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Volkswagen Die Cast Models 1:18


Volkswagen was initially designed as a car for the people (Volkswagen means "people's car" in German). Adolf Hitler had a keen interest in cars even though he did not like to drive. In 1933, shortly after taking over as leader of Germany, he teamed up with Ferdinand Porsche to make changes to Porsche's original 1931 design to make it more suited for the working man.

In 1937, the Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH was established, later renamed to "Volkswagenwerk GmbH". A new factory and a new town (today Wolfsburg) for the workers were build.

The company owes its post-war existence largely to one man, British Army officer Major Ivan Hirst. The factory was placed under his control. Hirst painted one of the factory's cars green and demonstrated it to British Army headquarters. Short of light transport, in September 1945 the British Army was persuaded to place a vital order for 20,000. The first few hundred cars went to personnel from the occupying forces, and to the German Post Office. The company was offered to representatives from the British, American and French motor industries. Famously, all rejected it. Ford representatives were equally critical: the car was "not worth a damn".

From 1948, Volkswagen became a very important element, symbolically and economically, of West German regeneration. Production of the Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle increased dramatically over the years, the total reaching one million in 1955. In 1964, Volkswagen succeeded in purchasing Auto Union, and in 1969, NSU Motorenwerke AG (NSU). VW ultimately merged Auto Union and NSU to create the modern day Audi company, and would go on to develop it as its luxury vehicle brand. Audi influences paved the way for the new generation of Volkswagens, known as the Polo, Golf and Passat.

On August 13, 2009 Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft’s Supervisory Board signed the agreement to create an integrated automotive group with Porsche led by Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (VAG) also contains the car brands Audi AG, Bentley Motors Ltd., Automobiles Bugatti SA, Automobili Lamborghini Holding S.p.A., SEAT, Škoda Auto and heavy goods vehicle manufacturer Scania AB.

Volkswagen official site
2010 - Touareg '10
2010 - Eos '10
2006 - Eos '06
2008 - Golf VI
2003 - Golf V
1997 - Golf IV
1991 - Golf III
1983 - Golf II
1974 - Golf I
1969 - 1600
1961 - 1500
1988 - Corrado
1974 - Scirocco I
2008 - Passat CC
2007 - Tiguan
2005 - Passat B6
1997 - Passat B5
1993 - Passat B4
1988 - Passat B3
1973 - Passat B1
1968 - 411 / 412
2003 - Multivan
1991 - Caravelle / Multivan
1979 - Caravelle
1998 - New Beetle