Volkswagen first launched the iconic Golf model in 1974. It gained instant international popularity. Within just two years, sales of Volkswagen Golfs had exceeded a million.
The German car group is offering owners of older diesel cars rebates of up to 10,000 euros when they trade in their vehicle for a new lower-emissions car. VW subsidiaries Audi and Porsche have announced similar plans.
It's not that long ago that German carmaker Volkswagen had to recall a million Audi cars in China because of faulty coolant pumps. Now a defect in a headlight fuse is causing more trouble for the company.
Sweden has reported a decent rise in car sales over the past 12 months. But for the first time in more than half a century, the best-selling vehicle in the Scandinavian country was not its iconic Volvo, but VW's Golf.
It is one of Germany's favorite cars: The Golf and its sporty version the Golf GTI. The little racer was launched in 1976 and still has cult status.
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