Friday, October 14, 2005

The Golf: Europe's No. 1 is Also Popular in the Far East

Text from Volkswagen AG.
  • Asia and Pacific markets record largest rise in sales
  • More awards from the motoring press

  • Wolfsburg, 14 October 2005 - Volkswagen moving ahead: last month was the most successful September in the brand's history. Once again the Golf played the major role in this achievement: Europe's best-selling car is winning over ever more overseas customers, especially in the Far East. Compared to the same month of last year sales of the Golf and Golf GTI are up 27.4 percent in the Asia-Pacific area (without China) and the increase for the first three quarters of 2005 is even higher at 30.1 percent.

    Among the four plants currently producing the new Golf Uitenhage in South Africa is main factory for overseas exports to the east. The plant manufac-tures some 150 Golfs and Golf GTIs per day. Since the beginning of this year over 23.500 models of Europe's best-selling car have been delivered to customers in the Asia-Pacific area.

    The verdict of the regional motoring press on the Golf echoes these sales successes: Japan's national Car of the Year Jury voted the Golf Import Car of the Year following its launch and the Consumer's Council in Hong Kong voted it the Safest European Car 2005. In 2004 five major awards came from Australia and New Zealand.

    Two further awards have just been reported from Indonesia: the sister magazine of Germany's Autobild has voted the Golf Car of the Year 2005. The magazine's editors also awarded three titles to the Golf GTI: Best Acceleration, Best Handling and with the DSG dual clutch gearbox it has the most innovative gearbox technology of all vehicles tested.

    The car magazine Top Gear in Indonesia voted the Golf as winner of its "Premium Compact Class". Because of its outstanding driving dynamics the Golf GTI won Top Gear's title of "Best Driver’s Car".

    The next steps are already under way to build on the Golf's success: many Asian markets are currently launching the more spacious Golf Plus, which has been increasing Golf sales since its introduction in Germany in late January. Europe is witnessing the launch of the most powerful production

    Golf of all time in the form of the R32 accompanied by the Golf GT with its compressor- and turbocharged direct injection petrol engine. Also in spring 2006 the fifth Generation Golf and Golf GTI are due to be launched in North America.


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