Top Volkswagens of All Time
What Volkswagen is known for around the world is the ability to incorporate all three elements of the perfect car into one: quality, speed and brilliant mechanics. Thus, it is deservingly found among the top three car brands in the world. Have you ever asked yourself what does Volkswagen mean? It stands for the true spirit of the cars signed by it- it means ‘people’s car’. The origins of Volkswagen go back to Adolf Hitler who while in prison in 1924 thought of producing a car that every person in Germany can afford. It was to carry two adults and three children and could reach the top speed of 100 km/h. Since then Volkswagen produced a great number of different automobiles to satisfy the people`s different tastes. With the sale of 1.2 million cars in the first quarter of 2011, it is expected that Volkswagen will become world`s number one car producer. The Volkswagen group contains of the following car brands: Bentley Motors Limited, Audi Ag, Bugatti Automobiles, SEAT, Skoda Auto, Automobile Lamborghini and Scania AB. Let us see the list of top Volkswagens of all time.
1. Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle is the first car ever produced and designed by Volkswagen. It is often referred to as the ‘type 1’ or simply the bug. It is Adolf Hitler himself who paid Ferdinand Porsche for the production of the ‘beetle’. The car started its production in 1938 and it lasted until 2003, thus breaking all records and becoming the most manufactured car worldwide. During the period of more than 60 years over 21 million examples were produced. The car was designed to be as simple as possible so that everyone could drive it. The original beetle served as inspiration for the production of Volkswagen New Beetle in 1997 and Volkswagen Beetle A5 introduced in 2011.
2. Volkswagen Microbus
The Volkswagen Microbus is also known as the Type 2 or the ‘bus’. It was introduced as the second vehicle produced and designed by Volkswagen in the 1950s. The purpose for its production were the new businesses which were developed after the WW2. Originally, the microbus was to be produced on the ‘beetle’ chassis. However new chassis was produced due to the heavier weight of the microbus in comparison to the beetle. The concept of the microbus was provided by Ben Pon. Since its first production, the Volkswagen Microbus appeared in many versions due to enhancements in the design and mechanics. The latest news come from Geneva Motor Show where the concept for Volkswagen Bulii was introduced. It is a successor of the microbus and it carries the design and power of the modern times.
3. Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Passat is a luxurious family car produced since 1973. It is one of the most desired cars in the world since it is found in the middle between normal family cars and luxurious out-of-reach automobiles. It is produced in great number of versions each enhanced in comparison to its predecessor. The most recent model is the largest in the family, but its prize is smaller. The simplest version of the 2012 Passat has a 2.5 liter five cylinder engine which produced 170 horsepower. The enhanced version offers 3.6 liter V6 engine.
4. Volkswagen Rabbit
Volkswagen Rabbit is nothing else but another name for Volkswagen Golf. It was initially available as a two or four door hatchback and later on as a convertible and even a pick-up truck. Volkswagen Rabbit is known as Volkswagen Caribe in Mexico. It is the third best selling model in the world with more than 29 million models sold by 2012. It is Volkswagen best selling model. It has the following versions from Mk1, Mk2, Mk3, Mk4, Mk5, Mk6 and Mk7. The latest model was launched at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and is offered with 4 different engines. The most amazing version is the Golf R.
5.Lamborghini Aventandor LP 700-4
Lamborghini Aventandor contributes to the ‘intended’ Volkswagen Number 1 Car company status for sure. It will not be produced in massive numbers, only 4000 units. The enhanced version will offer up to 354 km/h, 690Nm of torque and maximum power of 700PS. The exact price is not still confirmed.
Volkswagen has offered us many other models except for the above mentioned ones. Let me know which one is your favorite and which one would you add to the list.