(or VW) is the flagship marque of the Volkswagen Group. Founded in 1937, VW is now the second-largest automaker in the world. Three of the company's cars (the Golf, Beetle and Passat) are among the top-ten best-selling cars of all time and all three are still in production. The company launched when Ferdinand Porsche designed what would become the Beetle in the early 1930s. That design was taken to heart and the government-owned Volkswagen ("people's car") was founded.
After World War II, Volkswagen was occupied by the British and when Major Ivan Hirst, who was put in charge of the factory during the occupation, demonstrated one of the cars to the British Army's headquarters, it was adopted as light transport for the Army's forces and an order for 20,000 cars was placed. This saved the factory from dismantling and allows VW to continue living as an automaker.
Most Volkswagen vehicles from before the 1990s are collectibles and aficionado cars rather than common sights on the used car market. Newer cars, however, such as the 1990s and 2000s Golf and New Beetle are common sights on the secondary market.
The Volkswagen Beetle (formerly the New Beetle) is a common sight on the used marketplace and these iconic little cars are popular both for their nostalgic heritage and their fun, unique style.
The VW Golf is a small family car available as a hatchback, wagon or convertible and it is one of the world's best-selling car for a reason.
The Jetta is another small family car form Volkswagen that enjoys a reputation for being reliable in the midsize sedan market. The diesel variant, the TDI, is very popular for its high fuel efficiency.
Like the Jetta, the VW Passat also enjoys a reputation as a reliable family sedan in the large-size market and its TDI version is a best-seller as a diesel option in that segment.
Other vehicles that will be seen on the used car market include the Tiguan and Touareg crossovers as well as the Routan minivan.