VW’s iconic small car is set to move into its eighth generation 45 years after the original Golf was released. The Golf has been around since 1974 and VW has sold no less than 35 million cars spanning seven generations. The manufacturer has recently announced that the next chapter in the compact car’s history will begin in June 2019. At the “Golf 8 Supplier Summit”, 180 of VW’s most important component suppliers met to establish a plan for the next series of Golf. The Summit was held at VW’s HQ in Wolfsburg, Germany, also home of the main Golf-producing plant. It currently produces more than 2000 cars a day, and this output is set to increase as VW looks to invest another €1.8 billion into the Golf range. Volkswagen says that 80 per cent of its suppliers for the next Golf are already under contract, meaning work is well underway. The brand hasn’t shown any images of the eighth generation compact car, other than a fairly generic outline of a three-door hatchback, but VW isn’t one to branch out from the tried-and-true formula. We’ll learn more about the new Golf in the months before production starts.