To be honest, the news of the Volkswagen Beetle to be discontinued has shed tears on true fans of the iconic model.
And we, at Naijauto.com, think it’s time to honor one of the most dreamt-of cars. Check out 10 facts about the Volkswagen Beetle you should know.
1. Adolf Hitler, the godfather of the Volkswagen Beetle
The notorious leader asked the German brand to produce a car for German families. That was the beginning of the people’s car’s story.
2. Ferdinand Porsche, founder of Porsche made it
It was Hitler again who gave his credit to Ferdinand Porsche to build this car.
The Volkswagen Beetle used to be a dream car every one wish to have
3. Longest production
The Volkswagen Beetle was in production from 1938 to 2018. No other models ever reached this long span of production.
4. A slew of nicknames
Here in Nigeria, we have a nickname for it, Ijapa (Tortoise). You may not know there are other nicknames for it in different countries as well.
The French batch it with the name Coccinelle (Ladybug). The Italian use Maggiolino to call it which also meaning Beetle. In Bolivia, people call the Volkswagen Beetle the Peta (Turtle) while Kodak (frog) is used in Indonesia.
5. First design belonging to an 18-year-old student
It was a Hungarian teenager named Bela Barenyi who bought in the first design in 1925.
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6. The initial name
In fact, it was first called Volkswagen Type 1 instead of Beetle like we are accustomed to.
7. Only two assembly plants in Africa
Yes, only two. One in our capital Lagos and the other in Uitenhage, South Africa.
Various nicknames have been coined for the Beetle
8. Its size
Funny enough, the size of the Volkswagen Beetle fit the size of the blue whale’s heart.
9. Best-selling car with an appalling figure
The Volkswagen Beetle became the best-selling model in the decade in 1950 with a shocking market share of 40%.
This was the best selling model in the 40s with the market share of up to 40%
10. Remarkable milestone
It was in 1955 that Volkswagen released its millionth unit of the Beetle.
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