New Volkswagen Car Brokers
  www.broker 4 cars.co.uk
  Cheapest new Volkswagen deals - Buy cheap new VW cars at discounted prices
   
  Telephone 01773 512806 sales@broker4cars.co.uk  
New BMWBMW
  New Car > Volkswagen  




 
 

Buy a New Volkswagen

Volkswagen PCP Quote

Volkswagen Cars, brand new at cheap prices from UK franchised VW dealers

 

A Brief history of Volkswagen

Adolf Hitler is not someone who generally gets good press, without him however, Volkswagen would never have been born. Although Hitler could not drive himself, he had an extremely keen interest in cars and it was this interest that led him to Ferdinand Porsche. Porsche had been working on various car designs when in 1933 Hitler demanded Porsche revise his 1931 car design and make it accessible to the working class German. Although Porsche had many misgivings when he saw the first design brief, he decided he would take on the project as it was such a challenge. Charged with designing a car that could carry two adults and three children, achieve a top speed of 60 mpg, return at least 33 miles per gallon and all for one thousand Reich marks (around the price of a motorcycle at the time), there is no wonder Porsche had his doubts.

Due to the tight timelines that Hitler had imposed on Porsche, the project, named the Type 60, used many of the components from Porsche's earlier 1931 NSU design, this included the rear mounted air-cooled flat-four engine and the distinctive shape. Two years after being given the brief, the first prototypes were being tested on the Autobahns and included both saloon and convertible derivatives.

These prototypes known as the Kdf-Wagen, were handed to Erwin Komenda, a colleague of Porsche's, to develop further. Komenda's previous position had been Chief Engineer with Daimler-Benz, where his duties had covered taking prototypes and improving their performance by reducing the weight and the use of streamlining. After a period of time in the wind tunnel, Komenda developed the bodyshape of the prototype into what is now instantly recognisalbe as the Volkswagen Beetle.

A purpose built factory and town for the workforce (KdF-Stadt), were constructed to manufacture the new car, but in the same month as production began war was declared and production was switched to military vehicles.

With the end of the war Kdf-Stadt fell into the hands of first the Americans, then the british. Heavily bombed, the british officer in charge, Major Ivan Hirst at first decided to use the plant for repairing their own military vehicles, the longer term plan was to salvage all the equipment as war reperations. However, with a shortage of light transportation Major Hirst painted one of the factory's cars green and demostrated it to his HQ, following this demonstration an order was placed for 20,000 vehicles, the first of which were supplied to personnel of the occupying forces (some of which made there way back to the UK when the soldiers were demobbed) and the German Post Office.

Production had increased to 1,000 units per month by 1946 and the name of both the factory and the town was changed, the factory to Volkswagen (the People's car) and the town to Wolfsburg. Amazingly Volkswagen was offered to all the major motor manufacturers of the time, American, British and French manufacturers all turned down Volkswagen saying it would fail within two years, Ford showed minor interest until Henry Ford II looked at where Wolfsburg was on the map and dismissed the idea out of hand.

Heinrich Nordhoff, a man with extensive Knowledge of both civillian and military vehicle production was recruited in 1948 to run the Volkswagen factory and in 1949 Volkswagen became a trust run by the West German government and Major Hirst left the company. Over the next few years Volkswagen went on to become a symbol of regeneration for the whole of Germany.

Although sales of the Beetle worldwide began extremely cautiously, with clever marketing and advertising campaigns sales increased steadily and by 1955 one million Beetle's had been sold. Other models were added but none had the mass appeal of the Beetle and by the late sixties Volkswagen was beginning to struggle, the solution to their problems lay in the 1964 acquisition of Audi, who had expertise in water cooled engines and front wheel drive technology. Could a successor to the Beetle lay in this new technology? Definitely.

1973 saw the launch of the Passat (a year that saw the sixteenth million Beetle produced), 74 the Golf and 75 the Polo. The Polo was simply a rebadged Audi 50, the Passat a rebadged Audi 80, the Golf however was different, designed by the Italian Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Volkswagen Golf would become just as important to VW as had the Beetle. Although Volkswagen have added many vehicles to their range over the years the Golf has always been the mainstay of Volkswagen's production from its release right up to the present day.

Since the acquisition of Audi in 1964, Volkswagen has continued to expand its range of marques, NSU was brought into the Volkswagen fold in 1969, Seat became wholly owned by Volkswagen in 1987 with Skoda following in 1991, Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini all came under the Volkswagen wing in 1998.

So what of the car that started all this? On the 30th July, 2003 the final Beetle was produced in Puebla, Mexico. Twenty one million, five hundred and twenty nine thousand, four hundred and sixty four Beetles had been produced since its inception, a record that will surely never be beaten.

