Report: Golf Launch Delayed Due to Tech Issues

Volkswagen will push back the launch of the Mk8 Golf until 2020. Reports suggest that the delay is down to technical issues with the Golf’s new infotainment system, while VW maintains that this is simply a practical sales decision.

“We think it’s better to come early next year with a full throttle offensive,” Jurgen Stackmann, VW’s sales chief told Automotive News. “It doesn’t have anything to do with production. It’s a sales decision since you don’t try to put cars under the Christmas tree when no one is paying attention.”

A report from German newspaper Bild claims, though, that the delay isn’t simply a choice. The publication claims that the upcoming Golf’s infotainment and glitches within it, are responsible for the delay.

The Golf 8 is reportedly being designed with a fully digital cockpit with new features to compete with crossovers and upmarket compacts like the Mercedes A-Class.

“[The Golf 8] will have more software on board than ever before,” Karlheinz Hell, VW’s compact car head, told Automotive News in January. “It will always be online and its digital cockpit and assistance systems will be the benchmark in terms of connectivity and safety,”

Volkswagen concedes that there have been some technical issues, but denies that these are behind the decision to move the Golf’s release date.

The Golf was scheduled to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September with the ID. Hatch’s debut to come shortly thereafter. Volkswagen will reportedly focus on the I.D. at Frankfurt instead.