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The Volkswagen Golf or VW Golf (Mk1 and Mk5 badged as Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada, Mk1 badged as Volkswagen Caribe in Mexico) is a compact car/small family car manufactured by Volkswagen. 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 Vent- or Volkswagen Bora (from 1979). The cars have filled many market segments, from basic personal cars, t- high-performance hot hatches.

On its home market, the Golf's success popularised the use of the hatchback in the C segment of cars, and began the entire Golf-class car. Contents

* 1 Golf Mk1 (A1/Typ 17, 1974-1983) * 2 Golf Mk2 (A2/Typ 19E, 1983-1992) * 3 Golf Mk3 (A3/Typ 1H, 1992-1999) * 4 Golf Mk4 (A4/Typ 1J, 1999.5-2006) * 5 Golf Mk5 (A5/Typ 1K, 2003-present) * 6 Golf Mk6 * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links

Golf Mk1 (A1/Typ 17, 1974-1983)

Main article: Volkswagen Golf Mk1

VW Golf Mk1 VW Golf Mk1

In May, 1974 Volkswagen presented the first-generation Golf as a modern front wheel drive long-range replacement of the Beetle. Early versions included a now-sought-after 'swallowtail' rear end. Later Golf variations included the Golf GTI (introduced in June, 1976), a Diesel-powered version (from September, 1976), a notchback saloon version called Jetta (from October, 1979), the Cabriolet (from January, 1980) and a Golf-based pickup, the VW Caddy. All variants proved instantly popular with the only notable technical flaw being the poor braking in RHD models, due t- the master cylinder for the brakes being placed on the left for LHD cars, as Volkswagen never intended the Golf t- be sold abroad.

In North America, the Golf Mk1 was sold as the Volkswagen Rabbit. In Mexico, the Golf Mk1 was sold as the Volkswagen Caribe.

As of 2008, the Golf Mk1 is still being produced in South Africa as the Volkswagen Citi Golf.

Golf Mk2 (A2/Typ 19E, 1983-1992)

Main article: Volkswagen Golf Mk2

VW Golf Mk2 VW Golf Mk2

August, 1983 saw the introduction of the second-generation Mk2 that slightly grew in terms of wheelbase, exterior and interior dimensions while retaining in somewhat 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 Synchr- 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 n- Mk2-based Cabriolet model; instead, the Mk1 Cabriolet was continued over the Mk2's entire production run.

Golf Mk3 (A3/Typ 1H, 1992-1999)

Main article: Volkswagen Golf Mk3

VW Golf Mk3 North American version VW Golf Mk3 North American version

The third-generation Golf Mk3 made its home-market debut in August, 1991 and again grew slightly in comparison with its immediate predecessor, while its wheelbase remained unchanged.

New engines included the first TDI diesel in a Golf and a narrow-angle 2.8 L V6, called, in VW terminology, a VR6 engine. 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 Mark 3-derived Cabriolet was introduced, replacing the 13-year-old MK1-based version.

The notchback version, called VW Vent- (or Jetta III in North America), was presented in January, 1992.

It was European Car of the Year for 1992.

MK3 continued t- be sold until 1999 in Canada and parts of South America

Golf Mk4 (A4/Typ 1J, 1999.5-2006)

Main article: Volkswagen Golf Mk4

VW Golf Mk4 (US) VW Golf Mk4 (US)

The Golf Mk4 was first introduced in August, 1999, 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 n- Mk4 derived Cabriolet, although the Mk3 Cabriolet received a facelift in late 1999 that comprised bumpers, grill and headlights similar t- those of the Mark 4 models. New high-performance models included the 3.2L VR6 engined four-wheel-drive Golf R32 introduced in 2002. There was als- a 2.8L four-wheel drive Golf V6 4Motion version available, succeeding the Mk3 VR6 which used a 2.8L VR6 and only had front-wheel drive.

As of 2008, certain variants of the Golf/Bora Mk4 are 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. The tw- 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 2.0L 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 USDM ended in 2006.

Golf Mk5 (A5/Typ 1K, 2003-present)

Main article: Volkswagen Golf Mk5

VW Golf Mk5 VW Golf Mk5

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 GTI MKV.

Volkswagen als- introduced the "Fast", a marketing ploy dedicated t- the "fast" that lives inside every driver. Drivers wh- purchase new GTI MKV's 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 one on sale in Mexico.

The notchback version, again called VW Jetta in most markets and built exclusively in Mexic- (In Mexic- 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 Golf Cabriolet has been effectively replaced by the Volkswagen Eos.

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, s- it wins." The Rabbit als- placed first in their last comparison in December 2006.

Golf Mk6

Main article Volkswagen Golf Mk6

Volkswagen intends t- base the next-generation Golf on the existing Golf V platform.. This vehicle is expected t- be debuted at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

The Mk6 Golf will be designed by Volkswagen's chief designer Walter de'Silva with design cues inspired from the previous generations of the Golf, particularly of that from the Mk1 and the Mk4. The designs are als- said t- 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 t- the Mk4, Volkswagen had opted t- overhaul the interior t- match the quality that is on par with the Mk4 Golf, while maintaining the same user friendliness from the Mk5. The car will als- be cheaper t- build than its predecessor, Volkswagen claims that it will be able t- pass on these savings t- the customer as a result.

Turbodiesels will use the common rail direct injection which will replace the Pump Duse system. New on the Golf is the optional Volkswagen Adaptive Chassis Control which will allow the driver t- select between normal, comfort and sports modes which will vary the suspension, steering and accelerator behaviour accordingly.[
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