Volkswagen announces eighth-generation Golf

Production of the next Golf will start in a year and a half.

Volkswagen has started the countdown to the next-generation Golf.

"Together with the I.D. family, the introduction of the upcoming Golf generation will be the most strategically important product launch for the brand. We have reached the decisive second stage of the project," Volkswagen board member Ralf Brandst├Ątter said in a statement.

The company has already started meeting with suppliers to finalize purchasing decisions. 80-percent of Golf 8 suppliers already build parts for the current, seventh-generation model.

We don't know much about the next-generation Golf. We expect an evolutionary design, which is normally par for the course, and Volkswagen's familiar MQB platform under the sheet metal. We also expect a big leap forward in terms of tech. Connectivity features, semi-autonomous driving technology, and a 48-volt mild hybrid system will all appear in the next Golf's brochure, though some might figure on the list of extra-cost options.

"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. It will always be online and its digital cockpit and assistance systems will be the benchmark in terms of connectivity and safety," promised Karlheinz Hell, Volkswagen's head of compact cars.

Production of the next Golf will start in 75 weeks, according to Volkswagen. Its historic Wolfsburg, Germany, factory will be the main plant, though other sites will also produce the model for the various markets it will be sold in. Currently, Wolfsburg builds about 2,000 Golf family vehicles daily.

The 75-week time frame suggests we'll see the eighth-generation Golf at next year's edition of the Geneva Auto Show. After it breaks cover, we'll go right to Hell to learn more about what makes the new model better than its predecessor and report back.

Photo by Ronan Glon.

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