Burning Vauxhalls is just the hot tip of a c/old European/US quality problem hidden under the surface of prejudice and crypto-racism.Klevius has since the 1990s pointed out the remarkable difference in TV and car fires between Japan and Europe. Re. cars please read the list further down presenting insurance data over car fires per brand. And when it came to TV's the difference between German/Dutch TVs and Japanese brands was in the order of tenfold.
EU was created to "protect" EU against import of Japanese high tech and quality - far beyond what Europe/US could produce.
These two Japanese cars topped the list of the best cars money could buy 25 years ago. Lexus LS400 was buy far the most silent, refined and reliable luxury car of its time. And Honda's NSX was by far the most refined and reliable super sports car of its time - adding for the first time ever in sports car history, the ability to also function as a "normal" car. And it was much cheaper than Ferrari - yet Ferrari owners usually needed to buy three Ferraris: One to drive, one in spare when they got the inevitable quality problems/car fires etc, and one under expensive service.
EU was created with the 1992 Maastricht Treaty at a time US-Japanese trade war, when the Japanese superior production quality became obvious for even the most conservative buyers. And instead of cooperation EU offered protectionism which led to poorer quality and less environmentally friendly products for the consumers. Klevius thinks part of the eagerness to stop Japanese products was also purely based on racism. Europe has a long tradition of "mongol" hate. However, Klevius proposed that the Nordic countries, instead of joining EU, could have continued their long Nordic cooperation,but also included Japan, which lacked the resources the Nordic countries possessed. Finland had already started such cooperation (compare Nokia etc). This was at a time when Japan (70%) and Sweden (most of the rest) dominated the world's industrial robot production.
Godless, i.e. Atheist Japan has been in the technological lead for more than a century (starting with Japan's crushing of the Russian navy). Next in line is an other godless, i.e. Atheist country, China. See the pattern?
If you gather all possible car (or other technical gadgets) quality lists from the last half a century, you will face an overwhelming Japanese dominance.
According to Swedish Folksam's insurance statistics on car fires only one out of the 55 most dangerous cars in Sweden was Japanese, whereas 34 out of the 47 least dangerous cars were Japanese (with Toyota and Honda in top).
China is the next* Japan - only ten times bigger and growing five times faster. Yet Theresa May feels more comfortable with islamofascist* countries who haven't produced anything except havoc, misery and suffering.* Countries where basic Human Rights are denied and where it's "blasphemic" to even question or worse still, criticize, the muslim god Allah.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
How come that the best tech in the world comes from a non-muslim and non-Christian, Atheist people?
Who moron bought Steinway?
And why do many churches, concert halls etc keep buying inferior grands?Klevius has the answer - keep reading!
BBC's confused "piano expert" Chris Hopkins, didn't even mention the best brand when he named his favorite piano makers. Instead Chris Hopkins blabbed about Steinway and their top model D. And here comes the truly revealing part. When asked to motivate his opinion Chris Hopkins had nothing logical to say but instead admitted that the Steinway D's quality differed widely between individual pianos. But this devastating fact he then tried to turn positive in the old tiresome babbling about "hand made"* and "individuals", when the fact is that Steinway cannot produce the same quality pianos as Yamaha because of the same reason Ferrari, Porsche etc cannot produce the same quality as Lexus etc Japanese high tech cars.
* Compare extremely over-prized (part of the selling trick) handmade European watches - usually driven by some already outdated Japanese tech.
Kevin Higgins (about Yamaha CFX): I was pleasantly surprised by the warm round tone of each note. It was the best piano I have ever played. The action was easy and the keyboard had a nice textured feel that gave me confidence and security in my play. Much easier to play than the Steinway D. More clarity on the bottom end. This piano achieves real depth but with a better action. It's amazing.
Klevius: Not only that. Yamaha's superior and even production quality guarantees that you really get what you want.
