Volkswagen Golf Mk3 Started a New Era Of Safety

Volkswagen Golf Mk3 Started a New Era Of Safety

On the eve of the world premiere of the new eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf, we publish a series of articles about the previous seven generations of the brand’s most popular model.

Yesterday we remembered the style icon Mk4, now about the Golf Mk3.

With a launch of the Volkswagen Golf Mk3 in 1991, the company started a new era of safety.

Golf Mk3 annual figures


  • first six-cylinder engine in the compact class (VR6);
  • service interval display in the cockpit;
  • oxidizing catalytic converter in diesel engines;
  • water-soluble paints.


  • first driver and front passenger airbags.


  • debuts of the 1st Golf Variant, the 2nd Golf Cabriolet and Golf syncro generation;
  • first turbo diesel direct injection engine (TDI) in a compact car;
  • a milestone of 15 million produced Golfs.


  • first suction diesel direct injection engine in a compact vehicle (SDI);
  • laser welding – attempts with 80 cm roof joints in the Golf Variant.


  • automatic brake system becomes standard;
  • standard side airbags for the Golf “Family” special edition, optional in all other Golfs;
  • phase-out after 4.83 million vehicles produced.

We remind that the world premiere of the next-generation Volkswagen Gold Mk8 wil take place on October 24th, 2019.

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