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Volkswagen GTI Named AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2007 Automobile of the Year

The sporty Volkswagen GTI has been named AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2007 Automobile of the Year. The magazine profiles the GTI in its February 2007 issue, on stands now, and presented Volkswagen with a trophy at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

AUTOMOBILE Magazine commended the Volkswagen GTI''s high-tech, 200-horsepower 2.0T four-cylinder engine that produces 207 ft.-lbs. of torque, noting that its DSG(TM) gearbox "is simply the best automatic-type transmission we''ve ever driven."

The 2007 Volkswagen GTI is a solid and aggressive sports model with an available automated manual DSG(R) transmission that utilizes direct shifting, which essentially automaticallydepresses clutch-shift points more efficiently and quicker than even a professional driver can. For those driving enthusiasts who want the unique control of a clutch, the GTI comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Top speed is electronically governed at 130 miles per hour in the U.S.

First introduced in the U.S. in 1983, the GTI quickly drew admiration for its combination of sporty performance and practicality. The 2007 GTI is Volkswagen''s definitive return to its groundbreaking, hot hatch sports car concept, offering enthusiasts a modern and dynamic extension of the automaker''s original "pocket rocket."

The GTI starts at $22,730. AUTOMOBILE Magazine notes that the GTI "feels like it has more build quality than anything within miles of its price point."

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