Volkswagen has confirmed that its next all-new Golf, to wear the Mark 8 designation, is scheduled to officially start production in June 2019.
Volkswagen Board Member for Procurement, Ralf Brandstätter, revealed the production date as part of the brand’s supplier summit, which brought together 120 companies from the supplier industry that will provide the parts that make the new model possible.
Volkswagen also confirmed that the main site for Golf production will remain in Wolfsburg, with a €1.8 billion (A$2.7 billion) investment to prepare the 2000 car-a-day facility for the new model.
The new Golf won’t be Volkswagen’s only major 2019 introduction though, with the German company also expected to introduce the first of its I.D. family of electric vehicles, beginning with the I.D. hatch which will arrive just months after the Golf 8 begins production.
"Together with the I.D. family, the introduction of the upcoming Golf generation will be the most strategically important product launch for the brand." Brandstätter said.
The announcement pushes forward the timeline for both key models, with Volkswagen previously telling TMR at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show that Golf and I.D. were set to arrive in 2020.
Although Volkswagen did not supply any specification details for the new Golf, which is still 75 weeks away from the start of production, Volkswagen Head of Compact Series vehicles, Karlheinz Hell, gave a glimpse into the new model’s high-tech positioning.
"The next Golf will take Volkswagen into the era of fully connected vehicles with extended autonomous driving functions. It will have more software on board than ever before,” Hell said.
“It will always be online and its digital cockpit and assistance systems will be the benchmark in terms of connectivity and safety."
Volkswagen has confirmed that as many as 80 percent of suppliers engaged in supply of parts for the current generation Golf will carry over to the new model, a move that Brandstätter suggests will ease the transition to the new-generation model.
"This is a sign of considerable mutual loyalty, creates a broad basis of trust and provides greater security for planning," he said.
Volkswagen has yet to confirm when the new model will be available to customers, either in Europe or overseas. Expect pre-production preview concepts of the new Golf to surface ahead of the official reveal with either the 2018 Paris Motor Show or 2019 Geneva Motor Show used to hint at the new model.