The Volkswagen Golf has been made and sold by German car manufacturer Volkswagen since the mid 1970s.
This highly popular car is a common sight on UK roads, from the original Golf Mk1 (sold as the VW Rabbit in the US!) to the Golf Mk7 which won Car of the Year in Japan after being introduced in 2013.
It’s a well known and much loved vehicle with a lot of history. However, here are four things you might not know about the VW Golf:
The name’s origin
There is much debate about the origin of the name ‘Golf’. It would be easy to conclude that it’s named after the popular sport, especially when many GTIs feature a gearstick that resembles a golf ball! However, there may be another explanation. Volkswagen has been known to name its cars after currents and winds, for example Bora. The German spelling of the word gulf? Golf!
It wasn’t the first hot hatch
Although the hot hatchback (or hot hatch) was undeniably made popular by the VW Golf GTI made in 1976, it wasn’t the first, as is so often claimed. Several cars in the early 1970s had already featured similar designs and the Renault 5 Alpine hot hatch was even on sale a few months before the GTI!
An award-winning car
As well as winning World Car of the Year in 2009 and 2013 respectively, the VW Golf is one of only two cars in the world to have been awarded European Car of the Year – twice!
A best-selling car
With almost 30 million VW Golfs produced by 2012, it’s not only the German car manufacturer’s bestselling model, but the second bestselling model in the world too!
So, next time you see a VW Golf for sale or travelling down the road, remember how far they’ve driven since the 1970s!