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Volkswagen e-Golf heralds new US electric car (pictures)

In November, Volkswagen brings an electric version of its Golf hatchback to the US. Here's the European version of the e-Golf as a preview.

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Volkswagen begins sales of the 2015 e-Golf for the US in November. The European version of the e-Golf is shown here.

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Signature lighting elements are LED headlights, a first for Volkswagen, and the C-shaped LED running lights.

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The electric motor driving the e-Golf produces 199 pound-feet of torque, and draws electricity from a 24.2 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

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Volkswagen will only offer the e-Golf in the four-door body style.

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Aero tweaks bring the e-Golf's coefficient of drag down to .28 from the standard Golf's .29.

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The e-Golf badge is subtle on the sides of the car.

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In this European version, there was no spare tire under the cargo floor, although there was an indentation for one.

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Volkswagen includes blue accents, such as on the 'e' in e-Golf, around the car, calling out its "Think Blue" eco strategy.

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This model used cloth-covered manually-adjusting seats.

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Behind the wheel, the e-Golf had similar handling and ride quality as the standard Golf, although the drivetrain lead to quiet, linear acceleration.

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Volkswagen replaces the tachometer of the standard Golf with a power-use gauge.

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This head unit touchscreen is bigger than that of the standard US version Golf, and may be specific to the European version.

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The center display offers nice real estate for the back-up camera and sensor display. This European version also had automated parallel parking.

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