What Do the Volkswagen Model Names Mean?

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

At Alexandria Volkswagen, our showroom near Arlington is full of models with unique names, but what do they mean? “Volkswagen” translates to the “the people’s car” in German, and drives home the dependability of the brand. However, many of the Volkswagen models were bestowed with interesting and meaningful names of their own.



Volkswagen Car Names & Meanings

  • Golf Hatchback: The Golf is named after the Gulf Stream — a powerful current in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Jetta Sedan: “Jetta” translates to “jet stream,” which alludes to its sporty performance and athletic build.
  • Tiguan SUV: Tiguan is a combination of “tiger” and “leguan” — the German word for “iguana.”
  • Atlas SUV: The Volkswagen Atlas is named after the Greek Titan Atlas. He held up the celestial heavens and was skilled in mathematics and astronomy.
  • Beetle Coupe & Convertible: The soon-to-be-retired VW Beetle earned its name from its bug-like shape. Fun fact: The VW Beetle was originally called the Volkswagen Type 1.
  • CC Sedan: The VW CC was retired recently but had one of the more straightforward names of the VW vehicles. CC stands for “Comfort Coupe.”
  • Eos Convertible: Also recently retired, the Eos convertible offers beautiful views of the unforgettable sights around Washington DC. It was named after the Titaness and Greek goddess of the dawn.
  • Touareg SUV: The Tuareg people of the Saharan desert inspired the name of this SUV. Its style and spaciousness encourage Springfield drivers to see new sights and experience new adventures.

Test Drive a New Volkswagen at Alexandria Volkswagen!

At Alexandria Volkswagen, we have an impressive selection of new and used Volkswagen models for sale. Contact us to schedule a test drive in Alexandria, so you can learn more about Volkswagen history and experience the latest from the brand. Don’t forget to ask about our new vehicle specials!

Interested in learning more about our brand? Why don’t you start by exploring the Volkswagen CPO warranty coverage?

New Volkswagen Models

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    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; if you are an Active Duty, Veteran, or a Retiree of the US Military, OR a Police Officer, Sheriff/Sheriff’s Deputy, Correctional Officer, State Trooper, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, EMT, or a Paramedics. Please visit our Military & First Responders Page or contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the Golf R!

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    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; If you’re an employee or retiree of a VWoA business partner or an immediate family member who resides in the same household! Please visit our Partner Program Page, or contact either your HR Department or the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R, or New ’15/’16 TDI vehicles. Visit the VW Partner Program page to check eligibility!

    *College Grad:

    Receive a minimum of $500 OFF and financing; if you are graduating within the next six months or have graduated within the past 24 months! Please visit our College Grad Page, and contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. While the program applies to all Used & New ’17, & ’18 Model Years, the $500 Bonus is ONLY APPLICABLE towards New Vehicles. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R.

    *Military / 1st Responder:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; if you are an Active Duty, Veteran, or a Retiree of the US Military, OR a Police Officer, Sheriff/Sheriff’s Deputy, Correctional Officer, State Trooper, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, EMT, or a Paramedics. Please visit our Military & First Responders Page or contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the Golf R!

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  • *Partner Program:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; If you’re an employee or retiree of a VWoA business partner or an immediate family member who resides in the same household! Please visit our Partner Program Page, or contact either your HR Department or the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R, or New ’15/’16 TDI vehicles. Visit the VW Partner Program page to check eligibility!

    *College Grad:

    Receive a minimum of $500 OFF and financing; if you are graduating within the next six months or have graduated within the past 24 months! Please visit our College Grad Page, and contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. While the program applies to all Used & New ’17, & ’18 Model Years, the $500 Bonus is ONLY APPLICABLE towards New Vehicles. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R.

    *Military / 1st Responder:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; if you are an Active Duty, Veteran, or a Retiree of the US Military, OR a Police Officer, Sheriff/Sheriff’s Deputy, Correctional Officer, State Trooper, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, EMT, or a Paramedics. Please visit our Military & First Responders Page or contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the Golf R!

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  • *Partner Program:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; If you’re an employee or retiree of a VWoA business partner or an immediate family member who resides in the same household! Please visit our Partner Program Page, or contact either your HR Department or the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R, or New ’15/’16 TDI vehicles. Visit the VW Partner Program page to check eligibility!

    *College Grad:

    Receive a minimum of $500 OFF and financing; if you are graduating within the next six months or have graduated within the past 24 months! Please visit our College Grad Page, and contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. While the program applies to all Used & New ’17, & ’18 Model Years, the $500 Bonus is ONLY APPLICABLE towards New Vehicles. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R.

    *Military / 1st Responder:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; if you are an Active Duty, Veteran, or a Retiree of the US Military, OR a Police Officer, Sheriff/Sheriff’s Deputy, Correctional Officer, State Trooper, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, EMT, or a Paramedics. Please visit our Military & First Responders Page or contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the Golf R!

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  • *Partner Program:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; If you’re an employee or retiree of a VWoA business partner or an immediate family member who resides in the same household! Please visit our Partner Program Page, or contact either your HR Department or the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R, or New ’15/’16 TDI vehicles. Visit the VW Partner Program page to check eligibility!

    *College Grad:

    Receive a minimum of $500 OFF and financing; if you are graduating within the next six months or have graduated within the past 24 months! Please visit our College Grad Page, and contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. While the program applies to all Used & New ’17, & ’18 Model Years, the $500 Bonus is ONLY APPLICABLE towards New Vehicles. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R.

