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    Post Did Hitler really invent the Volkswagen?

    Did Hitler really invent the Volkswagen?David
    San Francisco, California
    Dear David:Well, not exactly invent, but Adolf Hitler was indeed the driving force behind the car. In the 1930s, cars cost more than most people earned in a year. When Hitler became the chancellor of Germany in 1933, he promoted the idea of a car affordable enough for the average working person. The Volkswagen, which means "people's car" in German, was essentially a political promise to win the public's goodwill.

    Hitler met with automotive designer Ferdinand Porsche in 1933 and charged Porsche with creating the new car. The chancellor required that the Volkswagen carry two adults and three children, go up to 60 miles per hour, get at least 33 miles per gallon, and cost only 1,000 reichsmarks. Hitler may also have named the car the Beetle.

    In 1938, Hitler had the KdF Wagen factory built to produce the cars designed by Porsche. But by the time the factory was complete, Hitler had invaded Czechoslovakia and Poland. The factory was dedicated to building military vehicles, and the people's car fell by the wayside during World War II.

    After the war, the factory ended up in the British section of occupied Germany. The British military re-opened the factory, named it Volkswagen, and finally gave control of the company to the German government. After 1948, Volkswagen introduced new models across Europe. By 1955, over 1 million cars had been built. The VW beetle started selling in the U.S., and in 1972 the people's car overtook the Ford Model T to become the most popular car ever made.
    http://ask.yahoo.com/ask/20050308.html

    Hitler was somewhat of inventor as well come to think of it. Amazing Again, the article makes him look like a tyrant at the same time which is not good

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    Post Re: Did Hitler really invent the Volkswagen?

    I remember having read that Hitler personally influenced the final design of the Volkswagen, and also that of some Mercedes. No wonder the Käfer was so popular for decades later and is until today. In Berlin and Munich also the representative NS buildings (Airport Tempelhof, Olympic Stadion, Haus der [Deutschen] Kunst) are much more popular than postwar bullshit.
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    Re: Did Hitler really invent the Volkswagen?

    Volkswagen is one of my favorite subjects so please excuse me from getting carried away. Actually, the first VWs did exceed Hitler's original specifications. Calculations were actually made concering driving from Berlin to Moscow using an Autobahn. Only limited production of the Kaefer happened during or before the war but the VW plant became involved with the spin-offs, the Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen. The Kubelwagen was like a jeep, some having 4 wheel drive. The Schwimmer could ford rivers and had a propellor in the back. Now examples of both these cars are now very rare.

    A little known fact is that Volkswagen participated in some very exotic weapons work during the war. Volkswagen was put in charge of building a vessel to be towed by a U-boat. This vessel was a casing which housed a V-2 rocket so it was longer and wider than a V-2. Contained within this vessel was also the liquid fuel for the rocket. The plan was to tow the missile near the East Coast of the USA, flood the balast (the bottom of the vessel) so that the V-2 became upright, pump in the fuel and fire the rocket from this now vertical tube in the ocean. Some of these vessels were built by VW but never used.

    In California we love air-cooled VWs. I think we love them even more than the Germans ever did. Germans seem to have no tollerance for low-tech but we think of a VW as being the closest thing mechanical to something that is alive. If you listen to an air-cooled VW, it will tell you if it is feeling good, needs a tune-up, or if something is seriously wrong. Each one is an individual and you have to learn its individuality as you would your dog's or your spouse's. I think another reason we love them is that almost anyone can maintain and repair them. They are still one of the cheapest cars to operate considering gas mileage, repairs and other costs.

    In Brazil, they were rumored to have made them run on alcohol. It is said that they did this simply by raising the compression in the cylinder heads. I mention this because the death of the air-cooled VW was that it ran relatively cool and so emitted large amounts of pollutants. If alcohol ever becomes a reality as a fuel in the USA, there is no reason that a modern air-cooled VW cannot be reborn.

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    Hitler and 'his Volkswagen': the 80-year history of the Beetle


    VW / Volkswagen / Beetle



    The VW Beetle has the Nazis to thank for its existence. Adolf Hitler laid the cornerstone of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg 80 years ago. Here, a retrospective of a German success story.



    Adolf Hitler inspecting the very first VW Beetle in Stuttgart, 1936.


    Two men, one huge project: Adolf Hitler and Ferdinand Porsche are the people behind the Volkswagen Beetle. Porsche was the genius engineer, Hitler the politician. "These two were made for each other," said Wolfram Pyta, a history professor at the University of Stuttgart.


    He, along with historians Nils Havemann and Jutta Braun, have written Porsche: From design office to global brand. The book traces the company from its founding in Stuttgart on April 25, 1931. Porsche's Volkswagen project could never have been realized without Hitler's support. "Hitler needed a creative mind to produce his compact car suitable for mass production," Pyta said. "And Porsche needed political backing to enable him to build it without financial pressure."


    Motorization and mobilization

    Hitler announced a "people's motorization" at the auto show in February 1933, just weeks after he was named Reich Chancellor. In summer 1934, the Reich Association of the German Automobile Industry gave Porsche the task of coming up with a car under the motto "strength through pleasure," after the same name as the Nazi's Organization for Leisure Activities.

    Hitler, who did not have a drivers license, personally approved the prototype of "his Volkswagen" on December 29, 1935. Not much more than two years later, on May 26, 1938, the cornerstone was laid for the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, with the Führer in attendance.




    A celebration was held in the VW factory when the one millionth Beetle rolled off the assembly line in 1955.


    A French Volkswagen?


    The success of a small car for the people began only after the war. It was rebranded as the "Beetle" to distance it from the Nazi period. The first one rolled off the assembly line in December 1945. The one-millionth Beetle came to be 10 years later. The hunchbacked car with a boxer engine became a symbol of the German economic miracle, and a global success. In all, nearly 22 million Beetles were produced and sold.


    Hitler and ′his Volkswagen′: Tracing the... | DW | 26.05.2018 25 Mar 2019.

    The Japs didn't buy into the big fake BS 'National guilt trip' like the Germans did.

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    I don't believe that the first one was a convertible.

    Jeder Arbeiter, ein Wagen...............

    I had 5 of them in my lifetime, I transformed one into a dune buggy.
    Very dependable, easy maintenance, easy to repair.

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    I've always wanted a VW.

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    The climate in California is probably more suitable to
    the air cooled combustion engines of Beetle car and Bulli van .

    The Germans are very toothless and don't want a car without
    heating during the winter halfyear .

    Elon Musk will probably be the next main Porsche or Daimler persona ,
    since it is claimed , that his cars are still very basic ones .


    Folkevogn has the next beetle in petto , the ID :
    https://t3n.de/news/volkswagen-id-vw...roauto-750766/

    https://www.volkswagen.at/elektroauto/id-familie


    But of course , there is not much optical difference
    to the Smart or other Japanese tiny mobiles .
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