Down memory lane as Golf turns 40

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  1. How times have changed: The latest Golf GTI has twice as much power as its first-generation ancestor.
  2. The latest Golf stands proudly alongside its six ancestors.
  3. The Golf I was sold in South Africa between 1978 and 1984, and then lived on until 2009 as the Citi Golf.
  4. The Golf I GTI remains a legend to this day. It reached SA in 1982 with an 82kW 1.8-litre engine.
  5. The Golf II, commonly known as the Jumbo Golf, was launched in SA in 1984 and stuck around until 1992.
  6. Golf II GTI 16V.
  7. Golf III VR6.
  8. The Golf 4 was known for having the most upmarket interior in its class. It was sold between 1999 and 2004.
  9. The Golf 5, in SA from 2004 until 2009, brought much improved road manners via its multi-link rear axle.
  10. The 147kW Golf V GTI poses with its ancestors.
  11. The Golf 6, launched in 2009, was a very mild evolution of the Golf 5.
  12. The more sophisticated Golf 7 is up to 100kg lighter than its predecessor.

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