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PRINTED IN GERMANY Scena [Ende der Ser Jahre verscnarta ion le Absamise bal VoksWagen Zsohends. Der in Rokorezanien varkaufto Kafer varor ee Gunster bretlen Maceo, Tol toler Dtaverancerungon bled st runé 20 Jahon GGundlogandes erhaion, so cass dom wachsendon Bacar nach mehr Lelstung und Kono nicht nachgekommien werden Kote ln Nacholer des Kéfere musste daher kreen werden. der cam Geactmack de Magn fnfsprechen sole Ken flhtes Erbe, solte das nau Fanraoug doch [inne eroleich wie das ab Februar 1572 am melsten proaziee Wocel der Wer sain ‘Schon 1969 befasste sich VW daher mit mogichen Neventwicklungen, Unter Rut Lelding, VWv-Vorstand set Oktober 1971, wurden ele wee Fen Acbeten an dom favarisirte Nachfolger mit Miteimotorgestoppt und ‘2 Konzept mi Frentanreb weterverolgt.Dasim Wal 1974 vorgostlts Endergebnis standin krassen Gogonsatz zum Kafer Stat utgexunitem ‘Motor im Heck eines uch Runcungen gopragten Fanrzougs. mt Hinteradantiop besat der Kango Gal einen Fronanti und einen \wassargakunten Vieayindermotor Dank des quareingabauten Motor bot er einen for sain Lange rect groenInnenraum. Das zeigemsate Design hale Giorgio Giugiaro golfer, clo Motoren kamen von Au Der spertiche, grundsolide Gof taf den Nerv der Za Zucem erhahts, ‘de 1973 emnsetrende Olise ce Atrakivistsparsamer Motoren, Die NNactftage nach einem Kompaktwagen, der vor Gem Goff vorwiegend ‘aus com Ausland kam, ging sprunghat nie Hohe, was 2u dem immer Sen Erfolg des Kater lacnfelgre beg unc letilch die Retung os Die ofone Austhnang des Gott kam ert 5 Jahr sper au don Mart. Hetig-umsttten war der fest, trte Unerolbogel, cer anfangs aut wenig Gogenlebe se und dem Wagen selrerzet den ‘Spznamen Erabeerorbchorelnracte. Alerings erherie dieser ichemotsboge ‘te Keroseerestihel une ste cas Frekvergnogen Kaur, Die its Verareotung, das gut lolerence und leicht 2ubedienonde Vercock und er Fedorungskemort dos bot Karmann in Osnabrick procuziton Cabra \wirden sehr goschatt, auch de 70 sowie *10 PS larkon Motoren wuen 135 voli austelehend eracht. Mt Ehnstelung der Fartgung doe Kater (Caios zu Begin ces Jahies 1980 wandelto sch der ofone Gat zu einem absoluten Vertautsschiager, cer seiner Popular wegon auch havtger in Femeehprecukionen. saruter der US-Sere.Remingion Sleso, 2 Sehen warn den 1 Jven sener Fergung wurcen von em seiperzat ‘moltgebauten Gablt cer Wet aber 388,000 Exemplae gfe, Cabriolet pees [A the end ofthe 60s tha ess In turnover at Volkswagen Inereasingy epee. The ‘etl’ whieh had sold n os01€ numbers ost pope with the wider public. Deepto constant modicaions the. base {Configuration ad bean maintained for around 20 years and cau not ul {he groning demand for more convo and performance. A suocossor to the Beetle therotore, which vous ffl the pubis requirements has to Be eated, Not an easy legacy Ifthe new vehicle was tobe as successful as the fom Febery 1972 most eof mode the wo, in 71960 horotore WW studies possible new designs. Under Rudo Leng, 1 membar VW board since October 197%, furhar development of the favoured mic-engined successor was stopped snd @ concept with ont heel ave was pursued. Th final design presertod in Way 1974 stood in Stark contrast tthe Bootle Insta ofan a-cooed engine inthe rear of 3 ‘etlle wth rearanest drive and a design dominated by curves, the Angular no Go had rontanoelcive and a water-cocod foureyinder {engine Thanks tothe transversely mounted engine offered a fay rae Interor for tS longth. The contemporary design came fiom Giaraio Gslaro, the engin fom Au The apoty and funcamertaly sol Gone the spn ofthe bes, The onset ofthe 1973 of ris also Ineaases the atrastvensss economical engines. Demand for a compact motorcar lahich Detore the Gof came malny fom abroad shot skywards. THs Conttbules considerably tothe immense success of the Beets Successor and uate tothe redemption o the VW Group tel. ‘The open top version ofthe Golf * was put on the market vo years later Higny controversial was the so, wide rolkover bar which iy met with ite enthusiasm and at that time eamed tho cat the nickname "Strawbony Basket’. This slaty feature however increased body sites ‘ape ake to dls the pleasure of open-air motoring. The good ‘workmanship, the wol-Inslaked and easyo-open convorsba top and ie amfon in the converthie produced by the Karmann Company in (Osnabruck were high apprecst. 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