Tags More about 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review • 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI: The daily-driver hot hatch 1 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… More From Roadshow Share your voice 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Comment Volkswagen Originally, it was believed that Volkswagen would introduce the eighth generation of its venerable Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Now, it appears that won’t be the case, as delays have beset VW’s compact car.Software issues have pushed back the unveiling of the eighth-generation VW Golf, Automotive News Europe reports, citing an interview with board member Jürgen Stackmann at the Shanghai Motor Show. “We’ve never hid the fact that software, an area of extreme importance for products in the future, is a serious challenge for us,” Stackmann told ANE. “We have our homework ahead of us, and the teams are under heavy pressure.”Specifically, ANE’s report highlights one area where it’s taking some time to get the software right — over-the-air (OTA) updates. This new kind of vehicle update allows an automaker to beam patches and possibly even new features directly to a vehicle, instead of requiring it to return to the dealer for a physical update. Stackmann specifically pointed to OTA security and homologation requirements in various markets when ANE asked about specific instances causing the delay.Enlarge ImageIt’s not the newest compact on the block, but the seventh-generation Golf is still a compelling buy in the US, offering solid build quality on a platform that’s rewarding to drive. Volkswagen “You’re adding content to a vehicle afterwards, and this is an area where we are working together with the type approval agencies to define these processes. It is new for them as well,” Stackmann told ANE.The issues will allegedly affect the beginning of the eighth-gen Golf’s production, too. Germany’s Der Spiegel reported earlier this month that, instead of building 80,000 Golfs this year as planned, VW will build about 10,000. VW confirmed this move to Der Spiegel, but nevertheless, the automaker remains on target to have the cars on sale in Germany on or around Feb. 24 of next year, with the rest of Europe to follow. The US generally receives a new Golf about a year after the Europeans do, so hopefully VW hammers out all those bumps well ahead of its stateside debut.In lieu of a new Golf to display in Frankfurt, Volkswagen will instead reveal the production version of the ID electric hatchback, which ANE first reported this March. The ID hatch, which might be called the ID Neo, will be Europe’s first foray into Volkswagen’s new all-electric lineup. In the US, that honor will go to the ID Crozz crossover. Hatchbacks Future Cars
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Mohammad Shami could be seen here playing PUBGTwitter/BCCIThe Indian team is off to England with the aim of becoming World Champions for the third time. The 15-man squad took the flight to the host nation late last night. With all of them dressed smartly in formal attire at the airport, the group of players tasked with bringing the trophy home seemed to be in good mood.Key members of the squad, including MS Dhoni, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal, were seen trying their hand at a rather violent sport that has taken the world by storm. No, it’s not any of those barbaric duels from Game of Thrones but the cyber game of PUBG. Yuzvendra Chahal is also trying his hand at PUBGTwitter/BCCIWhile Shami had a large iPad on which he was shooting down rivals, Chahal was engaged in the same activity on his smartphone. Other players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were also busy with their gadgets, though we don’t know whether they were also engrossed by the same pastime or something else. Mohammad Shami wasn’t a certainty in the Indian squad until his brilliant performance against New Zealand earlier this year made him a strong contender for the role of the third seamer in the playing XI. Chahal, on the other hand, had been overshadowed by his wrist spin-bowling partner Kuldeep Yadav before pushing himself back in the spotlight with some impressive performances against Australia. Other members of the Indian squadTwitter/BCCIThe Indian team start their campaign to regain the trophy they last won in 2011 on June 5 against South Africa. Prior to the event though, the Virat Kohli-led side will play two practice matches – first one against New Zealand on May 25 and the other vs Bangladesh on May 28. Whatever may have been the result of this cyber warfare, let’s hope that the team can implement the same ruthlessness and fighting spirit on the field that they must have showed while combating their virtual enemies. If they do, the cup may well return to Indian shores.