Volkswagen Golf II Celebrates 30th Anniversary

1983 Volkswagen Golf II 1 photo
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Four decades ago, Volkswagen wasn't the large conglomerate we know them as today. Fresh off the success of the Beetle, they launched the Golf, a small, reliable car with a hatchback. The first generation launched in 1974 was hugely successful, but in 1983, it evolved into Golf II.
We say "evolved" because the car codenamed the A2/Typ 19E/1G was actually based on the car it replaced, offering increased wheelbase, exterior and interior dimensions.

To celebrate 30 years of Golf II, Volkswagen Auto Museum is dedicating a special exhibition to the birthday boy and hosting open days for the whole month of October.

While it's not the first Golf, the Mk2 is probably the most important affordable car of the 1980s. Its platform was used by the second generation Jetta in January 1984, but also the Corrado and the first-ever Seat Toledo. It was also the first Golf to feature four-whee drive.
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