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Volkswagen Vehicles Through the Years

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A Pictorial of Volkswagen Vehicles Through the Years

Volkswagen Group is a German multinational car fabricating organization with headquarters in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. It designs, fabricates and delivers passenger and commercial vehicles, engines, motorcycles, and turbomachinery and provides related services which including financing, fleet management and leasing. In 2015, it created 9.93 million vehicles, the second-largest amount of any organization on the planet, behind Toyota and ahead of General Motors. It has had the biggest market share of any industry in Europe for more than two decades. It positioned seventh in the 2016 Fortune Global 500 rundown of the world's biggest companies.

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Volkswagen Group markets passenger automobiles using the Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, koda and Volkswagen brands; motorcycles using the Ducati brand; and commercial vehicles using the MAN, Scania, Neoplan brands and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. It is partitioned into two essential divisions, an Automotive Division and a Financial Services Division, and has around 340 subsidiary companies. In addition VW has two major joint-ventures in China (FAW-Volkswagen plus SAIC Volkswagen). The organization has operations in roughly 150 nations and maintains 100 production plants in 27 nations.

Volkswagen was established in 1937 to make the auto which would get to be known as the Beetle. The organization's production rapidly grew in the 1960s, and in 1965 it gained Auto Union, which manufactured the initial post-war Audi models. In the 1970s, Volkswagen founded a new era of front-wheel drive vehicles, including the Passat, Polo and Golf; the last turned into its blockbuster. In 1968, Volkswagen procured a controlling interest in SEAT, making it the first non-German brand of the organization, and in 1994, gained control of � koda, and in 1998, control of Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti, Scania in 2008 and Ducati, MAN and Porsche in 2012. The organization's operations in China have quickly grown in the previous decade with the nation turning into its biggest market

Beetle
Although designed in the 1930s, the Beetle was only produced in significant numbers starting from 1945 (civilian production had been put on hold during the Second World War), when the model was internally designated the Volkswagen Type 1, and marketed simply as the Volkswagen (or "People's Car"). Later models were designated Volkswagen 1200, 1300, 1500, 1302, or 1303, the former three indicating engine displacement, the latter two derived from the type number. The model became widely known in its home country as the Käfer (German for "beetle", cognate with English chafer) and was later marketed under that name in Germany, and as the Volkswagen in other countries. For example, in France it was known as the Coccinelle (French for ladybug)

Volkswagen Beetle - 1938-2003

1950 Volkswagen Beetle
950 Volkswagen Beetle
1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle
1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle
1974 Volkswagen Beetle
1974 Volkswagen Beetle
2003 Volkswagen Beetle
2003 Volkswagen Super Beetle more text added here
Bugs and Beatles resting in a field
Bugs and Beatles resting in a field
Volkswagens were initially shown and sold in the United States in 1949, yet just sold two vehicles in America that first year. On its entrance to the U.S. the Volkswagon was briefly sold as a "Victory Wagon". In April, 1955, Volkswagen of America was founded to standardize sales and service in the U.S.. Manufacture of the Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle expanded significantly throughout the years, the aggregate achieving one million in 1955.

Volkswagen New Beetle - 1998-2011

1998 Volkswagen Beetle
1998 Volkswagen Beetle
The Volkswagen New Beetle is a compact car, introduced by Volkswagen in 1997, drawing heavy inspiration from the exterior design of the original Beetle. Unlike the original Beetle, the New Beetle has its engine in the front, driving the front wheels, with luggage storage in the rear. Many special editions have been released, such as the Malibu Barbie New Beetle.

