In Pictures: The VW Beetle
The Beetle evolves

By 1938, the "Beetle" shape had fully evolved. A rigorous testing programme was launched, with men of the feared SS driving a batch of the cars for many thousands of miles through the worst winter weather.

Construction of a vast factory, Kraft-durch-Freude-Stadt (Strength-Through-Joy-Town), was begun for production of one million cars a year.

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