What is it?

The photo last week gave a bit of the 2010 Volkswagen Golf, a small hatchback that is entering its sixth iteration. See a photo of the entire car with this week's road test.


Chosen randomly from the correct entries was the name of Don Kittilson , of Evans, who wrote: "Great car, although I like its close relative the GTI a little better."

Mr. Kittilson wins a gift from The Augusta Chronicle.

Other readers identifying the small Volkswagen were:

AIKEN: Richard Koblin

AUGUSTA: Dion Grant and Charles Greene

CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes wrote that the Golf was earlier known as the Rabbit in the United States in the mid-1970s: "The Golf/Rabbit served to replace the original Volkswagen Beetle and is now entering its sixth generation of production. Over the last 35 years, VW has sold over 25 million units in configurations ranging from 3-door hatchbacks to 5-door hatchbacks to station wagons and even convertibles. The Golf/Rabbit's flexible platform has allowed it to serve as everything from a front-wheel-driven, four-cylinder-equipped economy hatchback to an all-wheel drive, high-performance sedan with a powerful V-6 and sport-tuned suspension.

"For 2010, the Rabbit name has (for now, at least) been retired and the sixth-generation will be known only as the Golf. This new design carries on the 'all things to all people' tradition with both two- and four-door models with drivetrains that include an available turbodiesel as well as four-and five-cylinder gasoline powerplants. Transmission choices include the usual manual and automatic varieties as well as a DSG, or Direct-Shift Gearbox, sequential-shift automatic.

"Fuel economy numbers are also impressive, with the best performance being turned in by the turbodiesel when paired to the six-speed automatic transmission.

"With its range of drivetrain choices, sporty handling and competitive pricing, the 2010 Golf appears to be well positioned to give comparable Toyotas, Hondas and Mazdas a run for their money."

EVANS: Jerry Paul and Wayne Wilke

MARTIN, S.C.: Gregory Simmons identified the car by "its projector-beam headlights and sloping hood."

NORTH AUGUSTA: Chad McNitt and Mike Futrell, who wrote: "I have an '85 Golf, which happens to be the first year that VW used the name 'Golf' in the U.S. The Golf has been around since 1976 but was sold with the name Rabbit in the U.S. until the second generation."



Can you tell us the make and model of this 2010 vehicle?

If you recognize it, call (706) 823-3419 or send an e-mail to glynn.moore@augustachronicle.com.

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You have until noon Wednesday to respond. A winner will be chosen randomly.



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