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    The Volkswagen Beetle

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    The people's car – generically, Volkswagen in German – is almost as old as the automobile, and the type was familiar in Germany long before the advent of the Volkswagen. Usually these 'popular'; cars were minimal cars, though size and simplicity did not necessarily bring them within the reach of the ordinary man in the street. Henry Ford did build a successful universal car, to sell at a low price, but his Model T with its 2.9-litre engine was by no means a small car, nor was the Model

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    On May 28th, 1937 the world was transformed with a bug, a Volkswagen Beetle that is. In the early 1930’s, Adolf Hitler wanted to improve the greater good of Germany by mobilizing the country through an affordable vehicle. Hitler’s plan was to catch Germany up to speed with the rest of the world, while also improving the economic state of the country at the end of World War II. The Volkswagen Beetle was recognized as, “The People’s Car,” for it was to be accessible for any ordinary person or family

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    Automobile Jewels: Porsche's Evolution

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    worked for Daimler house in Germany, together with Benz. He founded his own design company in Stuttgart, and in 1934, he designed with his son the rear engine car that was to become the famous Volkswagen Beetle. He is best known for creating the first gasoline electric hybrid vehicle, the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mercedez Benz several other important developments and Porsche automobiles. In addition, Porsche designed the 1923 Benz, which was the first racecar with a mid engine, rear wheel drive layout

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    afternoon in late 1977, a young, newly-wed woman of 26 was dropped off at her Volkswagen Beetle by her sister-in-law. Her name was Gini McNair. She waved goodbye to her companion, unlocked the driver's door, and stepped into her vehicle. Sitting at the wheel, with the key in the ignition, she glanced around the deserted Boulder Canyon Road located outside of Boulder, Colorado. While waiting for her dusty red Volkswagen to warm up, she saw another one, light blue, heading down Sugarloaf Road towards

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    The Ford Pinto Case

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    Business Case (The Ford Pinto) There was strong competition for Ford in the American small-car market from Volkswagen and several Japanese companies in the 1960’s. To fight the competition, Ford rushed its newest car the Pinto into production in much less time than is usually required to develop a car. The regular time to produce an automobile is 43 months but Ford took 25 months only (Satchi, L., 2005). Although Ford had access to a new design which would decrease the possibility of the Ford Pinto

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    quite unattractive to the average motorcar buyer, is too ugly and too noisy … If you think you're going to build cars in this place, you're a bloody fool, young man."(Volkswagen, 2008, p. 1 ) This is what was once said about the Volkswagen Company; as time has passed no words could have ever been so wrong. Nazi Germany established Volkswagen through Hitler’s persistence in an effort to create an affordable automobile for the German people, but over time the late 1930’s people’s car quickly evolved into

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    The History of Volkswagen In 1937, the German government founded Volkswagen to mass produce a low priced "peoples car." A Nazi organization called the German Labor Front operated the company originally. They brought in Ferdinand Porsche to design the car. He used elements from his type 32 prototype NSU that he designed in 1934. Such elements were an air cooled horizontally opposed four cylinder rear mounted engine and torsion bar suspension. Production was supposed to start at the Kdf-Stadt

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    Ferdinand Porsche was born in Maffersdorf, Austria (now in the Czech Republic) on September 3, 1875. At age 18 he found a job in Vienna. While working in Vienna he audited a few courses at the technical university for the only engineering training he ever received. A few years later he took his first job in the automotive industry with Jacob Lohner. There he was involved in the design of an electric car, the Lohner-Porsche. That first car by Porsche set land speed records in Austria, speeding up

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    Insects in Popular Culture

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    Scorpion. Dir. Edward Ludwig. Perf. Richard Denning, Carlos Rivas, Mara Corday. Warner Brothers, 1957. Cranshaw, Whitney. "Nuisance Wasps and Bees." Nuisance Wasps and Bees. Colorado State University, 08 Jan. 2014. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. "Volkswagen Beetle 2011 Super Bowl XLV Television Commercial." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 4 Feb. 2011. Web. 31 9 Mar. 2014. The Wasp Woman. Dir. Roger Corman. Perf. Susan Cabot, Michael Mark, Anthony Eisley. Filmgroup, 1959.

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    Ford Model T

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    found a way to make his car affordable. The Low Price of the Model T sent a boom around the nation. "Over the next 19 years, Ford would build 15,000,000 automobiles with the Model "T" engine, the longest run of any single model apart from the Volkswagen Beetle." (www.hfmgv.org) "In 1900 America produced 4,100 automobiles; in 1908, the year of the Model T's advent, the number had risen to 63,500; in 1909 it had nearly doubled, to 123,900. In 1916 it stood at 1,525,500." (Gordon) The Model T changed

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