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Volkswagen Canada has launched the 2015 Golf and Golf GTI in a unique fashion (Volkswagen)
Volkswagen Canada has launched the 2015 Golf and Golf GTI in a unique fashion (Volkswagen)

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VW’s Golf promotion will test your patience Add to ...

And now for something completely different: Volkswagen Canada has launched the 2015 Golf and Golf GTI in a unique fashion. Its “Countdown to a Golf” promotion encourages potential buyers to track these two vehicles online at vw.ca/golf-countdown, where the starting price for each – $18,995 for the Golf and $27,995 for the GTI – will drop by 69 cents per minute. That’s almost $1,000 a day. When the price hits a point where a customer is happy to buy it, all he or she has to do is click on the appropriate button marked “Lock it in,” use a credit card to secure the deal and then visit a Volkswagen dealership within seven days to finalize it. The catch? If someone else hits the button first, the starting price resets a minute later and the countdown begins anew on another Golf. The promotion runs until June 24.

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