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Countdown To Golf Update: The First Golf – Birth Of An Icon

By Maddy Price
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 14:56

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With the new updated Volkswagen Golf expected in November, VW have released a series of videos celebrating the evolution of the iconic car.

Retrospective: 1974. The year when ABBA won the European Song Contest with “Waterloo” and Germany won the World Cup for the second time. The year when Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in the most legendary boxing match of all time. The year when Volkswagen presented the first Golf.

The first generation was an instant success; the successor to the Beetle achieved sales of 6.99 million. Klaus Bischoff says: “The step from the Beetle to the Golf was revolutionary. The change from the air-cooled rear engine to the water-cooled front engine created a completely new vehicle layout.” Round became square – a paradigm shift. Bischoff, Head of Design at Volkswagen explains: “The main design elements of the Golf Mk1 were the side profile with its upright, solid C-pillar; the distinctive wheel arches; and the horizontal front with the slim grille and downwardly protruding head-lights – present to this very day in every Golf.” These are stylistic features of the most successful compact car design in the world.

 

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