German automaker Volkswagen has announced it ended production efforts of the widely-popular Golf hatchback, opening the door for the all-electric ID series in the U.S.
“Over four decades, the Golf has delivered a great value to American drivers,” said Senior Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy for Volkswagen of America Hein Schafer. “It exemplified what Volkswagen does best—melding dynamic driving characteristics with purposeful packaging and unmatched quality. While the seventh-generation Golf will be the last of the base hatches sold here, the GTI and Golf R will carry its legacy forward.”
The production of U.S.-sold Golf models takes place in Puebla, Mexico. After the halt, Volkswagen will be able to focus on the new era of transportation that has been brought in by Chairman of the Board Herbert Diess, who has pushed for the automaker to transition to electrified models.
The Golf, in many ways, was a versatile car. While its hatchback design allowed for a sleek vehicle with unmatched cargo space for its exterior size, it fit the bill for petrol heads who sought performance and customization. However, it also was great for a family vehicle, as its cargo space was ideal for grocery-getting and hauling children around.
Because of this, Volkswagen will not be getting rid of the “Golf style;” it is simply moving the focus to the all-electric version of a similar vehicle with the ID.3 and ID.4.
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