Imprint Contact 868 Videos
900.000 Callings


Wheel change
Save Energy

Video Germany 1
Video Germany 2
Video Germany 3
Video Germany 4
Video Germany 5

Video VW
Video VW-Videos

Video VW History 1
Video VW History 2
Video VW History 3
Video VW History 4
Video VW History 5
Video VW History 6
Video VW History 7
Video VW History 8
Video VW History 9
Video VW History 10
Video Replacement parts
Video Wolfsburg 2015

Video 2003 Race Touareg
Video 2015 Transporter T6
Video 2015 Golf TSI Blue Motion
Video 2015 Touran
Video 2015 Sharan
Video 2015 Caddy
Video 2015 Cross Coupe
Video 2014 Polo GTI
Video 2014 Golf Alltrack
Video 2014 Golf GTE
Video 2014 Passat
Video 2014 Touareg
Video 2014 Scirocco
Video 2014 T5 California
Video 2014 Golf R
Video 2014 T-ROC
Video 2014 e-Golf
Video 2014 Twin-up!
Video 2014 Taigun
Video 2014 Polo
Video 2013 E-up!
Video 2013 Golf Sportsvan
Video 2013 Golf Variant
Video 2013 Golf GTD
Video 2013 Golf Blue Motion
Video 2013 XL 1
Video 2013 Natural Gas
Video 2013 T2 from Brasil ends
Video 2012 Golf 7 GTI
Video 2012 Cabrio GTI
Video 2012 Crafter Facelift
Video 2012 Exhibtion effort
Video 2012 Golf 7
Video 2012 Golf 7 - Development
Video 2012 M. transv. platform
Video 2012 Engine technology
Video 2012 CC
Video 2011 Tiguan
Video 2011 up!
Video 2011 up! engine
Video 2011 Golf Blue Motion
Video 2011 Beetle
Video 2011 Golf Cabrio
Video 2011 Jetta
Video 2010 Caddy
Video 2010 Three-cyl. Diesel
Video 2010 Touareg
Video 2010 Amarok
Video 2010 Sharan
Video 2010 Passat
Video 2010 T5 Facelift
Video 2009 TDI 1,6
Video 2009 Multivan
Video 2009 Polo
Video 2008 Passat CC
Video 2008 Golf 6
Video 2008 Scirocco
Video 2007 Tiguan
Video 2006 Eos
Video 2006 Crafter
Video 2005 Polo GTI
Video 2005 Passat B6
Video 2005 Fox
Video 2004 Golf Plus
Video 2004 Golf V GTI
Video 2003 Golf 5
Video 2003 New Beetle Conv.
Video 2003 Sharan
Video 2003 Transporter T5
Video 2003 Caddy
Video 2002 Golf R 32
Video 2002 Touareg
Video 2002 1-l-car
Video 2001 Phaeton
Video 2001 3-L-Lupo
Video 2001 Polo 4
Video 2001 Passat W8
Video 1999 Prototype Rear
Video 1999 Prototype Front
Video 1998 Golf Cabrio
Video 1998 New Beetle 1
Video 1998 New Beetle 2
Video 1998 Golf 4
Video 1998 Lupo
Video 1996 Passat B5
Video 1994 Polo 3
Video 1993 Golf 3 Cabrio
Video 1993 Golf Electric
Video 1992 Golf GTI 3
Video 1992 Golf 3
Video 1992 The last T3
Video 1990 Motor dimounted
Video 1990 Transporter T4
Video 1989 Taro
Video 1988 Corrado
Video 1988 Passat B3
Video 1985 Polo G40
Video 1985 Golf GTI 2
Video 1985 Transporter Syncro
Video 1983 Golf 2
Video 1981 Santana
Video 1981 T3 (Diesel Engine)
Video 1981 Scirocco 2
Video 1981 Polo
Video 1980 Passat B2
Video 1979 Jetta
Video 1979 Iltis
Video 1979 Transporter T3
Video 1978 Golf 1 Cabrio
Video 1976 First Diesel Engine
Video 1976 Golf GTI
Video 1975 Polo
Video 1975 LT
Video 1974 Golf 1
Video 1974 Scirocco 1
Video 1973 Beetle engine
Video 1973 412
Video 1973 Passat B1
Video 1972 Transporter T2
Video 1971 SP
Video 1970 K70
Video 1970 Buggy
Video 1969 181
Video 1969 VW-Porsche
Video 1968 VW Beetle
Video 1968 411
Video 1967 Transporter T2
Video 1967 T2 technique
Video 1966 Beetle
Video 1965 Beetle
Video 1964 Beetle
Video 1964 Fridolin
Video 1963 Beetle
Video 1963 Type 3
Video 1962 Beetle
Video 1962 Karmann type 34
Video 1957 Beetle - USA
Video 1956 Beetle
Video 1955 Construction Start Hannover
Video 1955 Karmann Ghia
Video 1954 Beutler Beetle
Video 1952 Kaefer Stoll Coupé
Video 1952 T1 Camper
Video 1951 Samba Bus
Video 1951 Export Beetle
Video 1951 T1 Ambulance
Video 1950 Export Beetle
Video 1950 Type 2 T1
Video 1950 Technology T1
Video 1949 Beetle Convert.
Video 1949 Beetle Convert.
Video 1947 Beetle Special Version
Video 1946 Type 2 Forrunner
Video 1943 Schwimmwagen
Video 1941 AWD-Bug
Video 1940 Kübelwagen
Video 1938 Conv. prototype
Video 1938 VW prototype
Video 1937 Pilote prod.
Video 1936 Prototype
Video VW Beetle
Video VW Beetle Convert. 2
Video VW Beetle Convert. 3
Video VW Beetle (11)
Video VW Beetle (10)
Video VW Beetle (7)
Video VW Beetle (8)
Video VW Beetle (9)
Video Inside VW Beetle
Video VW Beetle (1)
Video VW Beetle (2)
Video VW Beetle (4)
Video VW Beetle (6)
Video VW Beetle (5)
Video Beetle Pend. Wheel Susp.

