Right in time for National Bike Month, Volkswagen has announced that its all-new 2015 Golf SportWagen has been named the official vehicle of USA Cycling.
The title enables Volkswagen to provide operational race vehicles to support USA Cycling initiatives throughout the year. Golf SportWagens wrapped in hard-to-miss “Team USA” design will be featured at USA Cycling National Championships, including the Pro Road & Time Trial National Championships, where there will be 32 Golf SportWagen support vehicles. In addition, winners of the men’s and women’s ProRoad National Championship race will each receive a one-year Golf SportWagen lease.
“Like the rest of the multi-award winning Golf family, the all-new 2015 SportWagen is a brilliantly packaged vehicle that delivers on performance, efficiency, and utility,” said Vinay Shahani, Vice President, Marketing, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “All of these qualities make it the ideal support vehicle for USA Cycling, and we know the team will enjoy the SportWagen as they travel for competition throughout the season.”
Recently released in the United States, the Golf SportWagen is all-new for the 2015 model year. The versatile model, which replaces the Jetta SportWagen in America, recently went on sale in the U.S. with a starting price of $21,395 for the S trim level, 170-horsepower 1.8-liter turbo-charged engine and five-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional on 2015 Golf SportWagens with the 1.8T engine. Also optional is VW’s new EA288 2.0-liter, turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine making 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The diesel mill can be mated with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Golf SportWagen 1.8T model with the five-speed manual transmission has an EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating of 36 MPG, while the TDI Clean Diesel model with the manual gets 43 MPG highway, according to EPA estimates. These figures better all non-Battery Electric compact SUVs on the market. And that’s not to mention the Golf’s various world-class, fun-to-drive characteristics. But what’s perhaps even more important for cyclists is the fact that the new Volkswagen Golf SportWagen offers impressive volume of 30.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 66.5 cubic feet with the seats folded flat.
“Professional bike racing is one of the most challenging environments in competitive sports, and we place extreme demands on our riders, equipment and team cars,” said Rob Borland, Chief Marketing Officer of USA Cycling. “The Golf SportWagen is the backbone of Team USA Cycling. It delivers precise handling, excellent roadholding and rock-solid dependability, helping us win races across the world.”