Volkswagen Beetle (A5) (2012-present)

2012 Volkswagen New Beatle
2012 Volkswagen New Beatle
2019 Volkswagen New Beatle
2019 Volkswagen New Beatle
The second generation "new" Beetle shares the "A5" (PQ35) platform with the current generation Volkswagen Jetta and is built alongside the Jetta, Golf Variant and the old Jetta ("Clásico") at Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico. It is longer than the previous New Beetle at 4,278 mm (168.4 in) and also has a lower profile, 12 mm (0.5 in) lower than its predecessor, and 88 mm (3.5 in) wider. The trunk is now 310 L (11 cu ft), up from 209 L (7.4 cu ft). VW began marketing the Golf under the Rabbit name once again in the U.S. and Canada in 2006. The sixth-generation Passat and the fifth-generation Jetta both debuted in 2005, and Volkswagen announced plans to expand its lineup further by bringing back the Scirocco by 2008. Other models in Wolfgang Bernhard's (Volkswagen brand CEO) "product offensive" include the Tiguan mid-sized SUV in 2008 and a Passat Coupé.

Volkswagen Scirocco (1974-1992 - 2008-2017)

1977 Volkswagon Scirocco
1977 Volkswagon Scirocco
2008 Volkswagon Scirocco
2008 Volkswagon Scirocco
2017 Volkswagon Scirocco
017 Volkswagon Scirocco
The Volkswagen Scirocco is a three-door, four passenger (2+2), front-engine, front wheel drive sport hatchback manufactured and marketed by Volkswagen in two generations from 1974-1992 and a third generation from 2008-2017.

Volkswagen Golf (1974-present)

1974 Volkswagon Golf
1974 Volkswagon Golf
2017 Volkswagon Golf Blue Motion
2017 Volkswagon Golf Blue Motion
Volkswagen began introducing an array of new models after Bernd Pischetsrieder became Volkswagen Group CEO (responsible for all Group brands) in 2002. The sixth-generation VW Golf was launched in 2008, came runner-up to the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia in the 2009 European Car of the Year, and has spawned several cousins: VW Jetta, VW Scirocco, SEAT León, SEAT Toledo, Škoda Octavia and Audi A3 hatchback ranges, as well as a new mini-MPV, the SEAT Altea. The GTI, a "hot hatch" performance version of the Golf, boasts a 2.0 L Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) direct injection engine.

Volkswagen Rabbit (1974-present)

2018 Volkswagen Rabbit
2018 Volkswagen Rabbit
2019 Volkswagen Rabbit GT1
2019 Volkswagen Rabbit GT1
The Golf Mk5 was introduced in Europe in the autumn of 2003, reaching the UK market in early 2004. In North America, Volkswagen brought back the Rabbit nameplate when it introduced the vehicle in 2006. In Canada, the Golf is still the prevalent nameplate of the fifth generation (though both Rabbit and Golf have both been used historically)

Volkswagen Jetta (1979-present)

1979 Volkswagon Jetta
1979 Volkswagon Jetta
2019 Volkswagon Jetta
2019 Volkswagon Jetta
The Jetta has been offered in two- and four-door saloon / sedan, and five-door wagon / estate versions – all as four- or five-seaters. Since the original version in 1980, the car has grown in size and power with each generation. By mid-2011, almost 10 million Jettas have been produced and sold all over the world. As of April 2014, Volkswagen marketed over 14 million, becoming its top selling model

Volkswagen Passat (1972-present)

2011 Volkswagen Passat
2011 Volkswagen Passat
2019 Volkswagen Passat
2019 Volkswagen Passat
The Volkswagen Passat (About this soundlisten (help·info)) is a large family car manufactured and marketed by Volkswagen since 1973, and now in its eighth generation. It has been marketed variously as the Dasher, Santana, Quantum, Magotan, Corsar and Carat. The successive generations of the Passat carry the Volkswagen internal designations B1, B2, etc. Originally (but no longer) these designations paralleled those of the Audi 80 and A4 with which the Passat shared platforms.

Volkswagen Electric

Volkswagen e-Golf BEV (2015-present)

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf
The production version of the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. According to VW the e-Golf has a practical all-electric range of 81 to 118 miles, with an official NEDC cycle of 118 miles, and the winter range is expected to be 50 to 75 miles In October 2014, the EPA announced the 2015 e-Golf has a range of 83 miles , and combined city/highway efficiency of 116 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPGe). Production of vehicles destined for retail customers began in March 2014.

