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Volkswagen is preparing a major update for the Golf. World premiere coming up in November. It will be the update of a style-icon. Head of design at Volkswagen Klaus Bischoff said, “There are only a few cars in the world other than the Golf which have so consistently continued to develop their design from generation to generation. Vehicles which successfully manage an evolution of their design over decades have the potential to one day be celebrated as an icon. The most prominent example of such a development is the Porsche 911; in the high volume models segment, however, the Golf is clearly a member of the automobile hall of fame.”

“The step from the Beetle to the Golf was revolutionary,” Bischoff said. “The change from the air-cooled rear engine to the water-cooled front engine created a completely new vehicle layout.

“The main design elements of the Golf Mk1 was the side profile with its upright, solid C-pillar, the distinctive wheel arches and the horizontal front with the slim grille and downwardly protruding headlights – present to this very day in every Golf.”

These are stylistic features of the most successful compact car design in the world.

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