Earlier in May 2020, a report out of Germany claimed Volkswagen halted deliveries of its new Golf 8 in Europe thanks to a fresh software glitch. Now VW has confirmed the news.
In a press statement, the Wolfsburg-based firm said there would be a “temporary delay” in deliveries of the Golf 8.
“In the course of internal investigations, we have determined that individual Golf 8 vehicles may experience unreliable data transmission from the software on the control unit of the online connectivity unit (OCU3),” VW said.
“As a result, the full functionality of the eCall/emergency call assistant cannot be guaranteed. According to the EU regulation, new models must have an appropriate emergency call device since March 31, 2018. We have therefore responded to ensure full compliance with this regulation,” the statement explained.
“Accordingly, Volkswagen immediately stopped delivering the Golf 8. In an exchange with the responsible authorities, we review the further procedure for the affected vehicles – in particular, a decision regarding a recall and a remedial action via software update by the Federal Motor Transport Authority in Germany is pending in the next few days,” it added.
Ahead of the eighth-generation Golf’s reveal in October 2019, VW was battling with bugs related to the new model’s advanced digital features. Indeed, Jürgen Stackmann, who heads up sales, marketing and after sales at VW’s passenger vehicle brand, at the time described the software problems as a “serious challenge”.
The new Golf 8 is expected to debut in South Africa in GTI guise late in 2020, although thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic (and perhaps the software issues outlined above) the local launch has been pushed into early 2021…