Volkswagen Golf GTE PREV (2015-present)

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTE
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTE
The Golf GTE plug-in hybrid is driven by two power sources: a 1.4-litre 110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp) TSI direct-injection petrol engine and a 75 kW electric motor. Together, they combine to produce power of 150 kW (204 PS; 201 hp) and 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) of torque, with a theoretical range of 580 miles. Using the electric motor alone, the GTE is capable of speeds of 81 mph.

Volkswagen e-Up! (BEV)

2018 Volkswagen e-Up!
2018 Volkswagen e-Up!
The production version has an 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery able to deliver 99 miles on the NEDC cycle, can accelerate from 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds and has a top speed of 81 mph. The E-up can be charged with 2.3 kW plugged into any standard 230 V socket, with 3.6 kW via a home-installed wall box or with up to 40 kW plugged into a DC fast-charging station via the optional Combined Charging System (CCS), which allows the battery to charge up to 80% in under 30 minutes. The production version has the same dimensions as the 5 door petrol model with seating for four.

Volkswagen Passat GTE (PHEV)

2019 Volkswagen Passat GTE
2019 Volkswagen Passat GTE
The plug-in hybrid powertrain of the Passat GTE, previously utilized by the Volkswagen Golf GTE and Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, is featured with a larger battery pack in this model. The GTE has an 85 kW three-phase permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, coupled with a 9.9 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of an all-electric range of 31 miles and a total range of 600 miles. When paired with the 1.4 liter ACT-equipped TSI gasoline engine, it will deliver a fuel economy of 2.0 l/100 km (120 mpg‑US) equivalent on the New European Driving Cycle, corresponding to CO2 emissions lower than 45g/km. Top speed is 136 mph. UK sales began in mid-2015, with deliveries in October 2015. In the Netherlands, pre-orders were opened in early 2015 with deliveries in September 2015

Volkswagen XL1 (PHEV)

2019 Volkswagen XL1
2019 Volkswagen XL1
The XL1 is the third iteration of the Volkswagen 1-litre car, unveiled at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show. The diesel plug-in hybrid prototype is branded as a "Super Efficient Vehicle" (SEV). According to Volkswagen, the XL1 can achieve a combined fuel consumption of 0.9 litres per 100 kilometres ( 260 mpg‑US) and CO2 emissions of 24 g/km. Like the L1, the XL1 uses a two-cylinder turbo-diesel. Displacing 49 cu in, it is rated at 35 kW (47 hp) and 121 N⋅m (89 lb⋅ft) of torque and transmits power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed DSG transmission. The electric motor pitches in with 20 kW (27 hp) and 100 N⋅m (74 lb⋅ft) of torque, and can work in parallel with the diesel or drive the car independent of it. Fully charged, the XL1 can travel up to 22 miles on electric power.

Volkswagen Pickup

Volkswagen T1 Transporter Half Cab

1967 Volkswagen T1 Transporter Single Cab
1967 Volkswagen T1 Transporter Single Cab
The Volkswagen Type 2, known officially (depending on body type) as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, or, informally, as the Bus (US) or Camper (UK), is a cabover panel van introduced in 1950 by the German automaker Volkswagen as its second car model. Following – and initially deriving from Volkswagen's first model, the Type 1 (Beetle) – it was given the factory designation Type 2. As one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger vans, the Type 2 gave rise to forward control competitors in the United States in the 1960s, including the Ford Econoline, the Dodge A100, and the Chevrolet Corvair 95 Corvan, the latter adopting the Type 2's rear-engine configuration. European competition included the 1960s FF layout Renault Estafette and the FR layout Ford Transit.

