Expectations generated by future generation of Volkswagen Golf is proportional to its importance: it is one of the world's reference media (in 2018 it was the best-selling model in Europe). That's why he was surprised at his global launch postponed for February 2020.
Now the reason was officially known: the brand is resolved software problems. It is that the eighth edition of the Golf will update it online, and it does it potentially vulnerable to hacker attacks.
So he held it Euergen StackmanVolkswagen Brand Manager ahead of the Automotive News car: "We have never hidden the fact that software, an area of exceptional importance for future products, is a serious challenge for us. they are under great pressure"
Golf will update the software wirelessly, which implies risk. "Due to its online car connection it is no longer a closed ecosystem"He explained. With these tools," hackers "can access the nerve center of the car.
The executive also likened it with smartphone: "One customer may get upset if their smartphone does not work, but the next day they debug it, a car is different if something goes wrong, it can be critical, so the security requirements are much higher. "
On the other hand, he addressed the problem with homologation, because when updating the software "the content is added". Therefore, he confirmed that "we work together with the approval agencies as well." it's something new to them. "
The original plan was to present the Golf in Frankfurt Salon, which will open its doors in September. However, it was preprogrammed end of February next year. Logically, when problems are solved.
The German magazine Der Spiegel confirmed that, in order to change plans, this year's Wolfburgo plant will be produced 10,000 units from the new Golf 8, against 80 000 originally designed.