The old Beetle may have been consigned to the history books, but by now the car had achieved cult status, movie appearances, especially the Herbie films, have introduced different generations to the Beetle and with this knowledge Volkswagen had been working on a replacement for the Beetle, the new Volkswagen Beetle. Although the similarities end with the name and the look, the new Beetle has taken the people's car into the 21st century. Based on the Volkswagen Golf running gear, with a front mounted water cooled engine and with front wheel drive, the new beetle could not be much further away from the original Beetle, but it looks like a Beetle and as such Volkswagen have pulled off yet another masterpiece of design.

 

 
 

New Volkswagen Beetle  

New Volkswagen Beetle
A design icon, the new Volkswagen Beetle has lost none of its appeal although it is almost sixty years since it was unveiled by VW as the Type 1.

  New Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet  
New Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
The soft top bug has been idolised by many since its 1949 launch and you wont be dissapointed with VW's latest incarnation.
             
New Volkswagen California  
New Volkswagen California
For those with fond memories of the "camper van", don't despair, VW still make a four seat / four berth camper in the form of the California.
  New Volkswagen Caravelle  
New Volkswagen Caravelle
The Caravelle is the van based MPV from Volkswagen, with seven seats, the Caravelle is the ideal solution for an expanding family and their luggage.
             
New Volkswagen EOS  
New Volkswagen EOS
With an all-new design, the VW EOS is the new hard top convertible from Volkswagen, built to take on the likes of the Peugeot 307 CC.
  New Volkswagen Fox  
New Volkswagen Fox
The new VW Fox and new Urban Fox have been designed to take on the small city car market. Nippy and easy to park, perfect for town driving
             
New Volkswagen Golf  
New Volkswagen Golf
The Volkswagen Golf doesn't need any introductions, 30 years on VW's design classic still holds a place close to many peoples hearts.
  New Volkswagen Golf Estate  
New Volkswagen Golf Estate
After a short break the Volkswagen Golf Estate is back. Designed more for the fleet or company car buyer the Golf Estate is however a great family car.
             
New Volkswagen Golf Plus  
New Volkswagen Golf Plus
The Volkswagen range just got a little bit bigger and so did the VW Golf. Welcome to the new Volkswagen Golf Plus, a Golf but bigger
  New Volkswagen Jetta  
New Volkswagen Jetta
Replacing the Bora in early 2006 the new Volkswagen Jetta sits between the Golf and the Passat as the compact saloon in the VW range
             
New Volkswagen Passat  
New Volkswagen Passat
As popular now as it has ever been in its 3 decade history, the new Volkswagen Passat won the What Car? Family car of the year in 2006
  New Volkswagen Passat CC  
New Volkswagen Passat CC
You may be forgiven for thinking the new Passat CC is a convertible, the CC however stands for Comfort Coupe and it's certainly comfortable AND stylish.
             
New Volkswagen Passat Estate  
New Volkswagen Passat Estate
The new Volkswagen Passat Estate has all the qualities of the saloon, plus you get a huge 1731 litres of load space for when you need it
  New Volkswagen Phaeton  
New Volkswagen Phaeton
The Volkswagen Phaeton is the German manufacturers first step into the luxury car market alongside the Volkswagen Touareg
             
New Volkswagen Polo  
New Volkswagen Polo
The VW Polo has evolved over the years and although it has survived through many facelifts it still remains a firm favourite in the VW range
  New Volkswagen Scirocco  
New Volkswagen Scirocco
It's been a while since we last saw the Scirocco, but this is certainly a welcome return from Volkswagen, based on the GTI platform, it should perform too.
             
New Volkswagen Sharan  
New Volkswagen Sharan
If the Touran just isn't big enough the VW Sharan is volkswagens mid sized MPV, designed to carry seven adults in comfort and safety.
  New Volkswagen Tiguan  
New Volkswagen Tiguan
The Volkswagen Tiguan is the German manufacturers first venture into the small SUV market and as the saying goes "better late than never".
             
New Volkswagen Touareg  
New Volkswagen Touareg
Standing out in an already crowded marketplace the Volkswagen Touareg is a stunning luxury 4x4 and all you would expect in a new VW.
  New Volkswagen Touran  
New Volkswagen Touran
Now only Available as a seven seater the Volkswagen Touran is the simple answer for those who need space for the larger family
             
New Volkswagen Touareg  
New Volkswagen Up
The New VW Up is a proper stab at the city car market and confirms how VW is getting mighty serious about the small car market.
       
 

 

The content of this website is copyright © Broker4cars.co.uk. All rights expressly reserved.

About us | Contact us | FAQ's | Site Map | Testimonials | Terms & Conditions
Car Finance Quote | Car insurance | Economical Cars | Latest deals | Green Cars | Partner Us