Safety player – 30 years old VW Golf III – Car Engine

The driver and passenger airbag was added to the extralist in 1992

There was great anticipation ahead of the premiere of the Golf 3, which is no wonder, as the new East Car of reunited Germany could already be bought by the former East Germans. He made great strides, yet the novelty received a lot of criticism when it was introduced, because experts and buyers who rightly considered the Golf 2 to be more than average. The professional jury finally chose the compact Volkswagen as the Car of the Year 1992.

The richer the equipment, the more the Golf bumpers were blown to the body color

Passenger-friendly body
Instead of increasing in size, this time they focused on design and safe construction. It was given a rounded body, the round headlights were replaced with almond-shaped ones. Keeping the chunky C-pillar, Gert Volker Hildebrand drew a solid and streamlined look, preserving his character. The form factor of 0.30 was not outstanding, but it was an improvement for the Golf, as were the increased passive safety and expanded equipment, but it also had its drawbacks. Its weight increased by 100-200 kilos, and it cost more due to the higher production cost. Its basic model could be taken home for 19,975 brands, which corresponds to 16,800 euros and more than 6 million forints today.

New, exciting engines
When the new model was introduced in the fall of 1991, there were 6 different engines to choose from. While there are several Blocks from the Golf 2 on offer, in addition to the 2.0-liter, 115-horsepower GTI, an even more iconic top version has been released, the 2.8-liter, 174-horsepower, 15-degree six-cylinder VR6, which is unique was in the category! The introduction of the 1.9-liter, 90-horsepower, direct-injection TDI diesel engine in 1993 was of similar importance. So as not to be ashamed of the Opel Astra GSi, the 16-valve, 150-horsepower GTI instead of the 8 was completed in a year. The range also included the all-wheel-drive Syncro model and the 1.9-liter, 64-horsepower vortex diesel Ecomatic. The catalyst was standard on all European Golf.

The first was the 3rd Golf Variant, which was marketed between 1993 and 1999. Exports of the Cabriolet were made between 1993 and 2001 at Karmann’s plant in Germany, and the 2002 specimens were imported from Mexico. In addition to the 550-liter boot, the classic hatchback design also favored the Vento

Variations on a theme
The Wolfsburgers tried to make up for all their shortcomings in order to get the most out of a successful Golf. In response to customer demands, the Opel Astra Caravan and Ford Escort Turnier rival, the Variant, was offered with 466 liters of space instead of 320 thanks to a 32cm increase in wheelbase, with the rear seat folded down to 1,142 instead of 1,152. liters could be loaded. The 4-door did not disappear either, but in Europe he continued his career as Vento instead of Jetta. The long-awaited new convertible design of the Golf 3 has also been completed, as the task has been solved by updating the canvas roof version of the Golf 1. Finally, the new series lasted for a long time, until 2002.


Disappointment and market success
Journalists traveled home with mixed emotions about the 1991 international show, who, despite being rewarded for the achievements of the Golf 3, despite the seemingly narrower cabin, larger weight, less lively steering and frightening price list at first, novelty was seen as a step backwards in some respects. Not only the experts, nor the customers were completely satisfied, many complained about the quality of the early specimens and the stronger tendency to rust than before. The bugs were soon fixed, and it also turned out that the new Golf continues to stand out in the category. Many believe the manufacturer eventually admitted it made a mistake, so it replaced the 3 after 6 years, but 4.8 million units sold were certified by Volkswagen.

The clean and tuned
In addition to the large-scale versions, the Germans continued to develop the CityStromer series and, together with Siemens, produced the Golf with a purely electric powertrain. The VW, which can handle up to 90 km at 50 km / h, took 1.5 hours to charge, one of the novelties being the use of rolling and braking energy. This generation could have been bought by anyone, and in the end a total of 120 pieces were made of it, which is a large series compared to the only finished copy of the Golf A59 prototype. Carbon and Kevlar body parts were also designed for the 2.0-liter, turbocharged 275-horsepower test car for the rally car, and the project was eventually canceled.

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Golf courses in Gazdagrét
After the change of regime, the trade of Western products gained new momentum in Hungary as well. The Neighbors series commemorated both. In addition to the police cars appearing in connection with the small and large-scale crimes committed in the housing estate in Richagrét, Judit Schell, who played the pushing lawyer, also carved Dr. Mágenheim (János Kulka) with a red 3rd Golf.

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