The effect that the classic Volkswagen has had on Americans as well as many people worldwide is exceptional. Few other car models can match the status of the car in terms of its support among ordinary people. The Volkswagen is known as “people’s car” in German. Despite the many atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler, people all over the world should give him credit for making the production of Volkswagen possible. In the early 1930s, many German citizens were not able to afford buying cars let alone meeting their basic needs. Most vehicles were too expensive and were considered as luxuries.
Adolf Hitler wanted to be popular with the people of Germany and so intended to make a car that would be affordable to most Germans. Hitler’s decision to have the car made was not based purely on innovation principles. Instead, he wanted to establish himself as a political leader by gaining support from majority of Germans, mostly who could not afford to buy the expensive car models. To achieve this, in 1933, Hitler turned to an engineer, Ferdinand Porsche who was known for his vast experience and skills in engineering. Hitler summoned Porsche and ordered him to make a car that could be made available to ordinary citizens.
Hitler gave Porsche guidelines on what the car should look like. Some of those guidelines included the capacity of the vehicle. It had to be able to accommodate four people as well as have an engine that would be able to last long. The proposed car was also to be small and air-cooled and be available to the people at a low price. Initially, the cost of the proposed vehicle made Porsche reluctant to proceed with plans for making the car. However, because of constant pressure from Hitler, Porsche began the process of developing the soon to be Volkswagen.
Soon afterwards, Porsche was given resources needed for the production of the car by Hitler. Even though he was still reluctant, he went ahead with the plans of producing the first prototypes of the Volkswagen. Not known to many, Porsche had previously produced another car model that had similar features as the car Hitler wanted. However, the car was not mass-produced. Porsche visited America where he learnt about the techniques used for mass production of cars, at low production costs. He then returned to Germany and begun working on the prototype of the Volkswagen, based on previous model he had designed.
It took three years from the time Hitler approached Porsche, to the time the first prototypes of the Volkswagen were produced. After a series of road tests, the car was ready to be mass-produced and many people bought these cars. After the Second World War, the British took control of the factories and appointed an engineer who did modifications to the Volkswagen. The British enabled the car to be mass-produced and sold not only to Germans but also to the rest of Europe and eventually to the rest of the world. Ever since then, Volkswagen has been made available to millions of people worldwide and is considered as a classic car.