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The first Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI lands in SA 

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The first Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI lands in SA 

After much anticipation, the first Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI has landed in South Africa. Of course, Volkswagen South Africa is just giving us a slight taste of what to expect as they have announced that the eighth-generation Golf GTI will be officially launched in the third quarter of this year.  

Steffen Knapp, Head of the Volkswagen Passenger Car Brand says “The Volkswagen Group has been impacted by the global shortage of the semiconductor chips and all vehicles built on the MQB platform have been affected. For this reason, the launch of the Golf 8 GTI in South Africa will now move to the third quarter,” 

Knapp further added “We are working closely with our German counterparts to ensure that we get as many Golf 8 GTI units for the local market as possible. A few Golf 8 GTI units started arriving in the country from mid-April. These units will be stockpiled until we have enough vehicles for the launch at the beginning of the third quarter,” 

Volkswagen has further announced that a local digital premiere for the Golf 8 GTI will happen too, giving enthusiasts a chance to join in on the exciting experience. It is no secret that South African’s love their Golf GTI’s, with the Golf 7 GTI selling over 14 000 units locally. The Golf is also among the best-selling models in the A Hatch segment making up 29.1% of the market.  

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