Volkswagen Amarok (2009-present)

2009 Volkswagen Amarok
2009 Volkswagen Amarok
2019 Volkswagen Amarok
2019 Volkswagen Amarok
The Volkswagen Amarok is a pickup truck produced by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) since 2010. It is a traditional body-on-frame truck with double-wishbone suspension at the front and leaf springs at the rear. The Amarok range consists of single cab and double cab, combined with either rear-wheel drive or 4motion four-wheel-drive, and is powered by turbocharged gasoline or turbocharged direct injection (TDI) diesel engines. VWCV considers the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200, Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max and Chevrolet/Holden Colorado/S-10 to be Amarok competitors, although the Amarok is larger.

Volkswagen Sports Cars

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia (1955-1974)

1956 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
1956 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
1974 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
1974 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a sports car marketed in 2+2 coupe (1955–1974) and convertible (1957–1974) body styles by Volkswagen. Internally designated the Typ 14, the Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle) with styling by Italy's Carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by German coachbuilding house, Karmann. From 1962-1969, Volkswagen marketed the Typ 34, with angular bodywork and based on the Type 3 platform and mechanicals.

Volkswagen SUV's

Volkswagen Atlas (2018-present)

2019 Volkswagen Atlas
2019 Volkswagen Atlas
The Volkswagen Atlas is a mid size] sport utility vehicle (SUV) manufactured at its Chattanooga plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the United States. The Atlas is the largest vehicle produced on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform, and features a transverse mounted inline-four or Volkswagen's narrow angle VR6.

Volkswagen T-Roc (2017-present)

2019 Volkswagen T-ROC
2019 Volkswagen T-ROC
The Volkswagen T-Roc is a subcompact crossover SUV. Its main rivals are the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Dacia/Renault Duster, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3, Ford Ecosport, Toyota C-HR and the Honda HR-V. The T-Roc is slotted below the Tiguan and above the slightly smaller T-Cross.

Volkswagen Touareg (2002-present)

2002 Volkswagen Touareg
2002 Volkswagen Touareg
2019 Volkswagen Touareg
2019 Volkswagen Touareg
The Volkswagen Touareg is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV produced since 2002 at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant. The vehicle was named after the nomadic Tuareg people, inhabitants of the Saharan interior in North Africa.

Volkswagen Vans
The Volkswagen Transporter, based on the Volkswagen Group's T platform, now in its sixth generation, refers to a series of vans produced over 60 years and marketed worldwide.

Volkswagen T1 transporter (1950-1967)

1950 Volkswagen T1 Transporter
1950 Volkswagen T1 Transporter
1967 Volkswagen T1 Transporter
1967 Volkswagen T1 Transporter
The Volkswagen Transporter, based on the Volkswagen Group's T platform, now in its sixth generation, refers to a series of vans produced over 60 years and marketed worldwide.

Volkswagen T2 Transporter - 1967-1979

1967 Volkswagen T2 Transporter
1967 Volkswagen T2 Transporter
The Volkswagen T2 platform was marketed from 1967 through 1979 model years, with a Volkswagen Type 4 engine optionally available from 1972 on.

Volkswagen T3 - 1979-1990

The Volkswagen Type 2 (T3), also known as the T25, or Vanagon in the United States, was one of the last new Volkswagen platforms to use an air-cooled engine. The Volkswagen air-cooled engine was succeeded by a water-cooled boxer engine (still rear-mounted) in 1983. 1979 Volkswagen T3 Transporter

Volkswagen T4 - 1990 -2003

2000 Volkswagen T4 Transporter
2000 Volkswagen T4 Transporter
The first officially designated "T platform" vehicle, the Volkswagen Transporter (T4) dramatically updated the Volkswagen van line by using a front-mounted, front-wheel drive, water-cooled engine. The T4 was marketed in North America as the Volkswagen Eurovan.

Volkswagen T5 - 2003-present

2003 Volkswagen T5 Transporter
2003 Volkswagen T5 Transporter
2010 Volkswagen T5 Transporter
2010 Volkswagen T5 Transporter
The Volkswagen Transporter (T5) is the current variant of the Volkswagen T platform. In North America it is sold in Mexico but not in the United States or Canada. As with other light trucks, the T5 range would face a 25% tariff, known as the chicken tax, if imported to the US.

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