Volkswagen Fun Facts
When you were a kid, did you ever go to the circus and watch what seemed to be an endless stream of clowns pour out of a tiny car? If you did, chances are great that you watched them unfold themselves from the interior of a Volkswagen Beetle. It’s whimsical domed shape and small size lent themselves to the comical image, while it’s small rear engine compartment (in the original models), storage bin behind the rear seat, and relatively generous trunk out front–all of which could be opened into a single clown-hauling compartment surrounding a driver–made it a feasible logistical choice. As entertaining as a clown car skit may have been for you as a youngster, did you know that there are actually many interesting grown-up facts behind the Volkswagen line of vehicles? At Silver Lake Auto & Tire Centers, we reach beyond the entertainment factor to provide you with excellent automotive service and maintenance.
So Many Details, So Much Fun
Volkswagens have long been a part of popular culture. Few things are more representative of the 1960’s and early 1970’s than this manufacturer’s van that became known as the “Hippie Bus,” and Herbie the “Love Bug” Beetle, with its iconic stripes and number 53, not only had a personality of its own, but was also featured as the star in a series of movies. But before it was ever personified, the Volkswagen was a lowly means of basic transportation designed by the Nazi regime as “The People’s Car.” While many of the brand’s subsidiaries are luxurious models, a number of those made under the Volkswagen label bear the non assuming names of winds. For instance, the gulf winds led to the naming of the Golf (which is German for gulf). Ducati, Porsche, Bentley, Audi, Lamborghini, and Bugatti–all expensive, high end autos–are actually owned by Volkswagen. The mother company also boasts multiple high numbers, including fast speeds (Bugatti is one of the fastest cars available for purchase) and a tremendous workforce. All told, the collective brands employ 600,000 workers globally, making it the largest automaker in the world.
Keeping the Love in Your “Love Bug”–Or Any Other Volkswagen Product
Even though movies from days gone by popularized the “Love Bug,” it’s hard to love your Volkswagen if it’s broken down. To keep yours running it’s best to trust our certified technicians at Silver Lake Auto & Tire Centers. Stop in one of our locations in either Oconomowoc, Hartland, Brookfield, or New Berlin, WI. We have decades of experience keeping our customers happy and motoring safely. Why not use a shop you can love as much as your car?