The Bremen Classic Motorshow traditionally kicks off the classic season and Volkswagen is celebrating an anniversary: four decades of the Golf Cabriolet with two exhibitions under the name “40 Years of Sunny Outlooks”.
40 Years of Sunny Outlooks: The Golf Cabriolet success story
“Sun, Moon and Cabriolet” was the advertising slogan when Volkswagen launched the topless variant of the Golf I in 1979. As the natural successor to the famous Beetle Cabriolet, the open Golf had big shoes to fill. As well as the folding convertible top, another characteristic feature of the Golf I Cabriolet was its fixed roll bar above the B pillar. This striking design was the response to safety discussions ointhe 1970s. As well as protecting passengers, the roll bar also provided an optimal connection point for the front seat belts and guided the rear side window securely and quietly.
Following the launch of the Golf II in 1983, the Golf I Cabriolet continued to be produced without modification. In 1987, the Cabriolet was given a facelift, as part of a major product upgrade and remained unchanged for 6 years.. By the time the production of the second series ceased, 389,000 had been been built in the Osnabrück factory.
The next fresh air generation
In July 1993 the Golf III Cabriolet was launched. The generation leap was unmistakable. The Golf III Cabriolet came equipped with double air bags, ABS and side impact protection as standard. 139,578 units of the new topless Golf rolled off the production line by 1997. In 1998, the Golf III Cabriolet was given a facelift. With a few clever tweaks to the chassis design, the Golf III Cabriolet became the Golf IV Cabriolet and was built until 2001.
New edition of the open-air Golf
After a ten-year hiatus, the new Cabriolet, based on the sixth generation of Golf, rolled off the production line at Volkswagen’s new plant in Osnabrück on 17 March 2011. The first Golf GTI Cabriolet was launched in 2012, followed in 2013 by the first Golf R Cabriolet. The era of the open-top Golf ended in 2016, after the manufacture of 770,039 cars.