Below we report a selection from the official press release which documents the design develoment of the new Golf, first unveiled by Volkswagen back in August.
From the official Press Release
The design targets for Volkswagen
Design could not have been set any higher: “Our challenge is to
create the iconic cars of the future.”
This memorable sentence was
spoken by Italian Walter de Silva as he assumed overall design
leadership at Volkswagen AG in February 2007.
The 2008 Golf is one of the first cars to receive its
final touches under the new leadership of de Silva. The team
retooled one of the most popular automotive designs in the world for
The powerfully and clearly designed Golf
completes the circle begun by the especially influential Golf
generations I (1974 to 1983) and IV (1997 to 2003).
character of the overall design and orientation of the headlamps,
taillights and side profile are also a reflection of the realignment of
the overall design of all Volkswagen models.
The Golf is part of a strategy that will sharpen the brand’s design in
all classes. That is because all of the most successful European car
brand’s design criteria were completely redefined under the
orchestration of Walter de Silva.
In the process, Walter de Silva, Flavio Manzoni (Group director for
creative design) and Klaus Bischoff, (design chief for the Volkswagen brand), have not jettisoned the powerful design
details of days past.
On the contrary: “We have assembled a
selection of core elements, which can be described as ‘historical
"Successful new Volkswagen designs – such as the one now
realized on the Golf – will take on this DNA to create both a familiar
impression and yet new feeling in the eye of the beholder”, says
Walter de Silva.
The sixth generation does not exhibit any radical break from previous models; instead it clearly remains “the Golf” from any
“Volkswagen’s formal design
language as realized on the Golf”, says Klaus Bischoff, “creates a
new feeling in product design. It is easy to understand, yet very
difficult to recreate.”
So far, the logic of this design has not been
mimicked by any Golf class competitor, nor have they matched the
car’s continual advanced development or success over more than three decades.
The layout of Golf styling follows the Volkswagen DNA rearranged
by de Silva, Manzoni and Bischoff.
“The Golf is the global icon of car making. So the architecture
and styling of new model must also be absolutely clear and unique.”
At the same time, the sixth Golf has a
sportier and more distinctive appearance than any previous
generation of the model series.
De Silva: “It is more accentuated,
more three-dimensional than its predecessor; with precisely defined
lines and edges, and with finely proportioned flared surfaces and
And Klaus Bischoff, Chief Designer for the Volkswagen
brand, adds: “Every detail is uncompromisingly aimed at improving
Especially in a direct comparison of generations V and VI, it
becomes clear just how much the new Golf has changed. Style
details include the clarity of the front end of the first generation and
the C-pillar perfected in the fourth generation.
The roof section now rests – similar to the new Scirocco – on a
prominently contoured shoulder section.
Responsible for this is a
dominant curved line that – like a muscle trained down to the last
fiber – extends from the headlights back to the taillights.
profile line – also called “character line” –
also gives the Golf a fuller, lower stance on the road from a lateral
All body surfaces are more relaxed, more athletic. As mentioned, in
front the new car adopts the horizontally aligned radiator grille of
the first Golf generation; the grille itself is in high-gloss black.
Also presented over a black
background are the chrome light housings of the dynamically styled
The rear too is marked by a predominance of horizontal lines. The
taillights – now very wide – are marked among other things by an
unmistakably unique night design.
Stylistically, the crystal-clear line
of turn signal and backup lamps bears a resemblance to the taillights
of the Touareg.
Overall, the new Golf – in the interplay of all of its
design characteristics – gives the appearance of a significantly
wider, low-profile and higher end car.
The instruments of the Golf have a styling inspired by the Passat CC presented in early
Prominent here are the two round instruments with brushed
chrome bezels in the base equipment version; the tachometer is on
the left, and the speedometer on the right.
Also designed as a round
instrument is the gauge for engine coolant temperature,
integrated in the lower part of the tachometer. Its counterpart on the
speedometer is the fuel gauge.
Gauge scale markings are backlit in
white (regardless of whether the headlights are on or off); while turn
signal indicators are in red.
All of the controls arranged on the center console are readily and
equally accessible to driver and front passenger. Right at the top is
the hazard flasher switch, optimally located between the air vents.
On the level below this is the audio or radio-navigation system. The
third level of controls interfaces to the heating and ventilation or
climate control system. Control buttons here are also designed with
brushed chrome bezels or – in the case of the rotary switch – in
Further down the center console, at the height of the parking brake
lever, is the storage compartment and an AUX-IN port
(standard with RCD 310 and higher) that can be used to connect
devices such as an MP3 player.
The door trim panels were also completely redesigned. The quality
of materials and ergonomics were improved.
All Golf versions have accents in the door trim that
serve as a quasi extension of the chrome door handles.
The upper and lower instrument
areas are separated by accents in light silver (“Titanium silver”), glossy black (“Black – Pyramid”), or “Brushed chrome” depending on the model version.
dimensions are very similar to its spacious predecessor. In front, the
maximum interior height is 1,033 millimeters (seat in lowest
position); 1,447 millimeters wide in the area of the front
armrests, and up to 1,452 millimeters in the rear.
The rear seating area offers a maximum interior height of 979
millimeters; leg room in the so-called extended position of the
driver’s seat is 45 millimeters.
The cargo area – tranferred from the 5th generation – has a capacity ranges from 350 to 1,305 liters.