June 26, 2002
Golf overtakes Beetle’s production record
Wolfsburg, Germany – The 21,517,415th Golf came off the line in Wolfsburg, Germany yesterday, overtaking production of the legendary Beetle which is still being built in Mexico.
A ceremony was attended by a number of political figures, together with other members of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and the Volkswagen brand board, the General and Group Works Council and Golf production employees.
The record vehicle, a Golf V5 Highline, finished in reflex silver metallic, is being delivered to a customer from Hamburg.
In his address, Dr. Folker Weisgerber, member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, said that the Golf stood for durability, dynamism and perfect technology. Almost 40,000 people are employed by Volkswagen for its production in six factories throughout the world. Daily Golf production in six plants throughout the world is currently over 3,600 units. Volkswagen manufactures the model at the plants of Wolfsburg, Mosel, Brussels, Bratislava, Uitenhage/South Africa and Curitiba/Brazil.
In 2001 Volkswagen delivered a total of 865,500 Golf vehicles to its customers. In the first quarter of 2002 the figure was 205,600 units. Apart from Germany, the most important markets in Europe include Italy, France and Great Britain. Outside of Europe, the USA, Japan and South Africa are among the leading sales regions for the Golf.