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VW stays loyal to wagons Jetta SportWagen successor

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March 4, 2013 3:00 pm ET — UPDATED: 10:35 pm ET — adds

GENEVA — Volkswagen AG, loyal to the traditional station introduced its next-generation compact at the Geneva auto show.

The which is identical to the new seventh-generation from the front bumper to the is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in and in the United States in late It will replace the current known as the Golf Variant in and as the Jetta SportWagen in the United

The move underscores how Volkswagen sees demand in the United for conventional wagons, a longtime of the car market that has lost share to SUVs and crossovers. sister brand, Audi, went in the other direction it replaced its A4 Avant wagon the crossoverlike allroad for the 2013 year.

The wagon, unveiled night as a sneak preview a Volkswagen Group press is one of three Golf variations the automaker is introducing at the Geneva show. The others are the gasoline-powered GTI and GTD, the high-performance versions of the which is the brand’s global

Volkswagen says the wagon be built at the automaker’s assembly in Puebla, Mexico, where the model is built. Like the Golf, which is already on in Europe and will also be in Puebla starting next the next-generation SportWagen will use new MQB architecture.

Volkswagen has not announced a release date, but the car will not go on for well over a year, a spokesman said. He said the will not arrive until the U.S. launch of the seventh-generation which is slated to go on sale in spring 2014, and did not rule out the of a 2015 release.

Ulrich Hackenberg, Volkswagen board member for product helped introduce the company’s new wagon Monday evening in

Photo credit: GABE

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Volkswagen also has not decided to name the new model after the or the Golf. Another option be to let the SportWagen name stand The spokesman noted that the name has a lot of equity, suggesting it likely remain in the name of the new one way or another.

The wagon will keep the Variant badging in Europe, drivers will be able to between five turbocharged gasoline engines and three TDI engines. The gasoline engines from 85 to 140 hp while the diesels from 105 to 150 hp.

Volkswagen will U.S. drivers a diesel and a gasoline version, likely the TSI that will become the engine for the Puebla-built Golf.

says the wagon has shed up to 232 from the previous generation and come standard with a system and regenerative braking, fuel economy.


Both the 105- and 150-hp TDI engines will have an version available, though has not announced whether that will be available in the United

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