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Volkswagen Rabbit

Few cars have the ability to rise from the ashes after having been discontinued for over twenty years. A few cars were born in 1975, died in 1984 and were reborn in 2006. And even fewer cars are as recognizable and reliable as they were in their initial production over thirty years ago. The Volkswagen Rabbit is one of the few and certainly the proud. It took the place of the VW Bug in the maker's lineup in 1975 to contend with the influx of economical and compact Asian-made cars. While many people believe the Volkswagen Rabbit to be a completely different car than Volkswagen's Golf, the only real difference lies in the name. Volkswagen, for reasons unknown, for many years referred to the same vehicle as the Rabbit in the United States and as the Golf elsewhere.

The compact front-wheel drive car switched things up for consumers. While the Beetle had a rear-mounted engine, the Rabbit had a front-mounted and water-cooled inline engine. However, the original 1.5L engine only had a meager 70 horsepower. In 1977, Volkswagen developed a 1.5L diesel fuel engine for the Rabbit that was spectacular on gas mileage, but barely reached 48 horsepower. In 1979, Volkswagen made the leap across the Atlantic and opened its first stateside manufacture plant. With new American manufacturing, Volkswagen veered away from its German roots in body style as well. Headlights and taillights were altered. An interior that matched the exterior became standard. Also, much to the delight of the American public, a 5-speed manual transmission was introduced.

As yuppie fever started to trickle into American cities, Volkswagen stopped producing the Beetle Convertible and replaced it with a new convertible Rabbit. One of the most distinct features of the Rabbit Convertible was the padded roll-bar for extra structural integrity and passenger protection during a collision. In 1985, Volkswagen finally decided to stick with one name for the car and started calling it the "Golf" in North America. This caused a bit of confusion among American buyers who believed their beloved Rabbit had disappeared.

Well into the 90s, the Golf continued impressing American buyers with its European styling. However, it now had to compete with a revamped version of the Beetle, the Passat, and the Jetta. And that was just within its own manufacturer's lineup. Nevertheless, Volkswagen released a 20th anniversary edition of the Golf in 2003 that evoked some of the original German design.

Though in 2005 Volkswagen was concerned that they may not produce another year of the Golf, they've gone and pulled one of their tricks on the American public again. Rather than doing away with the car altogether, Volkswagen has decided to change the name again, presenting the Rabbit.

Volkswagen Rabbit Reviews by Year

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
Like Volkswagen says: The Bunny's Back. With MSRPs falling between $15,890 and $18,990, the 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit continues its powerful hop back into a fully-integrated spot in the overall company lineup. It delivers owners 21 miles per gallon of regular unleaded fuel in the cities and 29 on the highways. That's nice for any vehicle these days - even for some of the hybrids.

The Rabbit re-emerged in 2007 to serve as the replacement for the Golf. This German-designed and manufactured hot-seller gives consumers more choices than simply what is presented by the ruling Asian manufactures. Its competitors are the Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and the Hyundai Elantra.

The new Rabbit by Volkswagen is a hatchback. That means that it appeals to a lot of people who have needs for increased ease and ability for cargo hauling. Most of the aforementioned competitors are either 2-door or 4-door sedans. That's a definite sales advantage for this 2009 Volkswagen as hatchbacks are becoming very popular again. more
2008 Volkswagen Rabbit
The entry-level 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit return to production this model-year after being ignored in favor of the similar Golf, with which it shares a platform.
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit
The 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit comes in two trim levels, a 2-door coupe and a 4-door sedan which are powered by a 2.5 150 hp 5-cylinder engine with a choice of either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
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