Golf Mk I

1974 – 2008: THE EVOLUTION OF THE GOLF

Launched in 1974 the Golf set benchmarks for style, value, practicality and efficiency. Five generations and 34 years later the same virtues apply to the new Golf Mk VI.

In this time the Golf has been responsible for several pioneering advances in vehicle design and engineering.  In 1976 a Golf powered by a diesel engine was launched, in 1982 a turbocharged diesel engine followed.  In 1987 ABS became available along with, in 1990, closed-loop catalytic converters.

Diesel-electric and fully electric hybrid versions of the Golf have been unveiled in concept form and, this month, a BlueMotion of the new Golf has made its debut. Capable of achieving 74.3 mpg while emitting just 99 g/km of CO2 the new Golf continues to set new benchmarks in its class.

The Golf has enjoyed sustained popularity worldwide and remains one of the best selling vehicles in Europe.  In March 2007 the 25,000,000th Golf was produced, eclipsing the 21,517,415 total achieved by the original Beetle.

In 2008 a total of 69,090 examples of the Golf were sold in the UK. 

Mk I (1974 until 1983)

The Golf Mk I was launched in 1974 and is still produced today – albeit extensively modified – as an economically priced entry-level model in South Africa parallel to the current model range.  Over 6.8 million units have been produced so far.

1974: Debut of the first Golf
1976: 500,000th Golf in March
  1,000,000th Golf in October
  First Golf GTI
  First Golf with diesel engine
1978: 2,000,000th  Golf in June
  Debut of the US version Rabbit in July
1979: 3,000,000th Golf in September
  First Golf Cabriolet
  Minor facelift
1982: 5,000,000th Golf in February
  First Golf with turbodiesel engine
1974: Debut of the first Golf
1976: 500,000th Golf in March
  1,000,000th Golf in October
  First Golf GTI
  First Golf with diesel engine
1978: 2,000,000th  Golf in June
  Debut of the US version Rabbit in July
1979: 3,000,000th Golf in September
  First Golf Cabriolet
  Minor facelift
1982: 5,000,000th Golf in February
  First Golf with turbodiesel engine

1974 – 2008: THE EVOLUTION OF THE GOLF

Launched in 1974 the Golf set benchmarks for style, value, practicality and efficiency. Five generations and 34 years later the same virtues apply to the new Golf Mk VI.

In this time the Golf has been responsible for several pioneering advances in vehicle design and engineering.  In 1976 a Golf powered by a diesel engine was launched, in 1982 a turbocharged diesel engine followed.  In 1987 ABS became available along with, in 1990, closed-loop catalytic converters.

Diesel-electric and fully electric hybrid versions of the Golf have been unveiled in concept form and, this month, a BlueMotion of the new Golf has made its debut. Capable of achieving 74.3 mpg while emitting just 99 g/km of CO2 the new Golf continues to set new benchmarks in its class.

The Golf has enjoyed sustained popularity worldwide and remains one of the best selling vehicles in Europe.  In March 2007 the 25,000,000th Golf was produced, eclipsing the 21,517,415 total achieved by the original Beetle.

In 2008 a total of 69,090 examples of the Golf were sold in the UK. 

Mk I (1974 until 1983)

The Golf Mk I was launched in 1974 and is still produced today – albeit extensively modified – as an economically priced entry-level model in South Africa parallel to the current model range.  Over 6.8 million units have been produced so far.

1974: Debut of the first Golf
1976: 500,000th Golf in March
  1,000,000th Golf in October
  First Golf GTI
  First Golf with diesel engine
1978: 2,000,000th  Golf in June
  Debut of the US version Rabbit in July
1979: 3,000,000th Golf in September
  First Golf Cabriolet
  Minor facelift
1982: 5,000,000th Golf in February
  First Golf with turbodiesel engine
1974: Debut of the first Golf
1976: 500,000th Golf in March
  1,000,000th Golf in October
  First Golf GTI
  First Golf with diesel engine
1978: 2,000,000th  Golf in June
  Debut of the US version Rabbit in July
1979: 3,000,000th Golf in September
  First Golf Cabriolet
  Minor facelift
1982: 5,000,000th Golf in February
  First Golf with turbodiesel engine

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