The Volkswagen Beetle
“The People’s Car”
The original concept behind the first Volkswagen, and its name, is the idea of a people’s car – a car affordable and practical enough for common people to own.
Volkswagen the name, which is literally “people’s car” in German.
The engine fires up immediately without a choke. It has tolerable road-handling and is economical to maintain. This small cars air cooled engine has great power and gives the feeling of strenth considering its small size.
The Beetle featured a rear-located, rear-wheel drive, air-cooled four-cylinder, boxer engine in a two-door bodywork featuring a flat front windscreen, accommodating four passengers and providing luggage storage under the front bonnet and behind the rear seat.
The last Beetle was produced in Puebla, Mexico, in July 2003. The final batch of 3,000 Beetles were sold as 2004 models and badged as the Última Edición, with whitewall tires, a host of previously discontinued chrome trim, and the choice of two special paint colors taken from the New Beetle. Production in Brazil ended in 1986, then started again in 1993 and continued until 1996.
On January 17, 1949, the first VW Type 1 set wheel on U.S. shores.
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