Volkswagen Golf celebrates 40th anniversary

13/05/2014 16:58

Volkswagen Golf celebrates 40th anniversary

Volkswagen Golf celebrates 40th anniversary

The Volkswagen Golf is one of the most popular models to have ever been conceived by the German car manufacturer and is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Originally conceived as a "bold successor" to the equally popular and timeless Beetle – dubbed the original "people's car – the Golf has gone on to be superbly successful.

Over the last four decades a whopping 30 million cars have been produced by Volkswagen and it remains a bestseller.

A new book, entitled The Volkswagen Gold Story, has been released to mark the celebration.

"After decades of making Beetles, the Golf played a huge part in Volkswagen’s survival into the 1970s," commented author Russell Hayes. "It bet the bank that the new Golf would succeed, and the bet paid off."

While the model did not invent the concept of a front-wheel-drive hatchback, it certainly ushered in a new standard, one that continues to set a benchmark of quality of innovation in this regard.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI, which was intended to be a limited edition release, is the car manufacturer's best-selling model ever.

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