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by Will Foster

The Volkswagen Golf has reached a new milestone after production of the venerable hatchback reached 30 million units last week.

Put as another statistic, it means an average of 2000 people have purchased a new golf every day for the past 39 years.

Volkswagen put the “milestone” Golf on display Saturday for employees at the Wolfsburg, Germany, plant where the car is built.

“The history of the Golf is also the history of automotive progress,” said VW’s chairman of the board of management, Professor Martin Winterkorn. “With technologies such as the safe front-wheel drive of the first Golf, the debut of the TDI in the third Golf, ESC (electronic stability control) and the dual-clutch gearbox of the fourth Golf and the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System of the new generation, this car has continued to democratise progress.

The lastest, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf went on sale in Australia in April.