Volkswagen New Zealand has announced that the all-new Volkswagen Golf 8 and the all-new Golf GTI will be ready for New Zealand drivers by March 2021.

The Golf remains the flagship model for Volkswagen, and General Manager of Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles, Greg Leet, says there has already been a lot of interest. “At the very heart of our brand, the Golf has become a beloved icon across the generations. Now
in its eighth cycle, it continues its class-leading status by bringing progress and new technology to the hatch segment.

It represents the greatest leap forward since the model launched over 45 years ago, and we know our customers are excited with a large number pre-registering their interest ” says Leet.

The all-new Golf has been digitally remastered for its final generation, creating a level in which all of the functional displays and controls have become digital. Starting with the new 10.25” Active Info Display ‘Pro and MIB-3 infotainment system. And on the R-Line trim, the Discover Media infotainment system also features Wireless App-Connect and a new Head-up Display.

VW NZ says that advanced functionality is also evident in the centre console, which is now clearer and more efficient than ever before with the all-new shift-by-wire gear knob for the 8-speed automatic gearbox.

The design, whilst still unmistakeably Golf looks sleeker on the outside with a leaner front grille and imposing lower-profile bumper. LED head and rear taillights are now standard across the range, giving the Golf a striking presence on the road.

For performance purists, the impressive all-new Volkswagen Golf GTI will also be available with more power than ever before. The new Golf R is also planned for New Zealand and is expected to arrive towards the end of 2021.

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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm also an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.

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