Since 1974, the Volkswagen Golf model has been a pioneer in its class. With more than 37 million vehicles sold over the last 50 years, it’s easy to see why the Golf model is the heart of the Volkswagen brand. This model shaped mobility in Germany and many other regions all over the world, making it a household name.

Designed as a successor to the iconic Beetle, the Golf introduced a front-wheel drive (instead of a rear engine) with a large boot lid and folding rear seat backrest. Thus revolutionizing the automotive industry at the time. Additionally, the straight-line design created by Giorgetto Giugiaro helped Volkswagen adopt a new style, which has continued in its successors.

The Golf quickly became popular, with the first million units sold in 1976. More than 37 million vehicles have been sold to date, making the compact car the most successful European car and the best-selling Volkswagen of all time.

The model is often described as the perfect companion for everyday life, embodying versatility, functionality, reliability, and quality. Each new model incorporates new technologies, safety concepts, and convenience features. Thus, making features like the monitored catalytic converter, anti-lock braking system, airbags, cruise control, electronic assist systems, and mild and plug-in hybrid drives accessible to everyone.

For the 50th anniversary of the Golf, Volkswagen presents the evolutionary development of the eighth Golf generation, with impressive new features, assist systems, powertrains, and also next-generation infotainment systems and software.

The Volkswagen Classic also showcased historic Golf models from the Volkswagen collection on the 31st of January to the 4th of February 2024. The Golf Generations I to VII were presented at the Salon Rétromobile show in Paris, with an additional viewing of the Golf I and the unique EA 276 concept car (the Golf predecessor from 1969 developed in Wolfsburg) shown at the Bremen Classic Motorshow from the 2nd to the 4th of February 2024.

As the Golf continues to break new ground with each model introduced, the Autohaus Centurion Group looks forward to offering the latest vehicles in this famous heritage.