Volkswagen Golf Celebrates 40 Years Photo:
Trevor Collett | Apr, 01 2014 | 5 Comments

Volkswagen is celebrating the 40th birthday of one model that arguably put the brand ‘on the map’ in Australia; the small Golf hatch.

Launching globally in 1974, the Golf has seen seven generational changes and, these days, can be had in both hatch and wagon form.

The Golf was one of the earliest models to introduce the idea of a diesel-powered passenger car to Australia, at a time when diesel was not necessarily easy to purchase in urban environments.

The original Mk I Golf gathered sales momentum quickly, chalking-up one million sales worldwide in just over two years.

Since 1974, VW has gone on to sell more than 30 million Golfs, joining the Kombi and Beetle among the German carmaker’s most recognisable models.

The introduction of the GTI hot-hatch variant in 1976 brought new buyers to the Golf range, and the GTI has been consistently popular ever since.

In various markets, Golf has seen the introduction of ABS, a catalytic converter and all-wheel-drive in the Mk II, air bags, cruise control and the first six-cylinder engine in the Mk III, while the DSG dual clutch automatic debuted in the Mk IV.

Laser welding and side airbags debuted in Mk V, which also saw the introduction of the twin-charger engine, combining both super- and turbo-charging.

As for the future, international Golf fans can look forward to the debut of the e-Golf and GTE plug-in hybrid performer in 2014, and possibly a new Golf R Wagon.

Will we see a special, 40th anniversary Golf GTI super-hot-hatch in 2016? We can only hope…

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