VW celebrates 40 years of Golf image

Volkswagen Ag., Europe’s largest carmaker is celebrating 40 years of Golf and more than 30 million deliveries worldwide.

The Volkswagen Golf, produced for the first time in May 1974 as a front-wheel-drive vehicle and a replacement for the Vw Beetle is Volkswagen’s best-selling model and the world’s second best-selling model.

Today the German giant builds the seventh-generation – a vehicle that made its official debut during the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

The car is using the new MQB platform (Modularer Querbaukasten, translating from German to “Modular Transversal Toolkit” or “Modular Transverse Matrix”) – the same platform that is used on the Audi A3, Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia.

The vehicle won the “European Car of the Year 2013” after more than 400 journalists voted in favor; the second time the Golf won this important prize (The Mk3 Golf took the award in 1992).

In addition, from 2015, Golf will get an electric version – the GTE – a model that has a practical all-electric range of 130 to 190 km (81 to 118 mi), with an official NEDC cycle of 190 km (120 mi); and the company already unveiled the GTE variant – a plug-in hybrid model, scheduled to hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2014.