Volkswagen Beetle”, “VW Bug”, and the “People’s Car” – the wondrously well-known plus long lived car has acquired several nicknames over its reign. It is known as a legend in the history of automobiles. The German company has just introduced the 2012 Vw Beetle, that’s inspired by the first Beetle that helped Americans fall in the love with the affordable European auto. In the light of this event, here are a few interesting info about the popular car that you are going to be amazed to know:
1) Adolf Hitler set 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 normally carry 2 adults, and moreover 3 children in the back seat. One more of Hitler’s design ideas was for the car to look like a beetle, and that’s where the nomenclature of Beetle came from. Likewise, the family car was priced such that the majority of people could afford it via some or the other savings scheme.
2) The old model of Beetle was produced for sixty-five long years
Old Beetle created a record breaking sixty-five years- production of the same model from 1938-2003. There’s something about the “People’s Car” that people across decades have adored. Still, when we have the New Beetle and 2012 Beetle, a lot of Beetle lovers insist on collecting older models which are still seen to have a charm in them.
3) 20.9 million Beetles have been made
More than 20 million Beetles have been built till now, out of which approximately 15 million were built in Germany alone.
4) Old Beetle knew how to swim
Like a floating-smooth ride on land wasn’t sufficient, the old Beetle used mechanics like sealed floor pans that kept it afloat for some time in water as well. Similar was advertised about in a 1960s Beetle ad. So whether it is land, or maybe be it water, Beetle never sank!
5) Six Herbie films have been produced on the Beetle
Herbie, the character played by a 1963 fabric roofed Beetle, has a total of six movies made after that. It is the perfect hero on silver screen catching thieves, winning races, plus starring opposite some of the best names in Hollywood like Julie Sommars and Bruce Campbell.
6) 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 motor was used to drive the Bug for 6 decades.
7) New Beetle has a front engine not like the old one
As seen proper by automobile technologists of the 1930s, Beetle was fitted with a rear engine back then. But, the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle comes with an engine in the front, and even gives a mileage approximately 32 mpg.
8) The 2012 Convertible maintains the essence of the Beetle
Eventhough more sporty and so definitely more superior in performance and features, the 2012 Convertible Beetle too has the charm that the Bug is always known to have. It’s a reminiscent of the mid-twentieth century coupe which the world has loved.
9) Beetle Convertible is an enhancement of the New Beetle
Compared to New Beetle, the 2012 Beetle is bigger in size, and so has roomier interiors to enhance the coziness of people. A lot of space for storage is present which can be extended by simply bending the rear seatbacks forward.
10) The little car is a tough bird when it comes to safety
Beetle 2012 comes with amazing security features just like the Intelligent Crash Response System along with airbags. So that you are safe while riding your beloved VW Bug.
As a result, by now you should have got all the inside secrets about Volkswagen Bug. If you are looking forward to purchase one, visit the nearest VW car dealer today.