Proton is not the only car company in the world producing a quasi-modernised 1980s car and selling it in the current times! This other company is making something alot more iconic though… for Volkswagen Golf Mk1 lovers, you can actually buy a brand new Volkswagen Golf Mk1 in South Africa! It’s not completely the same as the original though, recent facelifts have given it slightly different bumpers and a more sloping grille, as well as a completely modernized interior that looks like something pulled from a Volkswagen Fox or Skoda Fabia. It’s called the Volkswagen CitiGolf.
Volkswagen South Africa has sold about 341,000 Volkswagen CitiGolfs since 1984, and it sold 29,000 units in 2006! There is even an upcoming Volkswagen CitiGolf 1.8iR in the works, powered by a 120 horsepower 1.8 litre fuel injected engine. The current fuel injected Volkswagen CitiGolf 1.6i “VeloCiTi” already outperforms the old Golf GTI Mk1. There was previously a Volkswagen CitiGolf CTi with a 1.8 litre carburetted engine too.
So yeah, seriously, if you really have the money and you’re a huge fan of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1, it might be worthwhile to try to get one of these imported in. They’re made in right hand drive configuration only so they are perfect for our local usage. Of course, with the chassis being of such an old design, do not expect it to be safe or conform to modern crash test standards. It won’t exactly be safe… what it will be, is fun.
More photos and videos after the jump.
Video: Volkswagen CitiGolf – Aircraft Carrier
Video: Volkswagen CitiGolf – Basketball
Video: Volkswagen CitiGolf – Change
Video: Volkswagen CitiGolf – Garfield
Video: Volkswagen CitiGolf – Quality Control
Video: Volkswagen CitiGolf – Tattoo