Started in Germany in 1946, Volkswagen is a name we’ve all heard of. It’s hard to drive down the road without seeing at least one car of this brand. The name mean’s “People’s car” in German and sports the logo “Das Auto” which mean’s “The car”. Here are some other facts you may not know about. Be sure to check back for part two of this article.
Number Fifteen: Hitler’s Big Idea
Adolf had dreams of engineering a car that could carry up to two adults and three children, that could go 62 miles per hour. He contracted Ferdinand Porsche for the job.
Number Fourteen: VW Manufactures and Races Big Trucks
Most of us were unaware of the fact that Volkswagen even makes big trucks, but surprisingly enough, they also race them. Most of this takes place in Brazil, where VW is known as one of the leading truck manufacturers.
Number Thirteen: Audi Uses Volkswagen Parts
There was a time that you could even see a similarity between these two brands. That’s a thing of the past, however, since nowadays most car makers aim for creating a distinctive style to set themselves apart from the competition.
Number Twelve: The Beetle Was Produced for 65 Years
When you say Volkswagen, most people will instantly think of the legendary Beetle. This famous model was produced for over 6 decades, started from 1938 and continuing on until 2003.
Number Eleven: They Had Multiple Models Featured in a Prestigious List
Not one, but three Volkswagen models were named in the list of the top 10 best selling cars ever. These included the Volkswagen Passat, the Beetle, and the Golf.
Number Ten: Herbie’s Sought-After Paint Job
The much-loved film Herbie which features a sentient car who likes to race was the creative work of Disney and appeared in theaters in 1969. It later on became the most popular paint scheme for the Volkswagen bug.
Number Nine: It’s the Largest Car Manufacturer
Not long ago, in 2009, VW was officially made the world’s largest car maker. This happened when Volkswagen-Porsche officially overtook Toyota. I hope you enjoyed part one of these amazing facts about Volkswagen. Be sure to check back for part two, coming soon.