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The first Volkswagen Beetle in looked like this

In Volkswagen sold two cars in In 2014, it sold 407,704. by Volkswagen.

Ben Pon was the first Volkswagen launching his operation in Rotterdam. by Volkswagen.

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On Jan. 17, 1949, the America Line Westerdam into New York Harbor Rotterdam carrying the seed of an empire. It had been only years since Volkswagen operations in Wolfsburg, the factory ruined by Allied forces and now the command of Major Ivan The Wolfsburg plant itself was dismantled under war reparations Hirst persuaded the British to use its product as light transport. bowled over, the British an order for 20,000, the first of went to occupying forces. Type 1s were made first year in 1945.

The Type 1 Beetle was a car that the in an official report, had deemed too and noisy, . quite unattractive to the motorcar buyer. Hell, the had tried to unload Volkswagen to — for free . The response a Mr. Ernest Breech, chairman of the board, was: I don’t what we’re being here is worth a damn!

Oh, how laugh now.

Max Hoffman, of all Europe’s glamour, was the first Volkswagen dealer in America. He, of is both famous and infamous in the business, and his thriving showroom on Avenue would become But there remains another much less known who was in bringing Volkswagen to America: Ben a former race-car driver the Netherlands who was the first man to bring out of Germany.

On a wintry day in January 1949, Pon beat Hoffman to the chase. The operation was nearly derailed the start. Pon held a press on the Westerdam to a small group of journalists, who, in their snark and smarm, derided the Beetle as Hitler’s car. In a all too familiar to us today. Pon called the VW the Wagon. We did win, after Pon peddled the car up and down the East hoping to strike a deal any interested dealers. The Volkswagen was in his native Rotterdam; why wouldn’t it be Three weeks later, he up. He hastily unloaded one Beetle, for $800, just to settle his at the Roosevelt Hotel. 1949 with exactly two Beetles

Sixty-five years later, has announced plans to celebrate the car in essence, beat the odds. 1949 to 1977, precisely Beetles rolled out of dealer around the world. And so has the company with it — from the Beetle, Volkswagen has become the empire we know it to be today 11 models of Volkswagen and 10 brands Volkswagen Group, the second automotive empire in the world.

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its arrival in the United States 65 ago, the Volkswagen Beetle has its reputation of being more just a car but a symbol of uniqueness and said Michael Horn. the appointed president and CEO of Volkswagen in (who has a big job ahead of him ). The Beetle has part of the cultural fabric in and we are proud that its rich continues to live with around the States.


A 1949 Volkswagen looking forlorn in the corner.

photos of that first are shown above — to this dark blue whose sales on both boomed under the efforts of Opel manager Heinz By 1955, the same year established a base of operations in Cliffs, N.J. the Wolfsburg had already churned out one million (If Beetles drove in three proclaimed a German commercial in They would form an row from Prince Edward to Gibraltar.) Like the Citroлn 2CV and the 500. Volkswagen was smart never to underestimate the demand for affordable postwar transportation. As the most influential car in history. the proved it.

It’s worth noting on this anniversary of the Beetle, mourned a loss of its own. The Type 2 Kombi bus ever rolled into permanent in Germany, as the final chapter of second influential car — a that lasted from the of the Beetle all the way to Brazil. Pon, makes a notable appearance In 1947 he sketched what later become the Type 2 an act that would neatly up for his initial failure selling the

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