Compact, nimble, and ready to run on the freeway, the VW Rabbit GTI took the German compact car to a new level. With front-wheel drive and a front engine to remake the marque's sedate reputation forged by the cute Beetle, the VW Rabbit GTI MK1 hit the American road in 1974. Labeled simply the Rabbit in the U.S., this fuel-efficient hatchback offered a diesel variant alongside its gasoline-fueled models. The early diesel models came in handy during the fuel crisis in the late 1970s, and they are still popular choices. Simple to start once the glow plugs warm up, the diesel Rabbit sacrificed performance for fuel economy. Long hills became manageable in the early 1990s with the introduction of the Turbocharged Direct Injection, or TDI, diesel engine. The sharp angles of the early models softened throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The coveted triple-white Cabriolet Wolfsburg edition, a convertible with Targa roll bar, featured white badges on the front fender, Alpine white paint, and white cloth or leather sports seats. Audio enthusiasts enjoy the robust sound from the Blaupunkt factory stereo system and speakers. Volkswagen continues to produce the Golf, with the seventh generation debuting at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Whether you prefer a new model or the old-school reliability of the original VW Rabbit GTI, browse the continually refreshed listings on eBay for a ride to remind you of the joy of driving.
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