Right on except that they still make Bugs in Mexico and probably a few other
places. To further add to what you've said the VW plant in Wolfsburg was
bombed and practically destroyed by the end of the war. A british officer
was assigned to run the plant and resurrected the Beetle and VW. VW was one
of the first companies to make a comback from the war in Germany.
>From: Mark Bunster <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: [sixties-l] VW BUG
>Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 09:27:47 -0400
>Joe McDonald wrote:
> > does anyone know the story about the famous VW BUG car that became so
> > famous in the sixties? How did it come to be made in Germany and for
> > what? cheers, country joe mcdonald
>I'll be shocked if no one can answer this better, but the Bug was the
>original and only model of the Volkswagen, as envisioned by Hitler.
>Literally translated as "the people's (folk) car," it was designed to be
>affordable transit for the masses. It was also a major economic and
>sociopolitical coup for Hitler, who wanted to promote the image of a
>modern, highly technical and efficient society. Plus I think he liked
>gadgets, basically enough. And he wasn't building factories just to make
>VWs either---he understood that the Bug factory of today was the
>Messerschmitt factory of tomorrow.
>I believe they stopped making them in around 1980, then restarted just a
>couple of years ago.
>There is plenty to read about the story, I know that. Try "VW Bug,
>history" as a search phrase on the web, Joe.
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