VW is still trying to solve the quiz of getting the next-generation Golf into mass production but the company’s executives appear adamant that the new compact hatchback will launch by the end of this year.
According to AutoNews, VW’s CEO Herbert Diess said that they are in the middle of preparing for series production of the new Golf, during the Global Top Management Conference.
“Currently we are fighting hard with the ramp-up,” Diess said. “We will meet our deadline and deliver the first vehicles at the end of this year.”
During development of the new generation Golf, VW’s engineers were riddled with software glitches, mostly because the new model will be able to be updated over the air. This function however exposes the car to new threats and requires more extensive cybersecurity measures to be taken.
The software in the upcoming VW Golf is way more complex than its predecessor, featuring 100 million lines of code versus 10 million for a new car sold 10 years ago.
Unnamed sources within Volkswagen said that the company was rushing to meet the internal deadline for delivery by the end of the year but so far, there’s no definitive date from official lips.
The new VW Golf aims to become the segment’s most connected vehicle, featuring a digital cockpit as standard on all versions and new fuel-efficient powertrains that run on petrol, diesel and compressed natural gas. VW is also working on a new 48-volt mild-hybrid version, as well as a plug-in hybrid with 50 miles (80km) of EV range.
Back in May, Diess said that the new Golf would be presented to the global motoring press in October. It was initially reported that the model would make its static world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but the company opted not to in order to focus on the reveal of the battery electric ID.3 hatchback.