1904 - 1908
Word begins to spread throughout Germany about a "people's car". In 1908, the first "People's Cars" are produced in America, where mass purchasing power and the means
of production make the motorisation of American society possible.
American troops occupy the "Stadt des KdF-Wagens" (City of the KDF-Wagen). The troops put an end to the production of military equipment, liberate the forced labourers and set up
a maintenance works for the military vehicles in the Volkswagen factory. During the next few months, the United States Army utilises available parts to produce vehicles and the
former inspection manager Rudolf Brörmann is designated as works manager.
The Passat, the first model of the new Volkswagen generation, goes into production and arrives in the UK for sale. Technically, it is closely related to the Audi 80 and is built
according to the unit construction system, allowing for considerable rationalisation by using standardised parts for the various models. The Passat becomes the successor to the
Volkswagen's iconic Golf GTI has been named the Readers' Champion in a huge online poll by influential automotive title Autocar.
Autocar Editor Mark Tisshaw said: "Earlier this year we came up with a list of 39 very special cars we believe have changed motoring
for the better. Then we asked our readers to choose their favourite."
"The Volkswagen Golf GTI began life many years ago as a bit
of a curiosity, but it soon created an entire car market movement - and has led it ever since because its creators remained focused
on what mattered."
"Now, as ever, the Golf GTI is one of the true greats of our industry."