Volkswagen History

The evolution of the VW badge

Surely one of the most iconic car emblems worldwide, the VW logo has evolved through a number of different designs over the years. Simple yet effectively iconic, the logo consists of two white letters (a V over a W in a monogram) in a circle of the same colour, in a blue background. The white(…)

A look back at the Volkswagen New Beetle (1998 – 2011)

Is any car as iconic as the original Beetle? – A question that can be debated indefinitely without ever reaching a resolution. Of course there are candidates: the Citroen 2CV, all manner of Ferraris, the Mini… but few had films based around them, a honour the Beetle can proudly or embarrassingly claim (depends on your(…)

A look back at the Volkswagen 1500 and 1600 Type 3 (1961 – 1973)

How do you follow a classic like the Beetle? VW knew that despite the huge popularity of the iconic car, they would need to have something to replace it at some point. The solution was to broaden the range, giving buyers a more upmarket product to aspire to. Hence, the Type 3 was born. Essentially,(…)

A look back at the Volkswagen 1500 & 1600 Type 3 (1961 – 1973)

Following the unparalleled success of the Beetle, Volkswagen was left in a powerful position. But despite the iconic car’s absolute dominance of global markets, they knew it was a situation they couldn’t expect to continue forever. The sensible option was to widen the range, giving potential customers the option of a new, more exclusive product(…)

Fifteen fun facts about the VW Beetle

Stop anyone on the street and ask them their opinion of the most iconic cars and it’s a good bet that the VW Beetle will be on a fair share of them. Rarely has a car seized the global imagination in the same way the Beetle has consistently has managed to do through its different(…)

A history of the VW camper – Part Three

Today we conclude our look back at the history of the VW camper van. Picking up where we left off – back in… 1963 This was the year that saw engine size increased still further to 1500cc from the original 1200cc – the sliding door was made available as an option. 1967 The split screen(…)

A history of the VW camper – Part Two

Today we continue our look back at one of the best loved cars/vans ever to grace our roads. Picking up where we left off in 1949, we reach the dawn of … The Split. 1949 – 1947 The first generation of VW buses with split screens were released. Affectionately called ‘splitties’ by enthusiasts; the name(…)