When the National Socialist government via a private economic organization "Union of the Imperial automotive industry" rendered to Ferdinand Porsche the task to develop a prototype of Volkswagen in 1934, the way from planning and development to production should have theoretically taken four years. However, in 1935, first Volkswagen was ready. In 1936, the two next coming prototypes were relentless tested at a distance of more than 50 000 km. In 1937 the next series designated as VW 30 and consisted of 30 cars that were tested at a total distance of 2.4 million kilometers was put into production. The test results were in all respects satisfactory and led to the fact that in 1938 the car has gained its final technical equipment and the external shape. Thus, the phase of construction completed. The construction of the plant and preparation for production commenced.
In wartime, the plant produced open off-road cars and amphibias. By the end of the war they manufactured total about 66,000 of all-terrain vehicles and off-road cars. The post-war development proceeded under the British flag - the company was controlled by allies, and in the summer of 1945 it was taken over by the British, in whose occupation zone it was located.
Anyhow the factory was rebuilt and the first post-war samples appeared. Soon the car plant has proved its worth, having received an order for production of 20,000 cars from the English occupation authorities. Following the presentation of the car at a number of exhibitions, in the end of the 40s the orders began arriving from the European countries. This was the way how the generation of the modern automobile giant took place. Gaining momentum, Volkswagen opened one factory after another - not only in Germany but also in the countries that actively imported its cars.
In the 70-s Volkswagen has developed three new models at once - Passat, Golf and Sirocco, which technically had nothing to do with old cars of Volkswagen. Modifications of Passat and Golf are still manufactured and have already become the classics of the car building while their names are often used as a common name.
Russia has registered more than 350,000 units of Volkswagen. In our country the brand ranked third in popularity after Toyota and Opel.
Currently, the Volkswagen concern is one of the largest manufacturers in the world in terms of sales volume and has its own factories in 15 countries manufacturing products under several brands: Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, SEAT, Lamborghini and Bugatti. Since 1998, the concern owns the trademark of Bentley. In addition to passenger cars, VW group also produces trucks and vans.