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VW Golf 1 to 7: all generations of Golf

The first VW Golf went into production 45 years ago. The Golf once gave a name to an entire vehicle class and is now the flagship of Europe's largest car manufacturer. With a transversely installed front engine, front-wheel drive and water cooling, it was a revolutionary and a lifeline for VW in 1974 after leaving the Beetle. Over the decades, new shapes, new engines, new drives and new model variants were added, and the success remained. Here are the stages of the 45-year (successful) history of the Golf in seven videos - and a view of the Golf 8.

VW Golf 1: a million in two years

When the Beetle principle had reached the end of its success story, the Golf 1 Wolfsburg came to the rescue.

In 1974, the Golf 1 was both a revolution and a lifeline for VW. The Beetle principle in Wolfsburg had run out after decades. VW radically said goodbye with the Golf 1. The new car relied on a transversely installed front engine, front-wheel drive and water cooling. The golf box replaced the hemisphere and coined the name of a whole class of cars. The millionth Golf rolled off the assembly line after just two years of production. As a diesel, the Golf helped skimp, and as a GTI (both from 1976) it learned to race. As a convertible, it should not only be a great success from 1979, but an unusual endurance runner: Since no convertible was developed for the Golf 2, the Golf 1 convertible, technically updated several times, rolled off the assembly line until 1993, well into the era of the Golf 3 .

VW Golf 2: luxury and durability

Its longevity and reliability are two of the Golf 2's strongest characteristics.

The model change to the Golf 2 followed in the summer of 1983. It looked like an inflated original Golf, consequently offered more space for the occupants and a sophisticated variety of models. In addition to diesel, turbodiesel and all-wheel drive, prototypes with electric drive also rolled onto the road for the first time. Compared to its predecessor, the Golf 2 was much more luxurious and comfortable. The two sold even better than its predecessor. What the public only realized later was its unbelievable longevity: Thanks to good workmanship and exemplary rust protection, the Golf 2 is still part of the street scene even tens of years after production ended.

VW Golf 3: first Golf with airbag

In 1991 the Golf 3 came onto the market. In terms of design, it stayed on the prescribed path, but continued to grow and came up with new standards in terms of safety: for the first time there was a Golf with an airbag. The previously characteristic round headlights made space for lighting units in a rounded rectangular format. The variety of models grew again: For the first time, the Golf 3 was also available as a station wagon, as a sports car with a six-cylinder engine and as a diesel direct injection unit.

VW Golf 4: six-speed as the new standard

The Golf IV without any reason is the R32.

With the Golf 4, a new generation was launched in 1997. It broke the class boundaries and set a new quality standard. It was the first Golf to be available with a six-speed gearbox, and the engine output grew and grew. The special model "25 Years GTI" developed 180 hp. But that's not all: The R32 achieved almost 250 things with its 241 hp engine, making it the fastest series-production Golf at all.

VW Golf 5: Laser-welded and even more variety

The time of the Golf 4 ended in 2003. The Golf 5 was the first laser-welded type. The new Golf owes its enormously rigid body to this technology. With generation five, the Golf broke the 20 million mark. It also met high safety standards, with up to eight airbags on board. The GTI came with the first turbo direct-injection petrol engine, and the variety of models grew: the Golf Plus, the CrossGolf and a new variant were new.

VW Golf 6: economical, but with timing chain problems

A glorious chapter: with the TSI engines of the Golf 6 there were timing chain problems.

The time for the Golf 6 came as early as 2008. It consolidated the quality standard and achieved five points in the EuroNCAP crash test with its laser-welded body. By switching to direct injection engines, it was possible to reduce consumption. However, with the TSI engines there were also problems with the timing chain, which forced VW to apply an extended goodwill regulation for vehicles that were older than six years. With the turbo diesels, VW switched from pump-nozzle technology to common rail, which reduced consumption and improved dynamics.

VW Golf 7: modular transverse toolkit as the basis

The Golf 7 celebrated its premiere in autumn 2012. The seventh Golf is based on the modular transverse toolkit, which enables the cost-effective production of many models. For the first time, a new Golf generation slimmed down and, depending on the equipment, lost up to 100 kilos compared to its predecessor. The Golf 7 aimed to save fuel with an automatic start-stop system. In addition to gasoline and diesel engines, an electrically powered variant followed in summer 2014 and a plug-in hybrid in autumn.

VW Golf 7 facelift: first compact car with gesture control

In autumn 2016, VW revised the Golf 7 - and launched the Golf 7 facelift as two- and four-door models as well as the Golf GTI, Golf GTE and Golf Variant at the beginning of 2017. On board was an innovation that was previously only available in luxury BMWs: gesture control for the infotainment system. The 1.5-liter gasoline engine with cylinder deactivation and the seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG), which gradually replaced all six-speed DSGs, were brand new to the list of drives in the Golf. Little changed on the outside. The full LED headlights replaced the xenon headlights in the new Golf, but were only standard in higher equipment lines.

Outlook VW Golf 8: digital cockpit and autonomous driving

With a new logo and a lot of high-tech, the Golf 8 is expected at the end of 2019 / beginning of 2020.

The Golf 8 will be due by 2020 at the latest. In the eighth generation of the Golf, a lot will change technically, but the design remains familiar. With the Golf 8, the VW logo is also getting a makeover, the design language is reduced, more 2- than 3D. Although the Golf 8 is on the only slightly modified "MQB Evo" platform of the current model, it will offer many new features: A very large head-up display, a completely new infotainment system with voice control and personalization and driving in the autonomous level 3 are planned. Innovations that at VW are currently leading to the planned market launch of the Golf 8 being postponed to the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020. In addition to a mild hybrid with a 48-volt electrical system, VW is of course also planning the top versions. The GTI should get 245 PS, as performance 300 PS and as Rs even 330 PS.