Volkswagen is ending production of its two-door GTI hot hatch, focusing instead on promotion of the four-door GTI variant.

Volkswagen America’s head of marketing, Hendrik Muth, confirmed the news of the two-door GTI’s demise at a recent press event, reports Car and Driver.

“The trend is clearly shifting toward four-door models,” said Muth.

The news is consistent with VW’s recent decision to offer the Golf R in a four-door configuration only.

The VW GTI pioneered the fast, fun ‘hot hatch’ segment, bringing affordable driving thrills to tens of thousands of drivers since 1975.

Both two- and four-door 2016 VW Golf GTI models come equipped with a sport suspension, 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, and unique interior trim.

The GTI’s 2.0-litre blown four-cylinder produces 210 horsepower and a stout 258 lb-ft of torque, channeled to the front wheels through either a manual six-speed or “DSG” dual-clutch transmission.

VW’s DSG is one of the most satisfying dual-clutch units on the market, offering quick up-shifts and precise throttle-blipped downshifts when sport driving.

The three-door (two-door-plus-rear-hatch) VW GTI is still available to build-and-price on VW Canada’s website, showing a base price of $28,595, while its five-door sibling is priced at $33,995 in Autobahn trim.

(Car and Driver)