Today, at this year's traditional GTI fans' meeting at Wörthersee in Austria, Volkswagen's apprentices from Wolfsburg and Saxony are presenting two new interpretations of Golf: the first one is the hybrid Golf GTI First Decade and the other one is the revamped Golf GTE Variant impulsE.

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Apprentices from Wolfsburg created their Golf GTI First Decade by combining a 410 PS (300 kW) petrol engine that's driving the front wheels with a 48-volt electric motor that drives the rear wheels with a maximum output of 12 kW. Both drive systems can either work hand-in-hand or separately. This means that Golf GTI First Decade can be driven conventionally (front-wheel drive), in purely electric mode (rear-wheel drive) or in combined mode (all-wheel drive).

The fully electric drive system doesn't offer a long driving range, but the two batteries in the rear of the vehicle that are charged via the recovery of braking energy (regenerative braking) allow for a clean and silent drive in the urban environment, including parking. The electric all-wheel mode is also quite handy for driving on rougher, more demanding driving surfaces. Driving modes can be selected using a tablet PC, which is connected to the car system via Mirror Link.

And here's a fun fact about naming the car 'First Decade': this car is the 10th Golf GTI in a row to be revamped by the apprentices.

Apprentices from the Zwickau vehicle plant, the Chemnitz engine plant and the Transparent Factory in Dresden joined forces to develop their own version of the Golf GTE Variant, nicknaming it 'impulsE'. The most prominent part of the new vehicle is the prototype battery with a capacity increased from 8.8 to 16.8 kWh, meaning the car's range in electric mode has now been doubled. The exterior of 'impulsE' easily catches the eye with its five-tone matt paintwork in Oryx White, Apassionata Blue, Anthracite, Hallmark and St. James Red, and an interesting bonnet with additional ventilation slats.

May 24, 2017 Driving photo: Volkswagen

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