Schot told the shareholders a similar fate that is likely to await the petrol-driven R8 supercar, according to Automotive News Europe, when the premium brand promotes its plans to offer 30 models with electrified powertrains – including 20 full EVs. "- In 2025," in the medium term, we will have the strongest range of electric models among premium competitors, "said Schot.
Audi is also planning other changes to his lineup.
"The next generation of the Audi A8 may be completely electric. No decision has yet been made, but I can imagine it." Schot said the addition of the flagship successor could be a "brand new concept" .
Meanwhile, US Volkswagen dealers have been told last week that the brand will pair its Golf family offerings, eliminating the Golf SportWagen station wagon as well as versions of the base Golf after current generations. The more expensive Golf R and Golf GTI models will continue to be offered, dealers were told.
However, plans can still be changed. The base Golf is the best-selling car for Volkswagen in Canada, and retailers who may not be willing to give up a popular model. If VW Canada is able to make a successful business case for the Gulf, it will also be offered in the United States. A source of knowledge about the situation said.
Volkswagen's next generation Golf has been spotted in Europe with a much more advanced digital cockpit that looks like the German brand's new high-end sedan, Arteon. However, the eighth generation GTI and R do not reach US shores until the end of 2021
Unlike most of the current Golf lineup built on the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico, Golfs for the United States will be built in Europe after the generation transition. Golf R and e-Golf are currently built in Germany.
"Every automaker is reviewing its product lines right now to see where they can trim," said Autotrader executive analyst Michelle Krebs. "It looks like we're heading for a downturn, and everyone is looking for ways to cut costs and move resources to new technologies too. Everyone does, and especially the Europeans."
In April, US sales of The Compact Golf family were out of 31 percent on 11,468 vehicles. In total sales, SportWagen was 51 percent, while sales of the base Golf were 20 percent. Sales of GTI and lower volume R were also down, but GTI remained the most popular model with 4,799 sales or 42 percent of the total.
In an interview this month with Automobile magazine, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Scott Keogh said that next generation GTI "comes [to the U.S.] and it gets cool as hell."
Christiaan Hetzner contributed to this report.