Volkswagen started life as a vision of the Nazi Trade Union, the German Labour Front in 1937. At that time most cars sold in Germany were too expensive for the average earner, with only the rich able to own a car.
Hitler Chose Ferdinand Porsche to design an all new state built Peoples Car - Volkswagen. The brief was to build a car capable of carrying two adults and three children and one that would compare in price to a small motor cycle.
Only a handful of cars were produced before the outbreak of WWII, and none were delivered to any owners. Instead production at the factories concentrated on utility vehicles for the German Army.
After the war the factory came under control of the British and production switched back to the Volkswagen Type 1 which is more widely known as the Beetle. Ironically the Beetle name was never officially used by Volkswagen until 1998 when the New Golf based Beetle was launched.
Volkswagen expanded their vehicle range to include the Fox, Polo, Gold, Jetta, Passat, Touran, Tiguan, Touareg, Phaeton, Scirocco.
Volkswagen's build quality and reliability is unquestioned and as such ensures their cars remain in high demand and sought after, meaning if you have a Volkswagen to sell then it shouldn't be too difficult to get a good price.
Volkswagen now owns Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, SEAT and Skoda.