But, things are changing at a fast pace and VW may have no choice but to eventually alter its thinking. A ninth-generation Golf is definitely happening, though it’s likely to be a plug-in hybrid only model. Beyond that is where things get hazy.
“If we ever see the speed of transforming from engines to purely battery-electric vehicles is building momentum sustainably, I can see – if we do not need a combustion car anymore – that we can use that badge to sell a battery-electric vehicle. This is years down the road,” he added. As for the GTI’s and R’s future post-ninth-gen model, Zellmer couldn’t provide a direct answer because there really isn’t one right now.