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Volkswagen reveals three versions of the 8th-generation 2021 Golf GTI

The Golf adopts a more aerodynamic and modern appearance for the 2021 model year.

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The first time the public will see the eighth-generation 2021 Volkswagen GTI in person will be at the Geneva International Motor Show in early March. Ahead of its public unveiling, Volkswagen has let slip the details of the model along with some pictures.

The fresh model is an evolution of the famed Golf GTI Mark 1 that came to market in 1976. This eighth generation features the debut of three models: the Golf GTI, GTD, and GTE.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI The front bottom of the car is where a cluster of fog lights is located.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

On the outside, the new Golf features a natural design evolution of the previous model. There are standard LED headlights and daytime running lights that sit low on the front end atop the grille, which has its own LED light strip for the first time. Towards the top of the hood, a narrow line spans the front end—red in the case of the GTI, blue for the GTE and silver for the GTD. The available fog lights form an X-shape in the lower honeycomb of the grille.

The GTI rides on unique standard 17-inch Richmond aluminum-alloy wheels and has red brake calipers. Rims that are 18- and 19-inches are available.

On the exterior, the equipment is supplemented by the 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, the rear diffuser, roof spoiler, individualized tail pipes, red brake calipers and sill extensions. The GTI and GTD have a 0.6-inch lower sport suspension than a standard Golf.At the back are LED taillight clusters. Badging has been shifted around the model and appears in new locations on the front, side, and rear. The GTI has one tailpipe on the left while the GTD has dual left tailpipes. on tailpipe is visible on the GTE.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI The rear of the car features standard LED taillights.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Under the hood of the GTI is a turbocharged 2.-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 245 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available.

The Golf GTE is powered by a 150-horsepower 1.4-liter turbo-four engine that is paired with a 114-horsepower electric motor and six-speed gearbox. It delivers 245 horsepower and 295 pound-feet combined and has an all-electric range of 37 miles.

Volkswagen has given the Golf GTD a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged Diesel engine that achieves 200 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI The tori-spoke wheel features multi-function buttons.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Undnerpinnning the Golf is a new strut-type front and multi-link rear suspension. They work in connection with the driving dynamics control system (Vehicle Dynamics Manager), which reacts to the road surface and driving conditions with active damping at the rate of a fraction of a second. Drivers have the option of Individual, Comfort, Eco, and Sport drive modes.

The cabin is filled with nods to fresh innovation as well as classic car design. There's a sport steering wheel with three silver double spokes and recessed Wolfsburg emblem, the golf ball shifter knob, and tartan GTI sport seats.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Plaid returns to the model's seats.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

On the steering wheel, there's a Travel Assist button which helps drivers reach 130 mph while Travel Assist is engaged.

Volkswagen has updated the plaid in the Golf to a new checked design called Scalepepper.

Each of the Golf models has interior accents according to their assigned color motif. GTI has black, gray, and red; GTE gets blue; and GTD is gray.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Different models get different colored accents.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Buyers can get up to a 10.25-inch digital coconut and 10-inch navigation system. The standard features list includes LED reading lights, two USB-C ports, single-zone automatic climate control, stainless steel pedals, and push-button start.

Spirited driving and safety are both priorities in the model, which comes standard with lane keeping assist, forward collision alert with assist and pedestrian monitoring, and Car2X (local communication with other vehicles and the traffic infrastructure).

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Hyundai has completely refreshed the Santa Fe for 2021.

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The Hyundai Santa Fe is getting more than just a traditional mid-cycle update for the 2021 model year. It's closer to a generational shift with new powertrains, a new platform, and more premium features.

If you're saying to yourself, "Didn't they just change it?" to yourself right now, you're not wrong. The current Santa Fe shifted generations just about two years ago as the company prepared to introduce the three-row Palisade. When the Palisade arrived, the Santa Fe was relegated to the new two-row Santa Fe and a holdover three-row Santa Fe for a year before going to just a two-row model for 2020.

The SUV has a fresh grille and headlamp design as well as new front and rear fascia.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe has a face that looks like a blend of the Palisade and the Vision T concept car, which was first shown at last year's LA Auto Show. Its headlights carry over the Spartan helmet-like design that first appeared on the Kona. T-shaped LED daytime running lights flow from the headlights to the sides of the grill. The lower grille eschews the crucible-shape that is on the Palisade and offers a new, sophisticated look.

Hyundai has made the car beefier looking but also gentler with posterior that's sophisticated with arrow-like taillights that are connected through the center of the tailgate by a light bar.

Twenty-inch wheels are available as part of a Luxury Package that includes front and back lower bumpers and side cladding that match the body paint color, rather than the traditional matte black.

Hyundai has already revealed that the 2021 Santa Fe will come with hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants in Europe. They have not confirmed which, if either of those powertrains is coming to the U.S. More information is expected to be revealed soon.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Hyundai aimed for a premium SUV with the Palisade, to thunderous applause from industry experts and buyers, and it looks like that design mantra is holding true in the New Santa Fe. The company promotes the model as having more "space, comfort, and convenience" than the outgoing model. That's thanks in large part to the new platform the SUV is riding on.

The new third-gen Hyundai platform allows for improvements inn performance, handling, fuel efficiency, and safety. Additionally, it features more crash resistance. With the SUV market growing increasingly competitive, it's understandable that Hyundai would want to shift the model to the new underpinnings ASAP.

The lower half of the dashboard has been redesigned for 2021 and the cabin has been outfitted with soft-touch materials. The center console has also been redesigned and now floats and features similar instrumentation to the Hyundai Nexo and Palisade. This leaves a good amount of space between driver and front passenger for storage.

A new 10.25-inch infotainment screen floats on the dashboard.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The new 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen appears to float above the dashboard. A new 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster sits in front of the driver.

The new Santa Fe will be available in Europe starting September 2020. There is not yet confirmation as to when it comes to the U.S. or what it will cost.

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The 1 millionth vehicle off the line was a red Passat.

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Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant is celebrating the 1 millionth vehicle to roll off its assembly line - Aurora Red Metallic 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line. The milestone was reached later than initially anticipated due to production shutdowns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It's gratifying to me that our team is back to work and able to mark yet another key milestone since the opening of VW's Chattanooga plant," said Tom du Plessis, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga. "Part of us getting back to normal is taking time to recognize these important achievements which are only possible because of the hard work and commitment of our exceptional team here in Chattanooga."

2020 Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen's plant employs approximately 3,800 people.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Before the Chattanooga plant opened, Volkswagen hadn't made a vehicle in the U.S. in 22 years following the closing of the Westmoreland facility in Pennsylvania.

The Passat got its start as a vehicle designed specifically for the North American market.

Ground was broken on the Tennessee plant in 2009 and in 2011 it began producing Passats. It currently employees approximately 3,800 people. In the last nine years, the plant has produced more than 700,000 Passats and 100,000 Atlas SUVs. The new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport and the refreshed 2021 Atlas recently began production.

The Chattanooga facility doesn't just produce vehicles for domestic sale. Chattanooga-assembled vehicles have been exported to Canada, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, and the Middle East.

Volkswagen has announced that the plant will be the company's North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles including the ID.4, representing an approximately $800 million investment, starting in 2022. The expansion to enable U.S. production of long-range EVs began in November 2019.

Volksagen Chattanooga line The Chattanooga plant produces a number of vehicles.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen isn't just committed to the cars it produces in Chattanooga. The company has invested in its community too. Late last year, Volkswagen donated $1.25 million to The Conservation Fund to purchase land near the plant so it could be donated to the U.S. Forest Service.

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