Volkswagen, or VW, dealerships are extremely cool, trendy places! Volkswagen models are amazingly sleek and safe vehicles, but they haven’t always been the same. In fact, Volkswagen models have changed a lot over the years, since being introduced in 1937. So Volkswagen’s have been around for about 70 years. But what will VW dealerships be like in the next 100 years? Let’s find out!
Past 70 Years
Volkswagen vehicles have been around for 70 years, starting in Germany. It was introduced as the “people’s automobile”. The Beetle itself was first introduced in 1971. One of the oldest Volkswagen dealerships in the United States was started in 1960, but the dealerships itself (prior to VW partnership) started in 1898!
In the past, Volkswagen dealerships (and all car dealerships in general) were very basic, hosting the vehicles but branding wasn’t as big of a deal. Marketing in the past wasn’t as key as it is now, and salespeople went more by gut feel than by statistics.
Next 100 Years
In the next 100 years, dealerships are going to change quite a bit!
For starters, Volkswagen has always been a leader in clean, efficient and safe vehicles, and all of those things are only going to be more important as time goes on. So vehicles at the VW dealerships will continue to be more fuel efficient (or use different fuels – perhaps electric, flex fuel, hydrogen cell, etc.), safer (maybe with additional airbags, probably driverless!).
Not only will the vehicles be different, but vehicle purchasing will also change greatly as well! Likely, we will see VW dealerships and other dealerships reduce in physical size as more people purchase online. This may mean that the amount of vehicles a dealership stocks goes down as people can basically order from the factory, or, stock may stay the same but people will order online and pickup in store.
As well, salespeople’s jobs will change a lot as they begin to work online much more, working with people on the website, through email and possibly through video to create sales rather than in person.
It’s going to be a crazy amount of change in the next 100 years!