27 Dec '15, 10pm
All-new @VW Beetle Production Begins This Week… In 1945! https://t.co/uZZ92U22ZG
70 years ago this week in fact! Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Dec. 27, 2015 In 1949, a Type 1 “Beetle” arrives in the U.S. This cool release is a throwback to a very interesting period in world history. Volkswagen was founded in Berlin on May 28, 1937 with a factory set to be built at the site of what would eventually be the City of Wolfsburg. The factory was built in 1938/39 as a facility for series production of the Volkswagen car designed by Ferdinand Porsche. Realization of this "People's Car" vision was interrupted by World War II, which brought with it a demand for armament production and the Nazi regime's policy of forced labor. It was shortly after the first post-war Christmas in 1945 when the first Volkswagen Type 1 – later to be known as the iconic the Beetle – rolled off a German production line. By the end of 1945 only 55 vehicles had been produced as the start of ...