First Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI arrives in SA

Launch of Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI pushed back to third quarter due to component shortages

Reuben Van Niekerk
Golf 8 GTI
VW Golf 8 GTI

The eighth generation Volkswagen Golf GTI will be launched in South Africa in the third quarter of 2021.


“The Volkswagen group has been impacted by the global shortage of semiconductor chips and all vehicles built on the MQB platform have been affected. For this reason the launch of the Golf 8 GTI in South Africa will now move to the third quarter", said Stefan Knapp, Head of the Volkswagen Passenger Car brand.


“We are working closely with our German counterparts to ensure that we get as many Golf 8 GTI units for the local market as possible. A few Golf 8 GTI units started arriving in the country from mid-April and these units will be stockpiled until we have enough vehicles for the launch at the beginning of the third quarter”, added Knapp.


Launch plans

Volkswagen’s launch plans for the Golf 8 GTI includes a digital South African premiere and countrywide customer events, which will allow enthusiasts to be among the first to experience the new Golf GTI.


The Golf 8 GTI is a highly anticipated launch for Volkswagen this year as South Africa is one of the biggest Golf GTI markets outside of Europe. The Golf 7 GTI sold over 14 000 units since its launch in South Africa in July 2013.


Customers who want to be kept informed on launch plans can visit the Volkswagen website: New golf GTI KMI (