VW celebrates the 40th anniversary of the legendary Golf
The Golf first series production rolled off the assembly line in Wolfsburg on 29 March 1974. Volkswagen is celebrating the 40th birthday of the most successful European car of all time.
Until today, more than 30 million vehicles of the best-seller have been sold, numbers that place the Golf in the ranking just behind the Toyota Corolla as the bestselling car of all time.
The first Golf (designed by Giorgio Giugiaro in collaboration with the Volkswagen Design) was developed as the successor to the legendary Beetle, following the new philosophy of the transversely mounted front engine and front-wheel drive.
The immediate success of the Golf was evidenced by the achievement of the first millionth unit produced in just two and a half years after its debut.
The first GTI version was launched in 1976, as well as the introduction of the first diesel engine. The Golf Cabriolet and the GTD version made their debut in 1979 and 1982 respectively.
Subsequent generations were launched in August 1983 (the second), August 1991 (the third), 1998 (the fourth), 2003 (the fifth), 2008 (the sixth), up to September 2012 when VW has marketed the seventh generatiom.
The Golf 7 is produced in Wolfsburg (Germany), Zwickau (Germany), Foshan (China) and Puebla (Mexico).