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[Luxus+ MAGAZINE] History: a look back at the creation of the first Volkswagen!

[Luxus+ MAGAZINE] History: a look back at the creation of the first Volkswagen!

The first Volkswagen was built in the 1930s, thanks to Hitler’s wish that every German should have his own car as an international symbol of the Reich’s economic power.

 

The story begins when in the 1930s Hitler had motorways built all over Germany, but they were empty, as the Germans did not yet own a car.

 

It was then that the Furher met Ferdinand Porsche, an Austrian engineer who founded his eponymous company in 1931 and who contacted the head of state. The latter commissioned him to design a car accessible to all German citizens, hoping for the same effect as the creation of the Ford T, i.e. an automobile revolution.

 

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The head of state then provided very precise specifications: the car must not exceed 1,000 reichsmarks and must be powered by an engine with a maximum consumption of seven litres per 100 kilometres. With a maximum weight of 600 kilos, it must be able to reach 100 km/h, while being able to carry four to five people. It must also be robust and resistant to the weather and cold. 

 

The company responsible for building these cars was named “Volkswagen” by Hitler, which means “people’s car” in German.

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