The Volkswagen Golf is celebrating its 45th birthday this week, having officially commenced production in Wolfsburg on March 29, 1974.
Seven generations have launched over those four and a half decades, with the Mk8 due to be revealed before the end of this year.
In addition to the Wolfsburg plant, which still produces the iconic hatchback to this day, the Golf is manufactured at five facilities across the globe across Germany, Brazil, China, and Mexico, and exported to 155 nations.
Since its humble beginnings as a replacement for the original Beetle, the Golf has since grown from the 'people's car' to a 'premium for the people' offering, challenging rivals from mainstream and luxury segments, including the related Audi A3.
Here's a look at how the Golf has evolved over the years, let us know which is your favorite!
First generation (Mk1): 1974-1983