Interesting Facts About Volkswagen To Amaze You

Sushree Sangeeta Behera Sushree Sangeeta Behera
Jul 18, 2021 5 min read
Interesting Facts About Volkswagen To Amaze You

Volkswagen has successfully topped itself among the list of successful car producers and manufacturers in the world. It is known for manufacturing many iconic vehicles. It also owns popular brand subsidiaries. Most of us wish to own a car from Volkswagen. But, before moving ahead, let's know about how Volkswagen emerged.

During the years before 1930, cars were only meant for the elite people. They were beyond the means of a common man. However, Adolf Hitler announced the manufacturing of a car that could accommodate 2 adults and 3 children. In 1934, Volkswagen announced its first car KdF-Wagen.

During the Second World War, severe losses happened. However, the company toiled hard to fight with the competition and win the market. Now, let's have a look at the company highlights of Volkswagen.

Company Highlights

Company Name Volkswagen
Headquarters Wolfsburg, Germany
Industry Automotive
Founder German Labour Front
Founding Year 1937
Parent Company Volkswagen AG
Number of employees 307,342

Now let's have a look at some amazing facts about Volkswagen.

Volkswagen - World's 7th largest Car Company
Volkswagen - Slogan
Volkswagen - Subsidiary Brands
Volkswagen - Naming Of Cars
Volkswagen - Products Apart From Cars
Volkswagen - Most Successful Vehicle
Volkswagen - Largest Market
Volkswagen - Microbus For About 70 Years
Volkswagen - Comparision With Toyota
Volkswagen - Best Seller Of 20th Century
Volkswagen - Ferdinand Prosche
Volkswagen - Fastest Car In The World
Volkswagen - Valuation
Volkswagen - Users
Volkswagen - The Dieselgate Scandal
Conclusion
FAQs


Volkswagen Group | German multinational company | Company Profiles |
On May 28, 1937, the government of Germany, the National Socialist Party forms a new automobile company, Volkswagen. Know more about its business model

Volkswagen - World's 7th largest Car Company

Yes, Volkswagen tops the list of largest car companies by acquiring the rank seven. With about 12 subsidiaries and other productions, Volkswagen successfully made this place in the list.

Volkswagen - Slogan

The slogan of Volkswagen was changed from "Das Auto” to " Volkswagen". This happened in 2016, which was the company's initiative to start working afresh.

Volkswagen - Subsidiary Brands

Volkswagen subsidiaries | Audi | Lamborghini |Skoda | Bentley | Porsche
Volkswagen subsidiaries | Audi | Lamborghini |Skoda | Bentley | Porsche 

Volkswagen owns 12 brands as its subsidiaries. These brands are SEAT, Audi, Bentley, MAN, Lamborghini, Scania, Bugatti, Porsche, Bentley, Skoda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Ducati.

About Volkswagen and its Subsidiaries

Volkswagen - Naming Of Cars

This might be surprising to know that the names of Volkswagen cars are generally derived from the names of ocean currents. Some names are even derived from the names of prevailing wind Examples may include Vento, Polo, Passat, Bora, etc.

Volkswagen - Products Apart From Cars

Volkswagen Engine and Turbocharger
Volkswagen Engine and Turbocharger

If you think Volkswagen produces only cars, then you are mistaken. Volkswagen also produces diesel engines, steam turbines, turbochargers, and chemical reactors. Although cars are their major source of income, still they have made huge investments in engine technologies.

Volkswagen - Most Successful Vehicle

The most successful vehicle produced by Volkswagen is Golf. On average, it has produced 29 million copies which have been successfully sold worldwide. It was seen as a phase of the transition of Volkswagen towards modernization. It was such a hit that it was nominated for the European Car of the year two times.

Volkswagen - Largest Market

This might be intriguing for you to know that China serves to be the largest marketplace for Volkswagen. In 2017, about 3.18 million Volkswagen cars were sold in China which was about half of the sales in the global market. With time, the Chinese market is also expanding.

Volkswagen - Microbus For About 70 Years

While we talk about microbus, you might go back to the era of the 70s. However, the microbus was produced by Volkswagen in 1949 and it ran on the roads till 2013.

Volkswagen - Comparision With Toyota

Volkswagen Vs Toyota
Volkswagen Vs Toyota

If you are wondering about the above question, then it's simply that Volkswagen is more popular. In 2016, Volkswagen surpassed Toyota by setting a record of selling about 10.31 million cars.

Volkswagen - Best Seller Of 20th Century

This might be quite intriguing for you to know that the Beetle was the best selling among all cars in many years. The production of the Beetle was stopped in 2013. However, it had already sold 21.5 million cars by then.

Volkswagen - Ferdinand Prosche

You already know that the Beetle was the best selling among all cars of the 20th century. However, the mastermind behind this car was Ferdinand Porsche. He invested only 10 months in manufacturing this car with all its awesome features. After the launch, the popularity of Beetle grew over years.

Volkswagen - Fastest Car In The World

Bugatti Chiron, launched in 2016, is the fastest car in the world. Chiron can travel at the speed of 267 miles per hour. It can also gain a speed from 0 to 60 within only 2.4 seconds. Not just this, all the fastest cars including supermodels are produced by Volkswagen.

Volkswagen - Valuation

During October 2008, for some short period, Volkswagen was worth around $370 billion in the market. At this time, it was the most valuable company in the world. The share prices even increased drastically leading to this consequence.

Volkswagen - Users

Of every ten cars sold across the world, one car is from Volkswagen. This was how popular Volkswagen was in 2014. In the same year, it sold about 10.2 million vehicles. The markets of the company outside of Germany also increased.

Volkswagen - The Dieselgate Scandal

It was reported that Volkswagen cars contributed to pollution following which this scandal emerged. The company had infused some software which led to high levels of pollution. After the reporting of the issue, the company suffered heavy losses which included the value of sales falling by 30%. Customers lost their trust resulting in more losses.

Conclusion

Volkswagen, being a German manufacturer has made its place in the world market. However, this success didn't come overnight. Volkswagen had to go through lots of turmoil and hard phases to reach this position. By dint of all its efforts and hard work, it has become the owner of leading car brands.

The Volkswagen products have even won many awards in the international field. Some of its achievements include European Car of the Year, Motor Trend Car of the Year, World Car of the Year, etc. This adds an extra edge to its competitors.

FAQs

Does Volkswagen own Audi?

Yes, Volkswagen owns many brands as subsidiaries which even includes Audi.

How are Volkswagen cars named?

The names of Volkswagen cars are generally derived from the names of ocean currents.

What was the first car launched by Volkswagen?

The first car launched by Volkswagen is KdF-Wagen.

What brands does Volkswagen own?

  • Audi
  • Lamborghini
  • SEAT
  • SKODA
  • Bugatti
  • Porsche
  • Ducati
  • Bentley

What is the Number of employees in Volkswagen?

There are 307,342 employees in Volkswagen (2021).

Which car is best in Volkswagen?

List of best cars of Volkswagen are:

  • The Volkswagen Touareg
  • Volkswagen Eos
  • Volkswagen Corrado
  • The Iconic Beetle
  • Volkswagen Phaeton
  • The Volkswagen Passat
  • Volkswagen GTi
  • Volkswagen Scirocco
  • The Golf R32
  • The Volkswagen Jetta

What does Volkswagen stand for?

In German language, meaning of Volkswagen Β is β€œthe people's car.”

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