Now the largest car maker in the world, Volkswagen was founded in January of 1937 by the German Labor Front in Wolfsburg, Germany. The name Volkswagen actually translates to “People’s Automobile” in German and their original focus was to design a simple vehicle that everyone could afford, now known as the Beetle. Unfortunately, the cost of automobiles at the time, regardless on how simple they were designed, still cost more than the average worker’s yearly salary.
When the company finally finished construction of its factory, World War II began and Volkswagen turned its focus toward manufacturing military vehicles. After the war, in 1949, Volkswagen was transferred to the Government of Germany who decided to go global in 1953, establishing factories in country such as Brazil, America, Sweden, and China. Volkswagen’s operations continued to expand throughout the years, but it wasn’t until 1990 that Volkswagen had completely overtaken SEAT, a Spanish car manufacturer, establishing its first non-German subsidiary.
In 2013, Fortune Global 500 announced Volkswagen the 9th largest company in the world, third-largest vehicle manufacturer in the world, and second largest market share in Europe. Volkswagen at this time had over 300,000 employees globally and sold a record 9.7 million vehicles. Now, Volkswagen spans 153 countries and has major subsidiaries including Audi AG, Bentley Motors Ltd, Bugatti Automobiles, Suzuki Motor Corporations, and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. .
As mentioned in my previous blog posting, Volkswagen’s next biggest push was to promote and push their campaign for “low emissions” diesel engines in the United States. This would satisfy both the Obama Administrations high standards of mileage and emissions and American’s preference of larger vehicles. Their ultimate goal was to become the largest automaker in the world.
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Vehicles delivered to customers in 2015: 9.931 million
Total revenue in 2015: €213 billion
Total employees in 2015: 610,000 employees
Vehicles delivered to customers in 2014: 10.137 million
Total revenue in 2014: €202 billion
Total employees in 2014: 593,000 employees
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