VW Announces end of the line for the standard everyday Golf in the U.S. market. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Jan. 20, 2021 Earlier today, VW announced that Golf production for the U.S. market was axed last week. VW expects that the model year 2021 Golf models built at the Puebla, Mexico plant will sustain sales of the affordable, European-designed hatchback through year end. The Golf family name will carry on in model year 2022 with the introduction of the all-new 8th gen Golf GTI and Golf R this Fall. Almost 2.5 million Golfs have been sold in the U.S. since 1974 with the current 7th gen Golf was named North American Car of the Year when it debuted in the 2015 model year. The 2021 Golf TSI incorporates the somewhat powerful 147 hp and 184 lb-ft. of torque turbocharged 1.4L mated to either a 6-speed MT or 8-speed AT while rated at 29/39/33 and 29/36/32 (city/highway/combined) respectively. The Golf TSI features LED DRLs and taillights, and auto headlamps w/ rain-sensing wipers, heated washer nozzles, and 16” alloys. A proximity key w/ push button start and a panoramic tilt-and-slide sunroof round out the exterior. Inside, a vinyl wrapped wheel and seating surfaces plus heated front seats are standard. Volkswagen Car-Net and App-Connect keep are also standard. Standard driver assistance features include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Pricing for the 2021 VW Golf with the 6-speed MT starts at $23,195. The 8-speed AT starts at $23,995, both with a D&H charge of $995. Here is a never before published result of an internal drive of the 83-mile rated range 2016 VW eGolf in an attempt to cross Death Valley back in August of 2016… The eGolf could have traveled another 80 plus miles before its SoC was completely depleted! 83-mile Range 2016 VW eGolf in Death Valley 139.5 actual miles traveled while consuming just 60 percent of the onboard SoC -- 10.4 mi/kWh. The U.S. Golf History 1st Gen Golf (1975-1984) -- First sold in December 1974 as “Rabbit” in the U.S., it included a 70 hp 1.5L I4. The GTI was introduced in 1983 with a 90 hp 1.8L 2nd Gen Golf (1985-1992) -- Sold as the “Golf” in the U.S. It was 7 in longer, 3 in longer wheelbase, and 2 in in width. The standard engine was a revised 85 hp 1.8L while the GTI received a 131 hp 2.0L. The catalytic converter, ABS, and power steering made their debut in this gen. 3rd Gen Golf (1993-1999) -- The base powertrain is a 115 hp 2.0L I4 while the GT moved to a 172 hp 2.8L V6. Front and side airbags made their debut, and cruise control was offered for the first time with the V6. 4th Gen Golf (1999.5-2005) -- All-new design with flatter windshield, and roofline carried further back with steeper rear window. Electronic stability control and side curtain airbags made their debut. A 1.8T engine was introduced for GTI with the 240 hp R32 mated to a 6-speed MT was introduced in 2004 including a Golf first, 4MOTION AWD. 5th Gen Golf (2006-2009) -- New multi-link rear suspension and rain-sensing wipers were introduced. It was sold as the “Rabbit” in the US. The first DSG dual-clutch AT debuts as an option for GTI and the standard transmission for R32. Bi-Xenon headlamps were introduced on both models. The base engine is 150 hp 2.5L whereas the GTI moves to 200 hp turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0L I4. The R32 was reintroduced for 2008 with 250 hp. 6th Gen (2010-2014) -- “Golf” name returns for the U.S. w/ a 170 hp, 2.5L I4 standard. The Golf R was introduced for 2012, with the VR6 engine replaced by a turbocharged and direct-injected 256 hp 2.0L I4. 7th Gen (2015-2021) -- Built upon the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, it grew in size yet mass was reduced. The base 170 hp 1.8L TSI I4 replaced the 2.5L while gaining 6 mpg highway. This engine was later replaced by the 1.4L TSI engine in 2019. The GTI and Golf R are powered by new 2.0L TSIs with up to 228 hp for GTI and up to 288 hp for Golf R. Available driver-assistance technology includes Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Park Distance Control. 2015 VW Golf TDI Guinness World Records fell like rain from the sky while behind the wheel despite its illegal on-the-road emissions profile. The Golf will always be known for its go-cart like throwability yet practical every day transportation thanks to its superior suspension tuning and hatch design. While VW will never again mention the TDI, with it, the Golf not only set efficiency Guinness World Records, all that torque available just above idle made it a joy to drive. At least the performance enthusiasts will get their fill of this fun to drive do anything platform as an 8th gen GTI and R in the 2022 MY. I for one will miss this go anywhere, do anything world class C-segment.