No, this isn’t a joke post or a half-cocked attempt at a parody article – April Fool’s is still a month and change away, after all. This is 100% true: last year, Volkswagen – yes, the car company – sold more sausages than automotive vehicles.
A little background: in 1973, the automobile manufacturer started producing currywurst, a special type of German pork sausage traditionally served for breakfast with curry ketchup. Distribution of the currywurst expanded massively throughout the years, and now you can find their special brand of sausage in supermarkets all over Germany. They even produce their own spicy curry ketchup specifically for the meat product. This video breaks down the history of the currywurst at VW quite nicely:
The Current State of Currywurst
Today, VW’s brand of sausage is extremely popular – so much so that in 2010, they started producing a vegetarian, no-meat currywurst. And in 2015, the currywurst was actually VW’s best-selling product – by far. The automaker sold more than 7.2 million sausages last year – considerably more than the 5.82 million cars sold worldwide.
Granted, 5.82 million may still seem like a lot, but that’s nearly a 5% decline in sales from last year – the first time in nearly five years, thanks to their involvement in a major emissions scandal that may affect up to 11 million cars sold. Compare that to the whopping 14% boost in sausage output, and the curry’s clearly on the wall.
We’re not sure what’s more amusing about this – the fact that Volkswagen actually manufactures and sells their own sausages, or that they actually outsold VW’s world-famous vehicles by a considerable margin last year.
All we know is that we’re on a mad hunt to get ourselves a pack of these products. Googling “VW sausage part number” yielded no results (yes, apparently the currywursts actually have a part number). If anyone has any idea where to score a couple packs of these delectable tube meats, let us know!