Volkswagen is a German automobile company started by the German Labour Front as the “people’s car.” The German Labour Front created Volkswagen to design a car that would be affordable, unlike more luxury German vehicles. The company’s core markets are China and Germany. Volkswagen is the founding member of Volkswagen Group which controls many car and truck brands including Audi, SEAT, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, Scania, MAN, and Skoda.
The Group operates 94 production plants in 18 European countries and a further eight countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. Each working day, 501,956 employees worldwide produce some 34,500 vehicles, are involved in vehicle-related services or work in the other fields of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries.