Generally regarded as one of the most influential passenger cars in the world, the Volkswagen Beetle was a car that changed the way that we look at modern transportation. It was cheap to own, great on gas, and easy to fix. The Beetle was a lightweight and fun to drive car at a time when cars were extremely heavy and over-sized, and this created a market that had been untapped up until the Beetle came onto the scene.
The little interesting car was popular with a wide range of buyers, and it introduced one of the first Germany-built imported cars into the U.S. market. What the Beetle did for the automotive industry was revolutionary, and we're truly sad to see it go.
The Beetle is also one of the longest production cars ever built, with the same original design staying into production until 2003 in Mexico, where the car remained a smash hit until it was discontinued.
Understanding the Beetle is a great way to understand what made the car so immensely popular, and why the Beetle remains a cultural phenomenon all over the world. There were many different things that made the car a unique choice for consumers, and from the one of a kind styling to the interesting placement of the engine, the Beetle will go down in history as a unique car that really defined an era.