Sales of two-door hatchbacks have collapsed over the past few years.Volkswagen has axed the two-door versions of the Golf and the GTI for the 2017 model year."The trend is clearly shifting toward four-door models," said Volkswagen of America's marketing chief, Hendrik Muth, in a recent interview with Car & Driver.
The decision to go four-door-only is hardly a surprising one. Sales of two-door hatchbacks have collapsed over the past few years, both in Europe and in the United States. Across the pond, rivals Peugeot, Renault, Citroën, and Ford have recently come to the same conclusion.
Eliminating the two-door Golf will also help Volkswagen save money by becoming a more streamlined company. The move might not sit well with purists, however, because the original GTI was available exclusively as a two-door model when it debuted in 1976.
The Golf isn't the only Volkswagen product that's losing its two-door variant. An earlier report all but confirms the next-generation Polo will exclusively be offered with four doors, and Car & Driver points out that Audi boss Rupert Stadler has openly questioned the future of the two-door variants of both the A1 and the A3. The convertible version of the A3 is allegedly facing extinction for the same reason.
A Volkswagen spokesman told Leftlane News that the two-door versions of the Golf and the GTI will carry on in Europe for the time being.
Note: Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S pictured.