When you visit Pohanka Volkswagen, it can be easy to get caught up in the moment. After all, vehicles like the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta in our Capitol Heights showroom are captivatingly modern. The impressive 2017 Volkswagen lineup, though, is just a scratch in the surface of this international company’s long history.
Over the years, VW has made many different vehicles and become something of a cultural phenomenon in its own right. Today, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite Volkswagen trivia that you might not know!
The Volkswagen brand began when Germany aimed to provide a vehicle that every family could afford and enjoy. That’s what sparked the company’s name, which translates to, “the people’s car.” The project essentially sought to create an attainable family vehicle, eventually leading to the creation of the Volkswagen Beetle.
The resulting Beetle didn’t just stay in production for a long time—it stayed in production for the longest time. Produced from 1938 until 2003, the Beetle earned Volkswagen the distinction of having the longest running model production ever. Of course, this original Beetle isn’t to be confused with the modern Beetle that’s in the showroom of our Capitol Heights Volkswagen dealership today, which arrived quite a bit later.
The hot hatch that we know and love today, the Golf GTI, comes from a long history, as well. Before the Golf GTI made its debut, it was preceded by the Renault 5 Gordini. This special model was developed outside of normal working hours as a passion project by its team. We’re sure glad it was!
Speaking of the hot hatch, the Golf’s hatchback design wasn’t for everyone. That’s what led to the creation of the Volkswagen Jetta! Since its debut as an alternative body style of the Golf back in 1979, the Jetta has ballooned to become an overwhelmingly popular choice among American drivers!
To explore today’s models more closely, a test drive at Pohanka Volkswagen is exactly what you’re after! Don’t hesitate to contact us online or to call our team directly at (301) 808-7100 today.