The Volkswagen Golf turned 45 years

Last Updated: April 6, 2019By Tags: , , , , , ,

It’s been 45 years since the very first Volkswagen Golf rolled off the production line in Wolfsburg.

On 29 March 1974, VW’s plant officially started production of the successor to the Beetle.

Since then, more than 35 million units have been sold around the world, with the eighth-generation model set to be unveiled towards the end of 2019.

VW says “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 45 years ago. That’s an average of around 780 000 vehicles a year.


Production of the Volkswagen Golf kicked off in 1974.

“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,” said Ralf Brandstätter, chief operating officer at Volkswagen.

VW promises the upcoming Golf 8 will “remain a key product pillar” of the brand.

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