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  • 04/03/17

    Volkswagen at the Techno Classica 2017: the best of both worlds

    The world's biggest show for classic automobiles is opening its doors: at the Techno Classica, which is being held from 5 until 9 April in Essen, Volkswagen Classic is presenting two different themes on one stand this year. ‘Driven by the future' is showcasing prototypes and small-scale production runs of vehicles with electric drive systems. The exhibits, some of which are being shown in public for the first time, tell an ‘electrifying' story. Volkswagen began conducting research into alternative drive technologies more than 40 years ago. In the second themed area entitled ‘You better look twice', visitors can look forward to sports classics with the ‘wow effect' under the bonnet: on show are fast production models from the 1970s and 1980s, whose mighty horsepower potential only becomes evident upon closer inspection.
  • 11/04/16

    Countdown to Golf update in November: The sixth Golf – leading the way in terms of safety

    The countdown is under way: in six days Volkswagen will present a major update of the Golf in Wolfsburg. That will herald the launch of a Golf which will democratise progress yet again. An ongoing tradition since the launch of the first Golf 42 years ago. With the debut of the sixth-generation Golf (2008), more and more luxury class assistance systems found their way into the compact segment – marking the beginning of a silent revolution in automotive safety.
  • 10/31/16

    Countdown to Golf update in November: The fifth Golf – pure dynamism and the comeback of the GTI

    The Golf's debut in 2003 left many a competitor from the higher mid-class standing with its comfort, dynamism and quality. Just one year later, a 200-PS Golf with black radiator grille and sports seats in the legendary tartan "Interlagos" fabric heralded the comeback of the GTI. Demand for the Golf, demand for the GTI has never let up since then. To date, the Golf GTI is the most successful sports car in the compact segment. The Golf itself is unassailable as the best-selling European car ever. Now just before the launch of this bestseller update in November, it's time to take a look back. At the Golf MkV and 2003.
  • 10/27/16

    Countdown to Golf update in November: Just as you like it – the unparalleled variety of Golf

    When Volkswagen presented the first generation of the Golf in 1974, this was the beginning of an impressive  success story. And by this we are not just talking about more than 33 million Golf cars produced since day 1. But rather the unique fact that Volkswagen is the world's first and only automotive manufacturer to offer all currently relevant drive systems in one series – with the Golf. There are also various car bodies and the most individual of equipment lines. The very first Golf in 1974 thus became the catalyst for a vehicle family that meets an unusual number of mobility wishes.
  • 10/26/16

    Countdown to Golf update in November: The fourth Golf – the style icon of the series

    In 1997, the Golf MkIV was created under the direction of the Volkswagen Group Head of Design Hartmut Warkuß (1993 to 2003). Today, the fourth generation is considered a style icon – particularly because of its graphic clarity and fundamental C-pillar series design forming a bridge to the 1974 Golf MkI. However, the Golf MkIV was not only pioneering in terms of its looks, it was groundbreaking in its engineering as well. Volkswagen achieved a totally new standard of quality in this market segment with this car and thus became the first manufacturer to overcome vehicle class boundaries. With the debut of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) in the Golf (1998), the car continued to democratise safety. By 2003, 4.99 million units of the Golf MkIV, including all of its derivatives, had been produced.
  • 10/21/16

    Countdown to Golf update in November: The third Golf - wedge shaped and heralding a new era of safety

    The third Golf came onto the market in August 25 years ago. With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear: Volkswagen brought in a new era of safety with this model. On the one hand, the Golf MkIII was the first of the series to have front airbags, starting in 1992, while major advances in car body construction also resulted in significantly improved crash safety. The third generation, however, also made a great design leap: it was the first Golf with a wedge shape that was as dynamic as it was aerodynamic.
  • 10/19/16

    Countdown to Golf update in November: Volkswagen democratises safety with the Golf

    For more than four decades, Golf technologies have been mirrored in the automotive world. What's more: Volkswagen has democratised progress with these innovations. In particular, thanks to the Golf, safety systems are no longer the privilege of a few, but an expected feature for all. It started with basics such as appropriate headrests and a secure chassis. This was followed by crash-optimised bodywork, airbags and ABS. Electronic stability control (ESC) first appeared in 1998 and is still helping drivers today to keep control of the vehicle in potentially dangerous situations. The next stage was innovative assistance systems which created a safety revolution: from City Emergency Braking which anticipates dangers in city traffic and prevents collisions, to the Blind Spot Monitor which takes away the threat of the blind spot. The Golf's assistance systems are wide-ranging. Now the countdown for the Golf update is underway – and this will once again make the road safer.
  • 10/18/16

    Countdown for the Golf update in November: The second Golf – the DNA of a worldwide success story

