How VW made the Golf sexier
|Luca Ciferri is Automotive News Europe's Editor-in-Chief|
Adding a few millimeters in length, width and height, generation after generation, makes a new car roomier but the added interior comfort usually results in a boring-looking exterior. Volkswagen used some clever tricks to avoid this dilemma, making with the new Golf longer, wider and sexier than its predecessor
The reason the new Golf looks sportier is because it is lower to the ground than its predecessor. VW did this by lowering the car's roofline and its floorpan 28mm without affecting the Golf's vertical headroom.
The seventh generation of a car was created under the direction of Walter De' Silva.
"There is nothing I would change in this Golf. We worked hard on design for over two years and we found the right direction very early in the process. Since then, it has been an endless, almost maniac effort to refine every single detail," De' Silva told Automotive News Europe on the sidelines of the car's unveiling in Berlin yesterday.
VW Group design boss Walter De' Silva fought hard to keep the sides of the new Golf clean and simple.
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