German automaker Volkswagen is trying its best to move forward from the emission scandal by focusing on the electric vehicles. Now, the company has a reason to celebrate.
Yes, Volkswagen has rolled off its 150 millionth vehicle, a blue Golf GTE from the assembly line of Wolfsburg plant in Germany.
Volkswagen was founded in 1937, and it took 80 years to manufacture 150 million vehicles. The automaker has manufactured vehicles at more than 50 sites in 14 countries around the world.
The anniversary car, the Golf GTE celebrates Volkswagen's commitment towards electric vehicles and also highlights the Golf's vital role in achieving the 150 million milestone.
By 2013, Volkswagen had retailed 30 million Golf's, and with the introduction of the seventh-generation model, the number of units sold has gone up to over 34 million. The automaker has also built 17 million Polo, 19.5 million Jetta and over 20 million Passat.
Another prominent model that played a vital role in shaping the history of Volkswagen is the Beetle. The company produced 21.5 million units before the production was halted in Mexico in 2003.
The Wolfsburg plant has made a significant contribution to the Volkswagen's milestone. The plant has produced more than 44 million vehicles since the production commenced at the factory 72 years ago.
Currently, Volkswagen has more than 60 models in its product portfolio. The German automaker also plans to introduce several electric vehicles starting from 2020. The first model will be the ID compact car. By 2021, the company aims to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road.