The Golf is turning 45. On 29 March 1974, the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg officially started production of what would become its best-seller. Since then, the successor to the legendary Beetle has sold more than 35 million units all over the world. In purely mathematical terms, a new Golf has been ordered somewhere in the world every 41 seconds, every day, without interruption, since the start of production (SOP) 45 years ago. That is an average of around 780,000 vehicles per year.
Volkswagen has put the fun back into the beach buggy scene with its very own zero emissions high-tech vehicle for summer. It’s called the ID.BUGGY and there are plenty of parallels to the Californian dune buggies that were all the rage in the sixties.
Volkswagen is will celebrate the world premiere of the new Touareg V8 TDI at next week’s Geneva International Motor Show. Its output of 415 bhp makes it the most powerful SUV with a diesel engine from a German manufacturer. The maximum torque of the high tech turbo diesel engine reaches 663 ft lb. The new flagship vehicle will come on the market at the end of May.
Volkswagen is bringing a legend back to life. At the beginning of March, the Wolfsburg-based Group will reveal the first fully electric version of a new buggy. Taking its cues from popular American dune buggies, the concept vehicle is based…
Regular readers of this column may remember that I have said in the past that the market for electric cars would probably have two separate take-off points ñ one, a surge in demand as large numbers of buyers start to…
A higher proportion of Volkswagen buyers in Germany chose diesel power last year, compared to other forms of propulsion, with the diesel market share percentage at 43 per cent last year, compared to 39 per cent in 2017.
2019 Diesel Car & Eco Car Used Car Top 50 – Volkswagen’s Golf is in 19th place and is our Best Plug-In Hybrid Car
The Golf’s reputation makes it one of the most sought after used cars, and with suitably high residual values. Despite being around since 2012, the Mk7 still looks fresh, a fact aided by the subtle updates in 2017 that require a spot-the-difference comparison.
If you’ve grown out of a Golf, the Tiguan is the logical next step. In fact, it’s based on the Mk5 hatch, but with SUV bodywork and clever sliding and folding rear seats that boost versatility.
By the time the seventh generation Passat was available, it was a very mature piece of kit, with a polished personality and ultra-conservative styling. With a cavernous boot, the estate is loads more practical and arguably better looking too, so it’s no surprise that they also tend to hold their value a bit better, too.
With the Scirocco no longer in production, used prices are being bolstered as fans of the coupé realise there are few like-for-like competitors now available. The Scirocco certainly holds appeal, not only because of its stylish looks, but because it shares plenty of technology with the esteemed Golf GTD.