Volkswagen Group : History, Achievements & Models

History of Volkswagen Group Volkswagen Group was originally established in 1937 by the German Labour Front. The German Auto industry was largely composed of Luxury Car Models and the middle class German could rarely afford to buy the luxury Cars. As a result, Adolf Hitler ordered the production of a basic vehicle capable of transporting two […]

History of Volkswagen Group

Volkswagen Group was originally established in 1937 by the German Labour Front. The German Auto industry was largely composed of Luxury Car Models and the middle class German could rarely afford to buy the luxury Cars. As a result, Adolf Hitler ordered the production of a basic vehicle capable of transporting two adults and three children at 100 kmph. He wanted Germans citizens to have the same access as American.

The German automobile manufacturing company Volkswagen group has been producing some of the fascinating and easy-to-drive Cars. The Volkswagen Cars have a unique and stylish look and they come in funky colors. Volkswagen has also incorporated its technology in races, proving that it is diverse and ingenious in terms of car engineering.

Volkswagen Group Manufacturing Plants in India

Volkswagen India operates a manufacturing plant in Pune, Maharashtra which is capable of producing 200,000 vehicles per annum. Along with the manufacturing of Volkswagen Cars, the plant is also shared by Skoda Auto India Private Limited for manufacturing the Skoda Rapid.

Volkswagen has an engine assembly facility built in 2015 at a cost of 240 crore. The plant reportedly holds production capacity of about 98,000 engines annually.[i] Volkswagen came to India in the 2001 with its Skoda brand, followed by Audi and Volkswagen brand in the year of 2007.

Volkswagen Manufacturing plant in Pune, Maharashtra

Achievements

Volkswagen Group India Private Limited announced the achievements of the “Think Blue. Factory.” initiatives at its Pune Plant in Chakan which aims at environmental sustainability – a global target set by Volkswagen. It was implemented from 2012 and focuses on reducing the environmental impact of all Volkswagen plants across the world by 25% by 2018 based on 2010 values.

The Popular models for Volkswagen Group are

The Volkswagen Group comprises of following Brands in India

Audi

The four rings in Audi Logo reflect the four manufacturers of Auto industry. Audi, Horch, DKW and Wanderer founded the Company in 1932.

Audi, the German Luxury Car manufacturer presented Yuvraj Singh with an Audi Q5 for his splendid performance in ICC world cup 2011.

Audi has been building cars for the local Indian market in Aurangabad, in the State of Maharashtra, since 2007. Employees at the Skoda Auto India Private Limited (SAIPL) plant assemble the Audi A4, the Audi A6, the Audi Q5 and the Audi Q7.

The Popular models of Audi are Audi A3, Audi Q3, Audi A4, Audi A3 Cabriolet, Audi Q5, Audi A6, Audi TT, Audi Q7, Audi S5 Sportback, Audi Q7, Audi A8L, Audi RS6 Avant, Audi RS7 Sportback, Audi R8 V10 Plus and Audi R8 Spyder

Lamborghini

It is an Italian brand and manufacturer of luxury Sports Cars. Volkswagen subsidiary AUDI AG acquired Lamborghini in September 1998 under the Chairmanship of Ferdinand Porsche. The Lamborghini Countach is a mid-engined, iconic Super Car produced by Italian car manufacturer Lamborghini.

The popular Car models in Lamborghini are Gallardo, Miura, Countach, Diablo, Sesto Elemento, Reventón, Espada 1968, Murcielago, Aventador, Alar, Jalpa, Veneno, Estoque and Silhouette

Bentley

Bentley Motors limited is a British Car manufacturer of luxury cars and SUVs. From 1998 to 2002 BMW provided the engines and components and Volkswagen will temporarily use the Rolls-Royce logo and name. From 2003 onwards, Volkswagen AG became the sole provider of cars with the Bentley marque and BMW established a new legal entity Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited.

Bentley has launched a glamorous Blue Train which has high speed and power which only few Cars in the world can personify. Bentley has over 95 years of heritage of creating great automobiles.

The popular models in Bentley are Mulsanne, Flying Spur, Continental and Bentayga.

Bugatti

Automobiles Ettore Bugatti, the founder of Bugatti is a French Car Manufacturer of high performance automobiles.  Bugatti Cars are limited for production exclusive sports cars and were known for their design beauty and for their many race victories.  Today Bugatti is owned by German automobile manufacturing group Volkswagen.

Bugatti has created an unmatched portfolio of brilliant brushstrokes since its inception in 1909. From hand-hewn, horse-drawn carriages to the world’s fastest production car, elegance in design and execution has been in vogue over the decades.

Popular Bugatti Cars include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Type 41 Royale, the Type 51 Atlantic and the Type 55 sports car.

Porsche

Porsche was founded by Ferdinand Porsche, who was the chief engineer at Mercedes-Benz and he made the world’s first hybrid electric vehicle in 1899.He was also one of the very first to prove that smaller cars could be faster in a race than larger, more powerful vehicles. He later incorporated his personal engineering plant, where he had developed numerous designs for the Volkswagen. By 1931, Ferdinand incorporated a company under his own name Porsche.

Ferdinand Porsche developed a four wheel-drive Formula One car, The Porsche 360 Cisitalia but it never actually raced because of the owner’s lack of funding and a change to the rules. The very first road going sports car made by Porsche was mid-engined. The Dutch Police used to drive the Porsche 356.

Popular Models in Porsche are

  • Porsche 918 Spyder.
  • Porsche 356.
  • Porsche 917.
  • Porsche 959.
  • Porsche 911 Carrera RS.
  • Porsche 550 Spyder.
  • Porsche Carrera GT.
  • Porsche 930 911 Turbo.
  • Porsche 986 Boxster.

Skoda

Skoda Auto is a Czech automobile manufacturer founded in 1895 which was previously known as Laurin & Klement and was founded by Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement. In 2000 Skoda became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. Initially, the company was meant to serve the role of the VW Group’s entry brand. Over time, however the Skoda brand has shifted progressively more upmarket, with most models overlapping with their Volkswagen counterparts on price and features.

Skoda is one of the five oldest continually operating car companies in the world. The company started manufacturing bicycles in the late 1890s. In 2004, of the 3.7 million cars registered in the Czech Republic, 1.8 million were Skodas. So that’s nearly half of the Cars in Czech.

Skoda is deeply involved in motorsports racing. The Octavia and Fabia have been successfully used in the World Rally Championship. A specially made Octavia vRS became the fastest car in the world with an up to two-liter engine. They have begun development on an emission-free line of e-cars, led by the Octavia Green E Line.

Popular Models in Skoda

Volkswagen also owns Ducati (Italian company that designs and manufactures motorcycles), MAN(International providers of Commercial vehicles), Scania (Swedish automotive industry manufacturer of commercial vehicles specifically heavy trucks and buses) and SEAT (major Spanish Car manufacturer).


[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_India

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