Are they finally on top of their technological issues?
Somewhere in Wolfsburg, one of two things are happening. At the circulation of news that Volkswagen will put the Mk8 Golf into production in September, a group of software engineers are either crying or cheering. The former is if the rumours of bugs in the system were true and remain an issue, and the is if the rumours were true and they fixed them successfully.
There’s weight to the bugs-in-the-code rumour, though. The Mk8 Golf was supposed to be making its grand entrance at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show, but that got cancelled for no official reason. It’s said that it was the technical glitches behind that, but within the company, they’re saying it’s to give the production-ready ID hatchback some breathing room on the stand.
It’s said that the new Golf, according to Automotive News Europe, will set the standard for connectivity and technological innovation. There will be things like a fully-digital cockpit, a large infotainment screen, and even the absence of a key (or rather the option to use your smartphone as a key). A constantly-connected infotainment system is being discussed too, with the potential ability to be a part of the ‘internet-of-things’ for reasons we can’t yet figure out.
This is of course of on top of features like advanced driver assistance systems, and things like the ‘Volkswagen We’ app suite, which are quickly becoming more pedestrian in their appeal.
We’re certainly looking forwards to welcoming the eighth iteration of the breed, which will most certainly seek to maintain the Golf’s near-stranglehold on the shrinking family hatch space. Though if we’re completely honest, our only real concern right now is how the Mk8 Golf GTi will turn out, and just how fast the corresponding Golf R will be. Grr.