The VW Beetle Story

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The complete history of the Volkswagen Beetle

The KdF car, a German acronym for Strength Through Joy, was conceived by Adolf Hitler's Third Reich as a true German "people's car." There is little in the legacy of 1930s Nazi Germany that is positive, but after World War II?and with a little help from the British?the Volks Wagen really did help put the average man on the road in a car, designed by the great Ferdinand Porsche, that was reliable and well-built. First it set ...

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Overview

The complete history of the Volkswagen Beetle

The KdF car, a German acronym for Strength Through Joy, was conceived by Adolf Hitler's Third Reich as a true German "people's car." There is little in the legacy of 1930s Nazi Germany that is positive, but after World War II—and with a little help from the British—the Volks Wagen really did help put the average man on the road in a car, designed by the great Ferdinand Porsche, that was reliable and well-built. First it set benchmarks for customer satisfaction across Europe, and sales soared. Then it arrived in North America and the slope-backed, rear-engined economy car became a cult hit. By the time the very last original Beetle was built in 2003, more than 21 million had been built, making it the best-selling single car model of all time. Although its concept is dated by modern standards, the Beetle magic is undimmed, which is why Volkswagen introduced an all-new, modern Beetle in 1998. It has carved out a niche as a distinctive and eye-catching car in a world of automotive clones.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780752484600
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: Story series Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 810,120
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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