After a rough start to the year as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Volkswagen Golf managed to pick up its pace and moved back to the top of the leaderboard as Europe’s best-selling car.

The all-new eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf managed to sell approximately 312,000 units in Europe last year, with approximately 134,000 of which going to Germany alone. In fact, the top three best-selling cars in Germany were all VW models, with the Tiguan and Passat taking second and third place respectively.

“With the Golf 8 we are seamlessly continuing the success story of its previous generations. The car is continuing to set technical standards in many dimensions. After the outbreak of the coronavirus in spring interrupted the market launch that had just started, the Golf had a lot of catching up to do in the second half of the year,” said Volkswagen Passenger Cars CEO Ralf Brandstätter.

Brandstätter also attributed the strong performance in the second half to the introduction of new “important model derivatives”, in particular the Golf GTI, GTD, and GTE, all three debuting in February last year. The increase in demand for electrified models also helped push the Golf to the top of the rankings; Volkswagen said that approximately one in three VW Golfs sold in Europe in 2020 was a hybrid!

“I would like to thank all of the customers who have given us their trust,” added Brandstätter. “But my gratitude also goes to our entire team that have done an excellent job during the difficult conditions of the coronavirus crisis.”

The Volkswagen Golf Mk.8 was launched in October 2019, with a mostly evolutionary exterior update, but paired to a completely revamped interior with an increased focus on technology and infotainment, and advanced safety systems.

Word on the grapevine is that the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is due for a launch here in Malaysia soon, with the model being locally-assembled by Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia’s assembly plant in Pekan, Pahang!

Do you think that the Volkswagen Golf will enjoy the same reception on this side of the globe as it did in Europe? Let us know in the comments below!


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