Volkswagen Group is the international name for Volkswagen AG. It is a world-famous automotive manufacturer in Germany. The whole operation of the company revolves on designing, manufacturing and distributing engines, motorcycles and – of course – vehicles. Volkswagen AG is so powerful that it was the seventh largest company in the whole world, according to the list from Fortune Global 500 in 2016.
A major reason why Volkswagen AG is such a massive company is how it managed to have 12 major subsidiaries with their respective iconic brands. Brace yourself for the list of companies under Volkswagen AG that are world leaders in the automotive industry.
This German manufacturer of automobiles focuses on designing, engineering, producing, marketing and distributing luxury vehicles.
Audi has its roots back in the first part of the 20th century. In 1932, it started as the Auto Union because of the manufacturers Audiwerke, Horch, Wanderer, and DKW. It only began as Audi in the 1960s when Volkswagen acquired it from Daimler-Benz. The first series Volkswagen introduced for its launch is the Audi F103.
The company name has an interesting twist. “Audi” is a Latin word that means “listen.” Turns out, the German word for listen is “Horch.” Haven’t you realized the connection yet? The founder of Auto Union is August Horch.
When it comes to the logo, we can see four rings. These rings represent the four companies that formed the Auto Union. Meanwhile, the slogan of Audi is “Advancement through Technology.” Strangely though, Audi USA prefers “Truth in Engineering” and has been using it since 2007.
Audi is comparable to Mercedes and BMW when we talk about world sales for luxury cars.
The complete brand name is actually Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. Lamborghini is an Italian manufacturer of SUVs, sports cars, and supercars. Volkswagen AG owns this company because of Audi.
In 1963, the brand name was longer to acknowledge its powerful Italian founder. Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. managed to closely compete with Ferrari because of its Miura sports coupé in 1966. Miura became the standard for high-quality vehicles of its time due to its rear-wheel drive and rear mid-engine.
After a series of ownership, Volkswagen AG finally acquired Lamborghini in 1998. However, Audi is the one with direct control over the Italian brand.
Since 1998, this British marketer and manufacturer of SUVs and luxury vehicles have been a Volkswagen AG subsidiary. Bentley Motors Limited’s main office is in Crewe, England.
In 1919, W. O. Bentley founded Bentley Motors Limited in Cricklewood, North London. Memorable Bentley sports cars in the past namely Bentley Speed Six, Bentley 4 1/2 Litre, Bentley Arnage, Bentley Turbo R and Bentley R Type Continental became the inspirations for current popular models such as the Mulsanne, Bentley Bentayga, Continental GT and Continental Flying Spur.
Eventually, Rolls-Royce acquired Bentley in 1931. However, the engineering corporation Vickers managed to acquire Rolls-Royce Motors in the later years. By 1998, Vickers finally decided to sell Rolls-Royce to no other than Volkswagen AG. The purchase obviously included Bentley, specifically its administration, production, model nameplates, designs, and logos.
Just because Bentley is in Crewe does not mean that every new creation emerges there. Some models’ assembly is in Germany, specifically at Dresden factory owned by Volkswagen. The manufacture of the Bentayga is at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant while the Continental is in Zwickau.