The Volkswagen company has been around for 78 years, and since their inception they’ve been doing some pretty advanced and unique things in the automotive world. This month, we’re celebrating by offering special VW discounts and sharing some of things we love about Volkswagen.
1. The Beetle was in production for 65 years
Volkswagens first car, the Beetle, was in production from 1938 to 2003, a total of 65 years. Over it’s production run, 21,529,464 Beetles were made, making it the second best selling car in the world, behind Ford’s Model T.
2. VW makes the world’s fastest car.
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is the worlds fastest production car with a top speed of 267.8mph and was designed and produced by, you guessed it, the Volkswagen group. The price tag of around $2 million may seem exorbitant, however the Veyron costs so much to produce that the Volkswagen group loses a staggering $6.25 million on each Veyron sold. Large research and development costs coupled with low production volume (only 420 have been sold) is to blame for the profit loss, so why bother? The Veyron was never intended to make a profit, rather it was designed to showcase the technological advancements and abilities of the Bugatti brand and indirectly, VW. They wanted to make the world fastest production supercar, and they did.
3. The VW base is used by multiple manufactures
VW bases are used extensively by other brands, in fact you can takes parts from 1989 Audi 1000 and swap them with MKII/A2 Golf. Seat and Scoda also use the VW bases and the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne also share a base. In total, the Volkswagen brand operates 9 car brands: Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda and VW. They also operate Ducati motorcycles.
4. VW gets inventive
Despite their appearance, these multicolored VW’s aren’t a conglomeration of parts from a scrapyard, they’re meant to look that way. These odd looking cars can trace their history back to 1964 where an ad showcased the interchangeability of Beetle parts.
Fast forward to 1995 and you have the Harlequin Polo, a multicolored small hatchback that was never sold in the U.S. Due to the surprising success of the Polo, VW released a total of 264 Harlequin Golfs for the U.S. Market. Interestingly, each Golf was painted a solid color- Pistachio Green, Tornado Red, Ginster Yellow or Chagrall Blue, 66 of each color. Then, their body panels were swapped amongst each other to create the multicolored, Harlequin look.
5. They’re modifiable
As previously noted in the advertisement above, parts can be swapped out between different model years, this makes the Beetle quite customizable. Because they’re so affordable and have a stable frame, Beetles can be customized to do pretty much anything-from the drag strip to the deserts of Baja. The entire design of the Beetle was to be utilitarian- something that when it breaks, anyone can fix it. They’re tough, simple and regardless of how it’s modified, it’ll still retain that iconic Beetle aesthetic.
6. There’s something for everyone.
VW wanted to make a car for the people-a car for everyone. Countless teens have had an affordable Beetle as their first car. Adventurers and travelers love the Vanagon and Kombi for their cargo space. Want something more sporty? There’s the Golf GTI. Something for the family? There’s the Toureg or Tiguan. For those looking for more luxury there’s the CC.
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