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Euro-7 environmental standards will make Volkswagen Golf more expensive by 3-5 thousand euros. This calls into question the feasibility of developing a new generation of the model.
The future of the Volkswagen Golf is a big question – the new generation of the hatchback may not see the world. The leadership of the German concern is seriously considering the possibility of refusing to release its most popular model. This is reported by Die Welt.
The new Volkswagen Golf 9 should arrive in 2027 or 2028. By that time, tougher Euro-7 environmental standards will come into force in the EU, which will force internal combustion engines to be significantly improved.
Due to the new requirements, gasoline cars will rise in price by 3-5 thousand euros, which is especially noticeable for low-cost budget models. But electric cars, on the contrary, will become cheaper and it is possible that they will catch up with their gasoline counterparts in cost.
In such conditions, the development of the Volkswagen Golf 9 may turn out to be unprofitable, especially considering that the life cycle of the model will be shorter, since since 2035, the EU will ban the sale of cars with internal combustion engines.
Of course, you can make the new Volkswagen Golf an electric car, but then you need to radically change the approach to creating a car and build it on a completely different platform. Roughly speaking, you will have to start from scratch, which will significantly increase development costs. The final decision on the fate of the VW Golf has not yet been made – it is promised to be done in the next 12 months.
Volkswagen Golf is the iconic and most popular model of the German brand. Since 1974, about 40 million cars of eight generations have been produced, that is, the Golf has become even more massive than the Volkswagen Beetle. He is also credited as the founder of the C-class automobile, sometimes referred to as the “golf class”.