Car of the Year 2013
Volkswagen have been celebrating, not only is the Volkswagen Golf been named 'Car of the Year 2013' but the 30 millionth Golf has just rolled off the assembly line at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg. Production of this successful and most popular car started back in 1974; statistics show that two thousand people have purchased a new Golf every day for the past thirty nine years. There has been seven generations of the Volkswagen Golf, Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen brand said "it all began in 1974 with a revolution, the step from the Beetle to the Golf was revolutionary. A new vehicle layout was created with the conversion from an air-cooled rear engine to a water-cooled front engine and from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive. In terms of the car's styling, Volkswagen designers switched from round shapes to a rectangular design structure based on the legendary design study by Giorgio Giugiaro". The Golf II appeared in 1983 together with new Volkswagen technologies such as the controlled catalytic converter and later in 1986 all-wheel drive and ABS.In 1991 the new Volkswagen Golf III initiated a new era of safety in the third generation. For one, the Golf III was the first model in the series to offer front airbags in 1992; for another, great progress in the area of body manufacturing led to further improvements in crash properties. In 1993 the first TDI engine of the model series was also introduced in this Golf.