⏩El #NuevoGol viene equipado con un motor de 1.6L de 101 cv de potencia y una caja manual de 5 velocidades de excelente performance y respuesta. ¿Que esperas para venir a conocerlo? #goltrend#volkswagen#vw
Revisiting an old favorite from a couple of years ago, but a Rabbit is appropriate for the day. There was never any doubt about the fundamental goodness of the #Mk1 VW Golf, which was labeled #Rabbit for the U.S. - it vanquished most of the opposition it faced when it was new in 1974-5, and it was still well-regarded when sales ended in the summer of 1984.
The Mk1 had a long life after that, continuing in production in South Africa into 2009. But in the U.S., the Rabbit had two distinct phases - the early German-built cars from 1975 to 1978, and the later U.S.-built cars from Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. The strong Deutsche Mark made the imported Rabbits appreciably more expensive than Euro-market Golfs, and building a factory in America helped insulate #Volkswagen from currency swings and tariffs.
In the early phase, though, the cars came form Germany and were a little closer to the Golf in appearance. Every Rabbit was economy-minded and it quickly set the standard for the best and most practical car it its class in 1975. But aside from perfecting the formula developed by Fiat and Simca before it, the Rabbit brought another innovation in 1978 (just as a wave of Rabbit rivals began to appear and just before Westmoreland) - it became first Diesel-powered small car in North America (though Isuzu briefly marketed a small-ish Diesel here in 1964). This is one of those very first Diesels. -
Perfect for a gas crisis, the Rabbit Diesel weighed under 2000 lbs., so even though the 1.5L Diesel had just 48 hp and four speeds, it wasn’t much slower than some similar gas cars, like the base model Chevy Chevette; but it offered 50-mpg economy and hassle-free running. If it didn’t rust (and many did), a Diesel Rabbit might well last forever. -
As other small cars caught up, the Diesel’s lack of speed (and refinement - they’re rough in the cold) became more glaring despite a bump to 1.6L and 52hp, but with 50mpg and few things to break, they were very cheap to run. The toughest of the breed, Diesel Rabbits were slow boats to anywhere, but many diesels survive with very high mileages. To bolster the Diesel later on, a 5-speed and then Turbodiesel (’83-’84) were added.