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Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is a compact car that has been in production since 1974. The Golf has been a top contender for the European Car of the Year award, every year since it went into production. Only one year’s model, however, has actually received that award: the 1992 Volkswagen Golf Mk3. Contrary to popular belief, the name Golf does not come from the sport. It actually comes from the German word for “gulf stream.”

The first generation of Golf cars were actually manufactured under a different name in the United States and Canada, and were front wheel drive. In America, the early Volkswagen Golf was instead the Volkswagen Rabbit. This first generation model was very box-like in exterior desing. In Canada it was marketed as the Volkswagen Caribe. Both were meant to replace the VW Beetle.

In 1983 Volkswagen introduced the second generation of the Golf line. The design was more rounded, with a larger wheel base. In ’85 the premier 4WD Golf was produced, as the Golf syncro. By 1989 the second generation of these compact cars had 160 horsepower and included anti-lock brakes.

From 1991 to 1999 Volkswagen drastically improved the performance and quality from earlier models. A new turbocharged direct injection engine was now available, with a 2.8-liter VR6 and the ability to go from 0 – 60 in 7.1 seconds – a remarkable feet for the time. It also was able to obtain an impressive 32 MPG on the highway and 26 around town. This was especially remarkable for that time.

Today’s Volkswagen Golf made its premier appearance at the Paris Motor Show in 2008. The all-new design, compliments of chief engineer, Walter de’Silva, gave the new Golf better fuel efficiency and a sleeker look.

With 38 years of experience producing these compact cars, it will be interesting to see what is to come, in terms of improvements, of future Golf models.

Volkswagen Golf Reviews by Year

2012 Volkswagen Golf
Whether you like hatchbacks or not, it’s pretty hard to argue with a starting MSRP of just$17,995 for the 2012 Volkswagen Golf. The boldly redesigned exterior dimensions of the Golf give it a highly aerodynamic figure, generating greater fuel economy. The handle for the hatchback is conveniently also the VW logo and bi-xenon headlights coupled with LED daytime running lights ensure others can see you and you can see everything in the road ahead. Both side mirrors are equipped with turn signals on the bottom of the mirror, rather than on the actual glass. Unique to the Golf is the hot wax flooding, making it the most waterproof vehicle in its class. .

Inside the cabin of the 2012 Golf, consumers will be delighted to find heated front driver and passenger seats, equipped with 3 different heat settings. The steering-wheel-mounted controls include music and cruise control settings, allowing the driver to focus on the task at hand. It also has some of the best cargo space available in its class, with an impressive 46 cubic feet. more
2011 Volkswagen Golf
The 2011 Volkswagen Golf has really been around since 1974. In 2007, it was called the Rabbit, but in 2010 reverted to the Golf name after a major renovation of the design.
2010 Volkswagen Golf
Welcome back, 2010 Volkswagen Golf! After four years of unavailability in North America, this compact, fun and economical car has returned by the graces of its German masters.
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