Volkswagen Cars

The first Volkswagen (VW) was created when Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of Porsche, was commissioned by Adolph Hitler to build an affordable, practical car for the German people. The result was a compact beetle-shaped sedan that was dubbed the Volkswagen, German for "people's car."

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Volkswagen Through The Years

The people's car, like most non-military production in Europe and the United States, would have to wait until after World War II ended. As German civilian industry gradually came back online in the 1940s, mass production of the VW Beetle got underway.

The Beetle proved enormously successful in the 1940s. Volkswagen expanded its product line in the 1950s by adding the VW Type 2 Bus and the Karmann Ghia sports car to its lineup. In the 1960s, VW became even more popular, thanks to the continued success of the Beetle. By 1972, the Beetle had even surpassed the Ford Model T as the best-selling car of all time. Throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, Volkswagen further diversified its lineup of vehicle offerings, issuing models such as the Passat and the Golf.

Volkswagens in America

Volkswagen was among the first European automotive brand to make in-roads into the U.S. market following World War II. The first VW Beetles to hit the roads in America came over as early as 1949. The Beetle and the VW Type 2 Bus became enormously popular in America during the 1960s, particularly with young drivers and members of the "flower power" generation.

In the 1970s, VW repackaged the Passat as the Dasher and introduced the car in the U.S. The Golf and was also rebranded and issued in the U.S. as the Rabbit. Both cars were popular for their compact style and good fuel efficiency. VW began to make further inroads into the U.S. market by issuing models such as the Scirocco sport coupe and the Rabbit GTI, which was engineered for performance.

Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, VW's popularity continued as the brand slowly moved more upmarket. Sales decreased for a time in the early 1990s but by the end of the decade, the company once again found its footing with American drivers. A new version of the iconic VW Beetle was issued at the turn of the Millennium and its success was followed by the introduction of new models such as the Touareg SUV and the Phaeton Sedan.

Volkswagen Models

Volkswagen claims to provide extensive and diverse vehicle lineups in the current market. Compact sedans like the Jetta and Passat have been popular with American drivers for decades for their versatility, reliability and fuel economy. Both the Jetta and Passat are also currently available as wagons.

The Golf is another long-running VW model that is still popular today, and it's also more performance-minded version, the GTI. The GTI in particular has enjoyed a run as one of the most popular entry level performance cars on the U.S. market for more than a quarter century.

The Touareg was introduced in 2003, which represented the VW brand's entry into the SUV market. As a midsize crossover SUV, the Touareg was originally more rugged than many of its luxury SUV peers. However, in recent years, the Touareg has ditched its off-road capabilities in favor of enhanced on-road ability.

The Phaeton is a full-size luxury car that was issued by Volkswagen in 2002. The car was created in an effort to compete with established German luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. Although the Phaeton was designed well and executed impeccably, it sold slowly and was pulled from the U.S. market.

The Eos is another of VW's newer models. As a 2-seat hardtop convertible coupe, the Eos was first issued in 2006 and earns high marks for comfort and style, if not performance.

The VW Routan is a minivan that was unveiled in 2009. Although the Routan bears the VW badge, it is in fact a rebranded and reworked version of the current Chrysler minivan platform.

While the New Beetle may never achieve those kinds of sales figures as the original, the car has proved an enormous hit since its initial release in 1998. Not only did the New Beetle help VW revive its fortunes in the U.S. market, but it also helped to inspire the retro-futurist car craze that has since given rise to new versions of the British Mini Cooper and the Italian Fiat 500. A redesigned model was introduced in 2011, with styling designed to attract a more "masculine" audience.

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Volkswagen can be rightfully proud with the diverse array of vehicles in its lineup and its reputation while drivers worldwide enjoy its cars. While it may not have succeeded in edging out BMW and Mercedes in the luxury sedan market, drivers all over the world appreciate Volkswagens.

