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It happened on December 6th: Volkswagen name is trademarked

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This may surprise you, but the Volkswagen trademark was registered by Volkswagenwerk G.M.B.H. on December 6th, 1954 -- even though the company's first car was produced in 1938!

While World War II significantly affected its operations, Volkswagen went on to become a hit among small car buyers, so much so that the one millionth Beetle left the factory in 1954.

Sources: Wikipedia and Hagerty