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10/21/16
Wolfsburg
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Countdown to Golf update in November: The third Golf - wedge shaped and heralding a new era of safety

Volkswagen Golf: Third generation
  • Aerodynamic wedge shape in 1991 lowered drag coefficient to 0.30
  • First Golf with front airbags sold 4.83 million

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.

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