Das Auto - the German tagline for Volkswagen translates to 'the Car' in English. The name 'Volkswagen' itself stands for the 'people's car'. Originally started in 1937 by the Nazi trade union under the blessings of Adolf Hitler, this automobile manufacturer has a long checkered history. Their people's car project was headed by the eminently brilliant Ferdinand Porsche at that time in what is now Wolfsburg.
Volkswagen's incredibly long run car - Beetle - has reached 16 million by the year 1973 surpassing that of Henry Ford's Ford Model T. Volkswagen's cars appeared under many badges in various countries. Volkswagen's Jetta - the sedan appeared in the avatar of Skoda Octavia in India. Volkswagen pioneered frugal diesel engines - notably the TDI - the turbo charged direct injection at a time when the world hasn't even heard about Common Rail diesel engines.
Suffice it to say that Volkswagen carries forward the same passion for the automobile as its illustrious chief architect - Ferdinand Porsche. In India, they offer a stiff competition to other established players - with the new Vento at a reasonable price of just a rupee short of Rs.700,000. The base trim version Volkswagen Vento Trendline diesel version returns about 20 km per liter. The high end Highline version offers EBD, ABS, twin airbags and other safety features within Rs. 1000,000 (ten lakhs). Find out more cars of Volkswagen including the SUV Tourag - which shares major parts with Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 SUVs here: