What Do the Volkswagen Model Names Mean?

July 6th, 2018 by

Golden VW Beetle at sunset in front of a diner

At Auffenberg Volkswagen, 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 O'Fallon drivers’ questions, including this popular bit of trivia.

What’s in a Name?

  • 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?
  • Beetle: Originally the Volkswagen Type 1, this now-iconic car’s name sprung from a nickname from the way its original design resembled certain beetles (though not The Beatles).
  • CC: The CC is a simple one; it’s just an abbreviation for “Comfort Coupe.”
  • Eos: Eos was a Greek goddess who reigned over the dawn — could there be a more fitting name for a convertible with incredible views of the East St. Louis skyline?
  • 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 for “Jet Stream.”
  • Passat: Passatwinde is German for “trade winds,” and it completes the naming convention for these 3 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.
  • Touareg: Encouraging new destinations, this SUV was named after the nomadic Tuareg people of the Saharan desert.

Find Your New Volkswagen Vehicle Today

At Auffenberg Volkswagen, we have the full lineup of new and used Volkswagen models for drivers from Madison to Caseyville. 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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