Volkswagen was founded over eighty years ago, since then 150 million vehicles, including icons such as the Golf and the Beetle, have been built around the world at over 50 production sites in 14 countries. The brand’s current product portfolio includes over 60 models worldwide.
In 2017 alone, Volkswagen is launching over 10 new models worldwide, with the I.D. marking the start of the Volkswagen brand’s electric offensive in 2020, with the brand aiming to have 1 million electric cars on the the road by 2025. Most recently production of the I.D. BUZZ microbus was confirmed, following the positive feedback from potential customers. The electric reincarnation of the iconic camper will hit showrooms in 2022.
Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand commented when speaking to the Wolfsburg Production team:
“In the present phase, it is vital that Volkswagen continues to develop successfully. Because we are a strong team, we get the job done, and we have a good plan for the future. We must consistently work on our performance in order to remain successful. Past success is no guarantee for the future”
The series production of the Volkswagen brand began on December 27, 1945 with the Type 1 Käfer. In the post-war era, it was the Volkswagen Beetle that initially shaped the automobile industry. All in all, 21.5 million of this much-loved small car were built before production finally came to an end in Mexico in 2003.
The Volkswagen Golf topped the Beetle record. The 25 millionth Volkswagen Golf left the assembly line in Wolfsburg in 2007, by 2013 the number had already risen to 30 million. Today, Volkswagen produces the bestselling Golf in the seventh generation and has already built more than 34 million worldwide. For decades, the Golf has been the yardstick in the compact segment.
The workforce at the main plant in Wolfsburg in particular has made a key contribution to today’s anniversary, building over 44 million vehicles since production began some 72 years ago.