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Old 05-27-2013, 07:57 AM   #1
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5 Best Selling Cars of All Times

I'm not a car guy but I am guessing there are some on this site that would find this interesting. Enjoy

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I got the first 2 right but whiffed on 3-5.
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I loved my Beetle.
Funny little feature: Living in the snow belt of upstate New York, it was one of the few cars that could get around after a blizzard. Being so light, I simply drove over the drifts!
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The only one I got was the Beetle. I should have gotten the F-series truck and the Corolla.
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I learnt to drive on a Beetle. I loved that bug! Later I had a Ford Escort. That was not a reliable car.
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I remember a Beetle ad from many years ago ... The video is showing a terrible snow storm and a Beetle. The voice over says " how do you think the guy who drives the snow plow gets to work." Apparently the ad made an impression on me to remember it after all these years.
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I remember a Beetle ad from many years ago ... The video is showing a terrible snow storm and a Beetle. The voice over says " how do you think the guy who drives the snow plow gets to work." Apparently the ad made an impression on me to remember it after all these years.
I remember the ad, and can vouch for it from personal experience. About 40 years ago I was driving my Dad's GTO around a turn on snow/ice. I wasn't going that fast, but I lost it and spun sideways across the 2-lane road. Not close enough to risk an accident, but there was a Beetle coming at me from the other direction. Without pause, he nonchalantly drove off the road around me, through about 4-6" of snow, got back on the road and went on his merry way...
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When I was about 17 yrs old, 9 of us (male & female) somehow got ourselves into a VW bug. Not bragging, just stating a fact. I wouldn't want to try that again.
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Favorite Beetle Ad

My favorite Beetle ad:

YouRememberThat.Com - Taking You Back In Time... - National Lampoon Ted Kennedy VW Ad
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When I was about 17 yrs old, 9 of us (male & female) somehow got ourselves into a VW bug. Not bragging, just stating a fact. I wouldn't want to try that again.
When I was 16 years old, six kids, their books/backpacks, and a full sized cello fit into a VW beetle and drove a half hour each way over the mountains to summer school each day back in Hawaii. The cello was borrowed from the school for me, so I sat in the front passenger seat with the cello in front of me and my books on the floor. My brother drove, and in the back seat we had my two cousins and one or two of their boyfriends and all their books. There was a lot of sitting on one anothers' laps, laughing, and squirming going on in the back seat. Only teenagers could do this without complaining!

When we got out of the car at the school, I felt like I was getting out of one of those circus cars with 25 clowns inside. Thanks for reminding me of these great memories.
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When I was a kid, my parents bought a 1968 Beetle (I was 5 at the time). I remember playing in the rear rumble seat. I also remember helping my dad do oil changes which were pretty easy with the engine in the rear of the car. Another time, when I was a teenager, we had to get the car out of the street and into the driveway before the snowplow came through and buried it. My mom got behind the wheel and a few of the kids on the block including myself pushed the light car through the ice and snow into the driveway.

My parents sold the car in 1978 and bought a VW Rabbit (which became the Golf, according to the article). That car was among the first to have automatic seatbelts and that was crucial because a few months later that my dad was in a terrible head-on crash. The seatbelt tightened up so much on iimpact that it gave him some big welts on his chest through a few layers of clothing. But it also saved his life although he got banged up a bit elsewhere. (He made a full recovery.) Having a Rabbit diesel at the time enabled him to get around the gas lines of the late 1970s (not too many diesel pumps or cars around back then). They bought another Rabbit to replace it, one I would eventually drive but man was that clutch tough to operate compared to other standard shift vehicles I had driven.

Then we bought our first Corolla, another car on the list, followed by another Corolla in the 1980s. And I own a Corolla now, after owning a Geo Prism (which is basically a Corolla, were they counted among the Corollas, I wonder?).
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I think that the VW beetle belongs here, but including the current incarnation with front wheel drive is a bit of a stretch. Not really the same car at all - heck it even has heat.
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While not the best selling car of all time, I think the VW Beetle must be the most loved. The original Beetles were so unique and quirky. They are design icons. My Dad had several Beetles in a row. His rationale for buying them was that they would float if you ever happened to drive into a body of water. This was so improbable that I think he just liked the Beetle's personality and felt he had to rationalize.
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Only one I guessed was the VW Beetle. However, it doesn't surprise me to see the Ford truck and the Toyota Corolla on the list. In my 45 years of driving so far and I have never owned any of the top 5.
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I've owned the Ford F-150 and an F-100. Son currently has a Corolla, and one daughter had an Escort. My family has owned a total of 7 Camrys, which to my surprise isn't on the list. In fact, we (me, wife, 2 daughters & mom) currently are driving 5 Camrys!
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Yes, I would have guessed the Camry also. It's still one of the best selling cars in the country but a lot of other vehicles are approaching and have maybe surpassed the Camry in quality and customer satisfaction. It would be tough to beat. When I was with the BIG car company, the Camry was one of our target cars. We would tear the Camry apart, piece by piece and analyze each and every part for design, quality and cost. This was in about 1985. Also did this with a Toyota MR2 which was the target car for the Pontiac Fiero.
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I've owned the Ford F-150 and an F-100. Son currently has a Corolla, and one daughter had an Escort. My family has owned a total of 7 Camrys, which to my surprise isn't on the list. In fact, we (me, wife, 2 daughters & mom) currently are driving 5 Camrys!
The Camry frequently tops the buyer list in the US, but not in other countries, where tastes run to smaller cars. (In Canada the Honda Civic topped the buyer lists for 15 years before being overtaken by Ford F150 in 2012). Besides, the Camry has only been around since 1982, so it is a relative newcomer compared to the Corolla (1966) and the Beetle (1938). Give it time.....
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While not the best selling car of all time, I think the VW Beetle must be the most loved. The original Beetles were so unique and quirky. They are design icons. My Dad had several Beetles in a row. His rationale for buying them was that they would float if you ever happened to drive into a body of water. This was so improbable that I think he just liked the Beetle's personality and felt he had to rationalize.
Speaking of VW's and water.......I had two Beetles and a Karmann Ghia. Here in the rust belt, all three quickly developed rust holes in the floor pan, so that water would enter from road splash. I solved this problem by drilling holes in the rear foot area so it could drain back out.
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This Irish centenarian has owned over 40 VWs. He got one free for his 100th birthday.

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