Yamaha talked to hundreds of the world’s most accomplished pianists, including those that did not play Yamaha pianos, and they asked them all what it was they most wanted to see in a concert instrument, and also what they hoped not to see.
Klevius comment: If they'd asked the buyers instead they'd likely got the answer that they hoped not to see the Yamaha brand name on the piano. Btw, have you noticed how TV cameras tend to be allergic to the Yamaha brand name while never missing an opportunity to show the Steinway brand name. Crypto-racism?!
The V10 engine in Lexus LFA is made by Yamaha.
Never buy a camera with a Zeiss lens
I got a cheap Sony bridge camera more than four years ago. I've taken thousands and thousands of pics and I've had it out almost every day in a variety of wet, sandy, dirty, hot and cold environments loose in the car or in some suspicious bags etc without any other protection. It has never failed (the only Japanese camera that has failed for me was a Panasonic with a Zeiss lens - which very soon lacked working both zooming and focusing while the rest of the camera works perfectly). I'm sure I'm not alone. Just check quality lists etc.
This photo was taken hand-held with my soon five year old cheap Sony HX1 recently.
No Audis at the top- ever* Although Mercedes usually tops the European brands, the particular list below is misleading because Mercedes is usually much lower down and Honda higher up.
It's not just Lexus - it's Japanese world leading quality
Ignorant people don't realize that Japanese quality is older than Germany is as a nation. The pre-history of Japanese quality goes deep into Shinto tradition. No dude, Shinto isn't a stupid "monotheist religion"!
There's a multitude of quality surveys out there from the last half of a century which could vary considerably due to methods etc. However, when summed up the Japanese stand out as overwhelmingly superior. And despite an equally long period of besserwissers telling us it won't last - it still lasts.
Just one example from a safety aspect:
Risk of car fires recorded by Sweden's biggest insurance company Folksam
Japanese brands on average face a far less risk of bursting into flames, than do European cars (see note above)! Especially Volvo and French cars, but also all the German brands, are much often involved in accidental or even spontaneous car fire. Although this is well in line with previous studies on TV-fires, which found that European brands were involved up to 50 times more often than similar Japanese and Korean brands, Volvo and others continue to talk safety! When a Swedish mother left her child for day care, she found her new Volvo X90 in spontanenous flames after having left it for a few minutes. Luckily she took her older child with her inside the day care center! These kinds of stories are very common. So next time you buy a car you may reconsider the safety issue, especially the one that concerns the real life situation where you want to use your car.
The most dangerous brands? BMW, VW & Peugeot plus, of course, perhaps the worst, Volvo
which, apart from burning very easily, has much more than the average of safety problems related to poor build quality.
According to Swedish Folksam's insurance statistics on car fires only one out of the 55 most dangerous cars in Sweden was Japanese, whereas 34 out of the 47 least dangerous cars were Japanese (with Toyota and Honda in top).
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
The most important lesson of the VW/Audi scandal: That VW/Audi is way below the best Japanese cars both in advanced technology and quality!
This fact should be thought of when considering the scale of "Hitler's revenge on the afterworld".
VW/Audi hasn't only cheated on diesel cars. Moreover, even if Japanese car makers should have done exactly the same, the irrefutable fact remains that they should have caused less harm in every aspect due to better production quality. If, on the other hand they haven't cheated, then the gap is even bigger.
Will the muslimification of Germany improve German "quality"? Klevius thinks not.EU was shaped as a protection zone against Japanese high quality products.
The Germans have never (on this side of WW2) been even close to Japanese top quality. Even Porsche admitted it already back in the 1990s. And among German car makers VW is probably the worst, and in the VW family Audi is probably worst of them all because Audi is nothing else than tuned VW's, i.e. magnifying an already existing problem.
"Tuned" price tags and brand names made in Germany has been the surrogate for lack of quality (although, to be fair, German brands have at least outperformed French brands).Klevius remembers when German "quality brands" like Blaupunkt etc. in the 1980's bought old Japanese video's, TVs etc. and labeled them with German brands, and stupid consumer bought them for a higher price than the same labeled Panasonic or JVC.
