the word "volkswagen" means "people's car." In the year 1930, Ferdinand Porsche designed a car, the Type 32, which looked very similar to the later KdF Wagen, which was the predecessor to the Volkswagen Beetle. In 1933, Adolf Hitler met with Porsche to discuss Hitler's idea of a volkswagen. Hitler proposed a people's car that could carry 5 people, cruise up to 62mph, return 33mpg, and cost only 1000 Reich Marks. This was an opportunity for Porsche. Initially, he designated this design the Type 60, but it was soon changed to the V1. A convertible version was also proposed called the V2. Eventually the KdF Wagen, the VW3 appeared. It had a 22.5 hp four cylinder engine. In 1938, the KdF Wagen factory was built and in 1939 VW38s (pre-production) and VW39s (demonstration cars) were produced. This later edition of the car, although never produced commercially, was the basis of the post-war Beetle. After the war, the British Army took over the factory and the company was named Volkswagen. In 1949, the company was handed over to the German government. Late in 1949, an idea for a VW van was developed and by 1950, the VW transporter was born. In the 1950s, Volkswagen built factories in England, South Africa, Brazil and Australia. Beetles built before 1953 looked almost identical to the KdF Wagen designed before the war. Volkswagen production increased through the 1950s. Each year, minor changes were made to the VW Beetle, but nothing very drastic. The Disney movie, Herbie, also helped promote the Volkswagen Beetle. . However, ever increasing US government regulations pushed the Beetle to its limits. Volkswagen stopped production of the sedan in 1977 and the cabriolet in 1979. However, the Beetle is still thriving in Mexico and South America.