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The Golf R and the Golf GTI will nonetheless be round after this 12 months however you’ll be able to say goodbye to the bottom Golf, which is leaving the American marketplace for good. Or no less than till gasoline costs soar and Individuals need good, small, fuel-efficient vehicles once more.

We noticed this coming in 2019, when VW killed the Alltrack and SportWagen here, and later the e-Golf too. Earlier than all of that we had a hint that the bottom Golf can be lifeless sooner or later, too.

That day has come to move.

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America introduced right this moment that the critically-acclaimed Volkswagen Golf ended manufacturing for the U.S. market final week. Volkswagen expects that the mannequin 12 months 2021 Golf fashions constructed on the Puebla, Mexico plant will maintain gross sales of the inexpensive, European-designed hatchback by means of 12 months finish. The Golf household identify will keep on in mannequin 12 months 2022 with the introduction of the all-new Mk eight Golf GTI and Golf R, arriving this Fall.

The Golf has been bought right here since 1974; again then it was referred to as the Rabbit right here and started at $2,995; the handbook model in 2021 begins at $23,195. VW launched an eighth-generation Golf in 2019, however we nonetheless get the seventh-generation Golf right here within the U.S., which can also be have been issues will finish.

The Golf competes with vehicles just like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3, and gross sales right here final 12 months have been really fairly good, all issues contemplating, with VW selling 6,063, or 7.four p.c greater than in 2019. That’s crumbs to an automaker as huge as Volkswagen, nevertheless, and I’m positive the interior justification right here is one thing alongside the traces of: Positive, gross sales are up slightly bit however we don’t make that a lot cash on each anyway, or no less than not as a lot as we do after we promote a Tiguan.

It is also a nod towards the ID.four coming to the States, although to be trustworthy Volkswagen’s technique within the US has confused me for a little while now. That’s as a result of there simply doesn’t appear to be one, although the pandemic additionally threw a wrench in issues, prefer it did for everybody else. Get your base Golf whereas provides final.