Volkswagen Golf blows out 50 candles

March 29, 2024

Tricky second plate

In the music industry, it is often a difficult task: creating a good follow-up to a successful debut album. The famous “difficult second plate. But at Volkswagen, it became at least as successful as the first one. Designed by legendary Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Golf, as the successor to the Beetle, had to meet high expectations to continue the success story of the then most successful car. But thanks to its – for the time – modern drivetrain, flexible interior and fresh design, the Golf became an almost instant hit. The milestone of one million copies sold was reached as early as October 1976. The rest is history…

Photo: Maurice Volmeyer

World Car

More than 20 million Golfs have been built in Wolfsburg alone to date. The remaining 17 million were manufactured in various German plants, as well as in Belgium, Brazil, China, Malaysia, Mexico, Slovakia and South Africa. With a total production of 37 million Golfs, this means that on average more than 2,000 people worldwide have chosen a new Golf every day for the past 50 years. In the Netherlands, 875,000 Golfs have found their way, of which some 310,000 are currently still active on our roads. Golf, congratulations!

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