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Founded in 1937, Volkswagen was developed to provide a “people’s car” to the German masses and is now one of the largest automotive brands in the world.
During the 1950s, Volkswagen began to expand rapidly abroad. Volkswagens were originally imported to the U.S. by a private company in the early 1950s before the automaker itself established the Volkswagen Group of America in 1955.
Volkswagen quickly became the largest automotive importer in the U.S., based largely on demand for its low-cost Beetle. Other models such as the Volkswagen Transporter or Bus and the Karmann Ghia were available during the 1960s.
In 1974, VW introduced the Volkswagen Golf.
In 1979, the Volkswagen Jetta arrived on the market. The Jetta was initially sold as a two- or four-door sedan that was based on the Volkswagen Golf. The Jetta soon became the best-selling Volkswagen in America and was followed a few years later by the Quantum, the forerunner to today’s midsize Volkswagen Passat.
The new millennium brought several new models to the market, including the Volkswagen Phaeton, a large and luxurious sedan closer in size and amenities to an Audi than a Volkswagen. The company also introduced its first SUV, the Volkswagen Touareg, followed by the Tiguan. A Volkswagen EuroVan, Eos and CC were also introduced.
In the 2010s, Volkswagen introduced its first hybrid models, including the Touareg Hybrid and the Jetta Hybrid. An electric Volkswagen Golf was presented in limited numbers.