Many enthusiasts don't realize it but the first Volkswagen was designed by the acclaimed automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche (yeah, the guy that Porsche is named after) to be a vehicle for the common man. Throughout the 1930s large, luxury sedans were the most popular and commonplace vehicles on the Autobahn but these behemoths were neither affordable nor accessible to the majority of Germans. Therefore, at the request of Hitler himself, Porsche began to design a line of cars that were both inexpensive and reliable. The Fuehrer conceived o the name for the new marque as being the same as the party slogan "Joy through Strength" or KDF-wagne but the company had to shelve its plans before it could begin production due to the exigencies of war and the fact that the plant was badly damaged during WWII.
After the war the company was offer to the British, French and Americans but was reject by all three powers. As a result, "Volkswagen" which is literally the "Folks' wagon," began domestic production at the end of the 1940s its iconic Beetle. The beloved Bug first first landed in American in 1949 and quickly became a favorite of the masses. Due to the perfect combination of engineering, design and marketing the Beetle surged in sales throughout the 1960s attracting a younger, hipper demographic who could not yet afford to the wildly popular muscle cars and large sedans of the time. Such was the success of the VW Bug that it managed to surpass Ford's venerated Model T in terms of volume by the 1970s and therefore became firmly entrenched in American automotive culture. The Seventies also witnessed the arrival of yet two more iconic VW models: the Passat and the Golf (or Rabbit in North America).
During the Eighties, the Rabbit replaced the Beetle as the most valuable asset in the Volkswagen line-up while the Passat and the Jetta would help to bolster sales throughout the decade. The Nineties saw the re-introduction of the Beetle to the delight of many enthusiasts as well as a redesign of the Jetta. At this time Volkswagen also acquired a number of luxury marques such as Lamborghini, Bugatti and Bentley which infused the companies design with fresh talent and ideas and increased their reach into new market segments. The 5th Gen Golf debuted in 2002 simultaneously with the luxury-styled Touareg. Although the 80s and 90s were tough in terms of sales for the German automaker, its sales began to rebound in the US domestic market in the second millennium. New models such as the Phaeton and the convertible Eos have helped VW to reassert itself as a marque that can deliver great styling and elegance as well as performance and reliability.
Volkswagen is one of the most venerable names in automotive history and its no surprise that it has made a dramatic comeback in recent years. VW has proven time and again that it can create vehicles that inspire and instantly create a cult-following/. Whether it is the classic Beetle, the idiosyncratic but beloved Vanagon or the tuner-inspired Golf GTI, Volkswagen is the perfect blend of affordability, style and performance which makes it appealing to just about everyone. At Rvinyl.com, we understand that VW-enthusiasts and drivers won't just settle for the ordinary; they want accessories and mods that match their tastes and preferences and we have done our very best to bring only the most stylish and high-quality parts and products to the table. So, whether you want to tint your taillights, wrap your hood or add the roar of a performance muffler we've got the tint film or aftermarket accessory you're looking for.