VW To Spend $3.5 Billion On Factory Upgrades For Next-Gen Golf

Volkswagen will invest 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) at its Wolfsburg production facility in preparation for its eighth-generation Golf.

In a statement, the automaker said the investment will be funnelled towards re-tooling the factory and constructing a new design center in the technical development area.

VW made the announcement on the eve of the annual works meeting in Wolfsburg. According to chairman of the Group and General Works Council, Bernd Osterloh, the investment will help secure the company’s long-term future.

“The Supervisory Board has approved billions in investment for the Volkswagen brand in new products and in our plants. This means our future is secure – regardless of whether it is under electric or conventional propulsion. We will hold our own in the vanguard of the automotive industry,” he said.

The new VW Golf will probably launch in 2019 and be underpinned by a modified version of the MQB platform used by the current car. More importantly, the car will adopt electrification, potentially even in GTI guise. Consequently, the new car won’t only be more powerful than the outgoing model but also promises to be more fuel efficient and emit fewer emissions.

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  • Ilbirs

    A very needed change to the Golf when transitioning from VII to VIII is ditching that excessively tall center tunnel and replace it with the lower one premiered by the MQB-A0 models (the current gens of Ibiza and Polo, the Arona and soon the Virtus and T-Cross). This simple thing gave to the Polo VI more legroom than the one available in the Golf despite Polo’s wheelbase being smaller (2.56 m or 100.7 in.) than Golf’s (2.63 m or 103.5 in.). Some people would say that Golf needs this too intrusive tunnel to pass a driveshaft under it in the 4Motion version but we know that there are AWD models with low to no center tunnels, being just a matter of how to package things properly.

  • fresh air

    Hope they start with a convertible for the USA!

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