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VW or Volkswagen, German for “the people’s car” had its beginnings in pre World War II Germany. At a time when cars were items of luxury owned only by the rich, a few German automakers envisioned an economical car that could be owned by ordinary families for about the cost of a motorcycle. Adolf Hitler embraced this idea, sponsoring a new state owned factory to produce a car designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche (see also the history of Porsche cars). The time was 1934 and Europeans would purchase this car buy means of a savings plan, paying in 5 marks per week.
Automotive engineer August Horch founded A. Horch & Cie Motorwagen in 1899 in Ehrenfield, Cologne, Germany. Ten years later, he promptly departed, following a squabble with the supervisory board. Undeterred, he began anew. Legally unable to use his surname as an imprimatur, Horch chose – at his son’s suggestion – to use the Latin rendition of his name, and thus “Audi” Automobile Works debuted in 1910, this was the beginning of Audi history.
Porsche is a German sports car maker that has a worldwide reputation for making high quality, very fast cars. The car maker is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs about 12,000 people around the world. And this a short Porsche car history.