Volkswagen (abbreviated VW) is the original brand of Volkswagen AG.

  • 4.1 models in Europe 4.1.1 microcars
  • 4.1.2 Small car
  • 4.1.3 Compact Class
  • 4.1.4 Lower middle class
  • 4.1.5 middle class
  • 4.1.6 Upper Class
  • 4.1.7 coupe and convertible
  • 4.1.8 MPV
  • 4.1.9 Kompaktvan
  • 4.1.10 Van
  • 4.1.11 SUV
  • 4.1.12 Sports Utility Vehicle ( SUV)
  • 4.1.13 minibus / vans
  • 4.5.1 United States Canada USA and Canada
  • 4.5.2 Argentina VW Argentina
  • 4.5.3 Brazil VW Brazil
  • 4.5.4 Mexico Volkswagen de Mexico
  • 4.5.5 South Africa VW South Africa
  • 4.5.6 VW China FAW -Volkswagen
  • Shanghai Volkswagen


The history of the Volkswagen brand is largely opaque to the history of Volkswagen AG.

Board of Directors

The board of management of Volkswagen and as follows:


Nearly one in five cars in Europe in 2005 was a Volkswagen.




Models in Europe

  • Developed by Audi cars that were marketed as the Audi 50 or Audi 80.
  • Developed by NSU, but only marketed as VW
  • Developed jointly with Porsche; as a sports car (VW, Porsche, Porsche 914), or platform for SUV ( Touareg, Cayenne )
  • Under license from Toyota
  • Together with Ford -developed platform


Small cars

Compact class

Lower middle class

Middle class

Upper class

Coupe and Convertible





Sports Utility Vehicle ( SUV)

Minibus / vans

Internal model names

Often, the internal name is found. This is composed of , 2 letters and 3 numbers as they are found in the table below, for example, AU350, together.

Thus, the AU350 is = Audi A3 fifth generation with a short tail.

VW Tiguan > VW316

VW Eos > VW465

VW Sharan > Volkswagen 428

In addition, consists of these schematics along the platform name.

Platform with transverse mounted engines = eg PQ35 platform of the Group for the Golf 5

Platform with longitudinal engine installed

Key numbers

Volkswagen cars are led by the Federal Motor Vehicle Office under the manufacturers' code numbers 0600 or 0603; however, the built at Porsche in Stuttgart Porsche 914 /6 ( with Porsche boxer engine ) carries the Porsche HSN 0583rd

Concept Cars

Models outside Europe

In addition to the European product range, Volkswagen also produces vehicles in Central and South America, China and South Africa. Since it is emerging in the markets, these models are much cheaper and more suitable for use on rough roads, but also quality and technically not comparable in features with European models. These vehicles are usually sold only in local markets and are often based on older Volkswagen models (eg Santana 3000 Santana at Citi golf at Golf I) or share the platform with European models, the Fox ( Lupo in Mexico ) with the current Polo. Volkswagen now goes on to actually be manufactured in these countries European models, such as the Touran for the Chinese market or the Jetta for the global market. Volkswagen is the only automobile manufacturer in South America with its own development department.

Here only models are listed, which are manufactured in the countries mentioned or distributed exclusively. The product range also includes models mostly from Germany or Europe that are exported to the countries concerned. It describes only the countries in which VW has its own manufacturing plants that produce large volumes. In a number of other countries, the Group still holds assembly plants, in cases where imported from customs reasons for final assembly kits for the local market. Also often variants of European models are available that significantly differ in the engine and equipment from Germany available in models.

Also, only current and local models are described in the below list. In the markets of Europe, imported or local historical models are not mentioned. Thus, the product marketed in the respective countries model range is quite large and exceeds in Brazil, for example, the number of models offered in Germany. It is striking that the Passat is offered in almost all markets in the current European version, but the Golf is sold in its latest version, only in Europe (see Golf IV in North and South America or in South America Golf I ).

When reference is made in this section by a Gol, is not meant the Gulf. The Gol is a Brazilian development that is offered in many emerging markets, enjoys great popularity and is thus regarded as a world car. If a current Jetta is mentioned, this refers to the current German Jetta model. In certain markets, including China and Mexico, some other models are offered under Jetta and Bora.

