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Volkswagen, or VW, is a storied automobile manufacturer headquartered in Germany and owned by the Volkswagen Group, which itself is owned by Porsche. Vokswagen is the second-largest automaker in the world. VW has three cars in the top ten list of best-selling cars of all time as compiled by 24/7 Wall Street (Golf, Beetle, and Passat). Volkswagen also spends more on research and development than any other automotive manufacturer globally.

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Volkswagen Percentage 1-Owner

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The highest percentage of 1-owner Volkswagens belong to the New Beetle at 67 percent. The lowest percentage, because the car has not been produced in several years, is the Cabrio convertible at 8 percent. In the middle of the pack are the Jetta and Routan at 33 percent 1-owner and the VW CC at 33 percent.

Volkswagen Annual Percentage Accident Free

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Year by year, 2002 Volkswagen cars (all models) average 74 percent accident free and by 2012 they average 94 percent. Between 2004 and 2006, the percentage of 1-owner VWs actually dips 3 percentage points, to 77 percent before climbing again.

More About Volkswagen

Volkswagen was founded in 1937 by the German Labor Front as a company expected to build cars for the people (Volkswagen means "people's car" in German). Ferdinand Porsche, founder of Porsche, had been attempting to sell the design for a small, affordable family car and had even built a prototype called the Volksauto in 1931. That prototype eventually became the Volkswagen Beetle, one of the most iconic cars of all time and the vehicle that launched VW.

The Beetle was never really successful until after World War II when the British, noting the car's low cost and high reliability during their occupation of Germany, ordered 20,000. This kept the Volkswagen automotive factory alive. Most of those cars were given to Army personnel and to the newly-reformed German Post Office. When British personnel began taking their VW Beetles home, however, interest in the car spread and by 1946, the VW factory was producing 1,000 cars a month, despite being in severe disrepair, having been damaged by bombing and occupying troops at the end of the war.

Today, Volkswagen produces many best-selling vehicles globally under its VW and Audi nameplates and also produces other machinery and vehicles under various nameplates around the world. VW has produced four World Car of the Year winners, including the Golf (has won twice), Polo, and up! The Jetta TDI won Green Car of the Year in 2009, and in 2011, Volkswagen had nine vehicles listed as Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Picks. The Passat MMS won the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year award.

Volkswagen manufactures vehicles in factories around the world, including Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Volkswagen Awards

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