The ritual is played out every six years: Within days of each other – this time, it’s actually within minutes on Tuesday, Sept. 9 – Volkswagen AG and General Motors Corp.’s Adam Opel AG/Vauxhall Ltd. subsidiary will unveil critically important, directly competitive, new-generation Golf and Astra models. All-new Golf leverages its stylistic origins. For VW, it’s an exercise in reinforcement that’s as predictable as yet another sober evolution of the original Golf’s styling. The ...

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