If given enough money to buy just one company, which one would you buy? Bugatti, Skoda, Audi, Lamborghini, Volkswagen, Ducati, Bentley or Porsche? If you are a speed freak, you might choose Bugatti. If you admire luxury, you won’t look any further than Bentley. Love mean designs? Lamborghini for you. Maybe you like two wheels more than four? In that case, Ducati, of course! But maybe you are one of those who don’t settle for just one. Maybe you want them all, what do you do then? Well, if I were you, I would choose Volkswagen. Read on to find out why!
Today, on the racing track of How Big Are They, we drive at top speed to find out just how big is Volkswagen.
Found in 1937 in Berlin, Germany, with the backing of none other than Adolf Hitler, today, Volkswagen Group is ranked 7th in the list of Forbes Global 500, ahead of the likes of Apple and Toyota. It is also the largest manufacturer of automobiles in the world, producing nearly 10 million units every year.
In fact, in 2013, Volkswagen produced more units than Honda, Mitsubishi, BMW, and Suzuki combined. The 9.2 million cars produced by VW meant that it produced almost 3 million units more than its nearest rivals, Ford and Hyundai.
Producing and selling millions of cars every year requires thousands of employees. 610,076 employees to be precise. To put it into perspective, Ford and General Motors have a combined workforce of just 448,000 employees, way behind VW Group. As a matter of fact, Volkswagen has almost twice the number of employees than their biggest competitor, Toyota.
In fact, if some day the employees of Volkswagen feel threatened and decide to form an army of their own, then this army would be bigger than the armed forces of Australia, Italy, Croatia, and Norway combined! Volkswagen. Das Army.