The Beetle was assembled by Karmann of Osnabruck, including the installation of the Teutonic folding top. The convertible was typically just as compact and quiet as the sedan when buttoned up, thanks to the thick “sandwich” construction at the top and glass rear window. But when folded down, the top created a massive “bustle,” making the car look very unique. The convertible also benefited from the same design and mechanical refinements carried out on the sedan models over the years. Production of the Beetle convertible ended in 1979, by which time the car’s price in the U.S had gone up exceedingly high due to inflation and relative value of the dollar against the deutsche mark.
6. 1973 Volkswagen Passat
The original Volkswagen Passat was launched in 1973 and was offered in various body parts: the two and four door sedans, as well as the similar looking 3- and 5-door models. Externally, the four versions had a generally modern fastback style, courtesy of Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. This was rather unusual, considering that two of the models were typical sedans with a separate trunk. All in all, Passat was a less expensive alternative of the Audio 80 sedan that had been introduced the year before with a more traditional body style. During its time, the 1973 Volkswagen Passat was praised as one of the most modern family cars in Europe.
7. 1989 VOLKSWAGEN Corrado
In the mid ’80s, despite the Golf GTi’s success, the Volkswagens were still considered more as dependable than desirable. That is, until 1989, when the marque introduced the Corrado. The car represented a tremendous breakthrough in the company. It went on to become Volkswagen’s fastest car in history and is still considered the brand’s most elegant car to date. It died after Volkswagen introduced cost-cutting measures after a brief 6 years of production. Right-hand drive models made their U.K debut in 1989. The first examples shared the GTi’s 1.8-L 16-valve engine.
The Touring took a long time before making its official appearance in the market after its launch, but the result was worth the wait. The car was offered in either 5 or 7 seat guises and powered by a variety of competent engines. Where it lacked in styling flair, it compensated in space and versatility. To date, it is the most competently assembled mini-MPV. Used examples are beginning to appear and are a great value for their price.
9. 2012-2015 VOLKSWAGEN Passat Alltrack
The Volkswagen Passat has a long history and needs little introduction. From humble beginnings in 1973, the Passat has evolved rather gradually until it reached its peak today. In 2010, the seventh generation version of the B7 was introduced, followed shortly by the Passat Alltrack. In many ways, the B7 was sort of a knee jerk reaction from Volkswagen. The credit crunch of 2008 had affected the European automotive market significantly, and it was vehicles like the Passat that were really feeling the pinch. In March 2012, the brand introduced the Passat Alltrack that proved to be the turning point. The country was recovering from the worst part of the recession and buyers were more willing to spend a little of their income on automobiles. The Passat Alltrack offered diesel efficient engines, which made it even more appealing. It lasted until 2014, when it was replaced by the new range of passats – the B8 MK8 generation.
10. 2016 VOLKSWAGEN UP!
When the Up was introduced in 2016, it was recognized as the smallest car from Volkswagen. Regardless, the car did not compromise on premium quality. It blends low running costs with sophisticated driving manners not synonymous with cars of its caliber. It offers plenty of leg and headroom, and although it is not very spacious at the back, it can still accommodate adults as long as they are not too tall. The boot is big enough to hold a few shopping bags or a small suitcase, while the rear seats can fold down into two separate pieces. The height of the driver’s seat was fixed but the steering wheel was adjustable. Generally, the Up out-competed its rivals in terms of soaking up potholes and bumps on the road. The only quandary was that it tended to leak in more wind noise compared to its close rival: the Hyundai i10.
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