Video More data

          A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Volkswagen - History (1)

It is an almost unreal story which often enough dangles on a string and, to a large extent, can be finished successfully only with tough determination. One person on her own can only start things, but for the development - and management buisiness different people are necessary, from the high ranking government member up to the simple workman who will be mentioned here as much as he deserves it.

So to say, the Beetle has two fathers whom only the winding paths of reality can bring together as a ‚team. One of them may truely call himself an engineer, although he has never acquired this title by the standard means. Nevertheless, due to his extraordinary capabilities he rather early achieves eminence which may happen to others at end of their professional lifes only. He is conferred two honoris causa doctorates and is additionally admitted to the community of graduates. As far as skill is concerned, he belongs to them already since long.

The last statement can easily be proved. Ferdinand Porsche, who we are talking about, has made his way, not only as a vehicle designer at different important car plants. Before that, he already made a remarkable carreer in the field of electric drives (picture), aircraft engines and fire pumps and on the Paris World Exhibition 1900 he was rewarded special commendation for his highly noiseless wheel hub engine.

Besides all this he is considered inventor of a serial hybrid propulsion, an idea topical again nowadays. He also contributes to higher mobility of the military in the First World War (1914-1918). Being of small size, he is dynamical and sometimes quite hot-tempered. He can easily oblige people but is hard to be ruled by someone else. This is the wood big ‚leaders are carved from!

The other father of the Beetle must be named here as well, however without pleasure. It is Adolf Hitler, the dictator responsible for the destruction of Germany and half of Europe. Admittedly, not only him, but let`s not discuss partition of guilt! Judging from all we know today we have to call him a determined sponsor of the VW Beetle.

How do both men get together? Not at all in the beginning. When Hitler still was a workless painter in Vienna before the First World War, he might have heard about Porsche`s fame. Reality often plays tricks, more mad than men can imagine. Not facing any kind of success up to that time, Hitler and his 'National Socialists' are made leaders of the german state departement, presumably as a result of the disastrous economical and political situation.

Now he has the power and within months he becomes sponsor of the german automobile industry. Meanwhile Ferdinand Porsche experiences a quite different development, turning from a successfull chief of construction to the owner of an automobile company with a not quite easy customer acquisition. What qualifies him for a conversation with Hitler? Primarily his involvement in the successful Mercedes-Benz race cars and the construction of an absolutely new model for the newly founded 'Auto Union'.

Hitler, although having no driving licence, is a true admirer of Mercedes. This does not change after his determined campaigne for Volkswagen as it is still called at this time still. Porsche and his company are connected to Auto - Union and he agrees with Hitler that the new state subsidies also flow into their pots.Together with Porsche`s newly created race car an exciting Porsche-against-Porsche-competition starts which makes the former successful foreign competitors play a subordinate role.

Typical for the national-socialist dictatorship: 'Germany, Germany above all' - propaganda in racing sports, the war before the war. According to Hitler`s plans the future Beetle should refer to the ‚'socialist' part. Indeed, his demands are so high that experts turn away, first of all the newly founded society which represents (almost) all German car manufacturers. The dictator falls back on a single designer with his relatively small company and forces all the competitors into the not clearly defined role as financier, producer and referee at the same time.

Everybody knows this will see no happy ending, considering the required conditions: a highway-proof four-seat car with very moderate fuel consumption for less than 1000 RM. In spite of this, Porsche accepts order. (After the war he will be held accountable for the part he played in the Third Reich.) One thing becomes apparent : he is by far more obsessed with technical questions than with political ideologies. He and his team start working at the Beetle and almost right away end up where difficulties were to be expected. 03/10

Part 2               Top of page               Index
2001-2015 Copyright programs, texts, animations, pictures: H. Huppertz - E-Mail
Translator: Don Leslie - Email:

Our E-Book advertising