An other revealing experience was when Klevius in the early 1990s needed a roller bearing for a Japanese car and was offered a European (Swedish) SKF bearing. When Klevius asked if they had the original Japanese they said yes but insisted that SKF was "at least equally good". Klevius said that wasn't his expterience and asked to see the Japanese bearing. When compared it turned out that
1 the Japanese brand was perfectly and hermetically packed while the European was loosely wrapped in some oil paper and placed in a cheap looking loose box. Klevius bought the Japanese one, opened it and compared it to the European. It turned out that while the European had scratch marks in all directions the Japanese marks were one directional and extremely even.
2 When turning the bearings around near one's ear the Japanese was silent and smooth while the European was noisy and shaky. Klevius asked the seller which one he thought would last longer. He agreed with a surprised face.
When Kobe in Japan was hit by an enormous earthquake in the late 1990s all European "super cars" had to stop production because the most crucial high quality items were made in Japan (read more further down).
European hybrid passenger cars came ten years after they were introduced in Japan. And only with the help of Japanese technology branded German.
Japanese superiority and VW/Audi inferiority has since long been known through a multitude of surveys etc.Against this background one might ask why world leading Honda isn't even on the list of the most sold cars in Europe?!
Honda (which together with Toyota/Lexus is the best car brand in the world) doesn't even show up on the list of the most sold Europan cars (2015 jan-jun):
1. Volkswagen: 867 147 sålda bilar, marknadsandel 12.1 %.
2. Ford: 528 902, 7.4 %
3. Renault: 508,850, 7.1 %
4. Opel/Vauxhall: 491,340, 6.9 %
5. Peugeot: 440 596, 6.1 %
6. Audi: 387 228, 5.4 %
7. Bmw: 356 444, 5.0 %
8. Mercedes: 354,471, 4.9 %
9. Fiat: 351,437, 4.9 %
10. Skoda: 304 635, 4.2 %
11. Nissan: 294 140, 4.1 %
12. Citroën: 287 344, 4.0 %
13. Toyota: 279 400, 3.9 %
14. Hyundai: 230 681, 3.2 %
15. Dacia: 205 115, 2.9 %
16. Kia: 195 158, 2.7 %
17. Seat: 180 272, 2.5 %
18. Volvo: 126 367, 1.8 %
Some quality notes2014 Lexus luxury cars far outscored every other brand (especially European ones) in dependability, with just 68 PP100, compared with e.g. Mercedes' 104 PP100.
Part of the reason for the misconception about German engineering is that German automakers did, at one time (i.e. before the Japanese showed up on the block, earn it. When Consumer Reports started its Long-Term Reliability Tests and Initial Quality Index tests way back in 1972, German brands like Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz came out on top. The initial quality of even the lowly VW Beetle topped many domestic vehicles from Ford, Jeep, Pontiac and Mercury.
In the 1980s and 90s the most reliable models ended up coming from Honda, Toyota, Acura, Infiniti and Lexus.
In the late ‘90s Mercedes had released the dismally unreliable M-Class SUV and the brand’s initial quality scores have plummeted since. Other German brands had similar experiences.
According to Consumer Reports, Mercedes boosted its reliability a bit in 2011, but is still inconsistent. The same can be said for Mercedes’ German competitors, Audi and BMW. In Consumer Reports last five annual reports, the last time these German brands have been above average in reliability was back in 2007. Since then, they’ve all slumped below the average in the industry.
Consumer Reports’ Long-Term Reliability test documents a car’s reliability over the course of three years, while the Initial Quality Index is based on consumer feedback from the first few months of a new cars ownership.
