By on June 14, 2013

PopUp600_400DB2013AL00009_smallIn 1973, I had a little hand in launching the Volkswagen Golf. It hit the market in 1974. Today, it hit a new record. I wish I would have received a buck for every Golf sold. I would have $30 million by now. Today, the world’s 30 millionth Golf rolled past “Zählpunkt 8” and off the assembly line in Wolfsburg.

In line with the green leanings, the 30 millionth car is a Golf TDI BlueMotion; a car that is said to use just 3.2 liters for 100 km, something we shall put to the test a little more than a week from now when I return to the scene of my former crimes in Wolfsburg.

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17 Comments on “Fore! Volkswagen Makes 30 Millionth Golf...”


  • avatar
    carguy

    30 million is one hell of a milestone. My mom had a first generation Audi 50 that the original Golf/Rabbit was based on and it was a great car. Unfortunately by the time I bought my MK3 in 95 they had significant quality issues that they never seemed to be able to fully put behind them.

    • 0 avatar
      Vega

      The Golf was not based on the Audi 50. That was the Polo.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      I agree that 30 million is quite an accomplishment. But let’s not forget that the Toyota Corolla passed this milestone quite some time ago.

      So it is commendable that VW passed this milestone, but someone else already beat them to the punch a while back.

      However, I do understand the pride felt by Bertel because of his past association, and I wish him a thoroughly enjoyable stay in Wolfsburg.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I think the 4th generation has been and will always be my favorite design. Especially in R32 guise.

  • avatar
    ash78

    And somewhere in the suburbs of Mexico City, a lone Golf has just received its 30 millionth minor cosmetic modification.

    I think my immediate family is on Golf/Jetta #5 and 6 at the moment (starting with MkI in 1981). My dad’s daily driver at age 65 is a 2004 R32 with 40k miles on it.

    The platform is a little too small for my personal needs right now (even in Jetta wagon form), but it still holds a place in my heart. A great car that serves a very wide variety of roles in almost every market in the world.

  • avatar
    Dan R

    What is amazing is that it came from the same company that was producing a living fossil.

  • avatar
    jimbob457

    Good for you!

    Germans lost WWII. One of our Jews, Henry Morganthau, thought the Germans deserved to be to reduced to pre-industral slavery. Perhaps, a fitting punishment for the maniacs that were the Nazis and murdered all the Jews. My western Oklahoma people (who were avid fighters) would have voted neutral on this issue, but were thankful for not being the point men for an invasion of the Japanese home islands.

    In practice, after the war, the Germans’ enormous engineering talent went into civil construction and cars. ‘Der stadt mittel was kaput’ to paraphrase from memory a very nice man who we met in 1976 in a park lot overlooking the Protestant city of Stuttgart. So, we burned it down in the first place, so f**king what. If you can’t deal with the bull don’t f*ck with the horn.

  • avatar

    I remember how surprised I was when Volkswagen announced the Golf. How could this modern, cool car be a Volkswagen? In my mind, a Volkswagen was a rear engine noisy slow air cooled bubble-shaped car that was charming and reliable, but never changed. Now we got a Volkswagen Golf with a heater for winter use, no need to dress up like you were going to the North Pole anymore, and where you did not need a passenger to constantly wipe the inside of the windscreen with a towel to remove condensation. In the Golf, conversation was possible even at speeds over 50 km/h. Such progress.

  • avatar
    TW4

    My mother drove a ’96 Golf GL for a number of years. According to MSN Autos, had a 5.7L V8 with 395hp and 407lb/ft of torque. The gearbox must have been terrible b/c I remember 0-60 times above 10 seconds.

    To this day, I still have no idea why my mom was interested in owning a base model VW, it certainly had nothing to do with lack of finances, but I like the Dub so I bought a new ’01 GTI.

    Best/worst car I’ve ever owned, and had little or no similarity to its GL predecessor, which proves that these vehicle production records are essentially meaningless. The 21M VW Beetles produced between 1938-2003 are about the only cars that can lay claim to any production record. The Beetle barely changed for a half century.

  • avatar
    Beerboy12

    Having driven and ridden in many Golfs it always the same strong body and solid handling that seems to shine. I have not always been a fan of the brand but I own a Golf now and am starting to see what all the fuss is about. It’s VW’s ability to hit the middle ground and do it well that keeps them in business.

  • avatar
    SixDucks

    I remember it well. I have a great deal of respect for a company that realizes the road they are on is coming to an end, and is willing to bet the farm on something different. The Type 1 and the rest of the air cooled rear engined VW’s represted a technological dead end in 1972, at least as far as the developed world was concerned. The last gasp was the abysmal 411/412. And even though the Dasher was dicey at best, liquid cooled front wheel drive was the way to go. The Golf/Rabbit was a winner, I knew it the first time I saw one. Alec Issigonis had the right idea all along.

  • avatar

    Great success for a latecomer. Let’s remember the Fiat 127/128, let’s not forget Renault or Peugeot with the 204. Somehow, they botched it up, however.


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