According to a new rumor, Volkswagen is taking its sweet time before coming out with a new generation Golf compact – and it’s also daringly revealing it about the same time as it introduces the first-ever production series I.D. model.
Volkswagen has already – allegedly – confirmed the two model introductions, basically crucial for the survival of the brand, will be announced just weeks apart. Bold move – to pit the I.D. electric next to the Golf, but we have to wonder – why is the seventh-generation Golf, already refreshed in 2016, being presented no less than 8 years from its introduction back in 2012. We can be sure the engineers will be tested – developing both the Golf and the first series model from the electric series. “There is going to be an extremely strong new Golf 8 coming, it will launch just a month ahead of the I.D. We believe that they both stand on their own feet, in their own rights,” commented Jürgen Stackman, board member and head of sales and marketing, on the sidelines of the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Volkswagen Group itself promised to do wonders in the electric area – vouching to electrify every single nameplate in the company – and that not only means VW, Audi, Skoda, but also Lamborghini, Porsche and Bentley. With this strategy, even Bugatti will join the party. At the preview event prior to the start of the 2017 IAA, group CEO Matthias Mueller said the company will have 80 electrified vehicles by 2025 across the entire group. “The journey of electric mobility will start 2020, early 2020, with the I.D. which is Golf-size, and basically our ambition is to offer a range between 400 and 600 kilometre gross, so basically that gives you between 300 and 450 kilometres net range,” commented the executive.