Time flies these days and there’s evidence in loads of things, including what you see here, a mid-life facelift for the Mk8 Golf. While some people in SA are still getting their pre-facelift Mk8 R models, the facelift has arrived. The timing of the release of this new facelifted version of the world’s most popular hatchback coincides with the model line’s 50th anniversary. The first series-produced Golf was built at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg at the end of March 1974 and the official launch began in May of that year to mark the start of the new era of front-mounted engines with a front-wheel drive drivetrain. The new concept was so well received that by October of 1976, a whopping one million Golf had rolled off the assembly line. Since then the Golf has become a class leader with a plethora of spin-offs and related models with numerous trim levels. These days there’s a Variant, Cabriolet, e-Golf, GTI, GTD, GTE, and the flagship Golf R. To date, over eight generations of the car more than 37 million Golfs have been sold. Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars: “The Golf has been at the heart of the Volkswagen brand for half a century now, offering affordable mobility for all at the highest technical level. This is precisely what we are now building on with the new evolutionary stage – with even higher efficiency, comfort and quality and a new operating concept. The Golf does not get any better than this.” Imelda Labbé, Member of the Volkswagen Board of Management for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales: "With Golf, we have written a unique success story. The Golf stands for the Volkswagen brand like no other model. A car for all generations. And this has been the case for 50 years. With the continuous technical development of the new Golf, we are now adding another chapter to this success story."
Take a look at the YouTube video from the world premiere of the facelifted Mk8 Golf that's now in the Mk8.5 phase, bang on 50 years after the world was introduced to the game-changing Mk1. Eight and a half generations later, the world's most popular hatchback is packed with technology, great drivetrains, and some pretty impressive power under the GTI banner. Hopefully, the top-spec versions will be here before the Mk9 is revealed: World premiere: New VW Golf 2024! | Volkswagen