VW Golf, Polo, Passat to be culled in all-electric markets

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Words: Josh Revell
15 May 2020

Some of Volkswagen’s most iconic vehicles are set to disappear in markets that only allow sales of EVs, according to Volkswagen’s boss of sales and marketing, Jurgen Stackmann.

With the growing emphasis on sustainable methods of transportation, governments across the world are accessing bans of combustion engine vehicles. The New Zealand Government has considered a ban on these vehicles that could take effect from 2035, while the UK are set to implement their own ban, possibly as early as 2030.

Speaking with Auto Express, Stackmann expressed doubt as to whether the Golf still had a future alongside Volkswagen’s all-electric ID. family. However, he did confirm that a ninth generation of the Golf is expected to be launched, “I am convinced that you will see Golf 9 coming. I think Golf will have a lot of interesting technologies until the boundary of full electric. The fully electric ID goes into the ID family and that decision is of a divide within the family. So, for full electric, we want to have optimised platforms doing just electric and they will be called ID. for the future.”

The current-gen Golf models are expected to be made available with a mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid electrification, while full electrification is reserved for the forthcoming ID. models, starting with the ID.3 due later this year.

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