    The Golf is unique, forgery-proof. A design icon. In November, Volkswagen will show how this unique gem has evolved with its update of the Golf. A masterpiece in automotive design continuously refined over seven generations. A phenomenon, because the Golf is one of the few affordable cars in the world that is truly classless. Experts agree – the most defining moment in the history of the Golf came in the late 70s when the decision was made to create the Golf MkII by further developing the Golf MkI's design DNA. And so the "Golf Phenomenon" came about – the Volkswagen of all Volkswagen cars; the perfect image of the brand; a compact car with a classless status reaching out to all levels of society.
  • 10/14/16

    Countdown to Golf update in November: The first Golf – birth of an icon

    Volkswagen is preparing a major update for the Golf. World premiere coming up in November. It will be the update of a style-icon. Head of Design at Volkswagen Klaus Bischoff says, "there are only a few cars in the world other than the Golf which have so consistently continued to develop their design from generation to generation," Bischoff goes on to explain, "vehicles which successfully manage an evolution of their design over decades have the potential to one day be celebrated as an icon. The most prominent example of such a development is the Porsche 911; in the high volume models segment, however, the Golf is clearly a member of the automobile Hall of Fame."
  • 10/13/16

    World premiere in November: The countdown has begun for an extensive Golf update

    The countdown has begun: in early November, Volkswagen will be introducing a major update for its most successful model – the Golf. This bestseller has been around for more than four decades. An entire generation has been named after it as Generation X is known as "Generation Golf" in Germany. No other European car has sold better. By the end of last year, 32,590,025 Golf cars had been sold. In effect, therefore, over the last 42 years someone, somewhere in the world decides to buy a new Golf every 40 seconds. Record-breaking statistics like these have shaped the car's history. And Volkswagen democratises progress to this very day with the Golf.



114 proofs of love


Three letters. One lake. Since 1982.

Postcard idyll set against an Alpine backdrop, tranquil villages nestling along the shores, but once a year things really start to seethe at Lake Wörth or Wörthersee as it is known in German. Then, the tranquil town of Reifnitz is turned into a giant automobile playground and for days the visitors eyes are lit up with G – T – I.

Basic Infos

  • 06/02/16

    International Driving Presentation - The new Golf GTI Clubsport S

    The Golf GTI Clubsport S breaks the lap record for front-wheel-drive cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a time of 07:49:21 This exclusive GTI is a two-seater with a 310 PS engine and newly configured chassis
  • 03/27/14

    40 Years of Golf

    Best-seller – the Golf was built more than 30 million times until now Trendsetter – the Golf democratised safety, sportiness and sustainability
  • 03/07/14

    International driving presentation of the new e-Golf

    Zero-emission e-Golf glides through the day for around €3.30** per 100 km Electric Golf is also available with high-tech assistance systems
  • 01/21/14

    The new Golf R

    New TSI propels Golf R with DSG to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds Golf R makes its debut with a new 4MOTION all-wheel drive system and progressive steering
  • 09/10/13

    World premieres of the e-up! and e-Golf

    Europe's most successful car will be available from spring 2014 as the e-Golf Range of up to 1901 km, consumption of just 12.7 kWh/100 km1 and all-LED headlights as standard
  • 06/05/13

    The new Golf GTD - International Press Presentation

    Contains 7 sections: Powertrain, Running gear, Exterior, Interior, Features, Technologies and Overview
  • 04/22/13

    New Golf GTI - International Press Presentation

    Contains 7 sections: Powertrain, Running gear, Exterior, Interior, Features, Technologies and Overview
  • 10/02/12

    The new Golf. Das Auto. International Driving Presentation

    Contains 10 sections: Styling, Engineering, Interior, Infotainment systems, Standard and optional features, Innovations, Powertrain structure, Running gear, Retrospective, Overview
  • 01/25/10

    The Golf R - International Driving Presentation, Ellmau 2010

    Contains 7 sections: R Concentrate - More power, less fuel, TSI of the Golf R, All-wheel drive, Sport chassis, Exterior features, Interior features and Overview of standard equipment
  • 06/08/09

    The New Golf GTD – International Driving Presentation

    Contains 6 sections: GTD – Concept, GTD – Drivetrain, GTD – Handling, GTD – Exterior, GTD – Interior and GTD – Fully equipped
  • 03/19/09

    Golf GTI - International Driving Presentation

    Contains 7 sections: Icons of Sportiness, Design as Homage to the First GTI, GTI Phenomenon, Inception of the GTI, History, Exclusive Standard Features of the GTI, Individualized Options on the GTI

Photo albums

Photo Golf 1st - 7th Generations
Photos Golf GTI 1st - 7the Generations
Photos Golf GTD Generations
Photos Golf R Generations