Volkswagen: 15 Interesting Facts (Part 2)

We already brought you part one of this list of fun information about Volkswagen, one of the most famous car manufacturers in the world. Continue reading to find out more about this well-known brand.

Number Eight: The Passat is a Version of the Audio 80

These two models are actually built with the exact same mechanical and outer parts. Many people aren’t aware that these two brands are related.

Number Seven: The Gordini Was Volkswagen’s First Hot Hatch Car

Many people believe that the Golf was the first hot hatch car made by VW. This is not the case, however. It was actually the Renault 5 Gordini.

Number Six: They sold More Than Five Million Cars in 2007

They were as popular as ever in Germany, America, and other European countries. Not only this, but in addition, they sold cars in over 100 other countries.

Number Five: They Have Factories All Over the Globe

It’s quite amazing to look at how far this company has come. They started in Germany many years ago and in modern day have manufacturing plants in many countries, including Indonesia, Russia, Argentina, South Africa, and more.

Number Four: They Own an AutoMuseum

Situated in Wolfsburg, Germany, this museum is dedicated to the long history of Volkswagen. If offers exhibits for enthusiasts and has been around since 1985.

Number Three: In the USA, the Golf is Called the Rabbit

The Golf is not the Golf everywhere. Canadians also refer to this model by the Rabbit, and in Mexico it’s called the Volkswagen Caribe, which translates to piranha.

Number Two: The Shells of the Last Beetles Still Exist

Since the original design of these beloved cars is no longer being made, it’s understandable that someone should want to preserve them. The job has been done and these models are currently housed at VW’s Milton-Keynes parts store.

Number One: The Bus Was Inspired by the Idea of a Flatbed Truck

The original design for the famous VW bus did not have a camper shell over, but rather appeared similar to a truck. The idea of covering the flatbed didn’t come until later on, and would become one of the most iconic symbols of the business. We hope you enjoyed part two of interesting Volkswagen facts!