FRANKFURT - Volkswagen AG has unveiled the latest version of its mainstay Golf hatchback at a Berlin museum, ahead of its premiere later this month at the Paris Auto Show.
The 7th edition of the model introduced in 1974 doesn't look that different from the outside, though there is one key change: the front headlights are rectangular instead of circular.
But the body, powertrain and interior were completely redesigned, the company said Tuesday.
The new Golf is 100 kilograms, or 220 pounds, lighter, helping it get 23 per cent better gas mileage.
Engine features such as cylinder deactivation and a stop-start system also aid fuel economy.
The 140-horsepower gasoline version uses 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres (49 miles per gallon). The 105-horsepower diesel version should use 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres (62 mpg).