The German town of Wolfsburg, home of Volkswagen, will be temporarily renamed Golfsburg in August for the launch of the eagerly-anticipated all-new Golf V.

The German town of Wolfsburg, home of Volkswagen, will be temporarily renamed Golfsburg in August for the launch of the eagerly-anticipated all-new Golf V.

Wolfburg mayor Rolf Schnellecke told this week that the town will be renamed for six weeks from late August.

"The success of the Golf gives people their reason for living here," Schnellecke said. "This is a gesture of solidarity towards Volkswagen and the new Golf."

The "W" on signs around the town and official letterheads will be covered over with a "G”. More than 50 000 of the town's 125 000 inhabitants work at the VW plant.

According to the July issue CAR magazine, the silhouette is still familiar Golf, but detailing comes from VW’s new design direction, with cues from both the Phaeton grand saloon and Touareg sport utility vehicle.

There’s also more space thanks to an extra 50 mm in length and 25 mm in width.

Internationally, there will be a range of petrol and turbodiesel engines with capacities between 1,4 and 2,0 litres.

Like its predecessor, the new model will be built at VWSA’s Uitenhage plant, but sales are only likely to start next year.

For more pictures and information on the Golf 5 see the July issue of CAR magazine.

Original article from Car