Longer and wider than its predecessor, the 2014 Golf is 220 pounds lighter too, thanks to the use of weight-saving components and high-strength steel. VW unveiled the seventh iteration of Europe's best selling car at the Frankfurt auto show in October, but the U.S. will have to wait another 15 months before the Golf makes it across the pond. But that's OK. American buyers are in no hurry to purchase hatchbacks like the Golf, so fast-rising VW is in no hurry to make them available until other markets have been satisfied.
The jurors who pick the North American Car of the Year have come out with their shortlist. Our juror gives his odds.