The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, Golf Alltrack and Golf R might not be around in Canada as long as the company expected.
When news broke about the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and Golf R not returning to the U.S. and Canada for the 2020 model year, Volkswagen Canada decided to order an extra batch of 2019 cars that would be available to consumers throughout the 2020 calendar year. Well, sales of these three Golf variants have been higher than anticipated.
While the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf has been unofficially revealed as these lines are being written, the seventh-generation Golf will soldier on for 2020 in hatchback, e-Golf and GTI form. The SportWagen, the Alltrack and the Golf R being hot items in Canada, the automaker sent in a huge order so Canadians would have access to a brand-new 2019 car through the end of 2020.
The word must have gotten out, because the SportWagen, the Alltrack and the Golf R are selling at a faster rate than what was anticipated, and the inventory is slimming down quickly.
According to Thomas Tetzlaff, public relations manager for Volkswagen Canada, “by ordering substantial additional quantities, similar to what we did with the Beetle and Beetle Convertible in their last year of production, it was our hope that the additional quantities would take us deep into 2020, but if the current sales rate continues, we could see stocks dwindle earlier than expected.”
The 2019 Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack are still being produced in Mexico at the moment, but assembly of the MK7 car should end in December. There likely won’t be enough supply to last until the end of 2020.
As for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R, the allocation for Canada has been produced and shipped, and what’s available in dealerships—or what will be arriving shortly—is all that’s left.
In Canada, the seventh-generation Golf will continue to be offered for the 2020 model year, and a small batch of 2021 Golf and GTI models will be produced as well. As usual, the European market always gets the new-gen car before other major markets.
The e-Golf will be phased out after 2020, and its replacement—the Volkswagen ID.3 unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show—might make it to Canada. Fingers crossed.
While Thomas Tetzlaff confirmed that there will eventually be an MK8 Volkswagen Golf R—which is good news—the future of the SportWagen and Alltrack on our shores is still up in the air. However, we know that there will be a wagon variant of the next-generation Golf.