Volkswagen Golf passes milestone ahead of 40th birthday.
The 30 millionth Volkswagen Golf has rolled off a German production line.
The Golf, which is now in its seventh generation, will mark 40 years in production next year and while that’s a feat worth celebrating in itself – hitting 30 million vehicles is quite remarkable.
For the record, the original type 1 VW Beetle, which was in constant production between 1938 and 2003, only totalled just over twenty one and a half million units!
The Golf, through its 39 years on the market, has averaged 2000 sales per day!
Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen brand, says the Golf has not only led the hatchback revolution but also changed VW.
“The step from the Beetle to the Golf was revolutionary.”
“A new vehicle layout was created with the conversion from an air-cooled rear engine to a water-cooled front engine and from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive.”
“In terms of the car’s styling, Volkswagen designers switched from round shapes to a rectangular design structure - based on the legendary design study by Giorgio Giugiaro.”
The 30 millionth Golf was a TDI BlueMotion, a car sure to find its way into the Volkswagen museum.