Deep dive: Volkswagen GTI history

The recipe is familiar. Take a front-wheel-drive economy and add some spice. That’s how the Volkswagen Golf GTI reinvented the affordable performance car.

With the eighth-generation GTI on the way, VW delved into the car’s origin story.

In 1974, a handful of staffers hatched a plan (no pun intended) for a sporty Golf model, with no official sanctioning from management. The car that became the GTI Mk I started development under the codename EA 195, and was built around a fuel-injected engine making 110 horsepower. Before settling on the name GTI, TS and GTS were also considered. Chief designer Herbert Schäfer—an avid golfer—created one of the car’s signature features by attaching a golf ball to the shift lever.

The Mk I debuted at the 1975 Frankfurt Motor Show, and went on sale in Europe in June 1976. Unsure of demand, VW originally capped production at 5,000 units—just enough to recoup

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The Ugliest Cars of the 2000s

The 2000s brought us Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, an excess of lame boy bands, and the final episode of MTV’s Total Request Live. If most of those weren’t bad enough, the decade also introduced some of the most memorable ugly cars ever seen, from roads to congested shopping mall parking lots to fast food drive-thru lines and everywhere else you turned.

For more entertainment and sheer laughter as part of Automobile’s ongoing series of ugly cars, here is an abbreviated list of the best/worst ugly cars made in the 2000s:

2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca 

Deriving its name from a happening New York City neighborhood, the Subaru Tribeca featured a grille that screamed bland personality and insecurity. Initially launched with an ad campaign that featured “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas, the original Tribeca “boasted” a design met with more than a few snickers. Subaru made revisions for the

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