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Old 04-12-2006, 11:18 AM
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Volkswagen Rabbit (2006)

VOLKSWAGEN RABBIT SPRINGS INTO NEW YORK—JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.— In a surprise move, Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that its all-new fifth generation Golf, which debuted at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show, is going back to its roots with the original Rabbit nameplate for the U.S. and Canadian markets. The Rabbit will hop into the market in early summer, after its official introduction at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

“The Rabbit was always exclusive to the U.S. and Canadian markets; while the rest of the world had the Golf, we had the iconic Rabbit,” said Volkswagen’s Director of Brand Innovation, Kerri Martin. “The reintroduction of the Rabbit represents Volkswagen’s commitment to this market and is a nod to the passionate North American enthusiasts who have an emotional connection with the Rabbit name.”

“Volkswagen customers want a relationship with their cars. Names like The Thing, Beetle, Fox, and Rabbit support this,” Martin added.

The Rabbit goes on sale this summer in both two and four-door versions, with pricing starting at $14,990 for the two-door. Standard features include an advanced ABS braking system, traction control, active front head restraints, front side airbags, air conditioning and anti-theft alarm system with remote locking. Always known for its value, this latest Rabbit is no exception, offering a high level of standard features and equipment at an attractive starting price.

The Rabbit was the first Volkswagen produced in the United States and its appeal grew rapidly, with sales of over 1.3 million in its 10-year lifespan. The Rabbit’s popularity can be credited to the wide array of standard features it offered at an attractive price. The 2006 Rabbit promises a return to the high-value, iconic status of the original.

“The Rabbit’s return to Volkswagen’s family is not an attempt to recreate the original car; today’s Rabbit is manufactured at our Wolfsburg production facility alongside the all-new GTI.”

The Rabbit, or Golf as it is well known throughout the rest of the world, is the world’s best-seller with over 25 million cars sold over five generations. This latest generation has already won more than 25 awards in more than sixteen countries. And, yesterday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), announced that the 2006 Rabbit four-door received the Top Safety Pick, Silver award, based on the Institute’s frontal offset, side impact, and rear crash protection ratings.

Martin adds, “Even the name ‘Rabbit’ dramatizes the enhanced performance, playing off the car’s clever design, efficient size, agility and nimbleness. The Rabbit is back.”

The 2006 Rabbit benefits from its laser-welding production process, class-leading fit and finish, heightened body strength, crash protection, driving dynamics, and reduced interior noise.Drivers of the Rabbit will benefit from it’s fully independent suspension system that uses a multi-link rear and optimized front axle, and will enjoy the new optional six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® (five-speed manual standard). A new powerful engine with a larger displacement of 2.5 liters and five-cylinders generates 150 horsepower.

Also among the most impressive new driving advancements are a standard electro-mechanical steering system, and an optional advanced Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP). The Rabbit also promises more interior room than ever with a large rear hatch opening. Legroom has also increased in this new version.

For added assurance, the Rabbit will come with 24-hour Roadside Assistance for four years with unlimited mileage and new vehicle warranties including:

• Five-year/60,000 mile (whichever occurs first) Powertrain Limited Warranty
• Four-year/50,000 mile (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty
• 12 year unlimited mileage Limited Warranty against corrosion perforation.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, GTI, New Beetle, Jetta, Passat, Touareg and Phaeton through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers.
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Old 04-12-2006, 11:20 AM
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:07 PM
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rabbit?? wtf sort of name is that??
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I would never drive a car called the rabbit, no matter how much i love VW..Gti is gonna be Cei (carrot eating edition), sry but it's messed up. The car is nice though..
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rabbit?? wtf sort of name is that??
The most awesomest name EVA!

So, looks like a regular Golf...
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"Yes, I drive a Rabbit..."

oh dear.
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:21 PM
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I would never drive a car called the rabbit, no matter how much i love VW..Gti is gonna be Cei (carrot eating edition), sry but it's messed up. The car is nice though..
ROFLMAO!

That's gold!!

... You're joking, right?
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:22 PM
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I wonder how much the bright spark who came up with that got paid!! Its not fair!!
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:24 PM
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I wonder how much the bright spark who came up with that got paid!! Its not fair!!
It was Pieschtrieder's 3 year old son
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:27 PM
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The toilet roll advert springs to mind with the little kid as the CEO.
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so is it the polo, or is it the golf, or is it a completely new model that still fits in the same class?
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:40 PM
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so is it the polo, or is it the golf, or is it a completely new model that still fits in the same class?
Just the Golf, with a 2.5 5-cyl engine, for America & Canada only, as Europeans have enough sense not to buy a car named after something you can make a tasty pie out of.
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well that car looks like the VW Fox or whatever its called only that a little bit bigger
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Old 04-12-2006, 01:15 PM
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well that car looks like the VW Fox or whatever its called only that a little bit bigger
A lot of VW's products look spookily similar.

Check out the similarities between the Fox, Rabbit (ROFL), and Passat. Also take note of the Touran. They're hard to distinguish.

Not as hard as Vauxhalls, though. At the front, Monaro & VX aside, they look exactly the same. Astra... Vectra... Signum... check it out.
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I really dont get the snickering about the the rabbit. That was the golf for america. for years. gen I and II of the GTI came from the rabbit in america. as such it has a huge following. just like the same generations of golf do everywhere else.
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