A class of its own
What followed was the unparalleled success story. This was one of many occasions when the car manufacturer celebrated its plants, its people, its models and its engines. While it took almost ten years to sell one million Volkswagen Beetle in the post-war period, the Beetle's successor – the Golf – topped the million mark in just two years from the start of production in 1974. But the Golf did need until 2002 to beat the Beetle sales record of 21 million. More than 135,000 employees celebrated 25 million Volkswagen Golf at a mega-party at the Wolfsburg plant. Volkswagen is currently building the seventh generation of the bestseller, and has sold more than 37.6 million Golf worldwide. Right from the start, the Golf set the bar in its class high – so it is hardly surprising that over the years, the compact segment has gained a second name: the "Golf class".
From the factory in Wolfsburg to all four corners of the world: today, the Volkswagen Passengers Cars are being sold in more than 150 markets. More than 50 production facilities are being operated in 14 countries. While there was only one bestseller once, the Beetle, to start with, this number has since grown by leaps and bounds: Golf, Tiguan, Jetta or Passat have captured many markets. Quite frequently they are also at the top of the registration statistics. But what would all these records be worth without the people who helped make them? Today, Volkswagen has a headcount of 196,000, with a further 74,000 on the payroll at over 7,700 dealerships.