The VW-Beetle has no longer been built in Germany for nearly 30 years. Previously it had played an important role in the boosting of the German export economy. As can be seen in the production figures, it fulfilled its assignment brilliantly. The Beetle is responsible for the success of the VW company today, a success which could, by no means, be taken for granted in the postwar turmoil.
Even though the Toyota Corolla was produced in even greater numbers (approx. 30 million), only the name however, remains common to the first model. With the VW Beetle, this was not the case. It was built in Germany until 1988, approx. 22 million vehicles, with only slight changes in the technology of 1934, e.g., a car body with a drag coefficient (wind resistance) of 0.48 were manufactured.
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