Thursday, 23 September 2010

German for "car for the people".

The origins of the company date back to 1930s Nazi Germany, and the project to build the car that would become known as the Beetle. Hitler's desire that almost anybody should be able to afford a car fitted with a proposal by car designer Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1952) -- although much of this design was inspired by the advanced Tatra cars of Hans Ledwinka. The intention was that ordinary Germans would buy the car by means of a savings scheme, which around 336,000 people eventually paid into. Prototypes of the car called the KdF-Wagen (German: Kraft durch Freude = strength through joy), appeared from 1936 onwards (the first cars had been produced in Stuttgart). The car already had its distinctive round shape and air-cooled, flat-four, rear-mounted engine, features similar to the Tatra.

24 comments:

  1. That's some definite food for thought

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  2. Great blog, man!

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  3. Of all places I actually learned this working for Dell.

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  4. hilter had some good ideas, too bad he was nuts and a douchebag.
    I miss the beetle.
    $

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  5. Oh how I would love to replace the logo on my gf's jetta with the "vintage" nazi style one lol

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  6. and little did they know, that horrible car would still be driven today

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  7. I have VW and never knew that, thanks :)

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  8. VW bought porsche, that was a drama

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  9. Sooooo, I'll buy a Nazi car!?

    Funny xD

    And VW aren't nearly horrible cars >:(

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  11. i've always wanted a vw bus. interesting tidbit here.

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  12. I can't wait for tomorrow's update!

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  13. Interesting how, even though Hitler was an anti-semite and a terrible dictator, he had some decent ideas for society. And beatles are awesome cars to this day.

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