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Volkswagen carsVolkswagen is a German car maker that was founded in 1937 by the Nazi goverment to build the Volkswagen or "The People's Car" for Germans. Ferdinand Porsche was employed by the government to develop the vehicle. The name Volkswagen is often abbreviated to VW or Vee Dub. If you know of an excellent Volkswagen Website online or own a good Volkswagen Resource, please add it to our auto directory by filling in the form on our Submit Car Url page.

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1933 - Adolf Hitler teams up with Ferdinand Porsche to create a different version of the original 1931 Porsche design in order to make a car for "the working man." Volkswagen is then founded ("Volkswagen" means "People's car").

1934 - Ferdinand Porsche agrees to assist Hitler in the creation of automobiles.

1936 - The first KdF-Wagen, later known as the Volkswagen Beetle, is introduced to the market and is paid for by citizens through savings schemes.

1938 - Volkswagen builds a new factory for its cars in KdF-Stadt, now called Wolfsburg, a town built specifically for the workers of the factory.

1939 - The beginning of WWII creates a demand for military vehicles and Volkswagen shifts its focus to the German military.

1945 - The KdF-Stadt and factory are taken by the Americans and handed over to the British and put under the control of Major Ivan Hirst. Since the British army was short on light transport vehicles, Hirst decided that, instead of using the factory for maintenance on existing British automobiles, the plant should produce actual cars for the British.

1946 - After some soldiers took Beetles back to the UK, the Volkswagen factory begins getting orders for cars. The cars adapt the brand Volkswagen again.

1949 - Hirst leaves any association with Volkswagen and turns its control to the West German government. Volkswagen introduces cars to the United States.

1964 - Volkswagen purchases Auto Union and the Audi brand of cars.

1972 - After years of soaring sales despite criticism, Volkswagen sells its 15,007,034th Beetle, surpassing any other car for most-produced auto model in history. February 17th marked the date the Beetle surpassed the Model T as the most popular car ever sold.

1973 - Volkswagen introduces the Passat, based on an Audi design, to lure more consumers to their market.

1974 - Vokswagen introduces the VW Golf, a compact car to meet the demands of a new market for fuel-efficient cars.

1983 - The VW Jetta is introduced to the American market.

1990 - Volkswagen acquires the Spanish auto maker SEAT.

1994 - The "New Beetle" is introduced to the American market.

1996 - As Audi begins to climb into the luxury market alongside BMW and Mercedes, Volkswagen upgrades its existing line of Passats to fill the void.

1998 - Volkswagen purchases three famous marques: Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti.

2002 - Bernd Pischetsrieder becomes the new CEO of Volkswagen Group.

2006 - Bernd resigns and Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Audi, takes over the Volkswagen Group.

2012 - Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft buys the famous Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.

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