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Electric and hybrid technology confirmed for new Golf

The Group’s new modular platform, which underpins the Golf, new Audi A3 and new SEAT Leon, allows for an unprecedented selection of powerplants. By standardising the way engines are fitted to the car, the new Golf and other models in the range will be able to run not only conventional petrol and diesel engines but other power sources too.

Confirmed at the Paris Motor Show was a 2014 UK launch for the e-Golf, which uses technology tested on the carmaker's Mk6 Golf Blue-e-Motion, and a plug-in hybrid which will use the same 1.4 TSI engine as the Jetta Hybrid sold in North America. The platform allows all mdoels to be built on the same production line.

From the UK launch in mid October, the Mk7 Golf will have a choice of 1.2-litre TSI and cylinder shut-off 1.4-litre TSI with 85bhp and 138bhp. Diesel options from launch comprise a 1.6-litre TDI with 103bhp, which emits 99g/km and returns 74.3mpg, and a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre TDI which offers 148bhp but with fuel economy of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 104g/km.

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