We Miss the Bug! – 15 Surprising VW Beetle Facts

VW Bug at rest

The beetle is officially called the Volkswagen Type 1.

VW Bug Facts

More than 20 million beetles have been sold.

The original idea for the Beetle was thought up by Adolf Hitler.

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The beetle actually floats.

The Beetle had one of the biggest ad campaigns of the 20th century.

It appeared in six “Herbie” movies.

Rude Bug

It was and still is one of the easiest cars to modify.

The Beetle first appeared in 1932.

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But it didn’t get its current shape until 1936.

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The Beetles air-cooled flat-4 engine was actually NOT designed by Ferdinand Porsche.

It was designed by Austrian; Franz Reimspeiss.


The first production Beetle was made after World War II ended in 1945.

The name “VW means “people’s car”.


The final Beetle built by Wolfsburg, left the factory in 1974.

The Beetle was one of the first rear engine cars.

And a few more beetle-tastic facts:

In France the Beetle was known as the “Coccinelle” (French for ladybug).

The original 25 horsepower Beetle had a top speed of 100 km per hour or 62 miles per hour.

The Bug came 4th in the 1999 Car of the Century competition.

Adolf Hitler was given the very first convertible beetle in 1938.

By 2003, annual production had dropped to 30,000 per year from 1.3 million in 1971.

A mariachi band accompanied production of the final Beetle.

The diesel Beetle achieved a 0 -100 kilometers per hour time of 60 Seconds!

In 2013, there were 2.1 million Beetles registered in Vietnam.

Beetles are still raced in the Baja 1000 off-road race. Check it out by clicking here!

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