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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
1950 Volkswagen Beetle
1955 Volkswagen Beetle type 1
1955 Volkswagen Beetle type 1
1965 Volkswagen Beetle type 1
1965 Volkswagen Beetle type 1
1972 Volkswagen Beetle type 1302
1972 Volkswagen Beetle type 1302
1977 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 Cabrolet
1977 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 Cabrolet
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. Although designed in the 1930s, due to World War II, civilian Beetles only began to be produced in significant numbers by the end of the 1940s. The car was then internally designated the Volkswagen Type 1, and marketed simply as the Volkswagen. Later models were designated Volkswagen 1200, 1300, 1500, 1302, or 1303, the former three indicating engine displacement, the latter two derived from the model number.

The Golf did not kill Beetle production, nor did the smaller Polo which was launched a year later. Production of the Beetle continued in smaller numbers at other German factories until January 19, 1978, when mainstream production shifted to Brazil and Mexico: markets where low operating cost was an important factor. After this shift in production, sales in Europe did not stop, but became very low. Beetle sedans were produced for U.S. markets until July 1977 and for European markets until 1985, with other companies continuing to import cars produced in Mexico after 1985. The Beetle convertible/Cabriolet ended production (as 1979 models) on January 31, 1980. The last Beetle was produced in Puebla, Mexico, in July 2003. The final batch of 3,000 Beetles were sold as 2004 models and badged as the Última Edición, with whitewall tires, a host of previously discontinued chrome trim, and the choice of two special paint colors taken from the New Beetle. Production in Brazil ended in 1986, then started again in 1993 and continued until 1996.

Super Beetle (1971-2003)

1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle
1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle
1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle
1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle
1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle
1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle
1975 Volkswagen Super Beetle
1975 Volkswagen Super Beetle
2003 Volkswagen Beetle
2003 Volkswagen Super Beetle
There were two Beetles for the first time in 1971, the familiar standard Beetle and a new, larger version, different from the windscreen forward. All Beetles received an engine upgrade: the optional 1500 cc engine was replaced by a 1600 cc with twin-port cylinder heads and a larger, relocated oil cooler. The new engine produced 60 hp. The ventilation system was improved with the original dash-top vents augmented by a second pair aimed directly at the driver and passenger. For the first time the system was a flow-through design with crescent-shaped air exits fitted behind the rear quarter windows. Airflow could be increased via an optional 2-speed fan. The standard Beetle was now badged as the VW 1300; when equipped with the 1600 engine, it was badged 1300 S, to avoided confusion with the Type 3, which wore VW 1600 badges.

Wunderbug (1970s)

Volkswagen 1937 Ford Kit
Volkswagen 1937 Ford Kit
Volkswagen 1940 Ford Kit
Volkswagen 1940 Ford Kit
Volkswagen Rolls Royce Kit
Volkswagen Rolls Royce Kit
The “Wunderbug” conversion was a kit for Standard Beetles sold by Lieffring Industries in Missouri and it consisted of a new hood and side panels that gave the Beetle the look of a 1937 Ford. Some Dealers sold new cars with using these kits. A similar kit also produced by Burly Industries – ’32, ’37 and ’40 Ford styles. There were also Rolls Royce kits, but Rolls Royce filed a court order to cease using the Rolls Royce Grills.

Volkswagen New Beetle (1998-2011)

1998 Volkswagen Beetle
1998 Volkswagen Beetle
2008 Volkswagen Beetle
2008 Volkswagen New Beetle
2009 Volkswagen Beetle
2009 Volkswagen New Beetle
2010 Volkswagen Beetle
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle
2011 Volkswagen Beetle
2011 Volkswagen New 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 Beatle A5
2012 Volkswagen Beatle A5
2016 Volkswagen Beatle A5
2016 Volkswagen Beatle A5
2017 Volkswagen Beatle A5
2017 Volkswagen Beatle A5
2018 Volkswagen Beatle A5
2018 Volkswagen Beatle A5
2019 Volkswagen Beatle A5
2019 Volkswagen Beatle A5
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 11 cu ft, up from 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.

