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03/29/19
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Golf turns 45 – On 29 March 1974, Volkswagen started making Europe’s most successful car

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Golf I from 1974
  • Since 1974, a new Golf has been ordered every 41 seconds
  • With 35 million units sold, Golf is the best-selling Volkswagen
  • Production of the Golf I started at the Wolfsburg plant

The Golf, the most successful European car, is turning 45. On 29 March 1974, the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg officially started production of what would become its bestseller. Back then, nobody at Volkswagen had any idea that the successor to the legendary Beetle would end up selling more than 35 million units all over the world – and still selling to this day. In purely mathematical terms, a new Golf has been ordered somewhere in the world every 41 seconds, every day, without interruption, since the start of production (SOP) 45 years ago. That is an average of around 780,000 vehicles per year.

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