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 |  Feb 23 2011, 8:06 AM

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Just in time for the Spring thaw, Volkswagen has announced the return of the Golf Cabriolet. Extending the Golf range to one more model, the Cabriolet hasn’t been offered since the Mark III generation, over a decade ago.

Powered by a range of engines, including VW’s 200-hp GTI powerpant as well as the torque-filled TDI, the ‘Cab’ gets a soft top roof that can open or close in just 9.5 seconds at speeds of up to 20-mph.

Standard features include LED taillights, an automatically-deploying roll-over bar and stability control. As VW cheekily points out in its press release, however, a sunroof will not be offered.

On sale in Germany starting tomorrow, expect an announcement from VW of America about the Golf Cabriolet’s return to our shores. And be sure to check back March 1st for coverage of the car’s official world premiere at the Geneva Auto Show.

GALLERY: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

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 |  Feb 22 2011, 9:43 AM

Volkswagen hasn’t sold a convertible (or cabriolet) version of the Golf in over a decade, but that’s about to change.

The Golf Convertible is tipped to debut next week at the Geneva Auto Show, alongside several concepts from the German automaker.

Previous reports had suggested the drop-top model wouldn’t arrive until the next-generation (MK VII) of the Golf, but that now appears to no longer be the case.

Look for more on the car with an official debut planned for Tuesday, March 1st. Until then, check out AutoGuide’s 2011 Geneva Auto Show Preview here.

[Source: Automotive News]