Where the innovation packs real power, however, is not apparent on the surface. With the Golf VII, Volkswagen’s engineers have made huge headway on three different fronts that are crucial for automotive R&D. First, the new Golf is the first Volkswagen built on the Modular Transverse Matrix platform, known in-house as the MQB platform – which has inspired a whole range of innovations. As if that weren’t enough of a challenge, our engineers completely revamped the engines and the gearbox. The new power trains are significantly more efficient (reducing fuel consumption by up to 23%, with an average reduction of 14%), without depriving Golf drivers of the dynamics and driving pleasure they have come to love. And last, but not least – our third triumph – the new Golf is a great deal lighter than its predecessor. This is a brilliant feat, especially when you consider how many extras we’ve managed to smuggle on board. Our engineers not only redesigned the power train, they also reworked the entire body for optimum weight loss, saving up to 100 kilograms, or 220 pounds (depending on the engine and the options). And since a lighter car needs less energy to accelerate, the new Golf offers fuel consumption and CO2 emissions that other compact cars can only dream of. When the new Golf takes a pioneering approach like this, it is building on a rich history of innovation. Every new generation of Golf has nudged everyone – including the competition – towards the future. With this new Golf, we are not only moving towards the future, we’re investing in the future. BlueMotion Technology comes as a standard feature, an extraordinary package of driver assistance and safety systems, even better quality in workmanship and materials – at every point, in every category Volkswagen is investing in the future.