have their information wrong too. I should email and notify them of their error.
            As taken from their website;

            Are third party automotive data or information providers
            captured by s. 48?

            Third party automotive data providers are, in the ACCC’s view, not captured
            by s. 48 because they are not making price representations in connection with
            the supply, or the promotion of supply, of a particular automotive vehicle. When
            reproducing data from these providers, however, you need to ensure that it does
            not have the potential to mislead or deceive consumers about a particular
            vehicle being for sale and available from these parties.

            What about journalists providing price information in
            their reviews of new cars?

            Price information provided by a journalist or publication as part of a review
            or opinion offered about a vehicle would not generally be considered as a form
            of promotion or supply within the meaning intended in s. 48. This would also be
            the case for comparative price lists published in motor industry guides and
            magazines.

          • $29896495

            I’m not quite sure what you are getting at. As a common sense practice it would be wise of magazines and magazine sites like this one to fall into line with retail prices, because as your example states the supplier is mandated to give one price thus a magazine would be miss-informing their readers, were it not to supply said single price.

            In reference to the story the rep of VW not understanding Australia’s pricing laws is an issue. 

            As this started out with manufacturers quoting prices I don’t understand how we got onto magazines, but as stated above, as journalists they should be aware of what’s going on and follow suit, or risk credibility issues.

            You should make that a real apology, rather than try and spin from the original issue, that you were carrying on about. You proved yourself wrong, and tried to save face, but really, the back handed apology just showed you as being juvenile and petty, when you actually should just accept you were wrong. Grow up

          • Tex

            Replying to huwtm;

            My apologies, you are the only one who has been bashing the journalists for not displaying the drive-away price. In regards to manufacturers, I’m not quite sure which manufacturer doesn’t show this on their website; most have the ability to enter the postcode, and likewise the colour to then get a drive-away price in your area.

            Using Opel as an example (your favourite), their pricing of the higher models varies between states. So, would you like the journalists to reflect this in all their reviews too? Or tell them that pricing is N/A in the Northern Territory? Maybe they should also start to show the different advertised prices too? So CA in their review on the new Astra OPC should mention that if you look at dealer ads, it can be bought between $XX,XXX drive-away and $XX,XXX drive-away. Can you see how ridiculous this is becoming?

            The press releases, and likewise the reviews from journalists, are not seen as an advertisement from the manufacturer, and hence do not need to display the drive-away component price. Remember, they offer guidelines for advertising… which this clearly isn’t.

            So, next time you see a misleading advertisement (after Nissan’s Dualis fiasco I doubt many would try that again), then you can jump up and down all you want.

            For now though, please let the nice folk at CA do their job and offer us insightful information, (RRP) pricing, features an reviews.

          • Doit

            I agree, all pricing should be as per dealer drive-away pricing at the time of print.

          • $29896495

            So why do you feel that you have to be an obnoxious wanker. You were proved wrong, by yourself. I’ve made mistakes and admitted it, why can’t you. 

            Instead you launch off on a diatribe now defending a journalist who should know better. I will remind you that you didn’t do that at first. You were just writing that there was no such law.

            So suck it up princess, you blew it, it happens to all of us at one time or another.

            In reference to Opel, they are the clearest and easiest site to grab the prices with out going through a whole set up sequence. No northern territory, OMG how will I sleep tonight. Could it be that they aren’t selling there yet? The point that I was also making was the variation in drive away prices that it could be included.  

            But just for you, they could – magazines that is – use eastern state prices as a guide. Put a disclaimer on and potential buyers who use these things as a reference guide would have a starting point.

          • Pete

            Tex is talking about prices quoted in reviews and articles on websites, in newspapers and other ‘non-promotional’ material. Also, the dealer delivery/on-road charges can very between states/region, so it makes little sense for a website (which is accessible to anyone in Australia, regardless of region) to show driveaway pricing  and hence, they show the RRPs of vehicles.

          • Pete

            But I do understand why you are confused about his reply, since you weren’t really talking about prices on websites, in newspapers or magazine or any other non-promotional media/materials and his reply kind didn’t really address what you were talking about.

  • Robin_Graves

    Sounds like they are steering clear of the highly strung tunes to try and stop haemorrhaging so many engines. Das klunk. 2013 model looks like a 2003. Only deluded try hard clowns would buy one of these lemons on wheels.

    • Guest

      Only an obsessive pathetic clown would spend their spare time continually bagging one brand day in day out, as if on a one man mission to right the greatest wrong befalling society. Get a life. 

      • Dave W

        Why don’t you tell that to the Golf gang that never missed an opportunity to bag the non Euro brands?

      • Poison_Eagle

         Ohhh waaa have a little winge you little girl.

      • Golfmother

        AH thats our robin , only out with the bats at midnight , whining about VW’s , maybe is mother drove him to school in a beetle and he got the flat four throb on his brain .

        • Robin_Graves

          Nope never had a beetle but my aunty did. Awesome car we all loved it. Pity the stain on the name the current crud they dish out has caused.

      • Golfschwein

        Spot on. We’re a country of 22 million, and there’s just one Robin Graves with his broken tape recorder.

        • Golfmother

          Maybe a VW denied  denied him entry to the club and hes got a chip on the shoulder , leave the AC/DC T shirt home next time .

      • Robin_Graves

        Awww someone bought a lemon. Try doing some homework before forking out thousands of dollars next time.

        • Golfmother

          Haah lemon is a falcoon dying by a thousand cuts , not  a wise investment as its slides towards oblivion , time to ditch the dino , so old tech , not even wanted as a taxi .

          • Heystupid

            Yah like an old, ugly MK5 Golf!
            Especially after someone has chipped it. Wouldn’t go near it with a barge pole!
            Not even wanted as a taxi – too small for a passenger and their load!!!

