‘Volkswagen Beetle’, ‘VW Bug’, and the ‘People’s Car’ – the wondrously popular and long lived car has acquired several nicknames over its reign. It can be called a legend in the history of automobiles. The German company has recently launched the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, which is inspired by the original Beetle that helped Americans fall in the love with the affordable European car. In the light of this event, here are some interesting facts about the legendary car that you’ll be amazed to know:
Adolf Hitler laid the foundations for the “People’s Car”
It was Adolf Hitler who, as part of the plan to eliminate Germany’s unemployment problem, asked Ferdinand Porsche to design a car that would typically carry two adults, and three children in the rear seat. Another one of Hitler’s design ideas was for the car to look like a beetle, and that’s where the nomenclature of Beetle came from. Also, the family car was priced such that most people could afford it through some or the other savings scheme.
The old model of Beetle was produced for 65 long years
Old Beetle created a record breaking 65 years’ production of the same model from 1938-2003. There was something about the “People’s Car” that people across decades have adored. Even now, when we have the New Beetle and 2012 Beetle, many Beetle aficionados insist on collecting older models that are still seen to have a charisma in them.
20.9 million Beetles have been built
More than 20 million Beetles have been built till now, out of which around 15 million were built in Germany alone.
Old Beetle knew how to swim
As if a floating-smooth ride on land wasn’t enough, the old Beetle used mechanics like sealed floor pans that kept it afloat for some time in water as well. The same was advertised about in a 1960s Beetle ad. So be it land, or be it water, Beetle never sank!
Six Herbie movies have been made on the Beetle
Herbie, the character played by a 1963 fabric roofed Beetle, has a total of six movies made after it. It has been the perfect hero on silver screen catching thieves, winning races, and starring opposite some of the best names in Hollywood like Julie Sommars and Bruce Campbell.
Beetle’s engine was not designed by Ferdinand Porsche
The flat four air-cooled engine of the Beetle was designed by a young Austrian engineer, and not by the chief designer of the car Ferdinand Porsche. The same engine was used to drive the Bug for six decades.
New Beetle has a front engine unlike the old one
As seen appropriate by automobile technologists of the 1930s, Beetle was fitted with a rear engine back then. However, the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle comes with an engine in the front, and gives a mileage of about 32 mpg.
The 2012 Convertible retains the essence of the Beetle
Although more sporty and definitely more advanced in performance and features, the 2012 Convertible Beetle too has the charm that the Bug is always known to have. It is a reminiscent of the mid-twentieth century coupe that the world has loved.
Beetle Convertible is an enhancement of the New Beetle
Compared to New Beetle, the 2012 Beetle is larger in size, and has roomier interiors to enhance the comfort of passengers. A great deal of storage space is present which can be expanded by bending the rear seatbacks forward.
The little car is a tough bird when it comes to safety
Beetle 2012 comes with excellent security features like the Intelligent Crash Response System and airbags. So you are safe while riding your beloved VW Bug.
So, by now you must have got all the inside secrets about VW Bug. If you’re looking forward to buy one, visit the nearest VW car dealer today.