VW Ends Golf I Production in South Africa with Citi Golf Mk1 Limited Edition

VW Citi Golf Mk1 Limited Edition
VW Citi Golf Mk1 Limited Edition

Only 1,000 of the Citi Mk1 will be produced and will retail for 113,500 rands (10,280 euros)

Volkswagen has ended production of the Golf Mk I model in South Africa and announced that a limited edition of 1,000 Citi Mk1's (based on the Golf I) will be made as a commemorative series.

The Golf I was introduced in South Africa in 1978. In 1984 the Citi model, based on the Golf Mk I, went into production at VW's plant in Uitenhage as an entry-level vehicle slotted beneath the subsequent generations of the ever-growing Golf model. 377,484 Citi's have been produced in South Africa over the last 25 years.

The limited edition Citi Mk1 will be fitted with a 1.6 liter petrol/gasoline engine with 74kW/100 hp. It will come in only two colors, black and shadow blue metallic. Each unit will carry its series number on the dashboard and on the Mk1 logo on the exterior. The Citi Mk1 will sell for R113,500 (10,280 euros).

It has been strongly rumored that the Citi will be replaced by the 2009 VW Gol - a model Volkswagen produces in Brazil.

See press release for further Citi Golf Mk1 Limited Edition details.

Source: VW

Citi Mk1 Limited Edition - the final chapter in the life of the iconic Citi

Volkswagen of South Africa is paying homage to the original Golf 1, with the introduction of a final limited edition Citi, aptly branded, Citi Mk1. Only 1000 of these collectors' cars will find their way into the hands of motoring enthusiasts in South Africa and around the world.

The introduction of Citi Mk1 to the Citi range is a fitting gesture to send off and close the final chapter of the best-ever selling hatchback in South African motoring history. Citi has provided South African motorists with a fun, unique, affordable driving package for 25 years. It has defied all marketing textbook theories on the lifecycle of a brand. Citi will remain a legend for decades to come.

Since 1978, when the Golf 1 was launched in South Africa, Volkswagen of South Africa has produced 377 484 Citi's and a total of 517 384 A1 Golfs (including the Citi's). The Volkswagen of South Africa plant in Uitenhage has been the only plant in the Volkswagen Group to have continued building the legendary A1 Golf in the guise of the Citi Brand.

Citi made its first appearance on South African roads in 1984, six years after Golf 1 was introduced in South Africa. Volkswagen of South Africa launched the Citi as its affordable car to compete in the entry level segment following the introduction of a bigger and more expensive Golf 2 - the "Jumbo" Golf as it became affectionately known.

For 25 years, the Citi range has continuously been refreshed and kept alive with innovative, appealing special and limited editions such as the Designa, CTI, Deco, Sonic, Wolf, Bafana Bafana, R Line, Xcite, Billabong and most recently the GTS.

The latest and last limited edition of the Citi range, the Citi Mk1, is offered with the 1.6i engine which has a power output of 74kW at 5400rpm.

The Citi Mk1 is fitted with 15-inch, gunmetal painted alloy wheels and will have a polished exhaust tailpipe, dark taillights, double headlights and chrome highlight around grille. On the sides, it will have GT-styled stripes in chrome foil.

The interior has sport seats with partial leather, leather steering wheel, the original golf ball gear knob, floor mats with Mk1 logo and red stitching detail throughout.

Citi Mk1 will only be available in two colours, Black and Shadow Blue metallic.

Only 1000 units will be available and each will have a unique number - from 1 to 1000 - which will be embossed on the passenger side dashboard and integrated into the uniquely designed exterior Mk1 logo.

Like other Citi models, Citi Mk1 comes with the standard 3 year/120 000km warranty.

Volkswagen AutoMotion maintenance and service plans are optional.

Citi Mk1 retail price is R113 500 (VAT included).

Citi bids farewell to South Africa

Two of the last produced Citi Mk1 units will join other Volkswagen Classic cars that are on permanent display at the Autostadt, the Volkswagen Group Museum and Brand Expo in Wolfsburg, Germany and at the Volkswagen AutoPavillion Brand heritage centre in Uitenhage.

