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A compact car produced by Volkswagen. The first production Mark I Golf rolled off of the assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany on March 29, 1974.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Volkswagen Golf page on 13 October 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Volkswagen Golf is a compact car produced by the German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen since 1974, marketed worldwide across seven generations, in various body configurations and under various nameplates – such as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada (Mk1 and Mk5), and as the Volkswagen Caribe in Mexico (Mk1).

The original Golf Mk1 was a front-wheel drive, front-engined replacement for the air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive Volkswagen Beetle. Historically, the Golf is Volkswagen's best-selling model and the world's second best-selling model, with more than 29 million built by 2012.

Initially, most Golf production was in the 3-door hatchback style. Other variants include a 5-door hatchback, station wagon (Variant, from 1993), convertible (Cabriolet and Cabrio, 1979–2002, Cabriolet, 2011–present), and a Golf-derived notchback sedan, variously called Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Vento (from 1992) or Volkswagen Bora (from 1999). The cars have filled many market segments, from being a basic, everyday car, to high-performance hot hatches.

The Volkswagen Golf has won many awards throughout its history. The Golf won the World Car of the Year in 2009, with the Volkswagen Golf Mk6 and in 2013 with the Volkswagen Golf Mk7. The VW Golf is one of only three cars, the others being the Renault Clio and Opel/Vauxhall Astra, to have been voted European Car of the Year twice, in 1992 and 2013. The Volkswagen Golf has made the Car and Driver annual 10 Best list multiple times. The Golf Mk 7 won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award in 2015, and the Mk1 GTI also won the award in 1985.


Multimedia

7 April 2019 (7:17PM)
Adventurous Dutchman and His Electric Car Complete Historic 3-Year Journey
Arash Arabasadi, VOA News

Three years ago, a Dutchman climbed into his electric car and set out on a journey. Sunday, a motorcade of electric vehicles escorted him and his converted Volkswagen across an iconic bridge in Australia as he finished his record-setting adventure. VOA's Arash Arabasadi takes us for a ride.

Download Adventurous Dutchman and His Electric Car Complete Historic 3-Year Journey - 36.7MB - 1:46


DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
4 September 20142014 Volkswagen Golf R Review
Matt Hubbard for Speedmonkey

Article Page
- 21.0MB - 4:03


Photographs

Modified Volkswagen Golf Model Car Modified
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Modified Volkswagen Golf Model Car Modified
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Modified Volkswagen Golf Model Car Modified
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Modified Volkswagen Golf Model Car Modified
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Modified Volkswagen Golf Model Car Modified
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion TDI BlueMotion
2013 Geneva International Motor Show
Photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion TDI BlueMotion
2013 Geneva International Motor Show
Photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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Volkswagen Golf Estate Concept R-Line Estate Concept R-Line
2013 Geneva International Motor Show
Photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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Volkswagen Golf Estate Concept R-Line Estate Concept R-Line
2013 Geneva International Motor Show
Photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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Volkswagen Golf Estate Concept R-Line Estate Concept R-Line
2013 Geneva International Motor Show
Photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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Volkswagen Golf Estate Concept R-Line Estate Concept R-Line
2013 Geneva International Motor Show
Photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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Volkswagen Golf Estate Concept R-Line Estate Concept R-Line
2013 Geneva International Motor Show
Photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 1996On-Site Air Bag Investigation
1995 Volkswagen Golf III City, 4-door hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 40.3MB - 145 pages
September 1999Veridian On-Site Air Bag Related Child Passenger Fatality Investigation
Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen Golf GL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 243KB - 19 pages
October 2002On-Site Advanced Occupant Protection System Investigation
Vehicle - 2002 Volkswagen Golf GLS
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 39.8MB - 17 pages
5 October 2005FMVSS 301-Fuel System Integrity
2005 Volkswagen Golf 4-Door Hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.9MB - 42 pages
February 2006Side Curtain and Side Air Bag Investigation/Vehicle to Objects
2003 Volkswagen Golf
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6,570KB - 34 pages
30 September 2011NHTSA Recall 11V490000
2010-2012 Audi A3, 2010-2012 Volkswagen Golf, 2009-2012 Volkswagen Jetta
Fuel System, Diesel
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
30 September 2011Notification of Voluntary Recall
From: Christopher T. Sandvig, Volkswagen Group of America
To: Claude H. Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 303KB - 1 page
October 2011Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Voluntary Safety Recall 23J9
Volkswagen
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 39KB - 3 pages
October 2011Safety Recall 23J8/K5
Audi of America, Inc./Volkswagen
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 101KB - 8 pages
3 October 2011Mandatory Stop-Sale Order and Upcoming Voluntary Safety Recall 23J9
Volkswagen
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 33KB - 2 pages
4 October 20112009-2012 Model Year Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen (U.S.)/Golf Wagon (CAN) 2010-2012 Model Year Golf Diesel Fuel Injection Lines
Volkswagen
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 239KB - 11 pages
5 October 2011Diesel Fuel Injection Lines
From: Ric Willard, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Christopher T. Sandvig, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 27KB - 3 pages
5 October 2011Notification of Voluntary Recall - Amendment
From: Christopher T. Sandvig, Volkswagen Group of America
To: Claude H. Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 195KB - 1 page
5 October 2011Upcoming Voluntary Safety Recall 23J9
Volkswagen
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 33KB - 2 pages
20 October 2011Notification of Voluntary Recall - Amendment to 11V-490
From: Christopher T. Sandvig, Volkswagen Group of America
To: Claude H. Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 23KB - 1 page
9 November 20112010-2012 Model Year A3 Diesel Fuel Injection Lines
AudiNHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 505KB - 29 pages
10 November 2011Voluntary Recall Amendment - NHTSA Code 11V-490
From: Christopher T. Sandvig, Volkswagen Group of America
To: Claude H. Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 230KB - 1 page
1 December 2011Voluntary Recall Amendment- NHTSA Code 11V-490
From: Christopher T. Sandvig, Volkswagen Group of America
To: Claude H. Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 21KB - 1 page
31 January 2012Quarterly Recall Completion Report
Volkswagen Group of America
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 50KB - 3 pages
27 April 2012Quarterly Recall Completion Report
Volkswagen Group of America
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 48KB - 3 pages
31 October 2012Quarterly Recall Completion Report
Volkswagen Group of America
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 551KB - 3 pages
25 January 2013Quarterly Recall Completion Report
Volkswagen Group of America
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 85KB - 3 pages
26 April 2013Quarterly Recall Completion Report
Volkswagen Group of America
NHTSA Recall 11V490000

