Source: Automobil Revue, catalogue edition 1987, p. The Mk2 was larger than the Mk1; its wheelbase grew slightly + 75 mm 3. A Rallye Golf was offered in 1989, homologated for competition, but it cost double the price of the street car and only 5,000 were built. Fuller died in December 1988 while flying home from Germany aboard , when a bomb planted by Libyan terrorists exploded over , Scotland; this had a detrimental effect on the Rallye Golf's chances of importation to North America. Sales of the all-new 1985 Jetta, by contrast, skyrocketed compared with the 1984 model. In North America, all Golf Mk2s had 1. The Rallye Golf has 161Bhp 118 kW.
The cars were mainly built around a 5-door version because of the strength of a 5-door chassis more angles , although 2, 3 door models were also produced. It was 's highest volume seller from 1983 and remained in German production until late 1992. If you would like to discuss your Hagerty Insurance policy, please call us at 877-922-9701. The second-generation Volkswagen Golf also known as the Typ 19E until the 1991 model year, and Typ 1G thereafter was launched in Europe at the Motor Show in September 1983, with sales beginning in its homeland and most other left-hand drive markets soon after. When sales in North America failed to live up to expectations and with increasing productions costs, the was closed in July 1988.
The first Golf had been marketed as the Rabbit in the U. They were not standardized until January 1990. The Golf was sold in several trim levels, some of which started and stopped. As of 2012, over 20 years after the Mk2 Golf's demise, it is still a very common sight on British roads and is being recognized by many as a growing classic. This Golf Syncro was available as a five-door with the 1. The four-wheel-drive system was fully automatic and minimally intrusive, also in appearance. Eventually, Volkswagen of America decided that the Rallye Golf would be too expensive to offer for sale in North America, where Volkswagen was perceived as a low-cost brand.
This Golf was marketed for the first time with that name in the United States and Canada. Standard Catalog of Imported Cars 1946-2002. In the event of a claim, the guaranteed value s on your policy declarations page is the amount your vehicle s is covered for, even if the value displayed here is different. A four-wheel drive Golf Synchro was offered from 1986-89 but since it cost a third more than the two-wheel drive model, sales were slow and only 26,000 were built. No cabriolet version was developed from the Mk2; instead, the Mk1-based convertible continued to be produced, with minor changes. It debuted in March 1984 on the right-hand drive British market, and it was introduced as a 1985 model in the United States.
In its first year on sale in the U. In 1982, the Golf was joined by the Polo in Japan which was also in compliance. It had more suspension travel, Syncro four-wheel drive, improved ground clearance of 21 centimetres 8. However, the Golf was overshadowed in the 1984 contest, finishing third but being heavily outscored by the victorious and runner-up , which were similar in size to Volkswagen's smaller Polo. Subsequent Golfs sold in North America came from the Puebla assembly plant, in Mexico. Weight was up accordingly by about 120 kg 260 lb. The Mk2 Golf was discontinued in Europe in 1991, but Mexican-made Mk2 models remained available in North America for another year.
The gearing was lowered somewhat, to mask the performance losses due to the additional 160 kilograms 350 lb. The Golf Country was particularly popular in Alpine regions in central Europe. Auto Motor und Sport Heft 18 Seite 24. Volkswagen of America vice-president James Fuller was a supporter of its addition to the U. The original Golf had been one of the few front-wheel drive hatchbacks on sale when launched in 1974, but within a decade almost all mainstream manufacturers had launched a Golf-like family hatchback. The rear seat was moved forward 30 mm 1.
. Oddly, the square Mk I cabriolet version continued in production. In the rest of the world, engines included 1. It was seven inches longer and two inches wider, while the wheelbase was three inches longer. However, the likes of , and had all entered the small family hatchback market by the end of the 1970s.
Due to its high price in 1986, a Syncro cost about 30% more than an equivalent front wheel drive model the model remained rare; from 1986 to 1989, for instance, just 26,000 Syncros were built. The Rabbit name used on the was meant to give a car a cuddly image, but with the 1980s redesign of the car, , the former president who was now chairman of the whole company, dictated that Volkswagen model names be standardized globally. In 1988 the Golf received the same modifications as in Europe, but the nameplates which changed for 1989. It sold well in Britain, peaking at more than 50,000 sales a year by the end of the decade. Wikimedia Commons has media related to.
The exclusive feature package included a supercharged version of the 16-valve engine, mated to a sports transmission and Syncro mechanism. Unsourced material may be challenged and. The eight-valve model was offered from 1985-87, then 1990-92. The hatchback bodystyle had also become popular on cars produced outside Europe, particularly on models. There were no additional gauges or buttons in the interior either.