At the Volkswagen of South Africa production plant in Uitenhage, it was an emotional day for the employees when the last Citi, Citi Mk1 001, rolled off the production line to mark the official end of the A1 production. Thousands of employees attended a special event to bid farewell and pay tribute to the legend and the people who have been crafting the A1 (Citi and Golf 1) by hand for more than 30 years. Over 120 employees, who are still employed by Volkswagen of South Africa, have worked for more than 20 years on the A1 production line.

Meanwhile, a Goodbye Tour to the Citi will kick off on 12 November 2009 in Uitenhage and will end on 22 November 2009, back at the home of Citi in Uitenhage. The tour will take the limited edition Citi Mk1 across the country with major stopovers in Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. At each city or town where Citi Mk1 will stop, the local public will be invited to make their mark on the car that has made its mark on so many people in South Africa by signing the last Citi ever produced.

A special website for the Goodbye Citi Tour, www.goodbyeciti.co.za will be created for the Citi fans and the public to follow the route and daily activities of this very special Citi Mk1 across South Africa. The video footage and photos captured each day will be posted onto the website.

Citi fans will also be invited to post their own farewell messages and tributes to the icon through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.

Citi Mk1, unit number 003 and the last Citi produced that will be available to the public, will be auctioned online through bidorbuy.co.za from the 3rd to 23rd of November 2009. The reserve price will be R1 and the minimum bid increments are set as R100. All the proceeds from the auction will be donated to a community-based organisation, Ubuntu Education Fund* in Port Elizabeth. The auction will be open to local and international bidders. However, the bids will only be accepted in South African Rand (ZAR) and the car will be delivered to one address in South Africa.


