Volkswagen Golf PHEV

Good news travels fast, and in the case of Volkswagen and its the Golf plug-in hybrid, a little faster than we thought. Europe's biggest automaker, which was previously thought to be debuting the Golf PHEV in 2015, is apparently bumping that timetable up to next year, UK's Autocar reports.

The Golf Mk7 Plug-In Hybrid, set for a 2014 launch date, will pair a 148-horsepower, 1.4-liter gas engine with a 100-horsepower electric motor that will deliver mind-boggling fuel economy equivalent of 188 miles per gallon – on the more lenient European testing cycle, at least. Performance should be well-received, too, since the car will be able to scoot from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about seven and a half seconds and will be able to go 31 miles in electric-only mode.

The Golf Mk7 Plug-In Hybrid will have the same powertrain as the Audi A3 E-tron PHEV. That car will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Our first drive review of the standard 2014 Golf is available here.