By Rebekah Messamore Who’s Idea Was It? o Ferdinand Porsche had always want to created an affordable car that could be mass-produced for the average German citizen. o However, Adolph Hitler also had the vision and in February 1933 Adolph announced his plans for a “people’s car.” o Ferdinand was always the one that was going to design this car and when he got the plans he wasn’t convinced a car could be made on such a small budget but he Where Did They Come From? o These small economy cars came to America from over seas after we left after the Holocaust. Why Did They Thrive? o We were content with our cars but some people started to realized that they wanted a low-priced utility car and that’s exactly what the Volkswagen Beetle brought to the table. It was one of the first economy cars in America. How Have They Changed Over the Years? Late-1930s "KdF-Wagen" Mid-to-late-1940s Beetle prototype Cabriolet (convertible) prototype 1955 VW Beetle 1949 VW Beetle Cabriolet Continued… 1960 VW Beetle Cabriolet 1975 VW Beetle 1998 VW New Beetle 2003 VW New Beetle Cabriolet Interesting Facts Bibliography "History of the VW Beetle." Welcome to VolksWest.co.uk your free Internet VW Magazine. Ed. Shane Dean. 22 May 2009 <http://www.volkswest.co.uk/beetle_history.html>. "The History of the VW Beetle." *Maggiolino Home Page, dedicato al Maggiolino e al Maggiolone Volkswagen*. Ed. Mattia. 22 May 2009 <http://www.maggiolinoweb.it/history.html>. "A Picture Review of the Volkswagen Beetle from 1932 to 1960." Old Car and Truck Pictures, Memory Lane. 22 May 2009 <http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Volkswagen/>. "Volkswagen New Beetle History." New Cars, Used Cars, Car Reviews and Pricing - Edmunds.com. 22 May 2009 <http://www.edmunds.com/volkswagen/newbeetle/history. html>.