Volkswagen is a German automobile brand, which is a part of Volkswagen AG. Its headquarters is located in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. It’s the second-largest automaker in the world (after Toyota). The Volkswagen logo consists of a circle, containing V and W interacting letters, on a blue background. more
The history of the company started in 1933, when Adolf Hitler ordered to create a “People's Car” so that the majority of citizens were able to afford cars. In 1936, Ferdinand Porsche presented his first prototypes, V1, V2 and V3. In 1937, Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens GmbH was created, which later changed its name to Volkswagenwerk GmbH. In 1938, the legendary Volkswagen Beetle was produced for the first time.
During the Second World War, the company produced military vehicles Type 82 Kubelwagen and the amphibious Schwimmwagen. After the war, Volkswagen received its first huge order from England, which controlled it by 1949. The reliability and affordable prices of Volkswagen cars contributed to the development of its export and in 1950s, the company’s first subsidiaries appeared.
VW Passat, released in 1973, became the symbol of the new generation of cars of the brand and was available in many variants. In 1974, the company introduced VW Golf, the large sales of which made Volkswagen one of the largest car producers in Europe. Passat, Scirocco, Golf and Polo, the key models of the brand, had much in common and shared some parts and engines.
Volkswagen cars were chosen European Cars of the Year three times and became Cars of the Year four times. The four of these seven awards were received by Volkswagen Golf models. Three cars of the brand are in the list of top 10 best-selling cars of all time. They are the Volkswagen Golf, the Volkswagen Beetle and the Volkswagen Passat.