october 19, 2017 - Volkswagen

Let the sunshine in! The panoramic sunroof is a re-interpretation of the legendary folding soft top

Let the sunshine in! The panoramic sunroof is a re-interpretation of the legendary folding soft top Legendary folding soft top gave the Beetle an 'open air feeling' year-round as early as in 1950 → Today, large panoramic sliding sunroofs bring sunlight on-board in many #volkswagen cars and at any time of year → Wolfsburg (D) – The days are growing shorter, the leaves are changing colour, and fall is making its appearance. Despite the season, a lot of Volkswagens are still bright as in summer. There is a tradition here. Ever since the company’s early years, intelligent roof systems have been capturing the light of the sun even in wintertime. As early as in 1950, #volkswagen began to offer the Beetle with a folding sunroof. In the mid-1990s, this roof concept was refined in the #lupo and #polo with electrically actuated versions. Today, transparent panoramic sunroofs are experiencing a boom. They are available for all #volkswagen models – from the small up! and new #polo to the large Touareg and new Arteon.At the beginning there was the 'rolling sunroof'. Photos from 1938 already show a 'cabrio-saloon' version of the later Beetle on test drives in the Austrian Alps and at the founding of the #volkswagen factory. So the idea of a saloon with a folding sunroof is part of the brand's DNA. Starting in 1950, #volkswagen customers could order a 'sunroof saloon' based on the Beetle for an extra price of 250 German Marks. It was equipped with a folding roof supplied by the roof specialist Golde from Frankfurt. It was a 'folding roof' because when it was opened, it would fold up toward the rear.Over the next decades, steel and small glass sliding roofs took on the task.