Volkswagen stars at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

Those Volkswagen engineers in Germany have been pretty busy of late. The 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, happening right now, has seen VW bring an array of new vehicles to the table. Some will be offered in Canada, some won’t be, and some we’re not sure about yet. But regardless of that, let’s talk about a few of them.

Volkswagen e-Golf


“e” stands for, you guessed it, “electric”. This Golf comes with a fully electric powertrain centered around a 24.2 kWh battery that produces 113 hp, 199 lb-ft of torque, and will go up to 190 km between charges. And on the topic of charges, it will require only 30 minutes for an 80% charge. No official word on whether we’ll get the e-Golf here in Canada, but if we do, it will likely be after they release it in California in late 2014 or early 2015.

Volkswagen e-Up!


We know this one won’t be coming here, but it’s worth reporting about anyway. Like the e-Golf, it has a fully electric powertrain, this one using a smaller 18.7 kWh battery producing 81 hp, 155 lb-ft of torque, and offering a range of up to 160 km. Although a bit down on numbers compared to the e-Golf, this powertrain comes with the title of “Efficiency World Champion”, using just 11.7 kWh per 100 km.

Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan


This thing is a kind of a bigger, taller Golf that can carry way more stuff than the hatchback version. Perfect for tradespeople, owners of really large dogs, and people who kinda like helping their friends move house. So long as they live in Europe, that is, as it won’t likely be coming to Canada.

Volkswagen Golf R


Craziness masquerading as a hatchback. 296 hp, all wheel drive, and 0-60 in 4.9 seconds. What’s not to like? This one should be coming to our shores in late 2014 or early 2015 as a 2016 model.

Volkswagen GTD


Auto journalists have been singing the GTD’s praises for some time now. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a GTI with a tuned TDI Clean Diesel engine, meaning it’s the automotive version of “having your cake and eating it to”. So long as your cake is fuel efficiency and “eating it” is sports car performance. You know that anxiety that comes with choosing which new car to buy? This thing’s fuel efficiency, high performance, accommodating hatchback design and affordable price will eliminate it. It’ll be here next year, so mark your calendars.


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