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2020 Volkswagen Golf: 48V tech unmasked in Vienna

Volkswagen has continued the drip-feed of information about the 2020 Mk8 Golf, revealing details about the car's 48V mild-hybrid powertrains. Initially, the mHEV (that'd be mild hybrid electric vehicle) system will be mated with a 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines and a DSG, but Volkswagen says the tech will eventually spread to "the entire fleet", and claims it's good for a 0...

2020 Volkswagen Golf cabin snapped

The hotly-anticipated 2020 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf has been snapped during testing, revealing its high-tech new interior design. Set to launch later this year (or early next), the Golf will wade into battle with a variation of the dual-screen infotainment system debuted in the Touareg...

Volkswagen Golf to be dropped in the US - report

Volkswagen USA looks set to drop standard versions of the Golf hatchback when the eighth-generation model goes into production, according to a new report out of North America. Motor 1 says it has "learned some eye-opening news" from a "high-ranking Volkswagen employee", who reportedly told the publication non-performance versions of the compact hatch and wagon won't be available in the next generation, with only the GTI and R hot hatch variants to soldier on...

Volkswagen Golf-based SUV mule spied

A prototype based on the current-generation Volkswagen Golf has been spotted near the Nurburgring this week, having previously been snapped during winter testing in Sweden. What's interesting is that this appears to be an early development mule for a crossover model, given the extended wheel arches hiding wider tracks front and rear, jacked-up suspension, and a modified rear...

Volkswagen EOFY drive-away deals announced

Volkswagen Australia has announced a slew of end-of-financial-year sales across the range, with the Golf and Amarok getting the most attention. Until June 30, buyers can nab drive-away pricing for the entire Golf range, with the Trendline starting at $24,990 drive-away, the Comfortline at $29,990 drive-away, the Highline at $36,990 drive-away, and finally the GTI hot hatch at $48,990 drive-away...

2020 Volkswagen Golf production to start this year - report

When will the hotly-anticipated Mk8 Volkswagen Golf launch? Jurgen Stackmann, head of the brand, last week said it would be in February 2020, but a new report quoting "multiple company sources" has suggested the new hatch could surface this October. Hmm. The latest report comes from Automotive News Europe, the same outlet responsible for the original Stackmann interview...

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR here in October

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed some initial details for the upcoming Golf GTI TCR, including its scheduled arrival in October. Just 300 units will be headed Down Under, which is the "biggest allocation internationally", according to Volkswagen's local communications boss, Paul Pottinger. Final pricing "will be announced shortly", as will specification...

Volkswagen Golf global launch delayed until late February 2020

Jürgen Stackmann, head of the Volkswgen brand, has confirmed to Automotive News Europe the new Golf will have its global launch on the week beginning February 24, 2020. Stackmann also confirmed earlier reports the Mark VIII Golf was delayed due to bugs in its software, with the brand chief nominating the new over-the-air system update system as the primary cause...

CarAdvice podcast 147: From Holland to Australia in a Golf EV

On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey – check out our new CarAdvice beanies below! In car news, Great Wall has confirmed it's building an electric ute, Nissan has added a five-year warranty, Labor has set an 'ambitious' 50% EV sales target for 2030, and the 2020 Ford Kuga and Escape have been revealed...

Volkswagen Golf Mk8 launching Q3 2020 in Oz

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it's still expecting the eighth-generation Golf range during the third quarter of 2020, following reports out of Europe its launch will be delayed due to 'technical glitches'. Speaking with CarAdvice, Paul Pottinger, communications boss for Volkswagen Australia, said regardless of the reported delays, the local arm should launch the next-gen Golf between June and August next year...

2018-19 Volkswagen Golf recalled

Volkswagen Australia has recalled the 2018-19 Golf, over concerns about the rear seat bench. According to the company, the welded connection of the rear-seat bench might not be correctly connected. In an accident, there's a risk the rear seat headrest won't be fully effective, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant...