Karmann (for convertibles)
|Also called||Rabbit, Golf|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group A platform series|
|Related||Volkswagen Jetta, VW Scirocco|
The Volkswagen Golf is a compact car manufactured by Volkswagen since 1974 and marketed worldwide across six generations, in various body configurations and under various nameplates - as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada (Mk1 and Mk5), and as the Volkswagen Caribe in Mexico (Mk1).
The front-wheel drive Golf was Volkswagen's first successful replacement for the air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle. Historically, it is Volkswagen's best-selling model and the world's third best-selling model, with more than 25 million built by 2007.
Most production of the Golf was initially in the 3-door hatchback style. Other variants include a 5-door hatchback, estate/wagon (Variant, from 1993), convertible (Cabriolet and Cabrio, 1979-2002), and a Golf-derived notchback saloon/sedan, variously called Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Vento or Volkswagen Bora (from 1979). The cars have filled many market segments, from basic personal cars, to high-performance hot hatches.
The nameplate Golf derives from the German word for Gulf Stream — and the period in its history when VW named vehicles after prominent winds, including also the Passat (after the German word for Trade wind), Jetta (after Jet stream), Bora (after Bora) and Scirocco (after Sirocco).
|Successor||Volkswagen Golf Mk2|
|Related||Volkswagen Jetta Mk1
Volkswagen Scirocco Mk1/Mk2
In May, 1974 Volkswagen presented the first-generation Golf as a modern front wheel drive long-range replacement for the Volkswagen Beetle. Later Golf variations included the Golf GTI "hot hatch" (introduced in June, 1976), a Diesel-powered version (from September, 1976), the Jetta notchback saloon version (from October, 1979), the Golf Cabriolet (from January, 1980) and a Golf-based pickup, the Volkswagen Caddy. All variants proved instantly popular with the only notable technical flaw being the poor braking in RHD models, due to the master cylinder for the brakes being placed on the left for LHD cars, as Volkswagen never intended the Golf to be sold abroad.
|Predecessor||Volkswagen Golf Mk1|
|Successor||Volkswagen Golf Mk3|
|Engine(s)||1.4L 1.6L 1.8L 2.0L 1.6TD 1.9GTD|
|Related||Volkswagen Jetta Mk2
SEAT Toledo Mk1
August, 1984 saw the introduction of the second-generation Mk2 that slightly grew in terms of wheelbase, exterior and interior dimensions while retaining, in a more rounded form, the Mk1's overall look. In 1985, the first Golfs with four-wheel drive (Golf Country) went on sale with the same Syncro four-wheel drive system being employed on the supercharged G60 models, exclusively released on the continent in 1989 with 160bhp and ABS braking.
A Mk2-based second generation Jetta was unveiled in January, 1984. There was no Mk2-based Cabriolet model; instead, the Mk1 Cabriolet was continued over the Mk2's entire production run.
|Predecessor||Volkswagen Golf Mk2|
|Successor||Volkswagen Golf Mk4|
The third-generation Golf Mk3 made its home-market début in August, 1991 and again grew slightly in comparison with its immediate predecessor, while its wheelbase remained unchanged.
New engines included the first Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine in a Golf, and a narrow-angle 2.8 L VR6 engine. The VR6-engined version accelerated from 0-60 mph (100 km/h) in 7.1 seconds, posting a record 15.5 1/4 time at 90.5 mph. EPA estimate 18 mpg (city) or 25 mpg (highway), with 261 miles per tank (city) and 363 miles per tank (highway). For the first time ever, a Golf estate (Golf Variant) joined the line-up in September, 1993 (although most markets did not receive this model until early 1994), at the same time a completely new Mk3-derived Cabriolet was introduced, replacing the 13-year-old Mk1-based version. With a body style similar to that of the Golf, it was continued on until 2001 with only minor changes in the 1999 model year. The notchback version, called VW Vento (or Jetta III in North America), was presented in January, 1992.
It was European Car of the Year for 1992.
The Mk3 continued to be sold until 1999 in Canada and parts of South America, also in Mexico as a special edition called "Mi" (Golf CL 4-door, added A/C, special interiors, OEM black tinted rear stop lights, and ABS, no OEM radio) ("Mi" ("i" in red) stands for Multiport Injection and the 1.8 liter engine was upgraded to 2.0).
|Predecessor||Volkswagen Golf Mk3|
|Successor||Volkswagen Golf Mk5|
|Related||Audi A3 Mk1
Audi TT Mk1
SEAT León Mk1
SEAT Toledo Mk2
Skoda Octavia Mk1
The Golf Mk4 was first introduced in August 1997, followed by a notchback version (VW Bora or, in North America, again VW Jetta) in August, 1998 and a new Golf Variant (estate) in March, 1999. There was no Mk4-derived Cabriolet, although the Mk3 Cabriolet received a facelift in late 1999 that comprised bumpers, grill and headlights similar to those of the Mark 4 models. New high-performance models included the 3.2L VR6 engined four-wheel-drive Golf R32 introduced in 2004, a 2.8 L four-wheel drive Golf VR6 4Motion version available succeeding the Mk3 VR6 which used a 2.8 L VR6 and only had front-wheel drive, as well as the famous 1.8T (turbo) 4-cylinder used in various Volkswagen Group models.
As of 2008, certain variants of the Golf/Bora Mk4 were still in production in Brazil, China, and Mexico. Revised versions of the Mk4 are currently on sale in Canada marketed as the City Golf and City Jetta and Golf City and Jetta City in 2009. The two models are VW Canada's entry-level offerings. They received a significant freshening for the 2008 model year, including revised headlamps, taillamps, front and rear fascias, sound systems, and wheels. Both models are offered only with the 2.0 L, 8 valve SOHC 4-cylinder gasoline engine, rated at 115 hp. They are the only entry-level offerings with an optional 6 speed automatic. The production of Golf Mk4 for the US market ended in 2006. But for the European markets, the production of the fourth generation ended in 2003.
|Predecessor||Volkswagen Golf Mk4|
|Successor||Volkswagen Golf Mk6|
|Related||Audi A3 Mk2
VW Golf Mk6
SEAT León Mk2
SEAT Toledo Mk3
Skoda Octavia Mk2
In Germany, the Volkswagen Golf Mk4 was succeeded by the Golf Mk5 in 2003 in Europe. This model did not reach the North American markets until model year 2006, where it was marketed as the Rabbit. The North American base model is powered by a 2.5L 5-cylinder engine. A GTI version is powered by a turbocharged version of the 2.0 FSI engine, producing 200PS.
Volkswagen also introduced the "Fast" marketing ploy for the North American market, dedicated to the "fast" that lives inside every driver. Drivers who purchase new GTI Mk5s from a dealership are shipped a model of said Fast, which employs GTI-like features, and appears as a small animal. The GTI version is the only on sale in Mexico.
The saloon/sedan version, again called Volkswagen Jetta in most markets and built exclusively in Mexico (In Mexico this car is named Bora, in Europe it is now again named Jetta, as well), followed in 2004, a new Golf Variant in 2006. The Jetta however, is not the only variant, as the notchback version of the GTI can also be had in the GLI version. The front ends of the car are the same, with the only difference being that the GLI is a sedan, while the GTI is a "hot hatch".
Later models of the Mk5 introduced the 1.4 TSI turbocharged petrol engine with front wheel drive.
In a comparison test conducted by Car and Driver Magazine, the Volkswagen Rabbit S was named the winner among eight small cars. While it was praised for its excellent driving position, fine instruments, and strong engine, it was criticized for having high levels of road noise, uncomfortable seats, and poor fuel economy. Though, the final verdict stated, "This one is all about driving pleasure, so it wins." The Rabbit also placed first in their final comparison in December 2006.
Karmann (for convertibles)
|Predecessor||Volkswagen Golf Mk5|
|Related||Audi A3 Mk2
VW Golf Mk5
SEAT León Mk2
SEAT Toledo Mk3
The Mk6 Golf was designed by Volkswagen's chief designer Walter de'Silva, with design cues inspired from the previous generations of the Golf, particularly the Mk1 and the Mk4. The design is said to be more aerodynamic, helping fuel efficiency, and is quieter than its predecessor. Following criticism of the downgraded interior trim quality of the Mk5 Golf in comparison to the Mk4, Volkswagen opted to overhaul the interior to match the quality with the Mk4 Golf, while maintaining the same user friendliness from the Mk5. The car will also be cheaper to build than its predecessor; Volkswagen claims that it will be able to pass on these savings to the customer as a result.
Turbocharged Direct Injection diesel engines which use the common rail direct injection will replace the longstanding Pumpe Düse (PD) Unit Injector system. New on the Golf, is the optional Volkswagen Adaptive Chassis Control, which will allow the driver to select between 'normal', 'comfort' and 'sports' modes, which will vary the suspension, steering and accelerator behaviour accordingly.
The Mk6 Golf was introduced for sale in Europe in January 2009.
The car was introduced in North America in October 2009 as the 2010 Golf, rather than Rabbit.
The VW Golf has had several generations made into electric CityStromer models. The first of these was in the 1970s, when VW took a standard Golf Mk1 and converted it to electric power. By the time the Golf Mk2 came into production a limited number of electric Golfs were made, using lead-acid battery packs and a custom-made motor and controller. VW continued with the production of limited numbers of CityStromer electric cars with the introduction of the Golf Mk3. The electric CityStromer Mk3 included a Siemens based AC drive system, and lead-acid battery packs. They had a maximum speed of 60 mph and a range of approximately 50 miles. With a few exceptions only left-hand drive Golfs were converted by VW into Citystromer models. These vehicles are still used today and have popularity in mainland Europe with only a few present in England. Two right-hand drive Mk2 CityStromers were built for the UK market.
