We arrive at the current model in the Volkswagen Golf’s through the years journey with the Mk7, which is the first Volkswagen that employs the company’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform.

First introduced in September 2012, the Mk7 Golf featured a sleek new design that was more contemporary when compared to the previous Mk6. Along with the new MQB architecture, the Mk7 also incorporated updated versions of Volkswagen’s internal combustion engines.

Not only that, the Mk7 was also the first to be available as an all-electric model (e-Golf), as well as a plug-in hybrid (Golf GTE). Start-stop technology and brake energy recuperation were also part of the Mk7’s green credentials.

During the Mk7’s time in production, Germany secured its fourth FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and Pharrell Williams’ hit song Happy dominated the airwaves. In 2013, the Mk7 Golf also won its fair share of accolades when it won the World Car of the Year and European Car of the Year awards.

Moving forward, Volkswagen is set to introduce the updated Golf in Wolfsburg really soon on November 10 at 12.30pm central European time, or 7.30pm in Malaysia.