Small Volkswagens

Volkswagen Type 3 1500/1600 (1961-1973)

1961 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback
1961 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback
1970 Volkswagen Type 3 1500 Squareback
1970 Volkswagen Type 3 1500 Squareback
1971 Volkswagen Type 3 1500 Squareback
1971 Volkswagen Type 3 1500 Squareback
1972 Volkswagen Type 3 1500 Fastback
1972 Volkswagen Type 3 1500 Fastback
1973 Volkswagen Type 3 1500 Squareback
1973 Volkswagen Type 3 1500 Squareback
The Volkswagen Type 3 is a compact car that was manufactured and marketed by Volkswagen from 1961 to 1973. The Type 3 was marketed as the Volkswagen 1500 and later as the Volkswagen 1600, in three body styles: two-door Notchback, Fastback and Squareback, the latter marketed as the 'Variant' in most markets, and 'Squareback' in the United States. The Type 3 diversified Volkswagen's product range beyond the existing models – the Type 1 Beetle, Type 14 Karmann Ghia, Type 2 (Bus) – while retaining several of the Beetle's key engineering principles, notably the air-cooled rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout and all-round torsion bar suspension on the same 94.5 in wheelbase. The concept of the Type 3 was to be more of a family car than the Beetle, offering more passenger and luggage space and a larger engine.

Volkswagen Type 4 - 411/412 (1968-1972)

1971 Volkswagen Type 4 411
1971 Volkswagen Type 4 411
The Volkswagen Type 4 is a compact car manufactured and marketed by Volkswagen of Germany from 1968 to 1974 in two-door and four-door sedan as well as two-door station wagon body styles. The Type 4 evolved through two generations, the 411 (1968–72) and 412 series (1972–74). Over its six-year production run, Volkswagen manufactured 367,728 Type 4 models, compared with 210,082 of the subsequent Volkswagen K70 with its four-year model life. In the United States, VW sold 117,110 Type 4s from 1971 to July 1974. As Volkswagen's last air-cooled sedans and wagons, the Type 4 models were succeeded by the first generation Passat, marketed as the Dasher in the USA.

Volkswagen Type 181 - The Thing (1968-1983)

1973 Volkswagen Type 181 The Thing
1973 Volkswagen Type 181 The Thing
The Volkswagen Type 181 is a two-wheel drive, four-door, convertible, manufactured and marketed by Volkswagen from 1968 to 1983. Originally developed for the West German Army, the Type 181 was also sold to the public, as the Kurierwagen (“courier car”) in West Germany, the Trekker (RHD Type 182) in the United Kingdom, the Thing in the United States (1973–74), the Safari in Mexico and South America, and Pescaccia in Italy. Civilian sales ended after model year 1980.

Volkswagen Scirocco (1974-1992, 2008-2017)

1974 Volkswagon Scirocco
1974 Volkswagon Scirocco
1977 Volkswagon Scirocco
1977 Volkswagon Scirocco
2008 Volkswagon Scirocco
2008 Volkswagon Scirocco
2016 Volkswagon Scirocco
2016 Volkswagon Scirocco
2017 Volkswagon Scirocco
2017 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) Six Generations

1974 Volkswagon Golf
1974 Volkswagon Golf
2016 Volkswagon Golf GTI S
2016 Volkswagon Golf GTI S
2017 Volkswagon Golf Blue Motion
2017 Volkswagon Golf Blue Motion
2018 Volkswagon Golf TSI Mk7.5
2018 Volkswagon Golf TSI Mk7.5
2019 Volkswagon Golf SportWagen
2019 Volkswagon Golf SportWagen
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 (1974-1983, 2003-2008)

1975 Volkswagen Rabbit
1975 Volkswagen Rabbit
1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI
1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit
2008 Volkswagen Rabbit
2008 Volkswagen Rabbit
2019 Volkswagen Rabbit GT1
2019 Volkswagen Rabbit GT1
The Golf Mk1 was sold as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada and as the Volkswagen Caribe in Mexico. 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). On September 21, 2018, Volkswagen announced it will build a "Rabbit Edition" GTI for the 2019 model year. Only 3,000 will be produced for the US market; 1,000 in Cornflower Blue, 1,000 in Urano Gray, 500 in Black, and 500 in White, all split evenly between DSG automatic and 6 speed manual transmissions. The Rabbit Edition will feature a LED lighting package, "Vmax" spoiler, 18-inch "Pretoria" alloy wheels painted in gloss black, no sunroof, and clark plaid seats with red tags embroidered with the VW Rabbit logo.

