The iconic family-sized Volkswagen Golf has just reached another major milestone, with the 30 millionth example having rolled off the production line at the giant Wolfsburg plant in Germany.
Since the original Golf first appeared in 1974 it has gone through six further iterations, with today’s seventh-generation model offering levels of comfort, performance and economy that were beyond unheard of 39 years previously.
The 30 millionth Golf was a Bluemotion TDI, the most fuel-efficient Golf ever produced with an official combined consumption figure of 88.3mpg. This particular example went on display for during the factory open day.
Professor Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, comments: “The history of the Golf is also the history of automotive progress. With technologies such as the safe front-wheel drive of the first Golf, the debut of the TDI in the third Golf, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the dual clutch gearbox of the fourth Golf and the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System of the new generation, this car has continued to democratise progress. An optimum of safety, comfort and driving fun are no longer a question of money thanks to the Golf. And so our best-seller lives up to the Volkswagen name.”