Volkwagen Golf GTI plaid interior with golf ball gear shift.
Volkswagen Golf GTI – Not just a car, a sense of style.
Volkswagen’s are often known for their sleek and flashy exteriors, but, more often, the real eye-catching looks can be found in the details. Well known for their interior red stitching of various models, the Golf GTI steps up the game setting it apart from all of the other interiors, even the new all-digital 2020 Passat.
When the Golf redesigned in the early 70s, Volkswagen sought to find something to stand out against the competition. At that time, the automotive industry well known for being a male-dominated industry; however, Volkswagen had Gunhild Liljequist on board since the mid-60s. She was fueled by her desire to design and creating perfection in the Volkswagen brand.
Gunhild’s vision for the Golf GTI
The Volkswagen Golf GTI’s debut in 1976 caused a sensation. Even though only a few details distinguished it visually from the original Golf, Volkswagen—influenced by one of the company’s first female designers—succeeded in transforming the compact car into an affordable sports car for the masses and capturing the mood of the era.
Gunhild Liljequist—a porcelain painter and chocolatier candy-box designer by trade—was hired on to Volkswagen’s Germany-based Department of Fabrics and Colors in Wolfsburg in 1964 when she was just 28. Her work focused on paint hues, trims and interior detailing, so when the first Golf GTI came into production in the 1970s, she was tasked with designing various elements of its interior from a sporting angle. Liljequist’s genius centered on giving the GTI two distinct, but simple, textile elements: a tartan seat pattern and a golf ball-style gear knob.
“Black was sporty, but I also wanted color and quality,” Liljequist said. “I took a lot of inspiration from my travels around Great Britain, and I was always taken by high-quality fabrics with checked patterns … you could say that there is an element of British sportiness in the GTI.”
Gunhild goes on to say how the idea of the golf ball-style gear knob was just a spontaneous idea but, they ran with it. As confident as Volkswagen is with her design now, she did face some resistance at first with the idea that it didn’t fit the image of the typical sporty solid black. Fortunately, since they were willing to take a chance on a young women’s impeccable sense of style, Volkswagen still has their, now, iconic interior four decades later!
Are you loving the idea of setting yourself and your vehicle apart on the road? Three Rivers Volkswagen has a featured White Golf GTI with the plaid interior- come see this icon for yourself.
Often it’s too late when we realize something we should have done, something we know is important but never as important as when it’s too late. If you are anything like me, winterizing your car is one of those things. With the thoughts of the first snow of the season closing in on western Pennsylvania, there is no better time to get this process started. Yes, that is precisely what it is, a process.
It may seem almost archaic with all of the technological advancements that our cars, trucks, and SUVs offer us but, much like humans machines error as well. Sure your vehicle will tell you when your air pressure or washer fluid is low but, sometimes this isn’t exactly the fair warning we need. Not to mention, some of us don’t change windshield wipers every time we get an oil change or twice a year like necessary, even with a calendar in our pocket daily. While you are trying to remember all of these little things, don’t forget to check your battery too! Our list below will provide you will all the crucial steps to make sure your vehicle is ready to face any winter blast that comes your way. Read the rest of this entry »
(Pictured: e-Golf SE – Reflex Silver Metallic)
Volkswagen yesterday (November 26, 2019) delivered the 100,000th e-Golf in the Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden. The model was launched in 2014 as the Volkswagen brand’s second battery electric vehicle (BEV) after the e-up!03 (2013). The e-Golf is one of the most successful electric vehicles in Europe and is also popular with customers in other countries – including the USA. The new ID.3 will be assembled in Dresden from fall 2020. In addition, the location is to be made even more attractive as a destination for visitors and customers.
(Anniversary verhicle: The 100,000 e-Golf was handed over to Maik Jaehde (3rd from right) in the Transparent Factory Dresden at the end of November.)
The anniversary vehicle painted in “Pure White” was handed over to Maik Jaehde from Landolfshausen near Hanover. Once he had collected his vehicle he was given an exclusive tour of production.
The Volkswagen Golf is known for its varying shapes, sizes and engine types, but overseas, there’s even more variety than here in the states. Due to its popularity in Europe, one of the Golf models is making its way over to the US next year. Volkswagen has recently confirmed that it is bringing the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack to America. Read the rest of this entry »
How to connect Bluetooth to your car
The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is one of the top-selling compact cars on the market for a reason. It features a comfortable interior, easy handling and advanced safety features. But the Jetta’s great qualities don’t end there. When you pair your Volkswagen Jetta with Bluetooth, you gain access to a selection of other services for added convenience and entertainments. Here at Three Rivers Volkswagen, we’re going to show you how to connect Bluetooth to your car, focusing primarily on the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta.
Buying a car on a budget
Buying a new car? We know what that’s like. Sometimes it’s hard to know even where to begin your search. What most people don’t consider is before you get all starry-eyed looking at all of the cars you want, it’s most practical to set up a car budget. Your car budget is important because it really helps you narrow down your search. When you have a budget in mind, it’s much easier to figure out what’s in your price range. Here at Three Rivers Volkswagen, we’ll do you the service of giving you a run through on how to create a car budget. Read the rest of this entry »
Over 6,000 models to be recalled due to faulty component
Following BMW and Nissan from a few weeks ago, Volkswagen has recalled some of their vehicles in order to replace Bosch-supplied fuel pumps. The problem arises from some of the pumps featuring a nickel plating that could flake off and cause problems with the part. In particular, Volkswagen has announced the recall of models of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and GTI. Read the rest of this entry »
New tire coupons Pittsburth PA
It’s that time of year when your life on the road starts to change a bit… the snow and ice have receded, potholes are in full bloom, and your tires may or may not be ready to take on another season. Today we’re going to give you some of our tips for determining whether your tires are in need of replacement, and more importantly tell you how you can save some money on a new set if they are! We’ve got your new tire coupons, Pittsburgh PA! Read on for details: Read the rest of this entry »
2014 VW Golf vs 2015 VW Golf
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf has made a pretty dramatic entrance on the scene this past year, scooping up top industry honors like Motor Trend’s Car of the Year and Green Car Reports’ Best Car to Buy, and earning spots on big name lists like Car and Driver’s 10Best. So what’s getting the redesigned model so much attention from the experts? Today we’ll go over how far this hatch has come in just a year by going over some of the key differences between the 2014 VW vs 2015 VW Golf. It was a great car to begin with, but now it’s even better! Read the rest of this entry »
Is there a Pink VW Beetle?
The New York Auto Show is always an exciting time for the automotive world, and one of the best parts of the show is always checking out the concept vehicles that various automakers come out with. Whether or not these innovative and intriguing vehicles ever make it to the production line, they often do a great job of representing the future of a model or a brand and where things are headed next. And that’s exciting! Today we’ll take a look at four Beetle concepts that’ll be on display at the show in New York this week. Is there a Pink VW Beetle? There might be one soon… Read the rest of this entry »