Ferdinand Porsche had a background in electric vehicle propulsion with Lohner in the 1900's, later designs for Austro-Daimler, and developing the supercharged S range for Mercedes in the 1920's and father of the Auto Union Grand Prix car, came up with the design of what would become the Volkswagen for Hitler.Major Ivan Hirst of the British forces undertook to build the fist batch of cars in 1945 at the renamed "Motor Works", production rising to 10,000 cars in 1946. In 1950 a Type 2 Transporter was introduced. The Beetle continued in production in Europe until 1973 after which it went to Brazil and Mexico as 1970 saw the introduction of the front wheel drive water cooled K70, the product of buying the Audi company. This new design ethos led on to the Passat (1973), Golf and Scirocco (1974), Polo (1975) and Jetta (1979).
Who would have thought that the car Henry Ford rejected and nobody outside Germany was interested in having would go on to sell well over 21 million cars in it's various forms. Or to show the scale of this, if each car took only one minute to make that would take over 38,000 years!