Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Audi. You can take parts from an 1989 Audi 1000 and swap them on a MKII/A2 Golf. The etchings on the windows of my MKII GTi have both the VW logo and the 4 rings of Audi right next to it.
Aero/Square H3's. Most MKII's produced from 1985-1989 came with the square or Aero H3 Headlights (ugly as hell!). 1989 on, especially the GTi's came with the 4 Round H4's, 2 outer H4's, and 2 inner fog lamps integrated in the same grill.
|Which other VW Golf/GTi model generation shares similar components (suspension,transmission, etc.) with the MKII/A2?||Volkswagen MKII GTi / Golf
MKIII/A3. Some of the MKIII's suspension that were produced from 1992-1993 can fit on MKII's. The chassis are similar, the MKIII's are just heavier and are shaped differently.
Recaro. Recaro provided either full leather, leather with cloth inserts, "pleather" or full cloth seats and door cards.
5. In the US/Canada there were 4, in addition to the MKV/A5 which were available in Europe.
02O. 8-Valve or 16-Valve, the trannies are interchangeable with the 2 engines, but not interchangeable with a VR6 or a G60.
1.6L 8-valve; 1.8L 8-Valve & 16-Valve; 2.0L 16-Valve; 1.8L G60. Most stock MKII Golf/GTi's on the road are 1.8L 8-Valves.
G60 Limited. The total number of the G60 Limiteds produced was 71. They were so limited, that VW never gave them VIN numbers,but "serial numbers" instead. The G60 Limited came with a 1.8L 16-valve with a G60 Supercharger that pushed 210 HP and came as a 4-door variant and looked more like your grandma's Golf than a supercharged monster!
1985-1992. A quick way you can identify an MKII that was produced in 1985-1987 from the ones produced in 1988-1992 is the way the doors look. The 85-87's have "smaller doors",meaning the front windows are smaller, and have a small non-working window on the front corner of the door, making the doors look smaller.
|In 2003, VW stopped production of the air-cooled Beetle. A car that had remained essentialy unchanged since the seventies. Approximately how many air-cooled Beetles were produced in total?||Air Cooled Volkswagens
Approx. 22 million. The Beetle enjoyed a longer run of production than any vehicle before it. Here is another interesting tidbit. On May 24, 2005 Volkswagen presented its 100,000,000th vehichle, a VW Touran, to Eva Louise Köhler, the wife of the German president.
|Volkswagen, like most automakers, expanded its production into other countries. Beside Germany, where has Volkswagen produced Volkswagens? ||Air Cooled Volkswagens
Mexico, Brazil, USA. I admit, this is a bit of a trick question. VW built a plant in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania in the 1970s to manufacture the new Rabbit. They closed the plant in 1988.
|Volkswagen had one of the best advertising campaigns ever seen in the automotive market. They combined witty humor with simple facts. Which basketball player once appeared in an ad captioned "They said it couldn't be done...it couldn't."?||Air Cooled Volkswagens
Wilt Chamberlain. One of my favorites was an ad that had a small photo of the Beetle alone and was captioned "Think Small".
|VW later produced the Type 3 series of cars, still based on the rear-mount aircooled engines. There were three Type 3 models produced, not including the Type 34 Ghia. What were they?||Air Cooled Volkswagens
Squareback, Notchback, Fastback. Volkswagen also later produced the Type 4, which had a unibody design. It never became popular.
|Volkswagen introduced the Karmann Ghia to spice up its product line, at that time having only the Beetle and the Bus. What year was the first Karmann Ghia produced?||Air Cooled Volkswagens
1956. In the early 1950s, Volkswagen was facing the prospect of selling a small line of "ugly" cars (the Beetle and the Bus) to a more demanding car buying public. VW executives felt it was necessary to introduce an "image" car to reach this new market. Several other car companies were in the same situation, most notably Chrysler. Chrysler contracted the Italian styling and coach-building firm Ghia to build a series of "dream cars". While Chrysler produced some of these dream cars, one car they did not produce would eventually become the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. While Chrysler worked with Ghia, Volkswagen contracted the German coach builder Karmann to build their "image" car. Karmann, in need of a design, approached Ghia and somehow the old Chrysler design surfaced and was modified to fit the Beetle floorpan. The VW executives liked what they saw and by August of 1955, the first Volkswagen Karmann Ghias rolled off assembly line in Osnabrück, Germany, as 1956 models.
|Early models of the VW Transporter (a.k.a. the Microbus) are known as "Barndoors". What feature gave them this name? ||Air Cooled Volkswagens
an overly large engine lid. The Barndoor's engine lid extends from the bottom of the rear window down to the bumper and nearly from tail light to tail light.
|In the early sixties, Engineered Motor Products Inc. (EMPI) raced a modified '56 in drag races where it consistently won races against V8s. What was this car's name?||Air Cooled Volkswagens
The Inch Pincher. In 1964 the car could run a quarter mile in 14.9 seconds at 91.5 mph. The next year at the NHRA Winternationals, the Inch Pincher was given its name because it could win with fewer cubic inches.
|Over the years Volkswagen made many small changes to the Beetle but it remained essentially the same. One of the more noticeable changes was the rear window. Which type of window did a 1951 beetle have?||Air Cooled Volkswagens
A split rear window. The original 1930s prototypes, the V1, V2 and V3, had louvers but no window in the rear. The first production models had a split ovular window. In 1953 VW switched to a singal oval shaped window. And finally in 1958 the Beetle got its larger, rectangular rear window.
Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. In the early 1930s Ferdinand Porsche had a vision of a car that could be affordable to the masses. He founded a design company, the Porsche Büro, which designed a lightweight (for the time) independent front suspension. The motorcycle company Zündapp commissioned Porsche to design a car for them, but it never made it out of prototype. Porsche's vision appealed to a young Hitler, who was impressed with Porsche's design capability. Hitler presented a design to Porsche that bore little resemblance to the vehicle that was to come later. The car was to cruise at 60mph, carry 2 adults and 3 children, get 33mpg and cost less than 1000 Reichsmarks. Porsche finally getting the opportunity to pursue his vision, accepted the challenge. Although he was unable to make deadlines for the first prototypes, he pushed forward and by 1938 production of the VW was underway. Hitler at the last moment changed the name of the VW38 to KdF Wagen ("Kraft durch Freude" or "strength through joy") which upset Porsche, who was not a member of the NAZI party and did not approve of the propaganda used in advertisement.