Large Volkswagens

Jetta 1st generation (A1, Type 16; 1979-1984)

1979 Volkswagon Jetta
1979 Volkswagon Jetta
1984 Volkswagon Jetta
1984 Volkswagon Jetta
Although the Golf reached considerable success in the North American markets, Volkswagen observed the hatchback body style lacked some of the appeal to those who preferred the traditional three-box configuration. The styling of the 1970 AMC Gremlin was controversial for truncating the Hornet sedan, but Volkswagen stylists reversed the process by essentially grafting a new trunk onto the tail of the Golf to produce a larger Jetta saloon. The Jetta became the best-selling European car in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The car was also popular in Europe, including the United Kingdom, Germany, and Turkey. The Jetta was introduced to the world at the 1979 Frankfurt Auto Show. Production of the first generation began in August 1979 at the Wolfsburg plant. In Mexico, the Mark 1 was known as the "Volkswagen Atlantic".

Jetta 2nd generation (A2, Typ 20E/1G; 1984–1992)

1985 Volkswagon Jetta
1985 Volkswagon Jetta
The Mark 2 series is the longest running Jetta so far. Introduced to Europe in early 1984 and to North America in 1985, the second generation Jetta proved to be a sales success for Volkswagen. The car secured the title of best-selling European car in North America, Farmer's Journal COTY 1991 and outsold the similar Golf by two-to-one in that market. Based on the all new second generation Golf platform, the car was larger, heavier, and could seat five people instead of four as in the Mark 1. Exterior dimensions increased in all directions. Overall length was up by 3.9 in, the wheelbase grew 2.6 in, and the width went up 2.1 in.

Jetta 3rd generation (A3, Typ 1H; 1992–1999)

1993 Volkswagon Jetta
1993 Volkswagon Jetta
For the third generation, the Jetta name was discontinued in Europe, and it was officially renamed the Volkswagen Vento, following the precedent of naming cars after winds, debuted in 1992. The Jetta 3 debuted in North America in 1993 after production delays and quality problems at the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico. The name "Vento" means "wind" in both Portuguese and Italian. It went on sale in most of Europe in the first quarter of the year, though it did not arrive on the British market until September 1992.

Jetta 4th generation (A4, Typ 1J; 1999–2005)

2000 Volkswagon Jetta
2000 Volkswagon Jetta
Production of the fourth generation car began in July 1999. Carrying on the wind nomenclature, the car was known as the Volkswagen Bora in much of the world. Bora is a winter wind which blows intermittently over the coast of the Adriatic Sea, as well as in parts of Greece, Russia, Turkey, and in the Sliven region of Bulgaria. In North America and South Africa, the Jetta moniker was again kept on due to the continued popularity of the car in those markets.

Jetta 5th generation (A5, Typ 1K5; 2006–2011)

2010 Volkswagon Jetta
2010 Volkswagon Jetta
The fifth generation debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show on January 5, 2005. After the New Beetle, it was the second Volkswagen product to make its world debut at a U.S. auto show. The Mark 5 sedan went on sale in the USA prior to any other country, reflecting the importance of the car in that market for Volkswagen. VW spent US$800 million to upgrade its Puebla facilities for this model's production. This included a US$290 million new engine production line for the 5-cylinder power plant, a US$50 million investment in the press shop, as well as a US$200 million purchase of 460 robots, which increased automation by 80%.

Jetta 6th generation (A6, Typ 5C6; 2011–2018)

2016 Volkswagon Jetta
2016 Volkswagon Jetta
2017 Volkswagon Jetta SE
2017 Volkswagon Jetta SE
2018 Volkswagon Jetta SE
2018 Volkswagon Jetta SE
The sixth-generation Volkswagen Jetta, known as the NCS (New Compact Sedan) during its development, was announced in the North American market on June 16, 2010. The new model was larger and less expensive to manufacture than the previous generation making the vehicle more competitive against rivals such as the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra as part of Volkswagen's goal of reaching sales of 800,000 units in the North American market by 2018. Production of the vehicle is at Volkswagen's Puebla, Mexico, facility. The sixth generation Volkswagen Jetta was primarily designed by Volkswagen Mexico under the supervision of Volkswagen Germany and 70% of the parts are designed and manufactured in Mexico. As of April 2014, Volkswagen marketed over 14 million, becoming its top selling model

Jetta 7th generation (A7, 2019–present)

