Volkswagen was founded and operated in 1934 by the German Labour Front, a Nazi organization, with designs by engineer Ferdinand Porsche. The original factory, mostly destroyed in WWII, was rebuilt under British supervision and served a huge part in rebuilding the German economy.
The 60’s era of peace and love found the VW Beetle and minibuses embraced by surfers, hippies, campers and anyone looking for a small, reliable machine.
Volkswagens have a long reputation for being both cool and cute, simple and sturdy. Staying true to their roots they have maintained a style of cheap, durable, economical, and comfortable line of vehicles.
Competitors have tried but none have managed to replicate the factors that have made Volkswagen such a success, or find the secret sauce behind their vehicle charisma and desirability.