According to Khabar Khodro, Volkswagen has halted
deliveries of the latest-generation Golf after a software problem was
unearthed, the company has confirmed.
German media initially reported over the weekend that
deliveries had been stopped. Its sister car, the new Skoda Octavia, is said to
be similarly affected.
Autocar has now obtained a statement from VW’s
headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, confirming the reports.
"In the course of internal investigations, we have
determined that individual Golf 8 vehicles may experience unreliable data
transmission from the software on the control unit or the online connectivity
unit (OCU3). As a result, the full functionality of the eCall/emergency call
assistant cannot be guaranteed.”
This software, mandatory by EU law for every new car
sold since March 2018, can detect when an accident requires the attendance of
the emergency services and contacts them automatically. VW says it has
"immediately stopped delivering the Golf 8” in order to "ensure full
compliance” with the regulation. Autocar is awaiting a statement from Skoda on
The problem, shared between the Octavia and Golf due to
similar systems used, was reportedly noticed during routine checks. It has been
reported that a software update to fix the issue won’t be available until the
third week of June.
Deliveries have been going ahead for the Mk8 Golf in
Germany for a number of weeks, although it’s thought the number was greatly
reducing due to the pandemic restrictions. Similarly, some early UK cars have
Volkswagen claims a recall and remedial software update
is "pending in the next few days”.