• AVIS was the first customer to take delivery of the Golf 8 GTI in South Africa.
• The VW Golf 8 GTI went on sale locally on Wednesday, 1 September.
• More than 1 000 customers have shown interest in the GTI since pre-orders went live on 19 July 2021.
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Not long after its local launch, the first Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI has already found its new home.
The performance hatch officially went on sale across the country on 1 September, with car rental company, Avis, becoming the first customer to take delivery.
The German brand has a long-standing partnership with Avis that dates back all the way to 1971. Over 7 000 units are sold to the rental company each year.
Steffen Knapp, head of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand, says: "Part of our success as a brand is attributed to sales to the rental industry. Volkswagen has the highest passenger car share of the rental market, which is 34%. AVIS remains a key strategic partner for the Volkswagen brand because it accounts for 50% of our rental channel sales."
Start of the success
All signs point to the GTI once again putting down substantial numbers. As a precursor, more than 1 000 customers have shown interest in the GTI since pre-orders went live on 19 July 2021.
For those not in the know, the GTI makes use of a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that sends 180kW and 370Nm to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 0-100km/h sprint is cleared in 6.4 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
Pricing for the hot hatch starts from R 669 300.