Volkswagen Car Names and Naming Convention

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Our Monroe and Concord drivers may be wondering how some of the VW vehicles got their names. Good news! You get to learn the history behind each one with us at Carolina Volkswagen in Charlotte today. Then you can take a look at our online new vehicle inventory to see these vehicles in a whole new light.



Volkswagen Car Names: Inspiration & History

Believe it or not, the VW car naming convention isn’t just assigning names to the vehicles at random. Want to learn more about the reasoning behind the names of your favorite vehicles? Take a look at the Volkswagen car names below:

  • Volkswagen ID.4: The ID.4 is a new all-electric car from the brand. ID stands for intelligent design, identity, and visionary technologies. It proceeds the ID.3.
  • Volkswagen Atlas: The Atlas is a midsize SUV — a true family hauler that can shoulder the weight of seven passengers, plus their belongings. Sound familiar? The Atlas is named after the titan who holds the Earth on his shoulders.
  • Volkswagen Arteon: When the Arteon was designed, Volkswagen put emphasis on its intricate style and sophisticated look. It should come as no surprise that Arteon is a derivative of the Latin word, “Artem,” which means art.
  • Volkswagen Golf: Three of the cars in the Volkswagen lineup (Golf, Jetta, and Passat) are named after natural occurrences. “Golfstrom” is German for Gulf Stream, and is where the Golf gets its name.
  • Volkswagen Jetta: The Jetta gets its name from the German word for “Jet Stream.”
  • Volkswagen Passat: In German, Passatwinde means “trade winds.” It’s also the inspiration for the Passat sedan’s name.
  • Volkswagen Tiguan: Tiguan is a fusion of two words: tiger and leguan. These are the German words for tiger and iguana.
  • Volkswagen Taos: The Taos was first released as Volkswagen Tharu in China. Two years later, it was restyled and released in North and South America as Taos. Named after the small yet mighty town of Taos, New Mexico, this compact SUV aims to accomplish great things as well.

How Did Volkswagen Get Its Name?

Learning about the car names for Volkswagen is interesting, but now we suspect you’re wondering about the brand name too. Don’t worry, we have you covered. In German, Volkswagen means “people’s car.” And for years, the brand has been just that, offering vehicles for people from all walks of life. So whether you’re searching for a fuel-efficient sedan or a spacious and rugged SUV, there’s something for you in the Volkswagen lineup.

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