According to an article on the website Motor1.com, the Volkswagen Golf – whose next generation is expected in the fall – would not return to the United States in 2020. The publication learned the sad news at an event in California , while a high placed of the mark would have confirmed the news.This possible cancellation is not surprising in the United States, where SUVs and sedans dominate the roads. The “hatchback” format has never been really popular in the south of 49 th parallel. The SportWagen Golf wagon will not be back either, since this lengthened version of the outdoor car covers is precisely based on the same architecture as the compact. And it is permissible to speculate on the more than uncertain future of the Alltrack Golf, the SportWagen’s plush and highest livery.
In another vein, Volkswagen USA has still indicated that the group sports – the Golf GTI and the Golf R – are meanwhile back in the United States. The manufacturer justifies this decision by the undeniable popularity of these two liveries. In 2018, 48% of Volkswagen Golf sales in the United States wore the GTI or R shield. In other words, the eighth generation Golf will be strictly offered in GTI or R livery, a very interesting new for performance enthusiasts.
This announcement for the US territory also affects the next e-Golf which, in principle, should not be distributed on our continent because of the cancellation of the Golf. And since the Volkswagen ID is not intended for North American commercialization, it will be necessary to wait for the other purely electric models of the brand, presumably a utility vehicle based on the IDCROZZ concept, as well as a van inspired by the ID BUZZ concept, probably as a model 2021.
In short, if we rely on this article, the future of the Volkswagen Golf looks decidedly sportier on this side of the Atlantic. For tighter budgets, the Jetta sedan is likely to be the only short-term option.We had news of the Canadian wing of the manufacturer, via his relationship manager, Thomas Tetzlaff, who simply said that the cancellation of the Golf in the United States was a rumor.
Volkswagen Tarok chat at the New York Motor Show
At the New York Auto Show this week, Volkswagen buys the prototype Basecamp, the latter which originates from an Atlas SUV. However, the presence of another utility vehicle is much talked about on the floor of the New York exhibition: the Volkswagen Tarok. The van was first shown to the automotive press at the Sao Paulo show in Brazil in November 2018.The compact size pickup – so smaller than the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger and Nissan Frontier of this world – is based on the MQB platform, the same as the basis for the latest vehicles in the group. It is therefore a monocoque chassis and not a scale chassis architecture used on traditional vans.
Equipped with a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with direct injection of 1.4-liter displacement, a six-speed automatic transmission and 4MOTION all-wheel drive, this more agile pickup is intended for commercialization in South America where small vans are popular. But the mere fact that the prototype is present at the brand’s booth at the New York Auto Show is fueling rumors of its potential arrival in North America.
After all, Volkswagen has already formalized that it will work with Ford on some common projects in the commercial vehicle niche. However, this prototype Tarok has nothing commercial, since its vocation is more that of a van of leisure.Scott Keogh, the director of operations of the brand in the United States was also interviewed by the website Motor1 for this purpose during a round table during the day reserved for the automotive press. The latter did not hesitate to say that the presence of the Tarok pickup truck in New York was only a test to see the enthusiasm of American consumers for this type of vehicle.
The main interested party also spoke of differentiation in the US market, attesting that the Tarok could interest an audience that does not necessarily have the means to pay for an intermediate pickup truck, the price of these vehicles that has climbed over the years.For now, the Tarok in North American soil is only an idea, but if the reaction of the public is positive, it should not be surprising to see it appear at home within a year or two.
Volkswagen wants even more EV
The Volkswagen Group has been making a lot of noise over the past few months with its strategy of electrifying its range of vehicles over the next decade. Already, the German giant had announced the arrival on the market of about fifty electric models – and more than 15 million units – by 2025.
Well, this figure has just jumped to more than 22 million electric vehicles, thanks to the introduction of about 70 new electric models by 2028. Of course, these new models will not carry all the Volkswagen crest, the group who will disperse these through its multiple brands (Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Seat, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Skoda). Although the deadline has been extended to 2028, it is still an ambitious goal.
Speaking of the target date, Volkswagen also intends to respect the agreements of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by becoming carbon dioxide neutral by 2050, the same year covered by the agreement. The manufacturer intends, as a first step, to reduce by 30% its emissions by 2025 compared to those recorded in 2015.
At the time of writing, Volkswagen’s electric presence on our roads is still timid, with the Volkswagen e-Golf as the sole representative. The good news is that within two years, this offer will be enhanced with the arrival of several e-tron models at Audi, a few others at Porsche, not to mention the ID range at Volkswagen, and we are talking about only from the North American continent here. Moreover, the group’s management also indicated that the number of pure electric vehicles would constitute at least 40% of the fleet by 2030.Most affordable models will be based on the SEM platform, which should accelerate the development of variants. What’s more, the group even intends to offer other manufacturers this platform designed to accommodate an electric motor.The scandal of TDI engines is still fresh in the memory of consumers, but we can at least find something positive in this darker episode of modern automotive history: Volkswagen wants to become a leader in the electric automobile in the short, medium and long term.