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Volkswagen launches Golf 8 GTI in SA

Volkswagen Group will launch Golf GTI eighth generation in South Africa as of the fourth quarter of 2021.

Volkswagen Passenger Brand Head, Steffen Knapp said the Group is stockpiling the units to make sure enough vehicles available for the launch.

“We are working closely with our German counterpart to make sure we get as many G8 GTI units for the local market as possible. A few Golf 8 GTI units started arriving in the country from mid-April. We are stockpiling enough vehicles for the launch, said Knapp.

Knapp said plans for the Golf 8 GTI launch include a digital South African premier and countrywide customer event.

“Because of the impact of the semiconductor chips global shortage, affecting vehicles built on the MQB platform, the South African Golf 8 GTI launch will now move to the fourth quarter,” said Knapp.

South Africa is one of the biggest Golf GTI markets outside Europe which sold over 14 000 Golf 7 2013.

Knapp said the events will allow enthusiasts among the first to experience the new Golf GTI, at the expected vehicle launch this year.

The Golf was also the best-selling model range in the A Hatch segment in South Africa last year with a 29.1% segment share.

Customers who need information on launch plans can visit the Volkswagen website: New golf GTI KMI (

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