VW CEO Martin Winterkorn announced Volkswagen Golf Twin Drive plug-in hybrid vehicle based on Mk5 Golf, which uses 2.0L 122hp turbodiesel and 82-hp electric motor with lithium-ion batteries. The car can run about 50 kilometres on battery power. The combined power is 204 HP.
Volkswagen developed the Twin Drive system with 8 German partners and is planning a trial fleet of 20 Golfs outfitted with the system in 2010.
The production version was expected to be based on Mk6 Golf featuring a 1.5L turbodiesel engine and electric motor, with estimated arrival date of 2015.
The Golf has been very popular with British buyers since its introduction in 1974. By March 2009, nearly 1,500,000 had been sold in Britain, making it the eighth most popular car ever sold there. 
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|economy car||. . . Beetle (Type 1) . . .|
|supermini||Polo Mk1 . . .|
|Derby Mk1 . . .|
|small family car||Type 3||Golf Mk1 . . .|
|K70 (NSU)||Passat Mk1 . . .|
|coupé||Karmann Ghia||Scirocco I . . .|
|Type 34 Karmann Ghia||VW-Porsche 914|
|utility vehicle||Type 181 Kurierwagen/Trekker . . .|
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|supermini||... Polo/Derby Mk1||Polo/Derby/Classic Mk2||Polo/Classic Mk2F||Polo/Classic Mk3||Polo Mk3F||Polo Mk4||Polo Mk4F||Polo Mk5|
|... Type 1 (Beetle)||New Beetle|
|... Golf Mk1||Golf Mk2||Golf Mk3||Golf Mk4||Golf Mk5||Golf Mk6|
|... Jetta Mk1||Jetta Mk2||Vento||Bora||Jetta Mk5|
|large family car||Passat I||Passat II||Passat III||Passat IV||Passat V||Passat VI|
|exec. luxury car||Phaeton|
|coupé||... Scirocco I||Scirocco II||Scirocco III|
|convertible||. . . Golf Mk1 Cabriolet||Golf Mk2 Cabriolet||Golf Mk3 Cabriolet||New Beetle Cabriolet|
|Founder: Deutsche Arbeitsfront • Volkswagen corporate website • A marque of the Volkswagen Group • Das Auto • 4motion • G40 / G60|
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|economy||Beetle (Type 1)|
|compact||Fastback / Squareback (Type 3)||Rabbit I|
|coupé||Karmann Ghia||Scirocco I|
|Karmann Ghia Convertible|
|van||Microbus (Type 2 - T1)||Microbus (Type 2 - T2)|
|utility||181 Thing / Safari|
|founder: Deutsche Arbeitsfront • Volkswagen corporate website • A marque of the Volkswagen Group • Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. • Volkswagen Group of America corporate website • North American Volkswagen engines|
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|subcompact||Fox / Fox wagon|
|compact||Rabbit Mk1||Golf Mk2||Golf Mk3||Golf Mk4||Rabbit Mk5||Golf Mk6|
|Jetta Mk1||Jetta Mk2||Jetta Mk3||Jetta Mk4||Jetta Mk5|
|mid-size||Quantum||Passat Mk3||Passat Mk4||Passat Mk5||Passat Mk6|
|coupé||Scirocco I||Scirocco II||Corrado||Passat CC|
|New Beetle Convertible|
|van||Vanagon (Type 2 - T3)||Eurovan (T4)||Routan|
|mid-size SUV||Touareg||Touareg 2|
|founder: Deutsche Arbeitsfront • Volkswagen corporate website • A marque of the Volkswagen Group • Das Auto • 4motion • Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. • Volkswagen Group of America corporate website • Electronics Research Laboratory • North American Volkswagen engines|
|Volkswagen Passenger Cars timeline, South American market, 1980–present — a marque of the Volkswagen Group|
|Gol / Parati (I)||Gol / Parati (IF)||Gol / Parati (II)||Gol / Parati / Gol Country (III)||Gol / Parati / Gol Country (IV)|
|Voyage / Gacel (I)||Amazon / Senda (IF)||Polo Classic (Mk3)|
|supermini||Fox / CrossFox|
|SpaceFox / Suran|
|Polo (Mk4)||Polo (Mk4F)|
|Pointer||Golf Mk3||Golf Mk4|
|Apollo||Logus||Bora||Vento / Jetta (Mk5)|
|Passat (B1)||Passat (B3)||Passat (B4)||Passat (B5)|
|Santana / Carat / Quantum|
|car-derived van||Caddy III|
|pickup truck||Saveiro (I)||Saveiro (IF)||Saveiro (II)||Saveiro (III)||Saveiro (IV)|
|panel van||Volkswagen Transporter|
|founder: Deutsche Arbeitsfront • Volkswagen corporate website • A marque of the Volkswagen Group • Das Auto • 4motion • Volkswagen do Brasil|