The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and Golf Allatrack may be gone for the 2020 model year in the United States, but that won’t be the case for the European market. The new eight generation Golf, which will debut next month, will receive a long roof version sometime in the very near feature, Volkswagen has just confirmed.
A report from exactly a year ago indicated Volkswagen could discontinue the Golf Wagon when the MK8 generation arrives. Back then, we were pretty skeptical that this was correct information and now it turns out we were not wrong. The Golf Wagon will live on.
In an otherwise boring press release (attached at the end of this page) speaking about a meeting between the employees of VW’s Wolfsburg plant and company's executives, VW briefly mentions “the entire production of the Golf Variant will be relocated to the main plant here in Wolfsburg.” The current Golf Variant is produced in Zwickau, Germany.
For us wagon lovers, that’s definitely good news. Golf customers in Europe will basically be able to buy a brand new Golf Wagon next year when we expect to see the more practical variant of the Golf MK8. In North America, however, it will be a different story, at least for the 2020 model year.
In the United States, the new Golf will arrive only in GTI and R flavors, which won’t debut for at least a year or so from now. In Canada, you’ll be able to buy a new Golf Wagon but it won’t be the MK8. Instead, the local subsidiary of the German manufacturer will shift 2019 models and there’s no decision on the 2020 wagons yet.
The company and the Works Council thanked the workforce for their commitment in the past months at the works meeting held today (Wednesday) at the main plant in Wolfsburg. At the meeting, Gunnar Kilian, Board Member for Human Resources, and Bernd Osterloh, Group and General Works Council Chairman, also announced a major event at the plant: Tens of thousands are expected to visit the factory in Wolfsburg on the family day to be held on June 20, 2020. Employees are invited to bring their families along. The new Golf01 will be one of the attractions at the family day.
Speaking to over 10,000 employees in Hall 11, Gunnar Kilian said: “Sales revenue and result at the Group and brand showed very solid development in the first half of the year, and we are therefore confirming our targets for the full year in 2019.” Referring to the indictments brought by the Brunswick public prosecutor’s office under proceedings relating to Germany’s Securities Trading Act, Kilian underscored that the company and the executives complied with all obligations to inform the capital market and that the accusations are unfounded. Kilian went on to say: “We have opened a new chapter in automotive history with the ID.301. And we will soon be presenting our next bestselling model, the new Golf, here in Wolfsburg. All of these achievements are the result of a strong team performance. On behalf of the Board of Management, I would like to say a big thank you to every single Volkswagen employee.”