Volkswagen is one of the largest car manufacturers in Europe with a name known worldwide, they also have a reputation for producing reliable vehicles. Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH was established in 1937, was Volkswagen's original name. On September 16th, 1938, the company was renamed Volkswagenwerk GmbH. However, that being said, if in present day your VW does have a mishap, grab yourself a Volkswagen repair manual to make sure you get the job done right.
During WWII, VW's manufacturing facilities were used for producing armaments for the war effort. In 1998, Volkswagen created a humanitarian fund to help provide financial compensation to those forced to work at the company’s plant during the war.
The British government took over VW's plant in June 1945, as the war was drawing to a close. The company increased its product range during the 1950s, and the decade saw the introduction of the highly popular and iconic Volkswagen Bus. Its versatility led to an increasing demand for the bus, with the resulting in a separate manufacturing plant being built in Hanover.
The world auto production record was broken in 1972, when Volkswagen revealed that production had surpassed 15,007,034 units. The company soon introduced the Volkswagen Passat, which featured engine power up to 110 hp and had a 4-cylinder engine with water cooling, and FWD.
In 1983, robots began to be increasingly used in auto production and VW embraced this trend.
During the new millennium, Volkswagen moved into the SUV market, when they introduced the Touareg. Production of the Touran, which was a compact van was also started. The 2003 VW golfMore brought dynamic changes and improvements in engineering and design.
Volkswagen announced, in 2018, to end the production of the iconic Beetle, by 2019. And today, Volkswagen is alive and thriving. If you ever need to tinker with your VW, take a gander at a Volkswagen service manual first to make sure you do the job right.