The Evolution of Volkswagen Beetles

  1. During this year, Ferdinand Porsche designed the “People’s car”, or also known as the Volkswagen. The first prototype had a 700cc air-cooled 4-cylinder engine, and a 22.5 horsepower.
  2. As soon as the war is over, Volkswagen commenced the mass production of the beetle, under the supervision of the British military authorities. The first batch was able to make 20, 000 models.
  3. When the British tried to handover the ownership of the Wolfsburg Motor Works, a former Opel executive named as Heinz Nordhoff was appointed to manage the factory.

Despite a few setbacks, Nordhoff began exporting the vehicles to several countries in Europe including Denmark, Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland.

  1. Volkswagen were able to export vehicles to the United States. This time, the ownership was handed over to the West German federal government.
  2. Because of the successful exportation, they were able to sell 330 VWs all over the United States.
  3. The original cable brakes of the Type I was replaced with hydraulically operated drums of all 4 corners. A Solex carburetor was also added to the engine, raising the car’s horsepower from 24 to 30.
  4. Volkswagen connected the transmission’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears with synchromesh.
  5. The split-rear-window design was replaced by a faintly bigger, single oval rear window.
  6. Volkswagen improved the VW’s engine displacement from 1131 cc 1192 cc, increasing the horsepower from 30 to 36.
  7. The company added tubeless tires to the vehicle.
  8. Volkswagen change the rear window again, making the opening bigger.
  9. An automatic choke and pump-type windshield washer system was included, increasing the horsepower to 50.
  10. Volkswagen increased the engine displacement to 1493 cc, increasing another 3 horsepower and a badge update to 1500.
  11. Volkswagen introduced the Automatic Stich Shift semi-automatic transmission option to their beetle.
  12. The company added a double-jointed rear axle to the car, and an electric defroster on the rear window.
  13. Engine displacement was increased to 1585 cc, improving the horsepower to 57.
  14. The front suspension was updated for the first time, transforming it in to a strut-type. Ports for computer-analysis equipment are attached halfway through the car. The cylinder heads has 2 intake ports improving the horsepower to 60.
  15. The Super beetle is out, with the new electronic fuel injection, energy-absorbing bumper, and a horsepower drop to 46.
  16. The Beetle Sedan was done, but the convertible was still able to make sales.
  17. The Beetle production is back, equipped with 115-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylcinder (water-cooled and driving the front wheels), and a 1.9-liter TDI diesel four.
  18. The new Beetled added a 150-hp turbocharged 1.8-L four. Ultimately, it became a redesigned of the 4-generation Golf, with too many semi-circles.
  19. Volkswagen created 250 RSi models for Europe. It is equipped with a 221-hp 3.2-L V-6, 4Motion all-wheel drive, and a 6-speed manual transmission.
  20. Volkswagen released the Turbo S, with a 180-hp version of the same turbocharged 4 working more boost. It also features a slick front and rear fascia, unique-looking tires, and a sports suspension.
  21. Type I died, with a total sales of 21 M units. The convertible version returns.
  22. VW introduced a new model, with the fenders getting creases and the front fascia designed with a blockier appearance. The 2.0-L four was replaced with a 150-hp 2.5-L inline-five.
  23. Volkswagen showcased a 170-hp 2.5-liter inline-five and a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four from the Jetta GLI.
  24. They added a 2.0-L TDI.
  25. The second return of the convertible.
  26. VW introduced the Beetle Dune, with two versions, a coupe and a convertible. Both are front-drive and has a suspension lift of 0.4”.

By: Wilson Sanders

Date: August 1, 2016

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