Volkswagen is famed for the iconic Beetle and more recently for the Golf – with the Mark 1 and Mark 2 models now considered as design classics.
Volkswagen – translation ’People’s car’ was born out of Germany’s desire for an affordable car for the masses. Created by Ferdinand Porsche, the first model built was the 1938 KdF Wagen, which later became the famous Volkswagen Beetle.
The VW group is the parent company of many other manufacturers including Audi, Skoda, Lamborghini and Bentley, Bugatti, Porsche and Seat.
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The company stopped producing VW Beetles in the late 1970s, but in 1998 Volkswagen rolled out the New Beetle, which owed much to the original Type 1 design
In 1976, VW unveiled the first Golf GTI. It was originally planned as a limited series of 5,000 but the positive response to the car meant the subsequent manufacture of millions to the present day.