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The Volkswagen Golf could disappear: the brand doubts whether to renew it or make it 100% electric

The ninth generation of the Volkswagen Golf is in a difficult position, because he still does not have a fully assured future. What is perhaps the most traditional generalist model on the market has its worst enemy in terms of arrival on the market, so assuming that Volkswagen will not let its most iconic model die, a complete electrification of the ninth generation of the Golf makes more and more sense.

Volkswagen confirmed some time ago that both Golf, Passat and T-Roc would have one more generation, but perhaps it was a confirmation that was ahead of key events, such as the banning of new cars with thermal mechanics in Europe by 2035 and UK in particular by 2030.

It all comes down to a matter of deadlines. The current generation of the German compact, the eighth, has been on the market for two years, which indicates that it should receive a mid-life restyling shortly (one or two years) so that the generation ends its commercial life around the year 2026 or 2027 .

Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid next to the eighth generation GTI and GTD.
Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid next to the eighth generation GTI and GTD.

This would leave us with a ninth generation whose thermal and hybrid mechanics (including plug-in ones) could not complete a life cycle long enough to amortize the project, taking into account that sales would begin around 2028.

In fact, if there were more countries ahead of Europe or even the United Kingdom in vetoing internal combustion, the Golf could directly never see the light again, or at least with conventional mechanicsand if it did arrive, it would do so thanks to a very significant rise in prices.

For all of the above, the current CEO of Volkswagen, Thomas Schäfer admits that they have not yet made a final decision regarding the future of the Golf. A situation that shows how complicated the transition to the electric car is. This has been echoed by the German newspaper Welt.de and later by the parent company of Motor1.

Volkswagen ID.3
Volkswagen ID.3.

On the other hand, Volkswagen already has a compact electric car in the C segment, the Volkswagen ID.3, which also poses a challenge for the brand within its own product range if they wanted to continue the life of the Golf in electric format.

Given the synergies that exist between all the brands of the Volkswagen Group, it is foreseeable to think that if the Golf becomes an electric car, so do other similar cars within the German consortium.

In this sense, Audi has already confirmed that the next generation of the A3 will arrive in the form of an electric car, so if the engineering of both models continues to be developed jointly, as has happened so far with the latest generations, the Volkswagen Golf should be a little closer to becoming a 100% electric car.

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