There's a reason they call it the "people's 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. So exactly why does owning a Volkswagen rock? We can think of a hundred reasons-from the terrific Big Game ads to the literally rocking available Fender sound system and new partnership with Rolling Stone to the tricked-out rides-but here are our top seven, with additions from our VW fans on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
owners are already feeling the love in their wallet: "I love our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI for the savings in fuel costs," says
owner Lew Wiezorek of Montgomery, Illinois. "My wife and I were spending over
$600 a month in gas on her previous vehicle. We spend maybe $170-190 a month now
in diesel fuel. The savings alone is almost making our car payment!"
Danny Hurt of
Nottingham, United Kingdom, who owns a 2001 VW Polo adds: "The thing I love
about owning a VW is how proud it makes you feel inside, and the longer I have
my VW the more impressive it gets-even in its 10th year!"
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
Or, as 1986 VW Golf owner Mark Sayampanathan of Hedgesville, West
Virginia puts it: "My Volkswagen just refuses to die."
3. VW Gets Speed
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.
Massachusetts resident Scott Lian gets a kick out of regular freeway driving in
his 2009 VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel. "I love my TDI, it has been by far the best
car I have ever owned," Scott says. "I love nothing more than passing a
slow-moving hybrid, looking down to see about 40 mpg on my dash, and then
pulling away with all that torque."
Raymond Padora of Sydney, Australia, puts the
performance appeal of his 2011 VW Polo simply: "Corners, corners,
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.
"The number one thing I love about owning a VW is
the little rush of camaraderie every time I exchange a thumbs-up, peace sign,
nod or wave with another 'Dubber' on the road," says Mike Howells of Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania and owner of a 2008 VW GTI.
Dennis Canuto of Charlotte, North Carolina,
agrees. "People brag about owning a BMW or Mercedes-Benz, but no other car
company has a community like VW," says the owner of a 1995 VW Corrado and a 2003
VW Passat W8. "Shows like Southern W?rthersee,
Waterfest and H2O International are
"The number one thing I love about owning a VW is
the VW owners' community in Bulgaria, my country," says Ivo Stankov of Varna and
a 1998 VW Polo owner. "Our VW car community is the largest one in Bulgaria. We
have weekly meetings in every big city where we help each other and showcase our
beloved Volkswagen vehicles."
5. VW Safety
Volkswagen owners love the way their vehicles
make them feel safer behind the wheel.
Raul Benitez of
Reynosa, Mexico and owner of a 1968 VW Beetle sedan says the number one reason
to own a Volkswagen is: "Because nothing says love and care than driving my
Thomas Goodwin of Edison, New Jersey says the
thing he loves most about driving a Volkswagen is: "Knowing that I am safe!"
After a collision totaled his beloved 2010 VW GTI, he bought another Volkswagen,
a 1994 VW Golf. "Thank goodness I had been driving a Volkswagen."
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
6. VW Owners Are
In on the Smile Factor
We heard it from dozens of Volkswagen owners:
Driving a VW makes you smile.
"I do not drive a Volkswagen because of all the
gadgets that they pack in," says Nate Saam of Longmont, Colorado, who owns a
2003 Jetta GLS TDI. "I do not drive a Volkswagen because of the outstanding fuel
economy it gets. I drive a Volkswagen because it brings out the 12-year-old in
me when I am behind the wheel. There is something to be said about a car that
makes you want to smile."
Nancy MacIntyre of Winter Park, Florida, owns a
2005 New Beetle Convertible and knows all about the kid appeal. "On my way home
from work there is a stoplight at the corner where there is a walk-up window to
an Italian ice business. I have incited so many 'Punch Dub' wars from kids
standing in line. It is hilarious," Nancy says. "I also love my VW because it is
super cute. I still get loads of compliments on it and it is seven years
Plus, VW owners love serving as brand
ambassadors: "I love it when people get in my Tiguan for the first time and exclaim: 'This is a
Volkswagen?!'" says Bryce Jardon, owner of a 2010 Tiguan, living in Overland
7. VW Owners Are
"Owning a VW is a lifestyle," says 2007 VW Caddy
pick-up owner Stuart Wood of Port Alfred, South Africa.
Konner Bruce has
been a VW enthusiast since the day he was born, literally. "My parents drove to
the hospital in a 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon," says Konner, who lives in Poulsbo,
Washington. "Since then I've owned a 1991 VW Vanagon, a 1992 VW GTI, a 1969 VW
Karmann Ghia, a 1980 VW Rabbit Diesel, and currently I drive a taiga green 1978
VW Transporter that I named 'Paddy' because I bought it on St. Patrick's Day
last year-and I'm only 20! VW has timeless style. I love the passion that comes
with owning a Volkswagen."
"Owning a VW is like having another family
member, not just a form of transportation," says Katie Giltinan, of Brookhaven,
Pennsylvania, who owns a 2002 VW New Beetle 1.8t.
Colin Boyle of
Campbell, California, agrees: "I love my 2012 VW Beetle Turbo. I take pride in
owning it, washing it and yes, even saying good night to it. It's family.
Volkswagen adds fun to my life. It makes me smile and for that, I say thank
Los Angeles, California resident and 1998 VW Golf
K2 owner Jim Cherry sums up the charm of being a Volkswagen owner best: "You
can't pin the appeal of owning a Volkswagen down to one thing, but if I had to,
I would say it's the unique combination of economy, driving fun, timeless
design, practicality and solid German engineering."
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