Consumer Reports also has a report card that ranks automakers based on their average car score, reliability score and the percentage of recommended vehicles. The average score for these carmaker report cards over the past five years (when they started the report cards) of the German brands doesn’t crack 68/100, below the industry average and the competition from the top Japanese automakers.
These results are reflected in numbers released by J.D. Power & Associates as well. In the both of the latest J.D. Power Surveys, the German brands can’t match up to their Japanese (and even some American) luxury peers. In the most recent vehicle dependability survey, Mercedes-Benz only gets a four out of five, which is “Better than most” rating, while Audi and BMW get 3/5 or “About Average.” Volkswagen falls below average with 2/5, what J.D. Power describes as “The Rest.” Porsche is also ranked “Better than most” in J.D. Power’s dependability survey, which give Mercedes-Benz some nice company. It’s important to note that only one car maker had a score of 5/5, and that’s Lexus. However, Lexus doesn't make cheap small cars for the masses as does Honda.
Nothing changes in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality rankings. Mercedes and Porsche have 4/5 ratings, BMW and Audi get just 3/5 and VW only achieves 2/5. Lexus tops that ranking as well with a 5/5.
The J.D. Power ratings are based on consumer surveys. Initial Quality is measured after 90 days of a new car’s purchase. Vehicle Dependability Ratings are surveys based on the past 12 months of original owners of three-year old cars. In other words, longterm quality issues do to poor parts quality will show the Germans being even worse.
In 2013 the German TÜV checked cars reliability etc and placed Toyota Prius in top for the up to 7 year old cars. Honda wasn't statstically available due to low sales.
In an other study German cars were 'among worst for engine failures'. Audi, BMW and VW ranked in the bottom 10 of a study into engine reliability.
German-made cars are not as reliable as many believe, according to new research. Warranty Direct has studied its claims data to compile a list of the manufacturers with the most reliable engines - and Audi, BMW and Volkswagen all finished in the bottom 10 out of a total 36 makers.
In fact, the only firm whose cars had a worse engine failure rate than Audi was MG Rover. MINI wasn’t much better, finishing third from bottom, while its parent company BMW came seventh from bottom. And, despite its unfounded reputation for "rock-solid reliability", Volkswagen came ninth from bottom.
Honda scooped the gold medal – the study found that just one in every 344 Honda engines failed, compared to one in every 27 Audi engines.
Apr 16, 2015 Honda has retained its status as the most reliable used car manufacturer in the UK for the ninth consecutive year, according to research by What Car? and Warranty Direct.
Already in the 1950's Frank Sinatra preferred a Japanese (Sony) microphone - just like thousands of youngsters preferred a cool Honda bike instead of the low performing old-fashioned and low quality BMWs.
Klevius wrote FIVE YEARS AGO:
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Shinto Honda high tech vs Protestant BMW old fogies
Technology in religion
1 Shinto/Secularism/Buddhism etc non-monotheist true religions (see the web's best Definition of religion)
2 Protestantism (a protest against Catholic Christianity)
3 Other religions
5 Islam/Mohammedanism (the by far worst form of Judaic "monotheisms")
Is BMW a cult or a religion - or just insanity? BMWs have always been dangerous due to poor quality & poor handling
BMW rides high on an empty reputation boosted by racist attitudes against non-European cars (now Japanese but soon also Chinese - Korean cars are slightly less smeared because 1) Koreans are more "monotheist" & 2) Koreans have, wrongly, been seen as not a tech threat).
As a rule of thumb, everything that's going faster than an old fogie on your Bimmer is probably Made in Japan! Remember how the production of European performance cars stalled after the Kobe earth quake?!
Btw, isn't it strange howe different the real world is from that one on the news & superficial fashion outlets!
If you really need an oldfashioned 6-in line, go shop for an old Nissan GTR (1989-), the unbeaten Japanese super car. Then you also get 4WD, 4WS & computer controlled tuning so you don't have to suffer with the RWD (hotted up by Mitsubishi though) of a lousy over weight & over priced M3!
