The 25 millionth Golf has rolled off the Volkswagen production line at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, the manufacturer has announced.
A Golf 1.4 TSI with direct-shift gearbox transmission and a tornado red finish was the 25 millionth model in the line to come into existence, over 33 years and four generations after the very first production Golf was assembled in 1974.
Within three years of that point in Volkswagen’s history, a million versions of the model were already in use.
Dietmar Korzekwa, manager of the Wolfsburg plant, said: "A total of 25 million vehicles in 33 years â€“ that is an outstanding achievement of which we can all be proud. Over 15 million Golf models have been built in Wolfsburg alone.
"My thanks go to all employees for their commitment â€“ day in, day out â€“ over many years. Together, we will continue the Golf success story."
VW’s works council chairman Bernd Osterloh said that Golf had been a "long-lasting success" and paid tribute to the "extraordinary performance" of the automaker’s employees.
The Wolfsburg factory, which covers an area of almost four square kilometres, is the largest vehicle factory in the world under one roof and big enough to contain the principality of Monaco.