Volkswagen (abbreviated VW) is a German automobile manufacturer and the original and top-selling marque of the Volkswagen Group. It has three cars in the top 10 list of best-selling cars of all time compiled by the website 24/7 Wall St: the Volkswagen Golf, the Volkswagen Beetle, and the Volkswagen Passat. With these three cars, Volkswagen has the most cars of any automobile manufacturer in the list that is still being manufactured.
Volkswagen means “people’s car” in German. Its current slogan is Das Auto (The Car). Volkswagen was originally founded in 1937. In the early 1930s German auto industry was still largely composed of luxury models, and the average German rarely could afford anything more than a motorcycle. As a result only one German out of 50 owned a car. Seeking a potential new market, some car makers began independent “peoples’ car” projects.