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.

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