2019 Volkswagon Jetta
2019 Volkswagon Jetta
2020 Volkswagon Jetta GTI
2020 Volkswagon Jetta GTI
The seventh-generation 2018 Volkswagen Jetta debuted at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, on January 14, 2018. The Jetta is based on Volkswagen's MQB Platform, which underpins other Volkswagen vehicles including the Volkswagen Golf and the Volkswagen Atlas.  The Mk7 is larger than its predecessor, offers more interior room and has the latest generation of Volkswagen's infotainment systems, including integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its ten-color customizable ambient interior lighting includes lighting across the dashboard and instrument panel, front and rear doors, foot wells, and the gauge "rings" of a newly available fully digital instrument cluster display, marketed as the "Digital Cockpit". Reflector LED headlamps and LED rear tail lamps are standard equipment

Volkswagen Dasher (Passat B1) (1973-1981)

1974 Volkswagen Dasher
1974 Volkswagen Dasher
1981 Volkswagen Dasher
1981 Volkswagen Dasher
The Volkswagen Passat 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. In North America, the car was called the Volkswagen Dasher. The three- and five-door hatchback and a station wagon model were launched in North America for and during the 1974 model year. Sole available engine was a carburetted 1.5 l inline-four developing 75 hp or 70 hp in 1975), supplanted from model year 1976 by a Bosch fuel-injected 1.6 l four with 78 hp. North American cars were equipped with single DOT standard headlights. In 1978 the Dasher received a facelift along the lines of the European Passat, with quad sealed beam headlights and big polyurethane covered bumpers. The trim was also upgraded and the ride softened. The Dasher was discontinued in 1981, to make room for the Quantum–a car that on an average year sold roughly half of what Dasher did on a slow one.

Volkswagen Quantum (Passat B2 Typ 32B; 1981–1988)

1981 Volkswagen Quantum
1981 Volkswagen Quantum
The Volkswagen Passat (B2) is an automobile which was produced by German manufacturer Volkswagen from 1981 to 1988. It was the second generation of the Volkswagen Passat. The platform was slightly longer than the preceding Passat (B1). As with the previous generation, it was based on the platform of the Audi 80; the corresponding B2 version of which had been already launched in 1978. In North America, the Passat/Santana was marketed as the Volkswagen Quantum, available in three-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and a wagon model, but the five-door hatchback was never marketed there and the three-door hatchback dropped after less than two years.

Volkswagen Passat B3 and B4 (Typ 35i; 1989–1996)

1989 Volkswagen Passat
1989 Volkswagen Passat
The third-generation Volkswagen Passat, known as Volkswagen Passat B3 or Volkswagen Passat 35i, was introduced in March 1988 in Europe, 1989 in North America, and 1995 in South America; it was not available in Australia. Its curvy looks were a contrast from the boxy appearance of its predecessor and owed much to the "jelly mould" style pioneered by Ford with the Sierra and Taurus. The lack of a grille, utilizing the bottom breather approach, made the car's front end styling reminiscent of older, rear-engined Volkswagens such as the 411, and also doubled as a modern styling trend.

Volkswagen Passat B5/B5.5 (Typ 3B/3BG; 1997–2006)

1997 Volkswagen Passat
1997 Volkswagen Passat
The B5 version of the Volkswagen Passat, based on the Volkswagen Group B5 platform, was launched in 1996 in Europe, 1997 in North America, and March 1998 in Australia. Its PL45 platform was shared with the first-generation "Typ 8D" Audi A4, which was unveiled 2 years earlier, and saw a return to the Passat sharing its platform with Audi's equivalent model for the first time since the second-generation (B2) Passat, which shared its platform with the second-generation "Typ 81" Audi 80/Audi 90 (the A4 is the successor to the Audi 80 line).

Volkswagen Passat B6/B7 (Typ 3C; 2005–2015)

2010 Volkswagen Passat
2010 Volkswagen Passat
2011 Volkswagen Passat
2011 Volkswagen Passat
The Volkswagen Passat (B6 & B7) is a front-engine D-segment large family car manufactured and marketed by Volkswagen from 2005-2010 (B6) and from 2010-2015 (B7, facelift). Respectively the six and seventh generation Passat, and internally designated B6 and B7, they were marketed in sedan and wagon body styles in front-wheel as well as all-wheel drive configurations, with a range of gasoline and diesel engines.

