VW Is Selling A New Golf Every 41 Seconds For 45 Years Now

VW is celebrating 45 years since it commenced production of the Golf, which with over 35 million units sold worldwide, is its best-selling car ever.

On March 29, 1974, VW’s plant in Wolfsburg starts the series production of the Golf MK1, which was designed as the replacement of the iconic Beetle. On July 8 of the same year, the original Golf arrives at VW dealerships. It’s an instant hit with buyers and, just two years later, in October 1976, the automaker sells the one millionth example.

VW says that, on average, someone is buying a new Golf every 41 seconds, every day, without interruption, for 45 years now.

“The Golf is at the very heart of our brand. It stands for progress and technology like no other car. For example, the Golf made safety technology affordable for millions of people for the first time. Thanks to this, it made its mark on an entire generation,” Ralf Brandstätter, VW’S Chief Operating Officer commented.

“For seven generations, the Golf has made a contribution to the development of Volkswagen as a brand and as a group – into one of the most important automotive producers in the world.”

The original Golf debuted with two- and four-door variants, offering seating for five passengers and a foldable rear seat. The engine range initially included two options: the base 1.1-liter four-cylinder with 50PS (49hp) and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 70PS (69hp). A four-speed manual transmission was standard and a three-speed automatic an option.

This year, VW is going to reveal the eighth generation of the Golf, which has been already spotted on public roads with minimal disguise. Reports suggest that the all-new Golf will make its debut during a special event a few weeks after the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, featuring a completely new digital cockpit and extended semi-autonomous driving systems.

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  • Finkployd

    Gen 1 had a really clean look. Could make a nice retro full electric model just like Honda s doing.
    (If you ve seen the movie Gattaca, I personnaly loved how they portrayed the future with ppl driving electric vintage cars)

  • Six_Tymes

    I had two gen 1’s an 82, it was OK, then a 84 Champagne Edition. It was a freak FAST car. I raced a Pontiac Fire Bird that had a V8 350ci and also a Corvette once. Not sure of the years on those, I think the vette was an 82 and the firebird a 83. I blew them both away off the line for half a mile. My 82 Rabbit was no where near as fast as my 84 Champagne Edition was. I even had a VW repair shop owner offered to buy it from me at one point. Man that car was fun. So were the 86 and 88 CRX’s that I owned. Still wish I had my 88 CRX SI

    • TheHake

      What engine did that Champagne Edition have?

  • Bash

    I had vr6 once , freaking fast I smoked many lumina’s SS at that time. Cool happy memories.

    • TheHake

      That was my dream car for many years. I wanted one in kingfisher blue.

      • Bash

        man! with every year passing, these gets harder and harder to find, last time i saw a Vr6 was last summer, felt bad that it was all beaten up, but it brought good memories. mine was mk3 it had Recaro bucket seats but standards silver color. i loved it so much, I’m thankful i had a chance to own it tbh. I hope you find a good one now. not sure if you still want one.

        • TheHake

          The problem is over here you have to pay tax on every car you have. So I only have a primary car and motorcycle. These taxes suck for a car lover.

          • Bash

            I understand man.

  • Sovereignty

    Adolf would be proud with that headline.

  • Six Thousand Times

    The new one looks more like a step back to the version just before the current one.

  • aaronbbrown

    I spent a lot of time in these cars when I was young. My dad had beetles going backs to 67. Then he started buying Rabbits, we had a 74 a 76 a 77 pickup and a 78 Scirocco. Good cars, reliable, great handling, comfortable Practical front wheel drive and only 1700 lbs. Volkswagen guys in Columbia rebuilt the motor in the 76 tweaking it for performance and removing the catalytic converter easily got +100 hp. It was quick and fast +130 mph. Only bad thing about them is they tended to rust out.

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