The 30 millionth Golf left the assembly line at the Volkswagen plant in its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, which reached a new production record for the most successful vehicle in history.
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Volkswagen began production of the original Golf in early 1974 so that reach 30 million units equivalent to more than 2,000 units have been sold every day over the past 39 years.
The vehicle number 30 million is a Golf TDI BlueMotion diesel technology, a model recently introduced in the market, which gives a figure of fuel consumption of 88 miles per glaón (3.2 liters per 100 kilometers), making it the Golf ever produced more efficiently.
Production of the 30 millionth Golf coincided with delivery to Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of the Volkswagen Group, the prestigious World Car of the Year, awarded the Golf by an international jury of 60 specialist journalists.
The history of the Golf is also the history of automotive progress, “Winterkorn said.” With technologies such as front-wheel drive of the first Golf, the debut of the TDI in the third Golf, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the double-clutch gearbox in the fourth Golf and Brake System Multiple Anti-collision of the new generation, this car has continued to democratize progress.
“Safety, comfort and driving fun are no longer about money anymore thanks to the Golf. So our best-selling model honors the name of Volkswagen,” added the President of the Volkswagen Group.
Seven generations Volkswagen Golf
VW Golf I (1974-1983), “It all started in 1974 with a revolution,” this is how Klaus Bischoff, Chief Designer of Volkswagen, describes it.
“The passage of the Beetle to the Golf was revolutionary. A new vehicle design was created by converting a rear engine cooled air to a front engine water cooled and a rear wheel drive to front wheel drive. Regarding the line vehicle, Volkswagen designers changed the round shapes by a rectangular structure design based on the legendary Giorgio Giugiaro prototype “.
VW Golf II (1983 to 1991); this was the Golf in which Volkswagen introduced important technological systems such as controlled catalytic converter (1984), the ABS (1986) and four-wheel drive (1986).
In this generation, the model also definitely evolved to become an icon.
Marc Lichte, chief exterior designer for Volkswagen recalls: “Then one of the key moments in the history of the Golf was the decision by council members to develop new design Golf I and conceptualise the Golf II based in its “visual DNA”. This put everything in motion, and Volkswagen created the foundation for the continuous development of the model series. ”
VW Golf III (1991 to 1997); In 1991, Volkswagen launched a new era in the security section with the third-generation Golf.
On the one hand, the Golf III was the first model in the range to offer front airbags in 1992; otherwise, advances in the manufacture of bodies resulted in significant improvements over collisions. The first TDI diesel engine model was also introduced in this Golf III (1993).
VW Golf IV (1997 to 2003), under the direction of former Head of Design Group Hartmut Warkuβ, precise design that would pave the way for the future of Volkswagen was created.
Today, experts believe the Golf IV a design icon and a pioneer for the range, but this Golf was also an engineering innovator with technologies such as ESC (1998) and the direct-shift gearbox (2002).
VW Golf V (2003 to 2008), was the Golf, its comfort, dynamism and, above all, its quality left behind any competitor in the upper middle class.
A value that illustrates the stability of laser-welded body is 35% gain in torsional rigidity when the Golf V was released in 2003.
The first Golf BlueMotion (4.5 l / 100 km fuel consumption), based on the Golf V, debuted in 2007.
VW Golf VI (2008 to 2012); The body, a laser welded once behaved brilliantly in the EuroNCAP crash test, achieving the maximum score of five stars.
The triumph of the TSI engines (petrol engines high-tech) and the conversion of the turbodiesel (TDI) to the common rail system resulted in a more dynamic and better fuel economy performance.
The forerunner was the second Golf BlueMotion, which offered a combined fuel consumption of 74 mpg (3.8 l / 100 kms).
VW Golf VII (since 2012); The weight fell to 160 pounds (100 kgs.) In the seventh generation Golf, reversing the upward trend in weight discussed.
Fuel consumption was reduced by up to 23% compared to the previous model, depending on the specific engine.
The spearhead of this movement is the Golf TDI BlueMotion with a combined fuel economy of 88 mpg (3.2 l / 100 kms.), And which is also the 30 millionth vehicle.
The Golf VII will definitely go down in history as the compact model in which a complete armada of new safety systems, such as preventive occupant protection Pre-Crash and Brake System Multiple Anti-collision technologies until now reserved opened for premium class vehicles.
This also means a democratization of progress in the automotive industry.
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