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VW Through the Years

VW Through the Years

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In January 1971, the 20 millionth VW rolled off the assembly line.

In 1971, the Type 4 411 is sold in the U.S. and is replaced by 414 in 1972 as VW's largest passenger vehicle with the largest engine. The car retains VW's trademark air-cooled, rear placement, rear-wheel drive boxer engine with a front/rear weight distribution of 45/55% and forward cargo storage. It also introduces design and engineering departures for the company, including unibody construction, a completely flat passenger area floor and suspension using control arms and MacPherson struts.

This second-generation Type 2 loses its distinctive split front windshield and is slightly larger and considerably heavier than its predecessor. Its common nicknames are Breadloaf and Bay Window, or Loaf and Bay for short.

The Type 3, first introduced at the 1961 Frankfurt Motor Show, launches in the U.S. It follows the Type 1, utilizing a low-profile version of Volkswagen's rear-engine, 4-cylinder air-cooled engine as well as body-on-chassis construction while featuring ponton in contrast to the Type 1's articulated fender and running board styling.

In the summer of 1960, Volkswagen imports the 500,000th Beetle to the U.S.

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is a 2+2 coupe and convertible marketed from 1955 to 1974. It combines the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle), styling by Luigi Segre of the Italian carrozzeria Ghia, and hand-built bodywork by German coach-builder Karmann.

1957 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia - Pictures - CarGurus

The first generation of the Volkswagen Type 2 with the split windshield, informally called the Microbus, Splitscreen, or Splittie among modern fans, is produced from March 1950 through the end of the 1967 model year.

The first Beetle arrives in the U.S. after being shipped from the Netherlands by Dutch businessman Ben Pon.

The "Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH" (Company for the Preparation of the German Volkswagen Ltd, GEZUVOR) is established in Berlin by Ferdinand Porsche.

After more than a decade of development, Volkswagen produces the first Beetle.