The result was a more open, airy, modern look., the big news was an optional new 1300cc 50 hp (37 kW; 51 PS) engine in lieu of the previous 1200cc engine that had been the sole engine since 1954.
For 1974, North American models received newly required 5 mph (8.0 km/h) impact bumpers mounted on self-restoring energy absorbers, which added approximately 25 mm (0.98 in) to the car's overall length.
The front seats were Recaro racing buckets.33 The car was designed to be as simple as possible mechanically.Citation needed 1968 Type 1 1968 was a year of major change.A b Christopher,.German competitors, Ford and Opel also enjoyed strong sales of modern smaller cars like the Ford Escort and Opel Kadett.In accord with the newly enacted US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108, North American models received a dual-circuit brake system, the clear glass headlamp covers were deleted; the headlamps were brought forward to the leading edge of the front fenders, and the sealed-beam units.53 Illustration of the Beetle's engine air cooling and exhaust systems 1962 Volkswagen Beetle null and son rolla Engine The Beetle featured a rear-located, rear-wheel drive, air-cooled four-cylinder, boxer engine in a two-door bodywork featuring a flat front windscreen, accommodating four passengers and providing luggage storage under the front.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (iihs) gave the New Beetle a Good overall score in their frontal crash test.
Volkswagen had only just started small scale production, building about 210 Beetles, when civilian production was halted at the start of the war.
Several features from the Super Beetle were grafted onto the South African Beetle 1600S, such as curved windshield, new dashboard, and larger taillights, while retaining the Beetle chassis and mechanicals.Retrieved 2 December 2016.Much of the essential equipment had already been moved to underground bunkers for protection, which let production resume quickly after hostilities ended."Käfer 1200 Limousine (19541973 Modellpflege" Beetle 1200 sedan (19541973 Model changes.'68'69 Automatic StickShift badge A new 3-speed semi-automatic gear box with torque converter and vacuum-operated clutch became available mid-production year.
The Beetle thus marked a significant trend, led by Volkswagen, and then by Fiat and Renault, whereby the rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout increased from.6 percent of continental Western Europe's car production in 1946.6 percent in 1956.
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4 The New Beetle is related to the original only in name and appearance (including the absence of a car emblem script with the exception of the VW logo).