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Author: Eszter Vass

Unknown engineers – The Hungarian roots of the famous Volkswagen Beetle

According to, more than 21.5 million models of the Volkswagen Beetle were built from 1938 until the end of production in 2003, making the Bug the best-selling car of all time that was hardly changed during its 65-year history. The name is typically associated with Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of the famous car company. There are, however, two engineers of Hungarian origin without whose contribution the famous Beetle would not be the same today. This is their story. Béla Barényi, the father of car safety Béla Barényi (1907-1997) was born in Hirtenberg, Austria in the Austro-Hungarian Empire of...

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