Wednesday, February 1, 2023
News The New MK8 Volkswagen Golf Will Launch Before 2019 Ends

The New MK8 Volkswagen Golf Will Launch Before 2019 Ends

The new generation VW was expected on the road last February-March however various glitches have delayed the launch to later this year, at the earliest.

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf has been “ready” since early 2019 however software glitches have caused countless issues for engineers. The main culprit behind these bugs is the fact that the new Golf will gain the ability to be updated over the air.

As we know, this fantastic feature enables hackers to get “into” the car. This is forcing VW to incorporate more cybersecurity into the car’s system. The other related issue is that the new 2020 Volkswagen Golf’s software relies on 100 million lines of codes, versus 10 million for the previous generation.

CEO Herbert Diess said in an internal meeting that no matter the situation, the new Golf will be introduced to the global motoring press before possibly as early as October. According to Automotive News Europe, “Sources at VW have since said on background that the company was rushing to meet the internal deadline for delivery by the end of this year, but so far the company has offered no definitive word.”

There’s a considerable weight on the new Volkswagen Golf’s shoulders as it will aim to set the benchmark in the segment for connectivity, technology and efficiency. A new 48-volt mild hybrid plug-in version of the car will debut for the first time, with an 80 km (50 miles) full-electric range.

As Volkswagen struggles to introduce the new Golf for Europe, we can be assured now that, in Canada at least, we will not see the compact hatchback for at least another year. At least, it looks as though it will come to Canada, unlike the US…

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