Volkswagen AG (VW; German pronunciation: [ˈfɔlksˌvaːɡŋ̍]) (About this sound listen (help·info)) is a German car manufacturer headquartered in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. Established in 1937, Volkswagen is the top-selling and namesake marque of the Volkswagen Group, the holding company created in 1975 for the growing company, and is now the second-largest automaker in the world.
Volkswagen has three cars in the top 10 list of best-selling cars of all time compiled by the website 24/7 Wall St.: the Volkswagen Golf, the Volkswagen Beetle, and the Volkswagen Passat. With these three cars, Volkswagen has the most cars of any automobile manufacturer in the list that are still being manufactured, which includes model names that span multiple revisions and generations.
Volkswagen translates as “People’s Automobile” in German. The company’s current international slogan is “Volkswagen”. In North America, the pronunciation is Americanized to the approximate “folks-wagon”