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Why is "Volkswagen" pronounced as "Folks-Vagen" but "Vento" as "Vento" ? The question came to my mind as both of these are used combined as a name of a German Car and they say that Germans pronounce "V" as "Ph" then why "Volkswagen Vento" is not "Folksvagen Fento" ?

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Though "Folks-vagen" is how that car manufacturer is supposed to be pronounced in its native Germany, it's pretty much pronounced "Volkswagon" here in the US. So Volkswagen Vento (using a "v" sound for both) would seem like a natural fit with an alliterative quality to it. –  Kristina Lopez Mar 11 '13 at 18:03
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Volkswagen is German, Vento Italian - they wanted to upgrade the image of the Jetta, which as far as I know is pronounced Djetta and not like Jetz or Jederman

Jetta (form Jet stream I would guess), Vento (wind), Passat (specific wind), Sirocco (also specific wind) but NOT Föhn (which is now the generic name for a hair-dryer)

were all names of VWs

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