The Golf has been around since 1974 and has lent its name to a whole generation of cars. No other European car has recorded such a high sales figure. Up to the end of 2017, almost 35 million units had already been sold. Calculations suggest that somewhere in the world, someone has opted for a new Golf every 40 seconds for the past four decades. The Golf is now produced at five plants, in Germany, Brazil, China and Mexico, and exported to 155 countries all over the globe. The current seventh-generation Golf is the only car in the world to be available with electric, hybrid, gasoline, diesel and CNG powertrains.