The Volkswagen Golf nameplate has been around since 1974 and is currently one of the most iconic model in the company’s history. In just over four decades, Volkswagen has produced over 34 million Golfs – the variation of body styles, hatchback, estate and Sportsvan included.

Just this year alone, however, the Wolfsburg-based automaker produced close to one million units of the Golf. “The Golf hatchback retained a commanding lead in its segment in Germany and Europe. The Golf estate recorded the strongest growth in the Golf family, at +11%, compared with the previous year”, Volkswagen said.

That said, the strongest growth for the Volkswagen brand in 2017 was actually contributed by the new Tiguan, with sales increasing by 40% compared to 2016. As it stands, over 730,000 units of the mid-size SUV have been shipped to customers globally. The two most popular markets are China and Germany.

Volkswagen is also leading the MPV segment with the Touran in Germany. Throughout 2017, close to 150,000 units of the popular people carrier were sold globally.

It’s unclear at this point whether the Volkswagen Group will sell more cars than Renault-Nissan. As of July 2017, Renault-Nissan sold more cars (5,268,079 units) than VW Group (5,115,900 units) in the same period.

The Volkswagen Group will soon announce its annual sales and revenue numbers, so let’s see if it is anywhere close to the targeted 10.9 million vehicles. In 2016, it sold a record 10.3 million cars worldwide, despite getting hit hard by the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal.