Volkswagen are adhering to their policy of one model and no changes for the sake of change. They are allowing Porsche to conduct experimental work on their behalf, but any new models remain prototypes and are likely to do so at least until 1960. While sales remain high, Dr. Nordhoff cannot be criticised for continuing the Volkswagen virtually unchanged — in America they lead the foreign-car sales, selling 21,000 cars there in the first four months of this year, or some 40 per cent, of all imports, and they hold 13th place in the U.S. sales, outselling Studebakers, Lincolns, Imperials, Nashes, Hudsons and Packards.
Although the VW is basically as before, improvements have recently been introduced. Thus a much larger back window, nearly doubling rearward vision, a larger windscreen with narrower pillars, 35 per cent. more effective screen-wiper area and a faster wiper-motor contribute to safety. In addition, a re-designed facia with enlarged glove-locker, treadle accelerator, a new, more waterproof air-cooling intake, plastic head-lining, more accessible ash-tray and a slightly revised “bonnet” to accommodate two-line number plates represent further improvements. Besides black, green and coral red you can now order a glacier blue, light bronze, diamond grey or capri blue VW. The Thomas Tilling Group has bought the share capital of British VW Motors, Ltd., and the new Chairman, Lord Brabazon of Tara, recently paid his first visit to the Wolfsburg factory in company with the Managing Director, Mr. J. J. Graydon and met Dr. Ing. H. Nordhoff.
Besides the revised standard and de luxe VW saloons, which are now available in this country, the beautiful Karrnan Ghia coupe is selling well, although r.h.-drive versions are unlikely to be sent to the comparatively small British market.
We heard recently of a polio victim who bought a VW after trying all the equivalent-sized saloons for front-seat leg-room and ease of entry and exit. He also found the VW’s light controls a decided asset.
V. F. Monaco Motors have rebuilt a wartime open military Volkswagen and — splendid idea — use it as a service vehicle.