Volkswagen is celebrating the success story of the new Mark 7 Volkswagen Golf with the addition of two new high-performance models and the news that the range will expand even further later in the year.

GTI and GTD offer buyers the chance to experience exciting performance in what is a very practical car.

In December, the Golf BlueMotion will arrive with very low emissions of just 85g/km.

It can return up to 88.3mpg (3.2 l/100km) on the combined cycle thanks to a lowered ride height (by 15mm), a roof spoiler, lateral air guide elements on the rear window, a masked front grille, partially closed air inlet screens, optimised cooling system airflow, special underfloor panels, optimised brake cooling channels and a C-pillar spoiler.

Golf BlueMotion uses a 1.6-litre 110bhp common rail TDI. Pricing will be released closer to the on-sale date.

In 2013 more than 2,600 Golfs have been registered and the car has almost 5% market share. Of these, 74% are diesel-powered and the remaining petrol. The most popular colour is silver (27.8%), closely followed by black.

"We have been delighted with the success of Golf this year, but then again we aren't really that surprised given the heritage the model has in Ireland and just how engrained the car is into Irish motoring culture," said Volkswagen Ireland Operations Director Paul Burke.

The Golf was the top-selling model in Ireland for the 131 plate and it has been the recipient of two major International awards as European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year. 98.5% of all Volkswagen Golfs sold are in motor tax band 'A'.