Monday, October 02, 2006

How Was "Volkswagen" Named?

Volkswagen, or VW, is an automobile manufacturer based in Wolfsburg, Germany. It forms the core of Volkswagen Group, one of the world's four largest car producers.

The name means "people's car" in German. Its German tagline is "Aus Liebe zum Automobil", which is translated as "For the love of the car" - or, "For Love of the People's Cars," as translated by VW in other languages.

Though the origins of the company date back to the 1930s, the design for the car that would become known as the Beetle date back even further, as a pet project by car designer Ferdinand Porsche (1875–1951). Adolf Hitler's desire that almost anybody should be able to afford a car coincided with this design.

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posted by Staff @ 9:05 PM