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.
A judge has ruled that Volkswagen must face American investor claims over Dieselgate in the US. Ex-VW head Martin Winterkorn had hoped to have US lawsuits tried in Germany, a request thrown out by the California court.
Volkswagen's switch to electric-powered engines will leave thousands of workers out of a job. Salzgitter, where these workers are based, is already struggling with a drop in tax revenue from its biggest business. The combination of job cuts and tax drop poses a serious problem for the city.