2013 VW Golf Losing 220 lbs, Improving Fuel Economy

Set for its unveiling next month in Paris, the 2013 Volkswagen Golf is going on a serious diet that will reduce weight and fuel consumption significantly.

Thanks to a combination of factors, the 2013 Golf will drop some 220 lbs and decrease its fuel consumption by 23 percent. Cutting a vehicle’s curb weight will improve its fuel efficiency, there’s no question, but the car will have help in a number of other areas too.

First things first, the brand reigned in the car’s girth by using high strength steel rather than carbon fiber or aluminum, which passed off the pounds without using high-cost materials. Volkswagen is also migrating the car, among many others, to its MQB platform which will actually make the car larger despite being lighter.

Even with all that, the numbers wouldn’t quite add up – kind of like a rag doll with loose stitching. Far from finished, Volkswagen will tighten the seams by offering new engines. For the U.S., a Volkswagen spokesman confirmed speculation that those will include 1.8- and 2.0-liter gasoline engines and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel as well.

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