Golf Mk II

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 II (1984 until 1992)

The Golf Mk II followed in 1983, and in the UK the following year.  Over 6.3 million units of this generation were produced in ten years – on average approximately 630,000 units per year.

1983: Debut of the second Golf
1984: Debut of the second Golf GTI
1985: 7,000,000th Golf in March
1986: First Golf (GTI) with 16-valve petrol engine
1987: ABS available for all GT and GTI models
  Minor facelift
1988: Debut of the Rallye Golf G60 – some LHD examples imported to UK
  10,000,000th Golf in June
1989: 11,000,000th Golf in October
1990: All Golf petrol models available with closed-loop catalytic converters from February
  1,000,000th Golf GTI in November
  12,000,000th Golf in November

 

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 II (1984 until 1992)

The Golf Mk II followed in 1983, and in the UK the following year.  Over 6.3 million units of this generation were produced in ten years – on average approximately 630,000 units per year.

1983: Debut of the second Golf
1984: Debut of the second Golf GTI
1985: 7,000,000th Golf in March
1986: First Golf (GTI) with 16-valve petrol engine
1987: ABS available for all GT and GTI models
  Minor facelift
1988: Debut of the Rallye Golf G60 – some LHD examples imported to UK
  10,000,000th Golf in June
1989: 11,000,000th Golf in October
1990: All Golf petrol models available with closed-loop catalytic converters from February
  1,000,000th Golf GTI in November
  12,000,000th Golf in November

 

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