An illuminated Volkswagen logo on the VW ID.4 all-electric compact SUV model
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Volkswagen, often written and stylized as “VW,” is a German automotive manufacturing division of the Volkswagen Group. The Volkswagen marque is the flagship brand of its parent company, and the term Volkswagen in German translates to “people’s car”.

The Volkswagen brand has an unsavory origin, founded in 1937 by the German Labour Front of the Nazi Party. Many of its first products were created under direct orders from Adolf Hitler, including the very first VW Beetle. However, after World War II, the company was left gutted and in disarray, with severe restrictions placed on the country of Germany that, among other things, limited car production. However, in the aftermath of these events, the Volkswagen brand became a symbol of economic reconstruction in Germany. Then, soon after being introduced to the United States, the Beetle became an almost instant success.

After the Beetle, Volkswagen created the Golf, Passat, Polo, and other iconic VW nameplates that propelled its longevity. Currently, Volkswagen is heavily focused on developing and releasing its ID. series lineup of electric vehicles (EVs), including the presently available ID.3 and ID.4 and upcoming minibus, sedan, and wagon models.

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All Volkswagen Vehicles:


Golf: A compact hatchback family car that has been sold under many names and variations

Golf GTI: A sporty version of the Golf

Golf R: A performance version of the Golf

Jetta: A compact sedan that has been sold under many names and variations

Arteon: A compact executive car or shooting brake that replaced the CC

SUVs and Minivans:

Taos: A compact SUV and currently VW’s smallest SUV model

Tiguan: A compact SUV and Volkswagen’s best-selling model

ID.4: An all-electric compact SUV and the first of the VW ID. series to reach the U.S.

Atlas Cross Sport: A two-row and sporty variant of the standard Atlas

Atlas: A three-row midsize SUV that replaced the Touareg in America

Recently Discontinued Vehicles

Beetle: The incredibly iconic company economy car, also known as the “Bug”

CC: A compact executive car based on the Passat that was replaced by the Arteon

e-Golf: An electric version of the Golf that was replaced by the ID.3

Eos: A compact sports car coupe convertible

Golf Alltrack: An upscale station wagon version of the Golf

Golf SportWagen: A station wagon version of the Golf

Passat: A midsize sedan sized and priced between the Jetta and Arteon

Phaeton: A full-size luxury sedan/saloon

Rabbit: A rebadged version of the Golf

Touareg: A midsize luxury SUV replaced by the Atlas in the U.S.

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