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The sixth generation Volkswagen Golf has been caught testing in the Californian desert in the last few days. Worldcarfans managed to catch both the 3-door and 5-door variants.

From what we can gather, Volkswagen are in a slight dilemma, although the Golf has been a fantastic seller for the German manufacturer, the current model has been criticized for its slow manufacturing times and long delays.

The new Generation Golf is rumoured to have a significantly smaller manufacturing time, we just hope it isn't at the expense of quality and reliability.

In an article we published earlier this year, Volkswagen was listed as the least profitable manufacturer (at a mere $535 AUD per car). The move to change the production methods of the next-generation Golf may be directly linked to this.

Current information points to a late 2008 European launch for the next generation Golf. We should expect the car in early to mid 2009.

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