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A compact car produced by Volkswagen.  The Rabbit was the North American name for the first generation and 2006-2009 Golf.

Awards and acknowledgements include:
Winner of a 6 car comparison in the December 2006 issue of Car and Driver (Sensible Shoes)

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Volkswagen Golf page on 21 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

First generation (A1, Typ 17; 1974–1984)

In May 1974, Volkswagen presented the first-generation Golf as a modern front-wheel-drive, long-range replacement for the Volkswagen Beetle. Later Golf variations included the Golf GTI "hot hatch" (introduced in June 1976 with a fuel-injected 1.6 engine capable of 110mph), a diesel-powered version (from September 1976), the Jetta notchback saloon version (from October 1979), the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet (from January 1980) and a Golf-based pickup, the Volkswagen Caddy.

The Golf Mk1 was sold as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada and as the Volkswagen Caribe in Mexico.

Sixth generation (A6, Typ 5K; 2008–2014)

Volkswagen based the Golf Mk6 on the existing PQ35 platform from the Golf Mk5. This vehicle was debuted at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

The Mk6 Golf was designed by Volkswagen's chief designer Walter de'Silva. The design is said to be more aerodynamic, helping fuel efficiency, and is quieter than its predecessor. Following criticism of the downgraded interior trim quality of the Mk5 Golf in comparison to the Mk4, Volkswagen opted to overhaul the interior to match the quality with the Mk4 Golf, while maintaining the same user friendliness from the Mk5. The car is also cheaper to build than its predecessor; Volkswagen claims it consequently will be able to pass these savings on to the customer.

The Mk6 Golf is available with both 5- and 6-speed manual transmission, and 6- or 7-speed DSG (Dual Clutch) transmission options. In North America, the MK5 version was originally sold as the Rabbit from 2006-2009. In 2010, Volkswagen brought back the Golf nameplate with the mid-cycle refresh.


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1979 BookPetersen's VW Rabbit Tune-Up & Repair edited by Kalton C. Lahue; Petersen Publishing Company


Multimedia

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
9 July 1979NHTSA NCAP Enforcement Indicant Testing: 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-Door Hatchback
New Car Assessment 35 MPH Moving Barrier Rear Impact Test
Crash test film, Calspan for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (5:43)
10 July 1979NHTSA NCAP Enforcement Indicant Testing: 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-Door Hatchback
New Car Assessment 35 MPH, Barrier Front Impact Test
Crash test film, Calspan for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (9:43)


Photographs

1983 Volkswagen Rabbit 1983

Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
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1983 Volkswagen Rabbit 1983

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1985 Volkswagen Rabbit Demolition Derby Model Car 1985 Demolition Derby Car
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of 1985 Volkswagen Rabbit Demolition Derby Model Car - 2.4MB
1985 Volkswagen Rabbit Demolition Derby Model Car 1985 Demolition Derby Car
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of 1985 Volkswagen Rabbit Demolition Derby Model Car - 2.3MB
1985 Volkswagen Rabbit Demolition Derby Model Car 1985 Demolition Derby Car
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
View photo of 1985 Volkswagen Rabbit Demolition Derby Model Car - 2.4MB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
9 July 1979New Car Assessment and Standards Enforcement Indicant Testing: FMVSS Nos. 212, 219 and 301-75
Volkswagen 1979 VW Rabbit 2-Door Hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.3MB - 95 pages
10 July 1979New Car Assessment and Standards Enforcement Indicant Testing: FMVSS Nos. 212, 219 and 301-75
Volkswagen 1979 VW Rabbit 2-Door Hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.9MB - 112 pages
27 November 2007Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 124: Accelerator Control Systems
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit, 4-Door Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.8MB - 78 pages
9 January 2008Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 104: Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.9MB - 29 pages
3 March 2008Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 103: Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.1MB - 31 pages
18 April 2008Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.2MB - 92 pages
April 2009On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Investigation
Vehicle - 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,183KB - 14 pages


2007 Specifications

Body Type5-door hatchback
DrivetrainFF
Engine TypeI5
Engine Displacement151 cu. in./2480cc
Valvetrain20-valve DOHC
Horsepower150 @ 5000 rpm
Torque170 @ 3750 rpm
Maximum Engine RPM5800
Transmission5-speed manual
First Gear Ratio3.78
First Gear MPH per 1000 RPM5.2
Second Gear Ratio2.12
Second Gear MPH per 1000 RPM9.3
Third Gear Ratio1.36
Third Gear MPH per 1000 RPM14.4
Fourth Gear Ratio1.03
Fourth Gear MPH per 1000 RPM19.1
Fifth Gear Ratio0.84
Fifth Gear MPH per 1000 RPM23.4
Final Drive Ratio3.65:1
Front SuspensionStruts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear SuspensionMultilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Stability ControlYes
BrakesABS
Front BrakesVented disc
Rear BrakesDisc
Wheelbase101.5"
Length165.7"
Width69.3"
Height58.2"
Front Track60.6"
Rear Track59.8"
Front Seat Volume51 cu. ft.
Rear Seat Volume43 cu. ft.
Trunk Volume15 cu. ft.
Tire SizeP205/55R-16 91H
Fuel87-octane gasoline
Fuel Capacity14.5 gallons
Fuel Economy22 city/30 highway (EPA)
Maximum Speed125 mph (governor limited)
0-60 MPH (C/D test)8.1 seconds
1/4 Mile (C/D test)16.2 seconds @ 86 mph
Skidpad (300' diameter) (C/D test).81g
Braking (70-0 mph) (C/D test)171'
MSRP (Base)$17,620


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
17 August 2006Remember The Volkswagen Rabbit?Stacey Wilson




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