VW built a prototype convertible Beetle in 1936, but Karmann didn’t start producing it until 1949. It’s based on the top model of the normal Bug. DW tests a 1979 VW convertible with a 1.6-liter, 50-horse engine from the 1303 S.
The VW Beetle has the Nazis to thank for its existence. Adolf Hitler laid the cornerstone of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg 80 years ago. Here, a critical retrospective of a German success story.
German carmakers have condemned experiments they paid for that exposed monkeys to toxic diesel fumes. VW also apologized for a lack of judgment in a further case connected to the Dieselgate emissions scandal.
Daimler says it too has suspended an official implicated in a 2015 diesel exhaust test on monkeys, following VW's suspension of its chief lobbyist. Carmakers wanted test results kept secret, German media reported.
It made for emotive headlines. Diesel gas tests on monkeys – and humans? VW, still tainted by Dieselgate, was also part of the story. But the Aachen research institute involved in one study says it was unduly implicated.
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