There is a reason why they call it the “peoples car”- because people absolutely love owning a Volkswagen. It’s why more than 5 million folks around the world bought a new Volkswagen last year—a record, by the way. But why does it seem like the streets of Denver are flooded with Volkswagen. We can think of a hundred reasons why Denver Volkswagen loves their VW’s, but here are our top five!
1. VW Has Its Eye on the Future with Fuel-Efficient Cars
Over the next five years, Volkswagen will spend 62.4 billion Euro—that’s more than $80 billion—to develop some of the most technically advanced cars and SUVs in the industry. Much of that investment—one of the largest in Volkswagen history—is going to focus on developing eco-conscious vehicles with the Think Blue® mantras of efficiency and sustainability in mind, including hybrid, diesel, and electric cars.
2. VW Goes the Distance
In the 34 years Pasadena, California, resident Albert Klein owned his white 1963 VW Beetle, he’s racked up a staggering 1,613,281 miles. That’s right—1.6 million—the equivalent of driving 238 times around the moon.
Meet Tristan Herbert. He’s 35, lives in Reston, Virginia, and used to be a pro snowboarder and motorcycle racer—until an accident sidelined him. Now he’s in the driver’s seat, racing cars for Volkswagen. He’s pretty good too; last year in his rookie season, he finished fourth in the Pirelli World Challenge driving his GTI. An admitted VW junkie, he’s on his fifth GTI.
4. VW Infatuation Runs Deep—All Around the Globe
In the 65 years it was built—1938 to 2003—some 21.5 million Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 models were snapped up by owners around the world. That makes it the fourth best-selling car of all time. What’s in third place? The hugely popular Volkswagen Golf, of course, with more than 27 million in sales worldwide since its launch in 1974. That means there are a lot of Volkswagen enthusiasts out there.
One of the best parts of having so many fellow VW fans in the world is the unofficial community that’s formed. Owners often wave and honk at one another as they pass—even if they’re complete strangers. The VW bond is a strong connector.
5. VW Safety Comes Standard
Volkswagen owners love the way their vehicles make them feel safer behind the wheel. And when it comes to safety, Volkswagen leads the industry in the U.S. with nine models being named 2012 Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety . Call it safety in numbers.