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Volkswagen Passat B8 Typ 3G (2015-present)

2016 Volkswagen Passat
2016 Volkswagen Passat
2017 Volkswagen Passat
2017 Volkswagen Passat
2018 Volkswagen Passat
2018 Volkswagen Passat
2019 Volkswagen Passat
2019 Volkswagen Passat
2020 Volkswagen Passat
2020 Volkswagen Passat
The eighth generation model of the Passat was introduced in November 2014 in Continental Europe and in January 2015 in the United Kingdom as a four-door saloon and estate. Following other Volkswagen Group passenger vehicles such as the Volkswagen Golf Mk7, it is based on a stretched variant of the MQB platform, a modular automobile construction platform designed for transverse, front-engined cars. The Passat was introduced with a great number of advanced driver-assistance systems, including a semi-automatic parking system, emergency driver assistant, which will automatically take control of the vehicle if the driver has suffered a medical emergency, autonomous cruise control system for highway speeds up to 210 km/h, a collision avoidance system with pedestrian monitoring and variable ratio steering marketed as "progressive steering" which will adjust the steering gear ratios in relation to the current speed.

Volkswagen has announced a completely new Passat for the U.S. market that will be released in 2019 as a 2020 model.

Volkswagen Arteon (2017-present)

2017 Volkswagen Arteon
2017 Volkswagen Arteon
2018 Volkswagen Arteon
2018 Volkswagen Arteon
2019 Volkswagen Arteon
2019 Volkswagen Arteon
2020 Volkswagen Arteon
2020 Volkswagen Arteon
The Volkswagen Arteon is a four door fastback based on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform. The Arteon was unveiled on  March 6, 2017, at the Geneva Motor Show and at the Chicago Auto Show for the North American market. The Arteon is a direct successor to the Passat CC. The Arteon is available in three trims — SE, SEL, and Premium — with one engine: Volkswagen’s workhorse 2.0 litre turbo four, tuned to produce 268 hp and 258 lb ft of torque. Power is managed by an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the choice of front or all wheel drive. Volkswagen delayed the launch in the United States of its flagship Arteon sedan to 2019 due to unspecified roadblocks with the car's emissions testing. Arteons started arriving at American dealerships in April 2019.

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  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 (1952-1967)

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 Rabbit Pickup Typ 14 (1979-1996)

1979 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup
1979 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup
A Golf-derived utility model with a pickup truck style rear bed was developed for the American market. This Mk1 variant was called the Rabbit Pickup in the US, and entered production in 1978 at the Westmoreland plant. An almost identical version for Europe called the VW Caddy went into production in 1983 at the Tvornica Automobila Sarajevo (TAS) plant in Vogošća near Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Approximately 200,000 units were produced at this location until the factory was destroyed in 1992 during the Bosnian War.

Volkswagen Amarok (2009-present)

2009 Volkswagen Amarok
2009 Volkswagen Amarok
2016 Volkswagen Amarok
2016 Volkswagen Amarok
2017 Volkswagen Amarok
2017 Volkswagen Amarok
2018 Volkswagen Amarok
2018 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 / Recreation

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia (1955-1974)

1956 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
1956 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
1973 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.

Beetle Based Dune Buggies (1964-???)

1962 Volkswagen Dune Buggy
1962 Volkswagen Dune Buggy
For dune buggies built on the chassis of an existing vehicle, the Volkswagen Beetle was commonly used as the basis for the buggy. The model is nicknamed Bug, therefore the term "buggy". The Beetle platform chassis was used because the rear engine layout improves traction, the air-cooled engine avoids the complexities and failure points associated with a water-cooled engine, the front suspension was considered cheap and robust and the spare parts from Volkswagen were cheap and readily available. Dune buggies with glass-reinforced plastic (fiberglass) bodies come in many shapes and sizes. The original fiberglass dune buggy was the 1964 "Meyers Manx" built by Bruce Meyers. Bruce Meyers designed his fiberglass bodies as a "kit-car", using the Volkswagen Beetle chassis. Many other companies worldwide have copied the original fiberglass dune buggy.

Manxter 2+2

Meyers Manxter 2+2
Meyers Manxter 2+2
The Manxter 2+2 was created as an answer to the limitations of the classic-style Meyers Manx. The success of the original Meyers Manx occurred primarily because of its simplicity. The new Manxter 2+2 addresses these limitations. Keeping the look and character of the old original, but with a more modern touch, was essential yet years of experience with the early Manx paved the way to a newer and better car.

