Der neue Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

When the revised Volkswagen Golf makes its debut in November, the famed nameplate will be offered in fewer variants. The Mk7 Golf is currently offered in hatchback, estate, convertible, Alltrack and SV bodystyles; however this lineup is set to be streamlined to reduce cost and complexity, according to Autocar.

The move was hinted at through a recent decision to stop selling the convertible in the United Kingdom, one of the markets where open-topped cars have been more popular. Instead, the company will put greater emphasis on crossovers.

“We need to simplify the product offering of the next Golf and have fewer variants, because we have got to get more cost-effectiveness into our company. We need to be more agile and more innovative, and this is one example,” said chairman Herbert Diess.

Volkswagen Golf Mk7 Cabriolet

Rendering of a potential Mk7 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

Diess is said to believe that the MQB architecture which underpins the Golf range has been over-engineered for the price points the products are positioned at, and is said to have pushed engineers to reduce related expenses. Alongside costs reductions, Diess is also pushing for greater margins due to concerns that the company’s £1.5 billion (RM7.66 billion) investment in the new MEB platform – on which the I.D. concept sits – will further strain the company’s profitability.

There’s another challenge for Diess, in the form of the workforce behind the Golf. “One of the biggest hurdles we still have to take is a new deal with the unions. I am looking for higher productivity and to restructure the value chain to focus on new technology. We are talking, and I hope we can have an agreed plan to have a fix in place by 2020,” he said.