Volkswagen Group, founded in 1937, is a German multinational automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. It designs, manufactures and distributes passenger and commercial vehicles, motorcycles, engines. In 2012, it produced the second-largest number of motor vehicles of any company in the world, just behind Toyota and it has maintained the largest market share in Europe for over two decades. In 2014, Volkswagen reached a production output of over 10 million vehicles worldwide.
The Volkswagen Group sells passenger cars under the Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Porsche, SEAT, Škoda and Volkswagen trademarks and motorcycles under the Ducati brand. Its commercial vehicles are branded under the MAN, Scania, Neoplan and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles names. The company has operations in approximately 150 countries and operates 100 production facilities across 27 countries.
Volkswagen has a long history of involvement in transformation of the way that people live in South Africa. Since the first Beetle rolled off the line on 31 August 1951, Volkswagen has become one of the leading passenger car manufacturers in the country.