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What Do the Volkswagen Model Names Mean?

At The Autobarn Volkswagen of Countryside, we have a wide selection of vehicles, from new Volkswagen models to a diverse list of pre-owned cars — but our most common question is always about Volkswagen: what do the Volkswagen model names mean? We’re here to answer all Countryside drivers’ questions, including this popular bit of trivia. There is some interesting history behind the Volkswagen car names. 

What’s in a Name?

If you have been wondering about the Volkswagen car names, The Autobarn Volkswagen of Countryside has the details. Find out the meaning behind the name of your favorite model from Volkswagen. You may be surprised about its origins. 

  • Atlas: The first Volkswagen of its kind, the Atlas is a seven-passenger SUV built to carry your family wherever it’s headed. Could there be a better name than the titan who holds the Earth on his shoulders?
  • Arteon: For this model, Volkswagen wanted to emphasize the beautiful and intricate design of the Arteon. Its name is derived from the Latin word, “Artem,” meaning “art.”
  • Golf: There was a brief trend with the smaller Volkswagen cars — like the Golf — naming them after natural occurrences, and the Golf gets its name from the German for Gulf Stream.
  • Jetta: Much like the Golf, the Jetta takes its name from the German word for “Jet Stream.”
  • Passat: Passatwinde is German for “trade winds,” and it completes the naming convention for these three popular VW cars.
  • Tiguan: The family-friendly SUV is the fusion of the words “tiger” and “iguana;” a truly unique name for a truly unique vehicle.

In addition to wondering about the origins of the Volkswagen car names, you may also be curious about how the VW brand got its name. The word Volkswagen means “people’s car” in German. The brand definitely lives up to its name, producing a wide range of vehicles designed with the driver in mind. From efficient sedans to rugged, yet, refined, SUVs, there really is something for everyone throughout the Volkswagen lineup. 

Find Your New Volkswagen Vehicle Today

At The Autobarn Volkswagen of Countryside, we have the full lineup of new and used Volkswagen models for drivers from LaGrange to Naperville. Contact us to schedule a visit to our showroom, so you can test drive these Volkswagen models and learn about how to finance your new vehicle.

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