Roughly a year and a half from now, the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf will begin production, the automaker announced at the Golf 8 Supplier Summit. Yes, the Volkswagen Golf is such a big deal in other parts of the world that it has its own supplier summit.
VW says the Golf 8 will begin production in 75 weeks, which works out to late June 2019. The main plant at VW’s Wolfsburg facility will remain the flagship site for Golf production, but the compact will continue to be produced elsewhere in the world.
Volkswagen will invest €1.8 billion (roughly $2.2 billion) in the next-gen Golf family, and much of that will likely go toward upgrades and retooling for the Wolfsburg plant, Europe’s largest car factory.
Volkswagen says 120 suppliers were in attendance, and the automaker will now work with the selected parts makers to streamline the start of Golf production. Of those suppliers, 80 percent are already making parts for the current Golf.
It’s not clear if the other 20 percent will replace existing suppliers that just didn’t make the cut or will produce completely new components for the Golf line. As we previously reported, the next-gen Golf is said to receive a 48-volt electrical system and mild hybrid setup to boost performance and fuel economy.
VW will also reportedly improve the MQB platform with more lightweight materials to reduce weight by roughly 110 pounds.
“Together with the I.D. family, the introduction of the upcoming Golf generation will be the most strategically important product launch for the brand,” said Volkswagen board member for procurement Ralf Brandstätter, in a release.
The I.D. family of all-electric cars is set to launch the same year as the new Golf in 2019, starting with the I.D. hatchback and followed by a crossover based on the I.D. Crozz concept in 2020 and the retro I.D. Buzz microbus tribute in 2022.
Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport-concept pictured above and Seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf pictured below.