When Volkswagen was founded over 8 decades ago, nobody expected it to last this long. Other automobile companies that started around the same time - like Saturn and Kaizer Frazer - have all gone defunct. But the German car manufacturer has stayed strong and churned out some of the best vehicles the world has ever seen. Funny enough, many lovers of the brand don't even have the slightest clue on how big, how long and how great Volkswagen has been over the years. Therefore, here are 10 amazing facts about Volkswagen to broaden your horizon, collected by Naijauto.com!
1. Adolf Hitler coined the name, Volkswagen
This may come as a shock to those who have read a lot about Adolf Hitler, especially those who don't like him. He actually came about the name and is even believed to have a hand in some ideas the brand first used.
The name Volkswagen means "the people's car" and has been used for decades in their adverts. But this shouldn't make you look at the brand as Nazist. In fact, Adolf Hitler dissociated his political ambitions with his love for cars. He always had a relationship with the owner of Porsche who also helped in designing the first Volkswagen car - the Beetle.
The more passion this dictator had for cars, the less interest he showed for humans' lives
2. The Volkswagen Beetle was constantly manufactured for over 60 years
The Volkswagen Beetle (Ijapa) was a popular car in Nigeria from the mid to late 90's. It's famous for having its engine installed in the boot of the car, while the boot is in the bonnet. This model was constantly being manufactured from 1938 - 2003 (a whooping 65 years). Till date there are still those who drive Beetles in Nigeria.
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3. Volkswagen owns the Porsche and the Lamborghini
Due to the names - Porsche and Lamborghini - a lot of people expected them to be Italian cars. But it's worthy to note that Volkswagen is the parent company for these two brands and even many more. The German automaker also own the Audi, Skoda, MAN, Scania, and Bentley. Though the headquarters is in the state of Lower Saxony, Wolfsburg, Germany, they also have factories and assembling plants scattered around some major cities in the world. Keep in mind that the Porsche used to be a stand alone brand, until about a decade ago when they merged with the Volkswagen brand.
4. Volkswagen makes the fastest car in the world
One of the Volkswagen divisions not mentioned in the number 3 fact, is the Bugatti. Yes, it's owned by the German car manufacturer. The Bugatti is also the fastest car in the world. A lot of celebrities including popular Hip Hop musician, Drake, owns the Bugatti Veyron - one of the fastest cars ever made. t's also worthy to note that Volkswagen has also set the 24-hour record for speed, a whopping 7 times!
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Who ever thought this Veyron is cousin with the Ijapa?
5. Volkswagen makes the MAN trucks
Those who drive on the expressway in Nigeria will notice MAN trucks a lot on the highway. No they aren't made by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria. The trucks are products from Volkswagen. They also test the reliability of these trucks by racing them during events of sort in Europe.
6. Volkswagen contributes 3 names to top 10 best-selling vehicles of all time
The German automaker is proud to have 3 of its products in the top 10 best selling cars of all time. They are the Volkswagen Golf, the Volkswagen Passat and the classic Volkswagen Beetle.
7. Volkswagen's biggest market is China
Though Volkswagen is a German brand, they make the bulk of their sales in China. The Asian country accounts for over 40% of sales Volkswagen makes every year. This has made China their biggest market and there are ongoing plans to boost production there.
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In Africa, Volkswagen has its major plant in Uitenhage, South Africa
8. Volkswagen was the biggest car manufacturer in the world for 2 years
The Volkswagen brand has always looked for ways to expand and multiply sales. This made them the biggest car manufacturer in the world for 2016 and 2017. They recorded almost 11 million sales of their cars in 2018. It's worthy to note that the brand was the 3rd largest automaker in the world in 2008.
9. Volkswagen has only one major plant in Africa
When Honda opened its first African plant in Nigeria, many people expected the likes of Volkswagen to follow suit. But the German brand decided to maintain its plant in South Africa - which is the only assembling/production plant they have in Africa. Although, there's a smaller assembling plant which was opened in Algeria in 2017 to put together just a handful of models for onward sales in and around the continent.
10. Volkswagen makes electric cars
Volkswagen launched the ID series some years and met expectations. The division is the electric car aspect of the German car manufacturer. The Volkswagen ID Roomzz is the most recent model - which is slated to be made available for purchase soon.
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