PDF
- 107KB - 3 pages
30 July 2015Part 573 Safety Recall Report: 15V-483
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

PDF
- 29KB - 4 pages
4 August 2015NHTSA Recall 15V483000 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, 2010-2013 Volkswagen Eos, 2011-2014 Volkswagen Golf, 2011-2014 Volkswagen GTI, 2010-2013 Volkswagen Jetta, 2010-2014 Volkswagen Passat, 2010-2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
AIR BAGS: Air Bag Clock Spring
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
5 August 2015Part 573 Safety Recall Report: 15V-483
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

PDF
- 113KB - 4 pages
12 August 2015Air Bag Clock Spring may Fail
To: Chris Sandvig, Volkswagen Group of America
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 113KB - 2 pages
13 August 2015Upcoming Safety Recall – Steering Wheel Clock Spring, Certain 2010-2014 MY Volkswagen Vehicles
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

PDF
- 50KB - 7 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
5 May 1994Receipt of Petition for Determination That Nonconforming 1988 Volkswagen Golf Rallye Passenger Cars Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (William A. Boehly)
18 July 1994Determination That Nonconforming 1988 Volkswagen Golf Rallye Passenger Cars Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (William A. Boehly)
26 July 1994Determination that Nonconforming 1988 Volkswagen Golf Passenger Cares Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (William A. Boehly)
24 January 2004Tough Hella Non-Contact Sensors Move Under the HoodHella North America
29 April 2005Papst-Golf bei eBay im Angebot Wikinews
2 May 2005Papst-Golf bei eBay auf 60.000 Euro gestiegen Wikinews
5 May 2005Der Papst-Golf schlägt alle Rekorde Wikinews
5 May 2005Der Papst-Golf steht kurz vor dem Ende der Auktion auf 172.150 Euro Wikinews
5 May 2005Ratzingers Golf wechselt den Besitzer Wikinews
6 May 2005Pope Benedict's Car Fetches More Than $244,000 in Online AuctionVoice of America
15 August 20072008 VW Golf BlueMotion To Debut At FrankfurtAnthony Fontanelle
29 May 2008Volkswagen Hybrid For 2010Anthony Fontanelle
28 June 2008Langzeittests mit 20 Elektroautos in Berlin Wikinews
9 December 20092010 Volkswagen Golf: Redefining The GameGary Witzenburg, autoMedia.com
15 December 20092010 Volkswagen Golf Road Test ReviewGary Witzenburg
15 July 2012VW Golf Mk1 with a Porsche engine Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
4 September 2012VW Golf MkVII - prices, pictures and specs Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
27 September 20122013 Golf GTi - pictures and specs Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
16 October 2012Spotted - VW Golf Rallye Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
5 November 2012Living with - VW Golf GTi Anniversary Colin Hubbard
24 November 20122012 Volkswagen Golf, TheWolfe Tone
24 November 20122012 Volkswagen Golf A Great Selling Car, TheWolfe Tone
16 December 2012VW Golf GTi W12 650 Concept remembered Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
18 January 2013We create the ultimate hot hatch (and all because of the new Golf) Colin Hubbard
21 February 2013New VW Golf GTD - a car for petrolhead company car drivers Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
28 February 2013New Golf GTi - specs, pricing and images Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
15 March 2013Spotted - VW Mk2 Golf Country. An SUV Golf Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
2 April 2013Volkswagen officially accept 'stanced' cars are part of their culture Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
14 February 2013Golf R Cabriolet - Specs, price and images Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
10 June 2013Spotted - 2001 Golf GT TDI 150 Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
14 June 2013VW slash price of Golf R Cabriolet by £5600 Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
20 August 2013Here's the Volkswagen Golf R and it's very, very fast Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
25 October 2013How To Shoot Yourself In The Foot Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
17 March 2014VW MK4 How To Replace Inventory Speakers With AftermarketMiklas Kristoffersen
27 May 2014Friday Night Fight: Volkswagen Golf vs. Ford Focus and Why We Really Buy CarsBill Crittenden
4 September 20142014 Volkswagen Golf R Review Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
11 September 2014Silence - that’s the sound of the police (coming for you in a VW e-Golf) Luke Ottaway
1 March 2016Volkswagen Group of America, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
26 October 2016Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
8 June 2017Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
8 July 2018How The Hell Can A 10 Year Old BMW 320d Be Better Than A New VW Golf R? Matthew Hubbard, Speedmonkey


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