Volkswagen In Retrospect
Volkswagen is one of the most recognizable brands in motoring. A wide range of Volkswagen cars have stood the test of time, enjoying success with revamped models across decades. The popular cars have long impressed motoring enthusiasts with their stylish design features and class leading engineering capable of delivering high levels of performance. The history of the impressive motoring giant all began with one car: the Beetle.
A Brief History
When translated into English, Volkswagen means “the people’s car”. The name reflected the German company’s aim to make driving accessible for the average working family. During the 1930s, the automobile industry was focused on luxury, and only the richest German residents could afford a car. When the company was founded in 1937, the KdF-Wagen, the first VW Beetle, was its first production model. Designed for working commuters, the KdF-Wagen was an affordable car with high-quality specifications. The company’s future looked uncertain following the end of the Second World War in 1945, but Allied forces took over operations and ramped up production of the KdF-Wagen. Producing more than 1000 models every month, it became the longest-running and most-produced car of a single design when production was finally stopped in 2003. Symbolizing the prosperity and growth of West Germany in the 1950s, Volkswagen began to expand its product line and break into foreign markets. By the 1970s, the company was enjoying international recognition with popular models like the Type 2 and Passat, and the Volkswagen brand represented the best of European motoring.
Volkswagen’s Many Models
The Beetle enjoyed a contemporary redesign in 1997 (and again in 2011), and the new model has captivated a new generation of motorists. However, many of the company’s other brands have also enjoyed great success. The reliable Golf Polo, the upmarket Passat and, of course, the classic VW Camper are all iconic, popular models. The company is eager to embrace new technologies and is making strives to develop hybrid electric versions of some of its most popular vehicles.
Volkswagen still maintains its reputation for producing well made, top-quality vehicles. Beetle, Golf and VW Camper models are still coveted by motoring enthusiasts, and earlier models are always sought out for restoration. Volkswagen continues to produce a wide, international range of cars with contemporary and stylish designs. Manufacturing executive and family ranges, as well as sporty coupé models like the Scirocco, Volkswagen are one of the definitive European car manufacturers and they have contributed to defining and renovating the motoring industry.