Golf Mk IV

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 CO2the 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 IV (1998 until 2004)

The Golf Mk IV debuted in 1997, and was launched in the UK in 1998.  Over the last seven years until 2003, 4.3 million units of the best-seller were produced and, on average, approximately 614,000 units were sold per year.

1997: Debut of the first Golf with fully galvanised body
  First Golf with five-cylinder engine (V5)
1998: Debut of the new Golf Cabriolet
  First Golf 4MOTION with Haldex viscous coupling
  Introduction of optional ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme)
1999: Second Golf Estate launched
  First TDI engines with Pumpe Düse unit injector technology in the Golf
  19,000,000th Golf in June
2002:  Golf GTI 180 PS launched as special edition marking the 25th anniversary of the Golf GTI in the UK
  Production of the Golf overtakes the Beetle; at 21,517,415 units it becomes the most-produced Volkswagen model to date
  Debut of the Golf R32, the most powerful in production Golf ever with 241 PS
  2002 becomes the Golf’s best year in the UK to date, with 72,362 units sold, while it also finishes the year as the country’s best-selling diesel car
2003: End of year: phase-out of the fourth generation Golf after sales of more than 4.3 million units

 

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 CO2the 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 IV (1998 until 2004)

The Golf Mk IV debuted in 1997, and was launched in the UK in 1998.  Over the last seven years until 2003, 4.3 million units of the best-seller were produced and, on average, approximately 614,000 units were sold per year.

1997: Debut of the first Golf with fully galvanised body
  First Golf with five-cylinder engine (V5)
1998: Debut of the new Golf Cabriolet
  First Golf 4MOTION with Haldex viscous coupling
  Introduction of optional ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme)
1999: Second Golf Estate launched
  First TDI engines with Pumpe Düse unit injector technology in the Golf
  19,000,000th Golf in June
2002:  Golf GTI 180 PS launched as special edition marking the 25th anniversary of the Golf GTI in the UK
  Production of the Golf overtakes the Beetle; at 21,517,415 units it becomes the most-produced Volkswagen model to date
  Debut of the Golf R32, the most powerful in production Golf ever with 241 PS
  2002 becomes the Golf’s best year in the UK to date, with 72,362 units sold, while it also finishes the year as the country’s best-selling diesel car
2003: End of year: phase-out of the fourth generation Golf after sales of more than 4.3 million units

 

Latest press kits

IMAGES

VIDEOS