Producing the “People’s Car” of Germany, 1945-1960

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In 1933 Adolf Hitler commissioned automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche to develop a “People’s Car” (literally a VolksWagen). The Volkswagen would need to be capable of carrying a family of five at sustained speeds of 100km/h (62 miles per hour), with a fuel efficiency of 32 miles per gallon. It would also need to be inexpensive […]

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