Monday, 9 July 2012

10 Things You Must Know about the Bug

"Volkswagen Beetle", "VW Bug", and the "People's Car" - the wondrously popular and also long lived car has acquired a lot of nicknames over its reign. It is called a legend in the history of automobiles. The German company has most recently launched the 2012 Vw Beetle, and that's inspired by the first Beetle which helped Americans fall in the love with the affordable European car. In the light of this event, here are a few interesting information about the legendary car that you will be impressed to know:

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

It was Adolf Hitler who, as being part of the plan to eliminate Germany's unemployment problem, asked Ferdinand Porsche to design a car which would normally carry 2 adults, and also three 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. Plus, the family car was valued so that most of the people could afford it thru some or the other savings scheme.

The old model of Beetle was produced for 65 long years

Old Beetle created a record breaking sixty-five years- manufacturing of exactly the same model from 1938-2003. There was something about the "People's Car" that people across decades have loved. Still, when we have the New Beetle and 2012 Beetle, lots of Beetle aficionados insist on collecting older models which are still seen to have a charisma in them.

20.9 million Beetles have been produced

Above twenty million Beetles have been built till now, out of which around 15 million were built in Germany alone.

Old Beetle knew how to swim

As if a floating-smooth ride on land was not sufficient, the old Beetle used mechanics like sealed floor pans that kept it afloat for some time in water as well. The same was advertised about in a 1960s Beetle ad. And so be it land, or even be it water, Beetle never sank!

Six Herbie films were produced on the Beetle

Herbie, the character played by a 1963 fabric roofed Beetle, has a total of six movies made after it. It's the perfect hero on silver screen catching robbers, winning races, and also starring opposite some of the best names in Hollywood like Julie Sommars and Bruce Campbell.

Beetle's engine was not designed by Ferdinand Porsche

The flat 4 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.

New Beetle has a front engine unlike the old one

As seen appropriate by automobile technologists of the nineteen thirties, Beetle was fitted with a rear engine back then. But, the new 2012 Vw Beetle comes with an engine in the front, and so gives a mileage around 32 mpg.

The 2012 Convertible maintains the essence of the Beetle

Though far more sporty and even definitely more advanced in performance along with 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 which the world has loved.

Beetle Convertible is an improvement of the New Beetle

Compared to New Beetle, the 2012 Beetle is larger in size, and even has roomier interiors to enhance the comfort of people. A lot of space for storing is present which can be extended simply by bending the rear seatbacks forward.

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

Beetle 2012 comes with wonderful security features just like the Intelligent Crash Response System and airbags. And so you are safe while riding your beloved Volkswagen Bug.

As a result, by now you must have got all the inside secrets about Volkswagen Bug. If you're searching forward to get one, visit the nearest car dealer today.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I never knew so much about my Beetle. I have an older Beetle that I have been trying to fix up for some time now. I finally have the parts I need in the mail from ordering them online through a place that has good Volkswagen Beetle parts.