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We’re both happy and sad that there’s an all-new Volkswagen Golf

Is our market getting this? Well, that’s what we want to discuss

We absolutely dig the exterior design of this car. PHOTO FROM VOLKSWAGEN

We’re fans of the Volkswagen brand, and we particularly like the Golf compact hatchback. And so, when the German automaker recently unveiled the all-new, eighth-generation model of one of the most popular cars in Europe, we were pretty worked up in the thrill department. It’s a beautiful machine like its outgoing predecessor, and we would love to get the chance to own and drive one on our clogged roads.

Here is another reason we prefer hatch models. PHOTOS FROM VOLKSWAGEN

According to VW, this car is truly special. It’s high-tech, it’s efficient, it’s connected. For one, it has a grand total of five hybrid versions (including two plug-in ones). For another, it is so advanced it can apparently communicate with the outside environment via the so-called Car2X technology. Which means it can receive and parse information from surrounding traffic infrastructure as well as other vehicles traveling within an 800m distance.

The wheel design is so gorgeous it hurts. Damn it! PHOTOS FROM VOLKSWAGEN

We’re giddy, of course. Until we remember that the Golf is no longer offered in our market. What we have here are China-made sedans and SUVs because, well, they make the most business sense to the brand’s local distributor. Not blaming them—just lamenting the fact that we’re again missing out on a very desirable new car.

“Unlikely, but never say never,” a VW executive told us after being asked the odds of the all-new Golf somehow making its way to our humble territory.

Excuse us while we wipe away our tears.

Okay, that automatic shifter is totally neat. PHOTOS FROM VOLKSWAGEN

The new-generation Golf will officially go on sale in Europe in December. If it’s any consolation to Filipino car shoppers, that’s one less temptation to deal with. If only the Lamando or the Lavida had a hatchback alter ego.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.