German reports suggest that the Volkswagen Citi Golf ? currently produced only in South Africa ? will end production in the coming months to make way for Uitenhage to concentrate on the new Polo and Jetta production from 2010.
"After nearly 32 years, Citi is clearly nearing the end of its life cycle," the report quotes VWSA boss David Powels.
The '70s Citi is the last of the cult model Golf 1 to be produced, but that production will cease as Uitenhage prepares for production of the latest VW Polo and Jetta from the plant.
"There are a couple more innovations up our sleeve before the legend bows out," a VWSA spokesperson confirmed to Cars in Action Online.
"Which will certainly not be in 2009."
Volkswagen is reported to be investing R3.5-billion in preparing the Uitenhage works in preparation for a new Polo and Jetta export deal and that will require Citi to end production to make way for the new line.
The report also confirmed that VWSA will import the Argentinian-built Robust one-tonne bakkie to the South Africa ? the third biggest pickup truck market in the world.
The report goes on to confirm that one in four new cars sold in SA is a Citi and that a record number of 28000 Citis was sold as recently as 2005. Citi is almost structurally identical to the original Golf 1 built in Germany from 1978 to 1983 and was introduced to the SA market as a low budget option in 1984. It remains on the market today, the report concluded.
Most interesting are the comments from internet surfers who are either amazed with VW's audacity in selling so old a car or saluting the life of a legend?
The report however fails to name a successor to Citi, an aspect we have already pondered.