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fusion01 fusion01
As a professional running a small web development firm in South Africa, this piece of turd with no airbags, no ABS, no nothing but seats and metal (nice for a track car with bigger engine though!) would cost about 38% of my yearly salary. Outrageous but goes to show what a car costs you in our country vs, say, the States.(ok see a post where it now has an airbag - I stand partially corrected)
Nov 17th, 2009 10:42pm
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boondoc001 boondoc001
These were still in production?! Wow. If i had known i would've bought one new and used it as a project car instead of buying some old broke down MK1. LOL.
Nov 16th, 2009 4:25pm
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9TNine 9TNine
@GmBH: Racism is good! :) The South Africans practice it! Alas, those who they practiced it agianst now run their country... so these SA's are all coming to the UK! (since no one else would take them). Joking aside, i find them okay...
Nov 15th, 2009 9:00pm
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KakFastWP KakFastWP
There are ordinary VW Golf Mk1 and Mk2 Gti w nitrous+turbo & even supercharged, 10 sec Quarter mile modified monster sleepers, rolling around on South African roads in everyday highway traffic, jus waiting to literally embarass you in your Sti, Gti, ST, OPC, MPS, S3...I've been there & have seen it, haha =). I hav mad respect for our beloved retro VW Golf Mk1 & we love those VW's in SA!
Nov 14th, 2009 4:48am
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bigfan bigfan
http://goodbyeciti.co.za/#/Intro wow you can follow the car around the country and meet up to say goodbye!!!
Nov 14th, 2009 2:40am
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Kepe Kepe
Ohh I want one! I didn't know they still made these somewhere. This is so cool.. A brand new Mk. 1 Golf straight off the factory line :D
Nov 13th, 2009 11:03pm
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GTurbo GTurbo
I was privileged to visit Umshlanga Rocks, Durban, South Africa, six years ago and I realised VW cars are all the rage in SA! They call it Citi over there, but it's what the SA tuners do to these cars that is quite a revelation. These guys bolt on mk4 face onto a mk1 car or vice versa, including many other creations. Build quality is top notch and their VR6 engines are highly sought after. As a mk4 Golf GTi owner, this is the end of an era as the mk1 remains the daddy of all hot hatches. However, technology has moved on to a new stratosphere! The mk5 and mk6 GTi are both epic driving experiences and has taken the common man to a new level. RIP Citi.
Nov 13th, 2009 10:30pm
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saijaS saijaS
It's so cute! I would love one of these with the interior Keita posted and LHD!
Nov 13th, 2009 9:20pm
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Honest1 Honest1
Shame Really. I Think They Should Of Had The Last 1000 Ltd Models Based On The Original Mk1 Gti 3 Door, A Bit Like The Mk1 Campaign Editions. I Think I Would Of Paid Out For One. "Love The Mk1 Gti :-)"
Nov 13th, 2009 7:08pm
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KayGeeOh KayGeeOh
Every South African has had some sort of interaction with the Citi Golf, either been in one, owned one, hit one, hit by one, raced one, got your ears shaken by the sound coming from the boot, annoyed by one stuck on the side of the road. I hate this car because it has never evolved, it's not a bad car per se, just a terrible car for that price when there are more capable asians on the road. I love this car cause it has taken me places and back without problems.
Nov 13th, 2009 7:06pm
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James2911 James2911
I want to import one to Australia, but with the original grille :P
Nov 13th, 2009 6:17pm
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NarF NarF
They added an airbag and dash out of an old skoda Fabia. VWSA also launched a R-line edition last year with an 1.8 90 kw motor the same as the original GTi and a modern body kit, which was also limited to 100 units. Im not a VW fan but living in SA this car has some part to do with everyone living in this country's lives. And Finally it came to an end. Rumours has it here in the metro where VW is located is that it will be replaced by a "metro" the current shape polo with an 1.4 liter motor stripped out to its bear essentials. here is a link to the R-Line http://www.motoring.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=3787829
Nov 13th, 2009 4:52pm
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NarF NarF
finally its OVER!!!!
Nov 13th, 2009 4:40pm
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joelynn joelynn
shame- another icon bites the dust.
Nov 13th, 2009 6:13am
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wjaprep wjaprep
WHOA! wait... so ur telling me, I couldve gone on and bought one of these looking just like tht brand new (kinda like a G class) wow. i ddnt even knw tht
Nov 13th, 2009 5:48am
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ericthedog ericthedog
At least this had character something since the mk3 the golf has lacked in spades . If it sells and people want it why not carry on manufacturing it ? not everyone is so vain to wory about the badge or how old thier car is or how long its been produced . amazing how so many of you on here know so little apart from the stuck record of german is best big engine etc etc
Nov 13th, 2009 5:35am
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NForce NForce
Cool, now they can start producing the mk2
Nov 13th, 2009 4:50am
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GeeNee GeeNee
I'd love to get a new Mk2 lol
Nov 13th, 2009 5:33am
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Faithback Faithback
It was a No.1 seller until a few years ago. However, as of now, it's still one of the best selling cars by a significant margin. The VW Polo and Toyota Yaris normally compete for the number 1 place. It's very popular because it's more manly in terms of looks at the price. Compare it with cars like the Getz and you will see why it has remained so popular especially among image conscious youth. The ubiquity of spares and simplicity of maintenance is another plus for it. As for 'death trap'... Well, perception is not always backed by reality. The Golf MK1's demise is not a reflection of love for the car, rather the drop in sales is an indication of frustration with VW's manufacturing quality and pathetic customer service.
Nov 13th, 2009 4:30am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
Awesome post.
Nov 13th, 2009 5:23am
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tootall tootall
Woah..... I was not even aware that they were even still mass producing the Mk1s. You learn something new every day.
Nov 13th, 2009 4:09am
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deed deed
I live in Brazil and (FOR SURE) i'd rather buy this Golf then our 2009 rubish VW Gol... It has pretty serious issues on its flexfuel engine. I'm pretty sure this City Golf would make a lot of success here. By the way a 2009 1.6L VW Gol costs about US$ 20,500!!! Starting with US$ 17,750 with 1.0L engine...
Nov 13th, 2009 3:01am
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fusion01 fusion01
oh man, I rented a Gol when in Argentina and drilled it @ 160 km p/h down your beautiful highways from Buenos Aires to the coast... some odd grinding noises from down below throughout the trip! Highly amusing to see the name at first after growing up with Golfs in all their editions. I also had owned a MK5 GTI for 2 years but the MK5 still wasn't out in that country yet, only the MK4. Wonder if that's changed since?
Nov 17th, 2009 10:51pm
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Keita Keita
About time. It was 25 years by its sell-by date, and it's a disgrace that it was allowed to remain in production for so long when better alternatives were availible for decades. That interior in the picture shown is inaccurate though. The Citi Golf recieved a new interior a few years before production ended. Here's a link to the interior. http://www.motoring.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=1828&fPicId=79697
Nov 13th, 2009 2:30am
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