          • Golfschwein

            Here’s a surprise for you, then. More legroom than a Falcon (but narrower) and with 320 litres of boot space, same as a Falc with an LPG tank. Granted, you wouldn’t USE one as a taxi, but let’s say they’re not quite as compromised space-wise as you think. 

            Oh, and the reason I know is because I’ve owned both.

          • $29896495

            Which one wouldn’t you use, they are both used as taxis. Europe is full of Golf taxis.

          • Golfmother

            Bit like the crummercoon not wanted as a taxi , no fleet sales , no private sales, its all down hill , roll on 2014/2016 the death stars , what was it in 1990 , 15,000 a month between them , now barely 3000 units and falling , public finally saw through the myth .

          • Golfmother

            huwtm , thats golf PLUS  , used as a taxi , bit of size difference there .

        • Bob222

          How’s the taxi goin there? Hope you got the vinyl seat option to catch up the verbal flow that comes out of your keyboard….

      • Captain Nemo®™

         Do you realise how much of a massive hypocrite you look with your comment about Robin ?
        Go check out the Falcon ecoboost story your fellow VeeDud fan-boy Rolfmother posted over 20 comments on that one.  So i guess that must make him a pathetic clown too.

        • Golfmother

          Able seaman Nemo , my enemies enemy is my friend , thanks friend .

        • Hung Low

          I’m glad that I am no the only one who sees the lipstick on the pig Nemo!

    • Daz

       If you dont like VWs or think they’re unreliable, dont buy one – simple. There’s plenty of cars i dont like, so i dont buy them. Who cares what other people are doing. The Golf isnt really my favourite car – but i couldnt care less if others are buying them.

    • Veedud

      On the money there Robin.Vw have got away with murder the last few years with there terrible build quality,and reliability.A yearly trip to Bali keeps the motor journolists quiet.

  • Tex

    I was sort of hoping they would have the entry 1.6L 66TDI with 66kW and 230Nm…

    Either way, I think Volkswagen Australia is going to shock us all with the pricing. Given the success of the model locally, I think that has given them a greater bargain power with the factory.

    I just hope they start to improve their customer service… 

  • peddy.d

    I’m going to wait it out at least a year after the Mk VII launch and see where/if the problems arise and wait for a driveaway campaign and the capped priced servicing program and then decide if it’s worth upgrading to from my 2011 Hyundai Elantra. But judging by the way my car is running at the moment (fantastically!), it’s going to take a lot of persuasion to switch me over

  • Ash

    WHY do most VW products ALL look the same, I know most car brands use a ”corporate look”, BUT, this German VW look is stale and old, certainly not ‘fresh’….rather a bit dull.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFLU42DZJ4E23NZKHN3UXJU44Q Aazz

      weiße Güter

  • Martin

    Is the new pricing strategy because the middle ground that VW comfortable control in Australia, is under direct threat from both sides?

  • Anthony

    The fascination of wannabees with the Golf is pathetic. If these people could truly afford the GTI’s which they drive, they wouldn’t be driving them in the first place. It’s a straight-out bean counter’s car. I’d rather drive a Corolla.

    • Golfmother

      Maybe a bit to sophisticated for thick neck dino drivers , learn on a corolla .

  • Barry

    Vw seem to have everyone under a spell when it comes to the Golf.Theres nothing special about this car..You can buy an Opel or Focus if you want an affordable German car.

    • Golfmother

      Pray tell then why their sales keep rising while ford/gm keep falling .

      • Barry

        Just came back from a weeks holiday in Adelaide.Nobody lives in the Adelaide hills,very exclusive you don’t live there.

      • Poison_Eagle

         Holden and Ford still outsell Volkswagen in Australia. So do Mazda. So do Nissan. So do Mitsubishi, So do Hyundai. Do you get the idea?

        • Golfmotherless

          You know it’s pointless trying to convince him with facts. He only has one eye and it’s not good. Even if it was good, it is used by his twisted mind.

    • Zaccy16

      A focus Is not German they are made in Thailand now!

      • Barry

        Your right Zaccy since September last year.Not the same as being made in Germany.

      • Captain Nemo®™

         So using your logic a cr@ppy Polio made in Africa is also not German.

  • Jober As A Sudge

    Boss of VW Australia has come out and acknowledged that VW need to do more to improve reliability, quality and after sale service. Here’s hoping they act on it.

  • VW GOD

    Beautiful!

  • BTW

    When the new Golf mk7 was introduced in New Zealand (earlier this year i.e. before Australia) thousands of dollars were taken off the prices across the entire Golf range.

    However in Australia no change to prices! If Australians keep buying cars at inflated prices we will continue to be treated like mugs. WAKE UP AUSTRALIA!

    The quote above says it all – “But boss Koeckler said that the run-out deals seen with Golf Mk6 would not continue with the brand new Mk7. “There’s no need to do it [driveaway pricing],” she said.

    We are being treated like mugs and it will continue until we do something about it.

    • $29896495

      At last, some one with some sense.

  • Golfmother

    SOFTEN UP  , another rant from the  dino drivers guild of low intelligence .

  • Poison_Eagle

     If someone actually had the time to sift through all your posts, they would find countless repeated phrases, an alarming volume of the same dry rhetoric day in day out and a bigoted, separatist attitude towards people who like or purchase a different car to you . If that isn’t low intelligence then I don’t know what is.

  • Golfmotherless

    Nice one Numb nuts. No sense, just as Poison Eagle says, nothing new, just pointless rants. Hows the mother tweedledumb?

  • Golfmother

    Try nemo/robin and yourself all trained at the oz bomb school of motoring .

  • Guest

    That doesn’t make sense either dumb dumb.