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May 28: Volkswagen was founded on this date in 1937


May 28: Volkswagen was founded on this date in 1937To its credit, the modern conglomerate known as Volkswagen AG has spent much of the past several decades atoning for the society of its creation — under the direction of Adolph Hitler, who envisioned a German version of Henry Ford's Model T, who recruited Ferdinand Porsche to design the car that became the Beetle and who set up the "Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH" on this date in 1937.

Today, Ferdinand Porsche's grandson Ferdinand Piech has transformed VW into one of the world's largest automakers, with 400,000 workers building 245 different models around the world, from the VW Polo to the Bugatti Veyron, and which now controls Porsche as well. And unlike most cars, you can change a Beetle's alternator belt with the engine running (don't try this, at home or anywhere else):