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Take a Close Look at VW Bug

By Casper Victor Subscribe to RSS | July 11th 2012 | Views:
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"Volkswagen Beetle", "VW Bug", and the "People's Car" - the wondrously well-liked and moreover long lived car has got a lot of nicknames over its reign. It is known as a legend in the history of automobiles. The German company has just recently launched the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, that is influenced by the first Beetle that helped Americans fall in the love with the affordable European car. In the light of this event, listed below are some engaging facts about the well-known car that you are going to be amazed to know:

1) Adolf Hitler laid the foundations for the "People's Car"

It's 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 2 adults, and moreover 3 children in the rear 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. Even, the family car was priced in a way that most of the people could afford it through 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 exactly the same model from 1938-2003. There was something about the "People's Car" that people across decades have liked. Even today, when we have the New Beetle and 2012 Beetle, several Beetle lovers insist on collecting older models which are still seen to have a charm in them.

3) 20.9 million Beetles have been produced

Above twenty million Beetles are built till now, out of which about 15 million were built in Germany alone.

4) Old Beetle knew how to swim

Almost 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 commercialized about in a 1960s Beetle advertisement. Thus whether it's land, or be it water, Beetle never sank!

5) 6 Herbie movies were made 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 robbers, winning races, and furthermore featuring 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 six decades.

7) New Beetle has a front engine not like the old one

As seen ideal by automobile technologists of the 1930s, Beetle was fitted with a rear engine back then. Although, the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle comes with an engine in the front, and furthermore gives a mileage of about 32 mpg.

8) The 2012 Convertible maintains the essence of the Beetle

Whilst more sporty and definitely more superior 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.

9) Beetle Convertible is an enhancement of the New Beetle

Compared to New Beetle, the 2012 Beetle is bigger in size, and moreover has roomier interiors to enhance the coziness of travellers. A lot of space for storage is present which can be extended simply by bending the rear seatbacks forward.

10) The little car is a tough bird when it comes to safety

Beetle 2012 comes with terrific security features such as the Intelligent Crash Response System and so airbags. So that you are safe while riding your beloved Volkswagen Bug.

So, by now you should have got all the inside secrets about Volkswagen Bug. If you are searching forward to purchase one, visit the nearest VW car dealer today.

Casper Victor - About Author:
Casper Victor is extremely passionate about Volkswagen cars. He likes to drive VW cars, write about them and learn more about them. In this article, Victor writes about some amazing facts about VW Bug that will make you love your Beetle even more. To learn more about VW car dealers or the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, visit http://www.chapmanvw.com.

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