Here's a funny story abt some crazy Japanese street mechanics enlivening a tired BMW by the help of an old 1999 Honda S2000 STANDARD engine - 250 hp from 2 litre WITHOUT A TURBO more than a decade ago! Kiss my ass Ferrari). Note the BMW's rev meter's redline at 6000 plus, & how the lively Honda engine pushes the needle all the way round to the start position at zero! see the hilarious video!
Read Klevius - your way out of media indoctrination & false idols!
BMW makes below average quality cars which it manages to sell as quality cars although the only high quality on a BMW is the price tag. BMW has had serious safety & "drivability" issues as long as I can remember. But the selling (cheating) idea is good: Change as little as possible to save costs & spice up the old corpse with cheap electronics etc! In fact, the main part of BMW's marketing department is outside the office & works for free, i.e. the buyers! Just take a look at the Bimmer forums! Orthodox thinking is the rule & questioning where the Kaiser's clothes are is blasphemy.
I used to be a Bimmer fan some hundred years ago so I know it hurts to face the truth. However, I was well rewarded by the Japs I carefully chose for my particular way of life. The worst chock I as a driver have ever encountered was when I for the first time got a Subaru Leone Turbo in my rear mirror & a couple of seconds later saw it vanishing in the blizzard in front of me challenging my view on myself as the best ice/snow driver in the village, no in the world*. I was ready for the nut house until I was told it was a permanent (but switchable to FWD) 4WD with a front mounted boxer, computer controlled air suspension etc (btw Subaru was first in the world with mass produced 4WD passenger cars - Audi Quatro came a decade later!)! At that time I had already switched to FWD from RWD. RWD worked surprisingly well though in an old Mazda Luce 1800 from the 60s with good tyres & good balance, an extremely long stroke but soft & powerful high quality alu OHC engine with roller valve lifters & 94 mm stroke x 76 mm bore, & a built in rear axis "slip resitance", unlike the stupid Bimmers of the time which I frequently saw "parked" head down beside the road). The Luce had an electronic Mitsubishi fuel pump three times the size & power of other cars I checked (most cars back then had still conventional pumps, though). It also helped that it had four headlights which could be doubled (low+high beam) from the switch, plus a Mitsubishi generator that was among the biggest & most powerful of its time (plus a wonderful rarity still lacking on many cars, an analogue ampere meter! Everything of this was standard, as was the built in probably best engineering quality in the world at the time - due to Toyo Kogyo's expertice as precision instrument makers & the only company capable of producing functioning rotary engines - NSU/Audi & MB miserably failed!). Moreover, double big wiper motors & separate bass/discant horns with a lovely & convincing bass tone also added to the fun in the slippery snowy Finnish darkness! My first Luce was only driven some 300,000 km when I bought it so it lasted for years despite my youthful carelessness abt oil changes etc insignificant details! The gearbox was by far the best of its time & the clutch extremely smooth, responsive & light compared to e.g. Volvos & Saabs etc. Although only 104 hp on 1050 kg the car was very powerful at higher speeds for its time (we're of course talking the manual version). Cars with a lot more hp were easily beaten at high speed on long upward slopes due to the high & flat torque curve etc. The brakes were double the size of the neighbor's heavy American V8 & always in neat balance with the wonderful clutch/engine for some "creative driving". On top of this came an "oldfashioned" but extremely well made worm-and-roller steering system that kept the car going straight no matter if you hit a pothole (in fact I lost a front wheel while driving 120 km/h on a Finnish highway in a blizzard due to loose bolts - the car just dropped down a little & slided until it stopped. I was abt to pass another car so I had to waive to the driver to continue. He looked scared at me & the rolling wheel in front of us). However, the zero toe in & perfect camber/caster angles under most conditions paired with suitable tyres, resulted in a soft & forgiving, yet distinct control. When I got my Honda with rack & pinion I was first irritated of even "too much" steering precision. The Luce didn't have servo so I could read the road well via the wheel & through the well functioning seat. The front seats had continuously variable "lady killer" livers (not standard on all cars even today) that came in handy when tired or otherwise feeling for a horizontal position. The cons? Too short suspension movements (McPherson front/solid rear axle with leaf springs - i.e. as far you can get from a Honda!) which I stiffed up a bit by changing to the one's aimed for the "pickup". Even then you had to try avoiding chassi contacts at high speeds although the big bussings usually gave you a last chance.
