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Volkswagen Rabbit Hops Into Spring

Golf . . . Err, Rabbit . .
The latest Golf has been on sale in Europe for more than a year, but is very slowly winding its way to the States. In January 2006, the GTI was introduced in Los Angeles and Detroit. The GTI was followed by the standard 150HP 2.5L five-cylinder engine, three- and five-door models at the 2006 Chicago show in February. We’re all set, right? Nope. Now for the name change.


In a surprise move, at the 2006 New York auto show, VW announced the revival of the Rabbit name for the Golf. While Rabbit is a well-known and fondly remembered VW name, it is unusual for a car to get a new name after introduction and before sales.

In summer 2006, the 2006MY Rabbits arrive at dealers, complete with the historic Rabbit emblem. The base price will be $14,990 for the three-door hatchback, including standard advanced ABS, air conditioning, active front headrests, front side airbags, and an anti-theft alarm system with remote locking.

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