29 Feb '12, 6pm

VW starts testing electric-powered Golf in California

'In town, it’s fast enough for you to breeze through traffic. Plus, the motor is so powerful, the engine is barely used on high-speed roads. VW says the Golf will have an electric-only range of around 30 miles and should be able to return 141mpg with overall CO2 emissions as low as 46g/km. The new MQB platform will also allow designers to mount the battery and electric motor in a way that doesn’t encroach on passenger or luggage space.' http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/carreviews/firstdrives/278569/vw_golf_plugin_hybrid.html#ixzz1noyNs6de 'Volkswagen engineers have been tasked with another platform, MQB—again an acronym, this one roughly translating to modular transverse matrix. And, you guessed it, the engines are transversely mounted. MQB will underpin everything from the tiny VW Up! to the next-generation Volkswagen Passat. Basically any VW Group product that mounts its eng...

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