A report out of Germany claims Volkswagen has halted deliveries of its new Golf 8 in Europe thanks to a fresh software glitch.

According to German publication Der Spiegel, the technical problem – which was picked up during “routine checks” – involves the online connectivity unit and the emergency call function built into the vehicle.

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”.

Der Spiegel says VW will likely have a software fix ready only in the third week of June 2020. However, the publication says the Wolfsburg-based brand will continue building the Golf 8 and simply store rather than deliver the vehicles. A recall for Golf 8 units already delivered across Europe since its sales launch in December 2019 could be on the cards, too.

The new Golf 8 is expected to debut in South Africa in GTI guise late in 2020, although thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic we suspect its local launch could be pushed into early 2021...