Volkswagen has announced plans to celebrate the Golf's 40th anniversary this week at Techno Classica (March 26-30).

Volkswagen has announced plans to celebrate the Golf's 40th anniversary this week at Techno Classica (March 26-30).

Production of the first generation Golf commenced exactly four decades ago on the Mittelland Canal in central Germany and Volkswagen Classic will be celebrating the anniversary later this week at Techno Classica. They will exhibit one of the oldest and still running models from the first generation, along with a variety of other cars taken from the company's collections in Wolfsburg and Osnabrück.

Now in its seventh generation, the Golf lineup is the biggest ever as it includes derivatives such as the GTI, GTD, GTE, R and e-Golf. Since the introduction of the original Golf, Volkswagen has managed to sell no less than 30 million units.

The German marque will also showcase the Golf's precursor, the original Beetle, through a collection of seven sporty "Power Beetles", including the E-Bugster, Beetle "Salzburg" and a special New Beetle RSi.

The Volkswagen Classic Stand in Essen can be visited between March 26 and 30 in hall 7.0. There will also be an exhibition organized by the Volkswagen owners' clubs in hall 8.1.

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