VW Golf Celebrates 45 Years.
The Golf, the most successful European car, has just turned 45. On 29 March 1974, the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg officially started production of what would become its best-seller. Back then, nobody at Volkswagen had any idea that the successor to the legendary Beetle would end up selling more than 35 million units all over the world – and still selling to this day. In purely mathematical terms, a new Golf has been ordered somewhere in the world every 41 seconds, every day, without interruption, since the start of production (SOP) 45 years ago. That is an average of around 780,000 vehicles per year.
Progress & Technology;
Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen: “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.” Brandstätter went on to emphasise: “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.”
Dr. Stefan Loth, Plant Manager at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg: “In 1974, our employees were facing the challenge of switching from the Beetle to the Golf. Since then, we have consistently continued to develop our main plant and today, in addition to the Golf, we produce the e-Golf, the Golf GTE, the Golf Sportsvan, and three additional models here in Wolfsburg.”
Key Product Pillar;
As one of the compact models on the global market that most defies classification, the Golf is set to remain a key product pillar of the Volkswagen brand. With its state-of-the-art drive, assist systems, Infotainment and operating systems, it will provide a decisive impetus for the future of mobility.
1974 VW Golf – Interesting Facts;
In 1974, the VW Golf was available in 3-door and 5-door hatchback bodystyles, had 5 seats and a 300-litre boot, while (petrol-only) engine options consisted of a 1.1-litre (50PS) unit, or a 1.5-litre (70PS) – both featuring four-cylinders. Four trim levels were available from launch – Golf and Golf L (both 50PS), Golf S and Golf LS (both 70PS). All models were front-wheel drive, while transmission options were either four-speed manual, or 3-speed automatic. The claimed maximum speed from the 50PS engine was 140km/h, while the 70PS engine was capable of a top speed of 160km/h.