What Is the Volkswagen Beetle? Definition, Meaning and Concept

The Volkswagen Beetle is a type of car; it is officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1, although it is called the Beetle due to its shape, which somewhat resembles the shape of a beetle. The car was in production for about 70 years, and has become a collector's item around the world. It is often bought and restored by owners, with some even refurbishing the Beetle for other purposes; dune buggies are often made by modifying a Beetle, which is sometimes called a Bug. The car has also had a consistent presence in pop culture, making appearances in film, television, and literature.

The origins of the Volkswagen Beetle can be traced back to Europe in the mid-1930s. The car was a compact, affordable and functional vehicle produced for regular consumption by consumers. It was considered a more comfortable alternative to other compact cars being designed during that era, and the Volkswagen Beetle featured a unique engine and cooling setup uncommon during that era. The engine was mounted at the rear of the vehicle instead of at the front, and the car's trunk was located where the engine compartment would normally be, at the front of the vehicle. The streamlined shape of the car allowed air to pass through the grille at the rear of the car to cool the engine efficiently.

The Volkswagen Beetle's design was exceptionally simple, and components were often made from lightweight materials to reduce the car's overall weight. The Beetle's interior was compact and simple; Designers avoided excesses such as painted trim and excessive upholstery, and much of the interior was metal. The Beetle had a rear seat, which was quite small but functional.

While several redesigns were made over the course of the nearly 70 years the Beetle was in production, the overall plans for the car remained fairly consistent. A major redesign occurred in the early 1990s, and the "new Beetle" resembled the old version in many ways, but featured updated technology and styling. The new Beetle's body shape was more streamlined and made of more modern materials. The interior of the car was upholstered and made with comfort and aesthetics in mind. The interior was also larger to allow for greater comfort among all passengers. In 2011, another facelifted design was announced for the Volkswagen Beetle, which was said to be marketed to both men and women.