Thursday, March 30, 2023

The History of the Volkswagen Beetle - The People's Car

In 1938 the German automaker Volkswagen released their version of the economy car called the Volkswagen Type 1, or more commonly referred to as the Volkswagen Beetle. The names "Bug" and "Beetle" were adopted by the public, but it was not until late 1967 that Volkswagen began using the name "Beetle" in their marketing. It was previously known as only the "Type 1" or the 1200, 1300, or 1500, which were the names it had been marketed under in Europe prior to 1967. The numbers indicated the size of the vehicle's engine in cubic centimeters.

The 1967 model of the VW Beetle underwent a few changes, the car itself didn't get bigger, but many of the mechanical systems and components did. Some changes to the Bug included a larger engine. Output of the electrical generator had been increased from 180 watts to 360, and also had been upgraded from the old 6-volt system to the 12-volt system. The clutch disk was also made larger and changes had been made to the braking system, the flywheel, and rear axles.

Although the VW Bug has been widely despised for its styling, rough ride, weak power, along with high noise levels, it was also the longest and most produced vehicle for a single design.

The "Beetle" or "Bug" whichever you wish to call it also played a roll in the military. In 1935 prototypes of the Kdf-Wagen appeared.

Produced by Daimlet-Benz in Stuttgart, Germany the first prototypes were born. With its already peculiar round shape, and the rear-mounted, air-cooled engine, The factory only produced a small number of the cars by the time war began in 1939. The first mass-produced version of the Beetle were used for military vehicles, like the Schwimmwagen and the Kubelwagen.

The military bug was created to be as simple as possible, so that little could go wrong. The 985cc air-cooled motor proved to be effective with German Afrika Korps in Africa's desert heat with The built in oil cooler and the superb performance of the flat four, or "pancake" engine configuration. The suspension was equipped with compact torsion beams in place of the more commonly used coil or leaf spring suspensions.

Once World War II was over, the shortage of jobs led to the reopening of the factory in Wolfsburg by Allied forces. The production of the Beetle from then on recommenced. The production increased massively over the next decade, with the one millionth car rolling off of the assembly line in 1955. The Bug's performance was far superior compared to other automobiles in its category with a top speed of 72 mph. The production was surpassing 16 million in 1972, and by the 23rd of June in 1992 the company had sold over 21 million of the cars.

The Volkswagen Beetle is the world's best selling design with the same name. The VW Beetle outlasted most all of the other vehicles who had copied the rear-mounted air-cooled engine layout like those by Subaru, and General Motors.

The Beetle began to phase-out in 2003. The annual production ad reduced to 30,000 from its peak of 1.3 million in 1971. As the last Beetle rolled off of the assembly line, it was shipped off to the Volkswagen company museum in Wolfsburg, Germany.

In 1998 Volkswagen introduced the new Beetle which was designed to look a lot like the classic Beetle. The new Beetle was designed with a water cooled engine being placed in the front of the car.

The new VW Beetle has turned out to be a very popular car and has become a pop culture icon and been featured in many movies.

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Monday, March 27, 2023

What If You Forget To Change Your Oil?

What if you forget to change your oil on time? Can you damage your car's engine by not changing the oil late? Do you really need to change your oil every 3,000 miles? Obviously, you should change your oil regularly, but exactly how much damage you will cause by changing the oil late? This video looks to answer this question. We'll discuss what happens to oil viscosity as it ages, and what happens to oil additives in over time.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Life With My Classic – Episode 2 | Raz Roken Rehan aka Mr. AMG

"Life With My Classic" features the Mercedes-Benz classic car owners who believe their prized motors are there to be driven - not just hidden away in the garage! Subscribe to Mercedes-Benz on YouTube: In this second episode, host Alex Kersten meets Raz Roken Rehan and some of Raz's favorite Mercedes-Benz models. Among these is Ruby: a special classic car with an even more special name and history. With no time to waste, Raz and Alex jump in for a drive and are quick to agree that it's a feeling like no other. What are the things that make Ruby unique - and why is she so precious to Raz? Watch now to find out.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Life With My Classic – Episode 1 | Maximilian Seitz

In the brand-new series format “Life With My Classic”, drivers of Mercedes-Benz classic vehicles are portrayed. Subscribe to the channel so you get notified for new exciting videos here: However, the classic fans do not just keep their treasures in the garage, but also use them in everyday life. The focus is on vehicles that in their individual heyday shone above all through functionality – and were and are appreciated not only for their aesthetics. In the first episode, host Alex Kersten meets Berlin designer and influencer Maximilian Seitz. At first glance, he’s not the typical classic enthusiast. But he guards his two treasures – a Mercedes-Benz 450 SL (R 107) and a Mercedes-Benz SL 500 (R 129) – like gold. In a Berlin workshop, he painstakingly reprocesses the vehicles true to original, he integrates them into his everyday life and he tries to reconstruct their individual stories.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Peugeot 408 - This car came out of NOWHERE?

Revealed to the world in June, the new PEUGEOT 408 is the first of its kind – a new fastback silhouette at the top of the C segment. This new age PEUGEOT features a unique design which has a hint of Lamborghini Urus. What are your thoughts on the 408? Want to see new Auto Social UK content every day? Then make sure you're following me on both Instagram and TikTok:

Thursday, March 9, 2023

The Volkswagen Tiguan | A Little Assist

The Tiguan is designed with safety in mind. Because everyone can use a little help now and then, even when we don’t want to admit it. Find out more at

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Launch of the BMW iX5 Hydrogen pilot fleet

An important next phase for the BMW iX5 Hydrogen: The pilot fleet will be employed internationally for demonstration and trial purposes. This video gives you exciting insights into the development, production and functionality of the BMW iX5 Hydrogen. Read more here:

Thursday, March 2, 2023

The next sphere of future premium mobility | The Audi activesphere concept

Progress unveiled. Tune in for the world premiere of the latest concept car in the sphere series. This is the Audi activesphere concept*. A symbiosis of elegance, practicality and capability. Enabling freedom, empowering adventures and adapting to your needs. Immerse yourself in the next chapter of future premium mobility. Discover more,