  • Marketed as VW Seat Ibiza
  • Based on Ford models: Ford Orion, Ford Escort
  • Together with Chrysler Voyager

South Africa Volkswagen of South Africa Mexico in Mexico and other Brazil / Argentina by Volkswagen do Brasil, Volkswagen Argentina or car Latina China People's Republic of Shanghai Volkswagen and FAW -Volkswagen United States of Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations Canada by Chrysler in Canada as Volkswagen for the North American market

United States Canada USA and Canada

  • VW City Golf IV, with facelift; only Canada
  • VW Jetta City notchback version of the Golf City; only Canada
  • VW GLI notchback version of the Golf V GTI
  • VW Rabbit name for the Golf V
  • VW Routan
  • VW Passat New Midsize Sedan, not identical with the same model available in Europe

Argentina Argentina VW

  • VW Caddy still Polo Basic
  • VW CrossFox
  • VW Bora Jetta next to the current
  • VW Fox two-door and four-door
  • Gol Power Combi variant: Gol Country; Pick -up variant: Saveiro
  • Gol Trend new generation of the Gol; Notchback variant: Voyage
  • VW Golf on Golf IV - based
  • VW Polo Classic old notchback model based 6N
  • VW Amarok Two and Four-door pickup
  • VW Suran Argentine name for the SpaceFox
  • VW Vento Argentine name for the Jetta

VW Brazil Brazil

  • VW Fox Fox City three-door
  • Fox Plus five-door
  • SpaceFox Mini - Van
  • CrossFox crossover version

In addition, Volkswagen Caminhões Ltda, which is part of MAN since 2009 manufactures, under the brand Volkswagen Trucks and Buses in Brazil trucks and chassis for buses of all sizes. These models are sold only in South and Central America, Africa and the Middle East, but it was in the 1990s with the VW L80 a model imported to Europe. The know-how for heavy trucks in Europe is represented by the Volkswagen Group of Scania.

Mexico Volkswagen de Mexico

  • VW pointer
  • VW Gol and Volkswagen Gol Sedan new generation
  • Models on old Gol - base: VW Jetta
  • VW Pick-Up
  • VW Lupo three-and five-door
  • VW SportVan Mini - Van

VW South Africa South Africa

  • VW Citi Golf modernized Golf I stopped production since October 2009
  • VW Golf V

Commercial Vehicles:

  • VW bus chassis Volksbus
  • VW Constellation Heavy Trucks

VW China

In China, Volkswagen established three joint ventures to produce on the local market. FAW -Volkswagen, FAW- Audi Volkswagen and Shanghai are to be regarded as independent brands that compete with its own range of models on the market. Volkswagen also still occurs as a brand and sells large segments of European models such as the Touareg or New Beetle.

FAW -Volkswagen
  • VW Bora, corresponds to the European Bora, which is no longer sold in Germany
  • VW New Bora
  • VW Golf Only Golf IV, Golf V is not available in China
  • VW Jetta, Jetta II development of the European
  • VW Sagitar, Chinese name for the current Jetta
  • VW Magotan, Chinese name for the current Passat
  • VW Caddy
  • Audi A6 L long-wheelbase version of the Audi A6
  • Audi A4
  • Audi A4L long-wheelbase version of the Audi A4
  • Audi Q5
Shanghai Volkswagen
  • VW Polo
  • VW Gol, model from Brazil
  • VW Passat ( B5GP ) Passat Lingyu "China " Passat, derived from the Škoda Superb I long version
  • Santana 3000

Volkswagen India

  • VW Jetta
  • VW Passat
  • VW Polo
  • VW Vento ( notchback version of the Polo V, not identical to the same VW Vento / Jetta III).

Production facilities of the models offered in Germany

  • Wolfsburg: Golf, Golf Plus, Tiguan, Touran
  • Dresden: Phaeton
  • Emden: Passat ( Variant, sedan ), CC
  • Hanover: T5, Amarok
  • Zwickau- Mosel: Golf, Passat sedan, Golf Variant, Phaeton ( Body )
  • Bratislava, Slovakia: Touareg up!
  • Palmela, Portugal, Volkswagen Auto Europe - Automóveis: Sharan, Eos, Scirocco
  • Pamplona, Spain: Polo
  • Poznan, Poland: Caddy, T5
  • Puebla, Volkswagen de Mexico: Beetle, Jetta, Golf Variant
  • Dusseldorf ( contract manufacturing at Daimler AG): closed series of the VW Crafter
  • Ludwigsfelde ( contract manufacturing at Daimler AG): open the VW Crafter series
  • Curitiba, Brazil: Fox, Golf
  • Uitenhage, South Africa: Golf, Polo
  • Osnabrück: Golf Cabriolet