* driving fast on poor icy/snowy roads in the dark for most part of the year makes a master of most (surviving) people!
When I first tried a Subaru with permanent 4WD I reved it up on a partly icy spot & expected a nice slip on both axis. However, there was no slip but a brutal push forward that almost hurt me! The second unexpected surprise came on the road when I switched from FWD to 4WD & realized how this stiffed up the whole car in a manner that I'd never felt before. It was as you were suddenly sucked to the ground through all four wheels (this you can never feel in AWD's). Third surprise was the wanderful & reliable AW throttle drifting experience - with no switching between the axis, just pure 50/50 power distribution all the time! Passing young foolish & struggling Bimmers in the blizzard with ease & speed while picking one's nose was admittedly always fun with a Subaru.
BMW silent iceberg of death & disaster
Unlike Toyota who has got a "quality problem" from Detroit/Ill's Mr X "president" without really having one**, BMW has a huge quality problem without anyone really talking abt it.
** The only possible fault was a device not made in Japan but by the American CTS Corp!
One of the many dangerous Bimmer "non-lemons" going on out there is here exemplified with the following commentator: "What I meant was with the documented unusually high failure rate of the N54 / x35i HPFPs and people being stranded on the highway or having a near accident, an extended warranty doesn't do anything to resolve these important issues, which certainly should not still be happening after four years. If a fuel pump on other BMW models can go 100K without failures, how can the N54 HPFPs failing in 400, 1,200, 3,000, 5,000, 7,000, or 30K miles be reasonable or acceptable?"
BMW M3 (2010) – poor engineering compensated with the oldest of tricks, a big V8!
Driving a BMW M3 (2010) compared to Subaru Sti is like having 3 big passengers while lacking 4WD! Both cars have the same torque, so the only advantage of M3 is more horsepower! And because of the extra weight & lack of 4WD (not to mention that the Subaru boxer is much lover) you may conclude the rest by yourself. And I’ve not even mentioned the price gap: M3 $58,400 Subaru Sti $34,995. Also consider the better reliability of the Subaru! In real life “drivability” there’s no way the M3 could ever compete with a Subaru. Some 240 kg extra load & dead front wheels will inevitably take its toll!
But of course you can comfort yourself that you got a BMW badge & some more or less insignificant extras for your $24,000 you paid on top of the Subaru $34,995 price tag! But the quality difference & the lack of 4WD will always annoy you.
Who makes the best V8 in the world, Yamaha or Lexus?
Of course you already know that Yamaha makes the V8 in Noble 650.
And of course you know that Lexus LFA is the best supersport car around! And that the 500 kg heavier (Veyron's AWD - which is significantly inferior to that of e.g. Subarus - doesn't help much to counteract half a tonne of mass in the curves) & three times more expensive Veyron is a laughable truck in comparison! And if you need more power than a Subaru go for a Nissan GTR! A Veyron doesn't stand a chance against a Nissan GFTR on Nurburgring!
The emotion trapped spin head(s?) on Top Gear got it (deliberately?!) all wrong with his smear campaign against the wonderful Honda Civic Type R when missing the real point of the best non hybrid green sports car. Because of Honda’s technological superiority it has managed to make engines that can be driven either as normal cars with below average fuel consumption & pollution, or, to rev it up when you feel for it & suddenly getting a sports car’s engine. Where others use turbos Honda rests on technical sophistication (just like the 1959 bike example above). A turbo consumes/pollutes much more in normal driving simply because you can't avoid using it when it's there. In fact, Honda's introduction of Civic many decades ago has saved the world from a lot of unnecessary fuel consumption.
