The Volkswagen Golf has once again proved to be a hit with buyers in Europe and Germany last year. The Mk8 VW Golf retains its crown as the best-selling car not just in Europe - where 312,000 units were delivered, but also in its home ground in Germany - delivering 133,900 units. These numbers are across all Golf variants.
According to Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, whilst the Mk8 VW Golf had its launch interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, sales really gathered momentum in the 2nd half of 2020. So much so, that of the 312,000 Golf models delivered in Europe, around 179,000 hit the streets in the second half of the year alone.
"In particular, the availability of all of the important model derivatives, such as the Golf GTI, Golf GTD and Golf GTE, gave the Golf a second wind in the third quarter,” Brandstätter continued. The Hybrid model proved to be popular as well, as by the end of the year, every 1 in 3 Golfs that were sold in Europe was a Hybrid model.
This is hardly a surpise to me, as the VW Golf has been a perennial favourite of mine, with good reason. It is the Swiss Army knife of hatchbacks. We're waiting with bated breath for the launch of the Mk8 VW Golf in Malaysia, which will include a locally-assembled Golf GTI for the first time. Exciting? You bet!