In a time when people didn’t have the most money to spend, cars were being offered at outrageous prices. Many car manufacturers wanted to offer reasonable priced cars, but found themselves increasing the price to make up for losses.
Then came Volkswagen, who offered simple cars at affordable prices.
Volkswagen, which is German for “people’s car”, was started in 1934 by Ferdinand Porsche. Porsche was paid by Adolph Hitler to build a small and inexpensive car. After finishing the first vehicle, Porsche had created a beetle-shaped sedan that debuted two years later. Although it was the perfect car for the era, the war delayed the production of the car until the mid-40.
By the end of 1949, there had been 358 two-seater convertibles made and ready to be distributed. Along with the two-seaters, there were also 364 four-seater convertibles ready to be sold. As expected, Volkswagen became extremely popular because of the simplicity to the vehicle and the reasonable price.
Production continued in Germany factories all the way through 1978, but that year marked the end of an era. The last Beetle to be rolled off of the production line in Germany was in January of 1978. Because of the war and fires that damaged some cars, the amount of Volkswagen Beetles that were built in Germany has never been known exactly.
From Germany, production began in Puebla, Mexico where Volkswagen took off even further then when in Germany. By May 1981, the 20 millionth Beetle rolled off of the production line in Mexico and times were good for Volkswagen. Europe still had a demand for the vehicle, and vehicles were imported from Mexico to Germany up until 1985.
There have been few manufacturers on the market that have produced so many legendary vehicles like Volkswagen. The Beetle has been the best-selling car of all time around the world because of the affordability and simplicity. Another popular choice has been the Volkswagen bus, which has been a symbol of a generation.
It was in 1955 that Volkswagen truly started to branch out with the production of 1 million vehicles made. The public loved them and the classic VW emblem was everywhere. The corporation had building factories and working communities in the United States, Brazil and Canada, as well as many major centers of Western Europe.
Today, Volkswagen continues to offer affordable and reliable vehicles to people worldwide. In the last fifteen years, they have become a true global force in automobiles. They have merged, acquired and re-developed the famous names of Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Lamborghini. With acquisitions like this, there is no sign of Volkswagen leaving the public’s eye any time soon.