The Volkswagen Golf was initially designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and named after the Golfstrom which is german for Gulfstream. Volkswagen’s Golf first appeared in 1974 and came equipped with a fuel-injected 1.6-liter motor which was capable of a little over 100 mph. The first generation sold 2.5 million units locally and Volkswagen eventually became the second European company behind Rolls-Royce to open a factory in the United States. 1955 was the year and Englewood Cliffs New Jersey was the place where it all started in the states. Now with the Volkswagen Golf being driven on the road now for 45 years, it has surpassed over 35 million units.
After over 40 years and 7 generations on the road, Volkswagen’s standard Golf model will finally be coming to an end after the 2021 model is released. Don’t worry the GTI and R will still be available to enjoy. This well-balanced commuter car’s sales numbers have always been great in the United States, but in 2020 VW sold only a little over 20,000 units. The production coming to an end in its plant in Puebla was fitting since the GTI and R models make up most of the Golfs sales. The GTI and the R models will still be coming from Wolfsburg, Germany as an 8th generation soon to the United States.
The 2021 standard Volkswagen Golf will only come in the TSI trim level only and will be powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged motor. Consumers will have the option of a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission. It will come well equipped with heated seats, keyless entry, alloy wheels and a satisfying amount of drivers assist standard
Starting at $24,190, the Volkswagen Golf can still be had for one more year before it’s no more so you have time to decide if you’re in the market and comparing vehicles. If you love the Golf, but need more performance out of it the MK8 GTI and Golf R will be available this fall with the GTI starting at $28,595 and the Golf R around $45,000.