VW (Volkswagen) means “people’s car” in German. VW is a German automaker, who was originally famous for producing the VW Beetle (1940’s to today), VW Combi Van and the VW Karmann Ghia (sports car). Did you know the VW Beetle (or the “bug”) is the world’s most produced single make of car in history.
Volkswagen Australia Ltd was formed in 1957 by Volkswagen AG of Germany and various Australian state Volkswagen distributors. The company acquired the vehicle assembly facilities of Martin & King at Clayton in Victoria, that site having been used for local assembly of the Volkswagen Beetle since 1954. By 1960 sheet metal panels were being pressed at Clayton and by 1967 the engine and most components were being produced there.
In 1967 Volkswagen Australia developed a unique model, the Country Buggy, which used components from the Beetle and the Kombi.
VW is now seen as a high quality high end brand with an expanded range that includes the Golf, Polo, Passat, New Beetle, Jetta, Toureg, people movers and commercial vehicles.