“It has been: a part of Germany’s darkest hours as a never-realized Nazi prestige project. A symbol of Germany’s postwar economic renaissance and rising middle-class prosperity. An example of globalization, sold and recognized all over the world. An emblem of the 1960s counterculture in the United States. Above all, the car remains a landmark in design, as recognizable as the Coca-Cola bottle.” AP on the end of the road for the Volkswagen Beetle. (I’ll never understand how hippies thought it was cool to drive Hitler’s “people’s car.”)