The ID.3 (1) was just recently introduced. Is the Golf still needed?
I’m sure we’ll continue its success story. With its economical and clean power units, it will remain the first choice for many customers. The Golf 8 will also continue to develop in terms of electrification. For example, we will offer all automatic vehicles with TSI power units as eTSI and expand the E-Hybrid range to include two alternatives. We are thus making an important contribution on the road to CO2-neutral mobility.
How do you rate the project as a whole?
I’m very pleased. Within the model series, we have analyzed customer needs and eliminated less popular variants, such as the 3-door version. This enabled us to reduce the number of variants by 35 percent compared to the Golf 7. At the same time, we added new functions. We have also increased productivity: The capacities from Zwickau, Germany and Puebla, Mexico will be merged at the Wolfsburg parent plant. This will improve capacity utilization and also reduce costs.
How are the preparations for the market launch going?
We’re on schedule. The Golf celebrates its market launch in Germany at the end of the year. Customers can then configure their individual vehicle. The sporty GTx and R models will follow next year, this gradual phasing-in is normal.
(1) The vehicle is not yet offered for sale