Popularly known as Ijapa(Tortoise) here in Nigeria, the Volkswagen Beetle was one of the most desired vehicle in its time.
How much do you really know about this vehicle, that made villagers envy and worship anyone who could afford it those days ?
Let’s find out some facts.
Adolf Hitler(yes, the same Hitler), played a role in the birth of the VW Beetle .He wanted a “people’s car” that German families could afford.
Hitler enlisted the services of Ferdinand Porsche (yup, the same Porsche you are thinking about ), to make this legendary machine.
The production of the VW Beetle spanned from 1938-2003 and a total of 21,529,464 were built !!
Making it the longest produced vehicle in history, it was in production for 65 years !.
The last ever Beetle was assembled on July 31st 2003 in Puebla, Mexico, at the Volkswagen de Mexico manufacturing plant. Its now on display at the Volkswagen Museum in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Just like Nigeria calls it “Ijapa” (Tortoise) almost every country has a nick name for it. In France they call it “Coccinelle” which means ladybug. Italy calls it Beetle but in their own language it’s “Maggiolino”. Bolivia calls it the “Peta”, which means turtle, and Indonesia uses “Kodak” (frog).
The VW Beetle was designed in 1925 by a 18 year old Hungarian student, Bela Barenyi.She is recognized for designing the basic foundations of this car.
The VW Beetle was originally called “Volkswagen Type 1”
According to Wikipedia, Volkswagen Beetle had just two assembly plants in Africa, one in South Africa(Uitenhage) and the other in Nigeria(Lagos)
The blue whale’s heart is about the size of a VW beetle.
In 1949 VW Beetle convertible was produced, in 1950 Beetle became the best-selling car of the decade with a market share of 40%.
The millionth Beetle was built in 1955.
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