Volkswagen is a German automobile manufacturer headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. It is the biggest German automaker and the second largest automaker in the world.
Volkswagen was originally founded in 1937 by the Nazi trade union, the German Labour Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront), in an attempt to produce a basic vehicle capable of transporting two adults and three children at 100 km/h (62 mph). Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler wanted his German citizens to have the same access to a car as the Americans.From 1948, after WW II, VW – most notable its “Beetle” model - became a symbol of West Germany’s economic rise.
More bumps in the road for Germany's carmakers, as investors drop shares following a ballooning discussion around alleged collusion between Volkswagen, Daimler, Audi, Porsche on vehicle technology - keeping prices artificially high for customers and low for suppliers.
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Thomas Sattelberger, a former senior Lufthansa, Telekom and Daimler executive, is a harsh critic of German corporate culture. He believes VW senior executives haven't come clean about what they knew about the emissions cheating before the scandal became public.