Volkswagen is ramping up to release the much-anticipated VW Golf 8 GTI in the coming months. The company says that while the wanted to release the vehicle earlier, the ongoing semiconductor shortages gripping multiple industries has delayed the rollout. These shortages have affected so many aspects of the world including the gaming industry which has suffered from low stock volumes of the PS5, Xbox Series X/S and the RTX 30-series GPUs.
The shortage has affected all vehicles built on the MQB platforms and that includes the VW Golf 8 GTI. According to Volkswagen, the first batch of the vehicle arrived in South Africa in the past few days with more expected over the next few weeks. However, the launch for the VW Golf 8 GTI won’t take place until the third quarter of 2021. Volkswagen wants to stockpile the units and prepare for a nationwide rollout of the vehicle.
The company says that they are working with their German counterparts to ensure the South African market gets as many VW Golf 8 GTI units as possible.
“The Volkswagen Group has been impacted by the global shortage of the semiconductor chips and all vehicles built on the MQB platform have been affected. For this reason, the launch of the Golf 8 GTI in South Africa will now move to the third quarter.
“We are working closely with our German counterparts to ensure that we get as many Golf 8 GTI units for the local market as possible. A few Golf 8 GTI units started arriving in the country from mid-April. These units will be stockpiled until we have enough vehicles for the launch at the beginning of the third quarter.”
Volkswagen are planning a handful of marketing campaigns for the launch of the VW Golf 8 GTI including digital and customer experiences. These events will see enthusiasts become some of the first South Africans to experience the new vehicle.
The new VW Golf 8 GTI is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The vehicle makes 180kW and a torque of 370Nm. This means it can go from 0-100Km/h in just 6.4 seconds.
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