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Volkswagen unveils new Golf ahead of Paris show

VOLKSWAGEN last night unveiled the latest version of its Golf hatchback, top, at a Berlin museum ahead of its premiere later this month at the Paris Auto Show.

The seventh edition of the model first introduced in 1974, above, doesn't look that different, though there is one key change: the front headlights are rectangular, not circular.

But the body, powertrain and interior were completely redesigned, the company said.

The new Golf -- expected here early next year -- is 100 kgs lighter, making it 23pc more fuel efficient. Engine features such as cylinder deactivation and a stop-start system also aid fuel economy.

The 140bhp petrol version uses 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres (58mpg). The 105bhp diesel version uses 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres (74 mpg).

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Irish Independent