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The Volkswagen Group was created by the German Government in 1937 with the intention of making driving a car more accessible and affordable to the public. Volkswagen in German means “the people’s car”. Something which has remained at the heart of the brand all these years later.
Volkswagens were not mass-produced until 1946. It was then that VW models were rolled out at such a pace that within three years more than 50% of passenger cars produced in Germany were Volkswagen. Since, Volkswagen has produced and manufactured some of the most iconic cars on our roads. The Group’s headquarters remain in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.
Popular Volkswagen models
One of the most well-known and loved models in the range is the VW Beetle, famously introduced in 1938, and officially as the Volkswagen Beetle Type 1. This model was manufactured in 1938 and continued to be produced and sold until 2003. This model was named as the “fourth most influential car of the 20th century” in the 1999 ‘Car of the Century’ competition. New versions of the model were introduced in 1997 and 2011 respectively. VW stopped producing the Beetle in 2019 – the end of an era.
Arnold Clark has a vast variety of used Volkswagen cars available. The fun and diverse VW Up! is the perfect city car for those living a busy city life. Or the VW Golf which is a great option for those looking for a premium yet practical hatchback.
The best-selling VW Passat is another great choice for those in the market for a stylish and sophisticated saloon. The VW Passat estate version is also available for those needing a little more space or opt for a Volkswagen SUV with the Tiguan or Touareg. Volkswagen also has performance-focused models such as their esteemed hot-hatches: the Golf R and Golf GTI.
Volkswagen has scooped up numerous manufacturer awards for their automotive engineering excellence. In 2009, the Golf was named ‘World Car of the Year’, followed by the Polo in 2010. In 2012 it was the VW Up! which gained the same prestigious award, then back to the Golf for 2013. In 2021, it was the Volkswagen ID.4 that proved itself as ‘World Car of the Year’.
The Volkswagen Group also continues to be at the forefront of innovation and electric vehicle technology. The Volkswagen Group UK was named ‘OEM of the Year’ at the EVIE awards (Electric Vehicles Innovation & Excellence Awards) in recognition of their industry-leading commitments to e-mobility.
VW used cars are still some of the most sought-after and loved cars in the UK marketplace. Volkswagen continues to offer drivers affordability, accessibility, quality and performance.
Volkswagen frequently asked questions
Who owns Volkswagen?
The Volkswagen Group own Volkswagen and they have many other subsidiary brands under their umbrella. The Volkswagen Group is also known as Volkswagen AG. The UK subsidiary is known as The Volkswagen Group UK. The Volkswagen Group own many other well-known and prestigious car brands including:
Where is Volkswagen made?
There are around 100 Volkswagen manufacturing facilities in 27 countries across the globe. However, many VWs are still made at the Wolfsburg plant in North Germany where the HQ is. This is also the largest of VW’s manufacturing facilities.
What is VW Bluemotion?
VW BlueMotion is a blend of technologies designed to enhance fuel efficiency whilst reducing emissions on VW cars. Introduced by the Group in 2006, VW’s BlueMotion technologies include turbocharged engines, start/stop technology, improved aerodynamic styling, regenerative braking, and low rolling resistance tyres.
BlueMotion is the umbrella term for all the energy-efficient technologies used by VW, but the mix of technologies will differ slightly depending on the used VW you choose.
What does TSI stand for VW?
TSI stands for Turbocharged Stratified Injection, a type of turbocharged petrol engine which is offered by Volkswagen. This traditional combustion engine is lightweight with four cylinders, offering power and performance without compromising on fuel economy and efficiency.
What does GTI stand for VW?
GTI stands for ‘Grand Touring Injection’ which originates from the Italian term: “Gran Turismo Iniezione”. Volkswagen first used GTI technology in 1976 on the VW Golf GTI hot hatch. GTI is a type of direct fuel injection which allows for enhanced road handling and performance on short and long-distance journeys.
What does GTD stand for VW?
GTD stands for ‘Gran Turismo Diesel’. These turbo diesel engines are most recognised on the Golf range. The GTD is sometimes referred to as the GTI’s little brother, offering lower torque but improved fuel efficiency. The first VW Golf GTD came to market in 1983 and established itself as one of the original sporty hatchbacks. Today, it’s still just as popular.
What does GTE stand for VW?
GTE stands for ‘Gran Turismo Electric’ and is used by VW to refer to their sporty, performance-focused hybrid cars. Featuring many of the known and loved characteristics offered in the GTI and GTD, the GTE brand of vehicles was released by VW in 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show.
What is VW R-Line?
VW R-Line is a spec used on models in the VW range. It is one of the manufacturer’s most popular trim levels. R-Line models benefit from sporty exterior and interior aesthetics, based on the performance-orientated ‘R’ models.
They are positioned to be more affordable than ‘R’ models as they do not have the same performance-focused engines. The VW R-Line model's design and purpose is comparable to the Audi S Line, Mercedes-Benz AMG-line and the Ford ST-Line.
What is DSG in VW?
DSG stands for ‘Direct-Shift Gearbox’. It is a dual-clutch gearbox with two separate clutches working together as one. In Volkswagen models, the DSG gearbox is available in 6-speed and 7-speed versions.
DSG gearboxes allow for rapid gear changes without compromising on a smooth ride or fuel economy. It will depend on which used Volkswagen you choose whether the gearbox is DSG or not. The DSG initials are usually printed on the gearstick.
What is VW 4Motion?
4Motion is VW’s all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. It helps with road handling and traction no matter the road condition. Using advanced technology, VW 4Motion links with safety systems in the vehicle to monitor and assess driving conditions. Extra traction and power are delivered to the wheels should any issues be detected. Some models which feature VW 4Motion include:
- VW Arteon
- VW Golf R
- VW Tiguan
Which VW infotainment system do I have
You can check which VW infotainment system by navigating to the infotainment menu, look for the “System Information” option and you should find your current software version listed.
Which VW models have park assist?
Some Volkswagen models that are available with Park Assist include the VW Polo, T-Cross, T-Roc, Golf, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg. The trim level dictates whether the model will come with Park Assist so be sure to check beforehand.
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