Numerous hours of labor are alleviated by using the stock VW unshortened chassis, which allows for no welding knowledge in the Manxter’s assembly. It fits on a stock VW Beetle chassis. The Manxter 2+2 uses a stock VW Beetle chassis of the IRS vintage ('968-1974), but not the Super Beetle. The Manxter DualSport can use the Super Beetle as well. Safety is a big consideration in the Manxter’s design. Unlike the earlier Manx, the whole family can now sit down inside the car with protection all around. Accessibility to the mechanics also foremost in the design criteria. Opening hood Removable dash cover Opening engine cover Though the VW engine is still a mainstay with the Manxter as it was with the original Meyers Manx, embracing the more modern water-cooled, fuel-injected, turbo-charged engines such as the Subaru WRX really changes the character of this car from “dune buggy” to a competitive “street-machine”

Baja Bugs (1960s)

1970s Volkswagen Baja Bug
1970s Volkswagen Baja Bug
A Baja Bug is an original Volkswagen Beetle modified to operate off-road (open desert, sand dunes and beaches), although other versions of air-cooled Volkswagens are sometimes modified as well. Baja Bugs originated in Southern California in the late 1960s as an inexpensive answer to the successful Volkswagen-based dune buggies of the mid-1960s, especially the Meyers Manx. The building of the first Baja Bug is generally credited to Gary Emory of Parts Obsolete, circa 1968. The first Baja Bug in racing is credited to Dave Deal, the Californian cartoonist, in the Mexican 1000 of 1968 in Baja California. The first fiberglass Baja kit (bug eye kit) was not introduced until 1969 by the Miller-Havens company. In the early days before fiberglass body panels became available, enthusiast and racers simply made their own modification to both the body and mechanicals of a stock VW to develop a machine suited to harsh, off-road environments. The metal fenders and front and rear aprons of the car would be partially cut away to allow more for ground clearance and suspension travel.

Volkswagen SUV's

Volkswagen Touareg (2002-present)

2002 Volkswagen Touareg
2002 Volkswagen Touareg
2011 Volkswagen Touareg
2011 Volkswagen Touareg
2012 Volkswagen Touareg
2012 Volkswagen Touareg
2013 Volkswagen Touareg
2013 Volkswagen Touareg
2014 Volkswagen Touareg
2014 Volkswagen Touareg
2015 Volkswagen Touareg
2015 Volkswagen Touareg
2016 Volkswagen Touareg
2016 Volkswagen Touareg
2017 Volkswagen Touareg
2017 Volkswagen Touareg
2018 Volkswagen Touareg
2018 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 Tiguan (2007-present)

2010 Volkswagen Tiguan
2010 Volkswagen Tiguan
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover vehicle (CUV) manufactured by German automaker Volkswagen. Introduced in 2007, the first generation model uses the PQ46 platform of the B6 Generation Volkswagen Passat. All first generation (5N) Tiguans featured two row seating and transverse mounted four-cylinder engines.

Volkswagen T-Roc (2017-present)

2017 Volkswagen T-ROC
2017 Volkswagen T-ROC
2018 Volkswagen T-ROC
2018 Volkswagen T-ROC
2019 Volkswagen T-ROC
2019 Volkswagen T-ROC
2020 Volkswagen T-ROC Convertible
2020 Volkswagen T-ROC Convertible
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 T-Cross (2019-present)

2019 Volkswagen T-Cross
2019 Volkswagen T-Cross
The Volkswagen T-Cross is a subcompact crossover SUV manufactured by the German automaker Volkswagen. It is based on the MQB platform, and was officially launched in April 2019. The car is positioned below the T-Roc, making it the smallest SUV model from Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Atlas (2018-present)

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
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 MPVs
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.

Volkswagen Touran - 2003-present

2019 Volkswagen Touran
2019 Volkswagen Touran
The Volkswagen Touran (Typ 1T) is a compact MPV based on a vertically stretched fifth generation Volkswagen Golf Mk5, and sold in Europe and other select markets. It was launched in February 2003, to fill a gap in Volkswagen's model lineup, below the Sharan large MPV. The vehicle is delivered in five or seven seat versions. It can be considered an extended version of the Golf Plus, since their front ends are similar in size, while the Touran's rear overhang is 7.87 in longer (and therefore a seven-seater, while the Golf Plus is a five seater). In some regions, such as Japan, the car is called Golf Touran. The name 'Touran' derives from the combination of 'Tour' and 'Sharan', the bigger MPV by Volkswagen. Despite the similarity of their names, the Touran is not related to the North American market Volkswagen Routan.

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