    *Military / 1st Responder:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; if you are an Active Duty, Veteran, or a Retiree of the US Military, OR a Police Officer, Sheriff/Sheriff’s Deputy, Correctional Officer, State Trooper, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, EMT, or a Paramedics. Please visit our Military & First Responders Page or contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the Golf R!

    ALL PROGRAMS CAN BE COMBINED!

  • *Partner Program:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; If you’re an employee or retiree of a VWoA business partner or an immediate family member who resides in the same household! Please visit our Partner Program Page, or contact either your HR Department or the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R, or New ’15/’16 TDI vehicles. Visit the VW Partner Program page to check eligibility!

    *College Grad:

    Receive a minimum of $500 OFF and financing; if you are graduating within the next six months or have graduated within the past 24 months! Please visit our College Grad Page, and contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. While the program applies to all Used & New ’17, & ’18 Model Years, the $500 Bonus is ONLY APPLICABLE towards New Vehicles. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R.

    *Military / 1st Responder:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; if you are an Active Duty, Veteran, or a Retiree of the US Military, OR a Police Officer, Sheriff/Sheriff’s Deputy, Correctional Officer, State Trooper, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, EMT, or a Paramedics. Please visit our Military & First Responders Page or contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the Golf R!

    ALL PROGRAMS CAN BE COMBINED!

  • *Partner Program:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; If you’re an employee or retiree of a VWoA business partner or an immediate family member who resides in the same household! Please visit our Partner Program Page, or contact either your HR Department or the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R, or New ’15/’16 TDI vehicles. Visit the VW Partner Program page to check eligibility!

    *College Grad:

    Receive a minimum of $500 OFF and financing; if you are graduating within the next six months or have graduated within the past 24 months! Please visit our College Grad Page, and contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. While the program applies to all Used & New ’17, & ’18 Model Years, the $500 Bonus is ONLY APPLICABLE towards New Vehicles. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R.

    *Military / 1st Responder:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; if you are an Active Duty, Veteran, or a Retiree of the US Military, OR a Police Officer, Sheriff/Sheriff’s Deputy, Correctional Officer, State Trooper, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, EMT, or a Paramedics. Please visit our Military & First Responders Page or contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the Golf R!

    ALL PROGRAMS CAN BE COMBINED!

  • *Partner Program:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; If you’re an employee or retiree of a VWoA business partner or an immediate family member who resides in the same household! Please visit our Partner Program Page, or contact either your HR Department or the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R, or New ’15/’16 TDI vehicles. Visit the VW Partner Program page to check eligibility!

    *College Grad:

    Receive a minimum of $500 OFF and financing; if you are graduating within the next six months or have graduated within the past 24 months! Please visit our College Grad Page, and contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. While the program applies to all Used & New ’17, & ’18 Model Years, the $500 Bonus is ONLY APPLICABLE towards New Vehicles. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R.

    *Military / 1st Responder:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; if you are an Active Duty, Veteran, or a Retiree of the US Military, OR a Police Officer, Sheriff/Sheriff’s Deputy, Correctional Officer, State Trooper, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, EMT, or a Paramedics. Please visit our Military & First Responders Page or contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the Golf R!

    ALL PROGRAMS CAN BE COMBINED!

  • *Partner Program:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; If you’re an employee or retiree of a VWoA business partner or an immediate family member who resides in the same household! Please visit our Partner Program Page, or contact either your HR Department or the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R, or New ’15/’16 TDI vehicles. Visit the VW Partner Program page to check eligibility!

    *College Grad:

    Receive a minimum of $500 OFF and financing; if you are graduating within the next six months or have graduated within the past 24 months! Please visit our College Grad Page, and contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. While the program applies to all Used & New ’17, & ’18 Model Years, the $500 Bonus is ONLY APPLICABLE towards New Vehicles. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R.

    *Military / 1st Responder:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; if you are an Active Duty, Veteran, or a Retiree of the US Military, OR a Police Officer, Sheriff/Sheriff’s Deputy, Correctional Officer, State Trooper, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, EMT, or a Paramedics. Please visit our Military & First Responders Page or contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the Golf R!

    ALL PROGRAMS CAN BE COMBINED!

  • *Partner Program:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; If you’re an employee or retiree of a VWoA business partner or an immediate family member who resides in the same household! Please visit our Partner Program Page, or contact either your HR Department or the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R, or New ’15/’16 TDI vehicles. Visit the VW Partner Program page to check eligibility!

    *College Grad:

    Receive a minimum of $500 OFF and financing; if you are graduating within the next six months or have graduated within the past 24 months! Please visit our College Grad Page, and contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. While the program applies to all Used & New ’17, & ’18 Model Years, the $500 Bonus is ONLY APPLICABLE towards New Vehicles. NOT APPLICABLE towards the VW Golf R.

    *Military / 1st Responder:

    Receive an additional $500 OFF our Website “Sale Price”; if you are an Active Duty, Veteran, or a Retiree of the US Military, OR a Police Officer, Sheriff/Sheriff’s Deputy, Correctional Officer, State Trooper, Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, EMT, or a Paramedics. Please visit our Military & First Responders Page or contact the Sales Department for further Qualifications. NOT APPLICABLE towards the Golf R!

    ALL PROGRAMS CAN BE COMBINED!

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