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Volkswagen Beetle

2014-2012, 2010-1998 | Compact, Convertible, Hatchback, Midsize, Sports

Overall, the Volkswagen Beetle has earned a reputation based on its popularity among the common driver.

Volkswagen Cabriolet

2002-1995 | Compact, Convertible

Like many of the brand’s other products, the Volkswagen Cabriolet provides a good option for car buyers looking to purchase an affordable and well-made car.

Volkswagen CC

2014-2009 | Midsize, Sedan

At the beginning of 2008, Volkswagen unveiled the Volkswagen CC, a four-door coupe version of the Volkswagen Passat.

Volkswagen Eos

2014-2007 | Convertible, Sports

The Volkswagen Eos is a good example of what the engineers in Germany are capable of.

Volkswagen Eurovan

2003-1999 | Minivan/Van

The Volkswagen Eurovan filled a void in the automobile market with its unique design and ongoing appeal to the camping community.

Volkswagen GLI

2012, 2009 | Compact, Sedan

The Volkswagen GLI, also known as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, is a performance-oriented version of the best-selling Jetta, which was in production since 1979.

Volkswagen Golf

2015-2010, 2006-1996 | Compact, Hatchback, Sedan, Sports

In the early 1930s, the vast majority of automobiles in Germany were luxury cars, and the average blue-collar consumer was most likely unable to afford anything more expensive than a motorcycle.

Volkswagen Golf III

1995 | Compact, Hatchback, Sports

Since the beginning of the company, Volkswagen has been known for making high-quality vehicles consumers can depend on.

Volkswagen GTI

2015-2000 | Hatchback, Sports

The Volkswagen GTI series offers an affordable and well-made option for those looking for performance as well as economy.

Volkswagen Jetta

2014-1996 | Compact, Hybrid, Sedan, Wagon

Much like many of the brand’s other designs the Volkswagen Jetta also comes at an affordable price.

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

2014 | Compact, Hybrid, Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta III

1995 | Compact, Sedan

Like so many of the brand’s other cars and vehicles, the Volkswagen Jetta III series is known for its classic good looks and fine German engineering.

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

2014-2012 | Compact, Wagon

Throughout the U.S. and Europe in the early 1900s, several new automobile companies tried to make the finest cars and trucks available.

Volkswagen New Jetta

1999 | Compact, Sedan

The Volkswagen Jetta endured many changes since its introduction in 1980, but none have come close to the model’s extensive redesign for the 2011 model year.

Volkswagen New Passat

2001 | Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

The Volkswagen Passat is a seventh-generation large family car.

Volkswagen Passat

2014-2012, 2010-1995 | Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

Originally built to capitalize on the look and feel of Audi cars, the Volkswagen Passat was meant to fill the gap left by the fading popularity of the Beetle in the early 1970s.

Volkswagen Phaeton

2006-2004 | Luxury, Sedan

According to industry insiders, the Phaeton had to meet the needs of the lead engineer before the car could be sent to the plant to build a prototype.

Volkswagen R32

2008, 2004 | Compact, Hatchback, Sports

The Volkswagen R32 has recognizable predecessors.

Volkswagen Rabbit

2009-2007 | Compact, Hatchback

In 1974, Volkswagen began production of its latest vehicle, which was a replacement for the Volkswagen Beetle.

Volkswagen Routan

2012-2009 | Minivan/Van

The U.S. isn’t the only nation well known for making cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

Volkswagen Tiguan

2014-2009 | Sedan, SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover vehicle (CUV) that was initially built by a German company, ""Auto 5000,"" until 2008.

Volkswagen Touareg

2014-2013, 2007-2004 | Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad

Introduced as a concept model developed as a tri-lateral venture between Volkswagen (VW), Audi, and Porsche and released in 2002, the Volkswagen Touareg is a midsize, five-door, luxury crossover SUV.

Volkswagen Touareg 2

2012-2008 | Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Volkswagen Touareg 2 provides the German automaker’s answer to the recent crossover SUV craze.

Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

2014 | Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad

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