Sheepish Rabbit

New model from Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Rabbit, introduced in 1975 as the replacement for the homely but lovable Beetle, has never won as secure a place in the hearts of American car buyers. Last week Volkswagen dealers began showing off a racy new Rabbit model called the GTI that is designed to put some hop back into the elderly car line. Mixing its animal metaphors, Volkswagen describes the GTI as "a wolf in sheep's clothing." In fact, it is a slickly styled jack rabbit, with new trim and a bigger engine, that is designed to be driven like a sports car.

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