Volkswagen is the largest car manufacturer belonging to the the Volkswagen Group, in 2008 it became the largest auto manufacturer in the world surpassing Toyota and GM. The VW Group includes Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and the Scania truck manufacturer, in 2009 it acquired 49.9% of Porsche with an official merger in 2011. Volkswagen was founded in 1936 by Ferdinand Porsche in Germany which was a well known engineer at the time, having designed the Mercedes-Benz SSK and other Porsche vehicles.
Volkswagen Canada was founded in 1952 and a few months later the first Volkswagen Beetle arrived, three years later Volkswagen Canada expands adding a VW plant in Toronto with sales, showroom and repairs. Mostly likely the most sold car sold in history, the Volkswagen Beetle makes a splash in Canada, with smart advertising by a US ad agency giving it its "beetle" nickname, it wasn't until the New Beetle was launched in 1998 that Volkswagen marketed it as "beetle", for them it was simply the VW Type 1. In 1972 Volkswagen broke a world record with 15 million Beetles sold. VW followed up with the success of the Beetle with the VW Type 2, or as we know it the VW van.
In Canada Volkswagen cemented its lead in the auto industry with other hit vehicles like the Volkswagen Golf which first arrived in 1974 and was marketed in Canada as the VW Rabbit, the Volkswagen Jetta which shares the same Golf platform was originally named a Golf sedan until it was renamed VW Jetta, in other countries the Jetta is also known as Atlantic, Bora, Fox, Jetta GLI (a sporty turbo version) and Vento, while the Volkswagen Passat, named 2012 North American Car of the Year is Volkswagen's full sized sedan with the Passat CC as the performance model.
In the last ten years Volkswagen made its way into the SUV and crossover market, sharing similar designs with others in the VW Group like Audi, Porsche and SEAT, Volkswagen launched the Volkswagen Touareg with great success in 2003 winning the Best Luxury SUV award that same year, following the Touareg's great success Volkswagen launched the VW Tiguan, a crossover SUV or CUV for compact utility vehicle in 2007 which shares the same platform with the Audi A3, Volkswagen Passat and Jetta.