It is not every day that the automaker makes an announcement like this. In fact, ...
It is not every day that the automaker makes an announcement like this. In fact, we honestly can’t recall hearing about the milestone on this scale.
Volkswagen has just declared its 150 millionth car has rolled off the production line. That is an awful lot of vehicles since the German automaker’s founding 80 years ago. And, what model was the milestone car? A Golf GTE plug-in hybrid.
Built in VW’s Wolfsburg production plant, the Golf GTE, according to VW, is the symbol of the future of mobility. Just after the vehicle was completed, VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess stated that 150 million cars – that means we have made the dream of owning the car come true 150 million times for customers all over this world.
The first production VW, the Type 1 Kafer, aka a first Beetle, was built on December 27, 1945. A total of 21.5 million original VW Beetles were built and before production ended in Mexico in 2003.
It took until 2007 for a Golf to surpass the Beetle in production volume, with a then total of 25 million units of a massively popular hatchback.
That figure has swelled to 34 million units today. Aside from a Beetle and Golf, more than 20 million examples of a Passat, 19.5 million Jettas, nearly 17 million Polos are in existence.
Following a debacle so eloquently known as Dieselgate, Volkswagen is now fully invested in innovation of plug-in hybrid and, the ultimately electric vehicle technologies. It is no mistake that the 150 millionth VW is a plug-in hybrid, the fitting choice to mark the impressive milestone.
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