9. 2012 Volkswagen GTI
Now in its sixth generation, Volkswagen brought a near-production concept of the seventh-generation version to the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September. The transition will make the car lighter and more fuel efficient by migrating to VW’s MQB modular architecture.
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Unfortunately, North American customers will be left to languish with the sixth-generation model a little while longer while Europe enjoys the new car, but that doesn’t seem to have dampened spirits too much given how frequently people researched the car through the year.