Volkswagen Golf celebrates 50 years with 37 million copies sold

Volkswagen is commemorating the 50th anniversary of its iconic Golf model on Friday. Since the first models were produced in 1974, over 37 million units have been sold worldwide. The Golf has become a staple in the car industry and has undergone eight generations, with the latest being the Golf 8 presented in 2019.

The Golf began production on March 29, 1974, as a replacement for the Beetle. Today, it is still manufactured in Wolfsburg, Volkswagen’s historic headquarters, as well as other production sites in Germany and seven other countries. To mark the occasion, a special exhibition is opening in Wolfsburg to showcase the fifty years of the Golf’s existence.

The new Golf model features voice control and an automated conversation partner based on artificial intelligence. It is also available as a plug-in hybrid with a fully electric range of 100 kilometers. In 2023, the Golf was the best-selling Volkswagen model in Germany with 81,000 cars sold. Nearly a fifth of the cars registered in Germany last year were Golfs according to Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA).

Volkswagen’s success story with the Golf is a testament to their ability to adapt to changing consumer needs and preferences while maintaining their commitment to innovation and sustainability. As they celebrate this milestone anniversary, it’s clear that the Golf will continue to be a popular choice for car buyers around the world.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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