For some readers, it might seem a little too early in the series to be talking about an all-new Volkswagen Golf. The current model, after all, was only released a couple of years ago! Sure, in Australia. The MkV (Mark 5) Golf has, however, been around since 2003 in the European market?so it's in fact getting a little long in the tooth depending on how you look at it.
News comes today though that the next Golf may not even make it to Australia after all. German news website Spiegel Online (good ol' Spiegel) has reported that concerns over the exchange rates in Australia (and in the US and Brazil, for that matter) are giving the beancounters at Volkswagen reason to think twice about sending the Golf to our golden shores. In the end, it's all about profitability, and the story is that the new Golf simply wouldn't meet Volkswagen's minimum targets if sold in our tiny little market. Spiegel report that VW chief Martin Winterkorn advised the board that they would not be selling the car in Australia, Brazil, or the US, and that's that.
The Golf is currently one of the world's top sellers in its segment, and so when put in that perspective, it's likely of little consequence to Volkswagen?image aside?if they decide not to bring us a new Golf.