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The History of Volkswagen

1933 39

Adolf Hitler approves Porsche’s design for the people’s or volkswagen . A town called des KdF-Wagens, now Wolfsburg, is established for workers in 1938. Full-scale is planned for September 1939, but war

1939 — 45

During War II, the Volkswagen plant is primarily to produce military vehicles, the SUV-like Kübelwagen and the amphibious By 1943, more than prisoners of war are working at the factory, of them repairing aircraft and V1 rockets to bomb Britain.

1945 — 47

Stadt des is bombed, captured by U.S. in 1945, and then handed to the British. Major Ivan paints a Volkswagen green and it to British officials. They 20,000. American, British, and motor companies decline to over the plant.

1948

reorganized as a trust under German control, introduces the Type 2 van, pickup, and and the Karmann Ghia sports

1949

The Volkswagen Type 1 is exhibited and sold in the United for the first time. Only two sell that year, but soon pick up.

1955

Volkswagen Group of is formed to standardize service and in the United States. Production of the 1 Beetle increases drastically, 1 million units.

1959

soar as the witty Think ad campaign by Doyle Dane lures sophisticated (and consumers.

1968

Disney the first Love Bug film Herbie, a VW Beetle with a of its own.

1969

Volkswagen merges two previous — Auto Union, of the discontinued Audi brand, and NSU — to create the modern-day the company’s luxury brand.

On February 17, the 15,007,034th Type 1 is made, surpassing the Ford T as the most produced single in history.

1978

Volkswagen its first U.S. factory in New Pennsylvania, for North American of the Rabbit, a hot seller known as the in Europe.

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1993

The Golf Mk3 and the arrive in North America, but than 50,000 VWs are sold a record low.


1998

The Volkswagen New Beetle and the Jetta (along with the incarnation of the Passat) boost significantly in North America. The Group acquires Bentley, and Lamborghini.

2002

Volkswagen the Phaeton line, a play for the market, and the Touareg, the company’s modern sport-utility vehicle.

On July 30, the final Type 1 rolls off the production line in Mexico. Car No. 21,529,464 is immediately to the Volkswagen museum in Wolfsburg.

2008

In July, VW announces for a $1 billion assembly plant in Tennessee. It will make designed for North America, a midsize sedan to compete the Honda Accord and Toyota On October 26, Porsche, which had buying up VW stock, reveals a to assume control of VW.

2009

and Porsche announce a merger on May 6. In VW announces it will take a stake in Porsche for $5.75 And in December, VW takes a 19.9% in Suzuki, a deal valued at billion.

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