19 Mar 2019

Volkswagen to delay new Golf, denies technical issues

The high tech-offering is reportedly delayed by tech issues
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Consumers are going to have to wait for the next generation Volkswagen Golf to hit showrooms, after the company told Automotive News Europe that its release was being pushed beyond 2019 as it ironed out issues with its digital features.

The fully digital cockpit planned by Volkswagen is coming with all the setbacks and hassles that you’d expect from a high-tech offering with lofty goals such as permanent connectivity.

The claim that bugs and glitches being behind the delay come from ‘boardroom sources’, though the company itself is claiming its a sales decision, rather than a reaction to production issues.

"We think it's better to come early next year with a full throttle offensive. It doesn't have anything to do with production, said Juergen Stackmann, who is VWs sales and marketing chief.

“It's a sales decision since you don't try to put cars under the Christmas tree when no one is paying attention,” he said.

Similar technology like what VW is putting in the Mk8 Golf can be seen in the new Mercedes-Benz A class and the BMW 1 series.

The new Golf has not been officially unveiled - though it has been spotted by automotive news media undergoing testing without any camouflage, and looking like it’s ready to be driven away by customers.

With the delays in mind, the Mk8 will not be hitting roads anywhere until 2020 at the earliest - with Australians likely to wait even longer as VW releases new models in Europe first.

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