Volkswagen Models

Volkswagen Models


Volkswagen uses the various types of winds for naming cars. For example, the Jetta means 'jet stream', the Passat means 'trade winds', and the Polo means 'Polar Winds.'


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Volkswagen has always employed somewhat puzzling names for its cars. Many seem like nonsensical words, but as Alex Goy explains for Carfection there's a logic behind most all of VW's names.

Many of Volkswagen's most famous models are named after winds. The Golf refers to the Gulf Stream, Jetta is German for "jet stream," Passat means "trade wind," the Scirocco is named after Sirocco, a Mediterranean wind, and the Polo references polar winds. And I always thought the Golf and Polo were named after the sports. . .

So in the mid-1970s, it's early water-cooled days, VW was fond of winds. It didn't stick with that theme all too long. In the US, it sold the Golf as the Rabbit for many years, and it also had the Fox, which was based on the Brazilian-market Gol. Then Goy points out that VW's drawn on Greek mythology for various names over the years, including Eos, Atlas, and Phaeton.

All of VW's SUVs have names that start with the letter T, and VW also uses Latin words and derivatives for some of its cars. The new Arteon, for example, is a variation on the Latin word for art, Artem.


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