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How Volkswagen Could Have Built A Better Air-Cooled Beetle 50 Years Ago

Jason Torchinsky

Air-cooled-era Volkswagen was a company that revolved around a strange contradiction: it built cars that were fundamentally different from most other carmakers, but they were surprisingly conservative, technically. Any change to their core products was incremental and carefully considered. I think VW’s unwillingness to try radical changes prevented them from making what could have been one of the most important and beneficial changes to the iconic Beetle. Too bad I’m 50 years too late for this to matter at all.


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Last Updated: September 21st, 2017