This incredible milestone has been achieved with help from a blue VW Golf GTE – kind of befitting for the trends and also ironic for the company that now struggles with the Dieselgate scandal.
Let’s say that one more time – VW has manufactured 150 million vehicles! It’s a serious historic landmark considering the marque has only been around for a little over eight decades – some automakers are more than 100 years old and can’t even say they produced 10 percent of VW’s autos. The jubilee was celebrated with a Golf GTE, a plug-in hybrid hot hatchback, treated as “a symbol of the future of mobility at Volkswagen,” fittingly coming off the assembly line at VW’s main Wolfsburg factory in Germany. VW first initiated mass-market vehicle production on December 27, 1945, when the Type 1 Kafer started build – and the brand “shaped the automotive industry” with the introduction of the VW Beetle. Alone this model has racked upwards of 21.5 million units.
The top dog for Volkswagen is the Golf – more than 34 million vehicles have so far been delivered worldwide from the family. “150 million vehicles – that means we have made the dream of owning a car come true 150 million times for customers all over the world,” commented on the occasion Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. Volkswagen today has 60 factories in 14 countries around the world, with more than 60 models on sale.