Volkswagen is once again scaling back its offerings in Canada, eliminating the Golf TSI on the heels of already killing off the SportWagen, Golf Alltrack and e-Golf.
Volkswagen Canada on Wednesday confirmed the eighth-generation Golf TSI will not be for sale here.
“We’d like it, but the U.S. doesn’t want it, and in the current economic climate, we can no longer make the business case to bring the vehicle over solely for the Canadian market,” VW Canada spokesman Thomas Tetzlaff said in an email to Automotive News Canada.
The Golf moved to a 1.4L 4-cylinder TSI turbo-charged gasoline engine last year, but it will not be coming to Canada for the 2022 model year, Tetzlaff said.
Volkswagen Canada has a plan to fill as many 2021 TSI orders as possible before the engine is no longer offered in the Golf in Canada.
“We’ve ordered a tonne of these, as demand remains quite brisk,” Tetzlaff said.
The TSI engine will still be available in the Jetta.
The plan to order extra vehicles similar to what the company did when it ordered excess SportWagens and Alltracks ahead of their demise.
The 2019 model year was the final year for those models. It was also the end of the current-generation Golf R.
“We ordered a tonne of these so as to tide us over through 2020, but inventory is already tight on all of these models,” Tetzlaff said.
The all-new eighth-generation 2022-model-year Golf GTI and Golf R will arrive in 2021, he added.
The GTI will retain its 2-litre engine but the horsepower number has not been released yet.
Model-year 2020 also was the final year for the e-Golf.
“We ordered a tonne of these, too, as it is ‘the end’ of the e-Golf,” Tetzlaff said.
The e-Golf is to be replaced by the ID.4 next spring. It will be the first of the “next generation” of EVs from Volkswagen to come to Canada.
More details will be announced in the weeks and months ahead, said Tetzlaff.