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Why the Volkswagen Golf will disappear after almost fifty years

The eighth generation of the Volkswagen Golf will receive an interim update next year. Whether there will be a ninth generation is anything but certain, Volkswagen admits. It would not be profitable to develop a new Golf.

The news comes from the German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag, in which Volkswagen CEO Thomas Schäfer says he does not know anything about the next generation Golf. “We’ll know more in twelve months.” Volkswagen makes the future of the Golf dependent on the upcoming Euro 7 emissions standard, which is said to be very strict and will cause even further development costs for car manufacturers.

Volkswagen Golf would become much more expensive due to Euro 7

The problem for Volkswagen – and for other brands – is that it pays less and less to market affordable models. Due to the Euro 7 standard, a car would have to be between 3000 and 5000 euros more expensive to recoup the development costs. With a model like the Volkswagen Golf, that would mean a significant increase in the sales price. And that of course does not benefit the sales figures …

Does it pay to come up with a new Golf at all?

One possibility would be to have the Golf 9 not meet Euro 7, but Euro 6. But Schäfer has his doubts about that. “We have to calculate whether it pays to develop a new vehicle that will not last the full seven or eight years.” Because at the moment that Euro 7 comes into effect (2025), a Euro 6 Golf should no longer be sold.

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