Did You Know?
Are you a Volkswagen fan? Test your expertise of the German vehicle brand with these fun facts!
The Idea of the “People’s Car” Came From Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler tasked Ferdinand Porsche with the concept of an affordable family car that could fit two adults and three children. He wanted to create an economic option for more people to drive, fitting of the brand’s name, which means “The People’s Car.” The result was the VW Beetle! In fact, not a single person who purchased the car during the Nazi regime received it.
Volkswagen Was Sued for the VW Beetle
A Czechoslovakian car maker, Tatra, sued Volkswagen because the iconic Beetle looked similar to their Tatra T97. The engine position and design was also similar. Ferdinand Porsche was willing to settle for damages, but Hitler took the matter into his own hands. Germany occupied the Sudetenland and Tatra stopped production of the T97, discontinuing the lawsuit.
Volkswagen Inspired Dog Toys
The popular dog toy from Kong is based on a piece of the suspension on VW buses. Reportedly, the creator’s German Shepherds loved to play with the parts.
The Volkswagen Veyron
The fastest car on earth is the Bugatti Veyron. It can hit top speeds of 267 mph and go from zero to 60 in 2.4 seconds! But the badge is really just a cover. Volkswagen is behind the creation of this supercar. The company doesn’t even make a profit on these vehicles. They lose five-million dollars on every Veyron that’s sold. Volkswagen also owns Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, Skoda, Ducati, MAN, and Scantia -- all popular European vehicle brands.
Volkswagen Was the Most Valuable Company in the World...For One Day
In October 2008, Volkswagen’s share prices skyrocketed, overtopping oil giants to become the most valuable company in the world. It’s also one of the biggest employers worldwide, with over 600,000 workers.
Speaking of shares, the founder of Domino’s Pizza traded his 50% stake in the pizza company to his brother for a used Volkswagen. His brother went on to sell his shares for one-billion dollars.
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