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ECLECTICIST: Volkswagen

Show Notes & Research

Introduction

Topic Overview

Off-topic

Talking Points

Glossary

Wrap Up

From the Show

Broadcast: 20th March, 2016

Last update: 18th March, 2016

Published: 26th March, 2016

Introduction

Topic Overview

Devised during the frenetic interwar years in Germany, Volkswagen, the ‘People’s Car’ manufacturer was envisaged to be an affordable, usably efficient and family oriented means of transport that every ordinary German could own and enjoy. Now, nearly an octogenarian, Volkswagen has given us the original hipster camper van ride, the Love Bug, a near continuous succession of grey, drab saloon cars, high profile acquisitions, massive expenditure on lobbyists and a share price sinking scandal. Volkswagen - endearingly generic. Do we still want to lovingly lever off the badge?

Off-topic

What we’re not talking about

Talking Points

Each bullet is a talking point. Sub-bullets are topics that may or may not be covered. Usage: Read the bullet and sub-bullets then talk about some or all sub-bullets.

Glossary

Terminology specific to the topic

Wrap Up

From the Show

Notes, corrections and further references

All the Volkswagens spotted in movies (Internet Movie Cars Database - yes, it exists). http://www.imcdb.org/vehicles_make-Volkswagen.html

http://lobbyfacts.eu/news/29-10-2015/volkswagen-top-10-list-biggest-companies-lobbying-eu