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Much of the credit for the success of Volkswagen immediately after the war was due to the visionary leadership of Volkswagen CEO Heinz Nordhoff (1899 - 1968), who was able to assess the faults of the existing model and make the necessary improvements:

"The power was low, and the engine had a life of only 10,000 miles. Nordhoff brought in new experts who redesigned every vital component, working on the original pre-war designs of Ferdinand Porsche... The new car was quieter and more powerful, and had hydraulic brakes and shock absorbers. Soon, models with luxury touches were introduced."

     


The Amazing Volkswagen (Pic Magazine, 1955)

The Amazing Volkswagen (Pic Magazine, 1955)

The Amazing Volkswagen (Pic Magazine, 1955)

The Amazing Volkswagen (Pic Magazine, 1955)

The Amazing Volkswagen (Pic Magazine, 1955)

The Amazing Volkswagen (Pic Magazine, 1955)

The Amazing Volkswagen (Pic Magazine, 1955)

The Amazing Volkswagen (Pic Magazine, 1955)

The Amazing Volkswagen (Pic Magazine, 1955)

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