Volkswagen (¨The People´s car" in German) is a German automobile manufacturer and the biggest-selling marque of the Volkswagen Group. It started in 1938 when in Nazi Germany the idea of a small car, affordable to the average citizen was launched and, after it became clear that no car producer could meet the budget the government had fixed, a state-owned industry was set up and car production began. After the war, the brand owes its resurrection mainly to the British Major Ivan Hirst, who was appointed General Director of the factory.
In 2011 5,271,000 cars were produced and the revenue amounted to 94,7 billion euros. The number of Volkswagen employees is 368,500.