Volkswagen initially rejected the idea of a new Bug, but revived as the Volkswagen New Beetle, the car's 1998 return captivated consumers. See more Volkswagen Beetle pictures. 2007 Publications International, Ltd The 1998-2008 Volkswagen Beetle was a New Beetle -- in both design and name -- for a new generation. For a car that was an instant sensation, the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle -- officially named by VW the New Beetle -- had a bumpy journey from concept to production. Volkswagen in fact initially resisted the idea of a resurrected Bug, then nearly scuttled the project early in its gestation. But when company decision makers finally saw the appeal instantly recognized by outsiders, Volkswagen committed to building a better Beetle than anyone could have hoped for. Volkswagen Beetle Image Gallery The New Beetle was unveiled as the Concept 1 during the 1994 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Clearly recognizable as a retro Beetle, the design study was an instant … [Read more...] about 1998-2008 Volkswagen Beetle
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The Volkswagen Beetle outgrew its origins as simple transportation and became a 20th century icon. This 1956 model wears the shape that defied time. See more Volkswagen Beetle pictures. 2007 Publications International, Ltd. The Volkswagen Beetle is as much a social phenomenon as it is an automobile. The links at the bottom of this page will take you to articles and photos that celebrate this little giant from its pre-World War II beginnings to today's retro New Beetle models. Volkswagen Beetle Image Gallery Learn about the 1930s Volkswagen Beetle, born as an instrument of Adolph Hitler's Nazi plan. Check out how the Bug barely survived World War II and how the 1950s Beetle spread the message of quality, low-cost transportation. Relive the 1960s Volkswagen Beetle experience, as the "Think Small" Bug came to symbolize counterculture values. Read how the 1970s Beetle grew old ungracefully. And discover how the 1990s Volkswagen Beetle re-emerged as a New Beetle for a new age. … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Beetle
Adolf Hitler and other Nazi Officials admiring Hitler's 50th birthday present -- a Volkswagen convertible. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images) The Volkswagen Beetle, the best-selling car of all time, wasn't always so beloved. The car wasn't truly invented by the Nazis, in the sense that they didn't design it or build it, but that's just a matter of semantics. The Beetle was indeed the result of Adolf Hitler's plan to build a reliable car that hard-working German families could afford. He met with car designer Ferdinand Porsche in 1935 to set his plan into motion. The car had to seat five occupants, be easy to maintain, capable of traveling quickly on the autobahn and be affordable on an average salary. It took a while for the simple, air-cooled, rear-engined car to catch on in other parts of the world. The Brits thought it was noisy and hideous. Americans were hesitant to support anything even remotely connected to Hitler or the Nazi party. A rival car company … [Read more...] about Did the Nazis invent the Volkswagen Beetle?
Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. I just got back from Puebla, Mexico, where Volkswagen told me, with some gravity, that a storied line of cars come to an end with the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle. This didn’t have too much of an impact on me because (1) as far as I’m concerned, the Beetle died in 2004 with the last of the air-cooled ones, and (B) Volkswagen has announced “final edition” Beetles of some kind or another an incredible nine times. So, yeah, I don’t really think the 2019 Final Edition Beetle is going to be the end of Beetle production, or even is currently the end of Beetle production. It’s a nice trim package, though. (Full disclosure: Volkswagen flew me down to Puebla, Mexico, right during Dios de Muertos and Halloween to drive these Last Edition Beetles and see the VW factory. They fed me very well but nobody would let me see the secret room of prototypes I know they have at the factory. Also, I missed … [Read more...] about I Don’t Believe the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition Will Be Final Because It’s the Ninth Time VW’s Said That
The 1945-1959 Volkswagen Beetle got off to a slow start, but steadily developed an audience devoted to its economy, simplicity, and character. See more Volkswagen Beetle pictures. 2007 Publications International, Ltd The 1945-1959 Volkswagen Beetle rose from the ashes of World War II to become popular worldwide. In America, it gained acceptance because it was remarkably well built for its low price, it was reliable and fuel-efficient, and, to some, it bucked the concept of planned obsolescence. Volkswagen Beetle Image Gallery As a humble relic of the Nazi nightmare, Adolf Hitler's Wagen fur das Volk seemed stillborn as war-shattered Germany began to rebuild. But thanks to an enthusiastic cadre of British troops and one visionary auto executive, the Beetle quickly improved to become a people's car for the whole world. In the process, it spurred an "economic miracle" for Germany, made Volkswagen a household name, and set new standards for customer satisfaction. For more great … [Read more...] about 1945-1959 Volkswagen Beetle