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八十年歷史甲蟲車 明年七月停産 2018.10.05
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德國福士車廠生產的經典甲蟲車將於明年七月停產。甲蟲車是福士在1938年首款生產的車型,當時納粹德國領袖希特勒下令車廠為國民大量生產廉價汽車,二戰期間一度改為水陸兩用軍車。經歷多個年代,甲蟲車曾被視為流行文化象徵,是汽車史上最長壽及最暢銷的車型之一,全球銷量達2,270萬輛。不過近年由於銷量欠佳,福士決定明年停產,改為全面投入龐大的電動車市場。

電影掀甲蟲車熱潮
甲蟲車剛在美國開始銷售時,銷情並不理想。直至1968年迪士尼電影《鬼馬神仙車》以「甲蟲車」做主角,才掀起甲蟲車熱潮,同年單在美國銷量便達42.3萬輛,更成為當時車輛「小即是美」的潮流美學象徵。

The German auto-maker Volkswagen will be stopping the production of its classic Beetle July next year. The Beetle was Volkswagen’s first car make, with a start in 1938. At the time, Adolf Hitler, ruler of Nazi Germany, told car-making factories in the country to make an affordable car for the German people. During World War II, the Beetle was adapted as an amphibian military car. Over the years, the Beetle was once the symbol of pop culture, and one of the most long-lasting and best-selling cars, with global sales reaching 22.7 million. However, sales of the Beetle has slumped recently, and so Volkswagen is stopping production of this model to invest in the huge electric car market.

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