2020 VW Golf Mk8 To Go On Sale February Following Delays From Glitches

VW will reportedly launch the new generation of the Golf in Europe in February 2020, following a delay caused by software glitches in the model’s advanced infotainment system.

The new, eighth-generation Golf “lies within the target corridor when it comes to eliminating bugs,” according to VW brand chief Juergen Stackmann, who spoke to AutoNews.

Stackmann revealed that VW is planning to start selling the new Golf in Europe during the ninth week of 2020, which begins on February 24. The first market to get it will be Germany, as expected, with more European countries to follow soon after.

The delay in the new Golf’s launch was in part due to the model’s always online infotainment system with over-the-air updates, which has faced a number of setbacks: “We’ve never hid the fact that software, an area of extreme importance for products in the future, is a serious challenge for us,” Stackmann said. “We have our homework ahead of us, and the teams are under heavy pressure.”

Stackmann added that the source of their Golf-related problems is the over-the-air updates function, which the company’s engineers are working towards solving right now.

“Due to their online connectivity there is a lot more software especially in the area of security, which is a real challenge since the car is no longer a closed ecosystem,” Stackmann said. “A customer might get angry if their smartphone doesn’t work, but you do a debug the next day. A car is different – if something goes wrong it can become critical, so the security requirements are far higher.”

VW’s original plan was to debut the new Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The company will instead focus on the public premiere of the electric ID hatchback, the first production model of the ID EV model family, at the event.

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  • Paulbe

    New, is it?

    • Belthronding

      Supposedly

    • Matt

      Well the bodywork is completely different to the current Golf, so I’d say yes.

  • Six_Tymes

    sounds like lots of lemonade on its way.

    Recessed wheel arches, really? Hey VW, looks like you better offer customers mud flaps.

  • charlotteharry57

    Not great news. Kinda makes me wonder if I’d trust it even after launch. Which will be when in the US? 2022?

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    That front end is definitely not an improvement…

  • DMax

    Hopefully they’ve fixed the glitches in it’s design too.

  • Mike anonymous

    I’m seeing quite a lot of people complaining a great deal about the design. This was something I had made a post on about a month ago. Just wanted to remind everyone that; this ‘test’ vehicle has quite the smart camo. (my original post is below the image).

    The point of Camo is to ‘hide‘ what the vehicle will look like prior to its’ launch, not to give us who are cued into it’s development process a sort of ‘early look‘ at the vehicle. Based on the reaction to the vehicle (with) its’ camo still on, I would say that VW may actually be doing quite a good job at disguising the vehicle. As I mentioned in my post below (I did my best to remove the camo from the vehicle and point out a number of details that are hidden from view. (You don’t have to, but) Feel free to read through it if you’d like).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/781ed13a8abe102bff096619b300805c050fef7404c6771cdbc969c6c522cb4a.png
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5496a6a2cbdd46459bb5a04d8d2ac1244be01c8c6bd7d641b9e3882fce3c894a.png

  • StrangerGP

    The front will be absolutely hideous even after they’ll take off the camo.

  • yomama

    alright, so whats the word on the R model dropping

  • Mike anonymous

    I am sure they are not going to change it to the point it is unrecognizable as a ‘golf’ ?. Although I should note that there are a great deal of ‘hard to see’ stickers and fake lining on the vehicle past the rear doors (even the rear tail lamps are fake stickers under closer examination).

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