Volkswagen Golf to celebrate 50th birthday with a facelift

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From its humble beginnings as a replacement for the original people’s car, VW’s hatchback has gone on to spawn high-performance legends such as the GTI and Golf R, and limited-edition Clubsport versions. With each new model generation, the car has become larger, safer and more hi-tech.

The eighth-generation Golf made its world debut in early 2020 and moved further into the digital realm with new semi-autonomous driving aids and hi-tech infotainment. It was launched in South Africa in 2021 and is only available in high-performance GTI and R models.

In its half-century year the Golf 8 is being enhanced with a visual revamp, new assist systems, new powertrains and updated infotainment systems, with details to be announced in a few weeks’ time.

To commemorate the anniversary year Volkswagen will present historic Golf models at various events, starting with a display of the first seven generations at the Salon Rétromobile show in Paris from January 31 to February 4.

From February 2-4 the company will show a Golf I and the unique EA 276 concept car — the Golf predecessor from 1969 developed in Wolfsburg — at the Bremen Classic Motorshow.


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