VW Classic celebrates 40 years of Golf at Techno Classica

Article by Christian A., on March 26, 2014

The Volkswagen Classic stand at the Techno Classica will feature one of the oldest existing Golf I models coming from Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen. VW’s exhibition in hall 7.0 of the world fair for vintage and classic vehicles in Essen, Germany will focus on the 40th birthday of the Golf and seven sporty Beetles.

Under the motto ‘40 Years of Golf', Volkswagen Classic will exhibit one of the oldest Golf Is, which marked the commencement of long-running success that still happens today. The first Golf rolled off the production line on the Mittelland Canal central Germany exactly 40 years ago. Since introducing the Golf I, VW has already sold over 30 million units.

To celebrate the anniversary, VW has tapped Hans-Joachim ‘Strietzel' Stuck, one of the best-known German-speaking racing drivers and an owner of a Golf I GTI, for the event to sign autographs. Volkswagen Classic will also display at the Techno Classica a collection of sporty ‘Power Beetles.'

The exhibit has been made available by the AutoMuseum Volkswagen Foundation for the Techno Classica. VW will also exhibit a cutaway Golf I that features a number of extras. The unit can be viewed at the Volkswagen Classic Parts stand and will be highlighting the oldest Wolfsburg vehicle collection.

The latest version of Volkswagen Golf is finally launched in Berlin after the original Golf redefined the concept of a small family car about 36 years ago. Now in its seventh generation, the development of this new model is supported by the success of the previous versions it preceded which sold more than 29 million units that brought a whole new level of comfort, safety, practicality and efficiency.

It also offers a spacious interior to make room for more passengers, more advanced technological elements like never before and a mass that’s 100 kg lighter compared to its previous version, which improves its efficiency by 23 percent. Its robust body structure and safety systems which can either be active or passive guarantee as well Golf’s improved safety measures.

It is also built on a Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB) platform or the Modular Transverse Matrix which helps regulate a number of vehicle component parameters among vehicle classes and brands and also allows access to improvements in safety and infotainment systems.

This car’s width measures 4, 225 mm which is now 56 mm longer compared to its previous versions and its wheelbase is now 59 mm longer at 2,637 mm. To help generate more interior space, its front wheels are moved 43 mm further forward and while the car measures 1,799 mm which is 13 mm wider, its lift is also at 1, 452 mm which is 28 mm lower than its previous version. These alterations in measurements help improve the co-efficient drag by 10 percent at 0.27 Cd.

Volkswagen recently unveiled the new Golf in Berlin. This comes 36 years after the brand introduced the original model, the same model that managed to redefine the concept of a small family car. The new version will be the seventh generation and will continue to build on the success of the prior versions while bringing new levels to the segment as it relates to comfort, efficiency, safety, and practicality.

To date, at least 29 million units of the Golf have already been sold. With an overall length of 4,255 mm, the new Golf is longer by 56 mm that the previous model. Wheelbase measures 2,637 mm, longer by 59 mm. In terms of total width, the new model is wider by 13 mm at 1,799 mm. It is lower than its predecessor by 28 mm with a height of 1,452 mm.

By positioning the front wheels forward by 43 mm, it results in the interior getting more space. These proportions result in the new Golf having a coefficient of drag at 0.27, 10% better than the prior Golf. Indeed, the new Golf is able to offer more space for the occupants and the technological features equipped are more advanced than ever.

Even with these modifications, the use of new production methods has allowed the Golf Mk VII to be lighter by as much 100 kg compared to the model it is replacing. Further it also ensures that the new model is more efficient by 23%. In addition, safety has also been enhanced. One factor is its stronger body structure, which actually weighs lighter by 23 kg.

Helping improve safety is a wide range of active and passive safety systems, both fitted as standard and offered as an option. Volkswagen disclosed that the Golf was created under the Modularer Querbaukasten platform (MQB), also known as the Modular Transverse Matrix. By having this architecture, a number of vehicle component parameters are standardized not only across brands but also among vehicle classes.

Further, this enables the new Golf to access new technologies and new powertrains. These include innovations in the areas of infotainment and safety. Before today, these features have generally been reserved for models coming from higher segments.

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