A Brief History of Volkswagen

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Volkswagen was originally founded in 1937 by the Nazi trade union, the German Labor Union (Deutsche Arbeitsfront). Until the early 1930s German auto manufacturers were still largely luxury car manufacturers, and the average German could buy no more than a motorcycle.

History of Volkswagen

Volkswagen or commonly abbreviated as VW is a car manufacturer based in Wolfsburg Lower Saxony, Germany. Founded by the German Trade Union (Deutsche Arbeitsfront). Produced since 1973, today Volkswagen has produced many types of cars. The three most famous cars are the Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Beetle and Volkswagen Passat.

There is a reason why the term 'People's Car' is attached to this car. In the early 1930s, many of Germany's auto manufacturers were still dominated by luxury cars, and the average German couldn't afford more than a motorcycle. Therefore, the existence of a potential market makes several car manufacturers launch projects for people's cars. Call it the Merdes 170H, Adler AutoBahn, Steyr 55, Hanomag 1.3L, and others.

Emerged during the Nazi era, Adolf Hitler at that time wanted a private vehicle at an affordable price for the general public. Ferdinand Porsche who is an engineer was assigned to design the vehicle.

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Adolf Hitler himself had a condition when the project was first created, namely that the vehicle must be able to carry two adults and three small children. About the affairs of the engine must be up to a speed of 100km/hour.

Previously, this type of people's car had been made by Joseph Ganz who also designed the people's car. The car was called the Standard Superior, and the advert was called a 'German Volkswagen ('people's car,' just as Adolf Hitler wanted. However, the car was smaller and cheaper too.

Unfortunately the automakers weren't interested. Even during the Nazis, came to power, Joseph Ganz was put in prison because the Nazis knew he was a Jew.Because of this, the Nazi government approached Ferdinand Porsche who designed a prototype car similar to the superior, and named it Käfer.

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