On this day in auto history – June 25th

Fri 25th Jun 2021

It was on this day in 2002 when the VW Golf officially surpassed the legendary Beetle as Volkswagen's most highly-produced model ever.

The historic milestone was reached when the 21,517,415th model - an innocuous silver V5 - rolled off a production plant in Wolfsburg at a special ceremony attended by VW board members and various high-ranking political figures.

First introduced in 1974, the Golf was a phenomenal success from the outset and had already reached a million sales within 730 days of its launch before passing the 10 million sales barrier in 1988.

Fast forward to the present day and the Golf has become the second best-selling car of all-time behind the Toyota Corolla. In all, a staggering 33 million units of the model have been sold with almost 4,000 produced every day from assembly plants in Wolfsburg, Mexico, Brazil and Algeria.

In 2018, the extent of the VW Golf’s enduring popularity was confirmed when it was revealed that it was the second best-selling vehicle in Britain (behind the Ford Fiesta).

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