In conclusion, Japan continues to offer not only the best cars for general usage but also the greenest cars (Prius presented 1996) as well as the best sports cars (incl. so called super cars - the aluminium Honda NSX & the Atessa Nissan GTR were already presented in the late 1980s & had both a long history of advanced sports technology going back to the 1950s & 60s)!
Audi's gas pedal disaster that no one seems to talk abt!
The plastic gas pedal in many new Audis is just falling on the floor because it breakes so easily, especially during winter! What's next for Audi - the brake pedal? And as you can see on the list below this is surely not the only problem with Audi's (& VW's) poor quality.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
VW/Audi, part of Hitler's revenge on the after-world
The German protestant myth and the Japanese Shinto secret
Audi has constantly managed to score below average quality. Japanese have constantly managed to score above average. Why?
Has Hitler's cars victimized more people than his army?
German car maker Audi used Nazi slave labor during World War II
It all started with the stupid idea of a cheap car for the masses with the driving unit over the driving wheels in the rear, the battery in the middle, and the fuel tank in the front as the main impact zone. As a consequence the engine was made air cooled with a huge noisy fan. Luckily we don't see these kinds of dangerous cars anymore - except for Porsche of course. Ever tried to drive a classic Porsche on a road littered with grovel, old leaves etc., or just wet?! The Beetle was definitely safer because of its lower power output and smother on the road. However, the noise is almost the same.
The need for a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for Hitler's new Autobahn network of Germany, was formulated by Hitler himself, the leader of the National-socialist Germany. In June 1934 Ferdinand Porsche received a contract from Hitler to design a "people's car" (or Volkswagen). The production of this death trap went on from 1938 until 2003. In other words, VW continued to spit out this dangerous car in less developed countries for profit for 40 years after its much safer front engine and front wheel driven successor Golf had been introduced.
In 1937, Porsche joined the National Socialist German Workers' Party (becoming member no. 5,643,287) as well as Schutzstaffel (SS). By 1938, Porsche was using the SS as security members and drivers at his factory, and later set up a special unit called SS Sturmwerk Volkswagen. In 1942, Porsche reached the rank of SS-Oberführer. During the war, Porsche was further decorated with the SS-Ehrenring and awarded the War Merit Cross.
A new city, "Stadt des KdF-Wagens" was founded near Fallersleben for the Volkswagen factory, but wartime production concentrated almost exclusively on the military Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen variants. Mass production of the car, which later became known as the Beetle, began after the end of the war. The city is named Wolfsburg today and is still the headquarters of the Volkswagen Group.
Hitler contracted Porsche in 1934 to design and build it to his exacting standards. Ferdinand Porsche and his team took until 1938 to finalise the design. This is one of the first rear-engined cars. With over 21 million manufactured (21,529,464) in an air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured and most dangerous car of a single design platform, worldwide
This car was made in the 1960s at the same time as this Japanese Mazda Luce (below) which in every aspect was its direct opposite - except for the price tag. Yet, people continued buying the catastrophic Beetle! Why? Because it was German and you couldn't trust the Japanese, could you.
VW Beetle 1966: Air cooled engine based on WW2 technology. Maximum Output: 50hp, Top speed: 123 km/h.
0-60mph 23.0 (declared by factory but usually slower - the lousy engine rarely worked as it was planned to).
A more expensive but poor quality Audi from the same time
Audi 1700, 1966, 71 hp / 72 PS, top speed: 148 km/h (declared by factory - not in real life); accelerations: 0- 60 mph 14.8 s (declared by factory - not in real life). The engine was extremely old fashioned compared to Mazda Luce's engine. Moreover, it was nowhere near the quality and reliability of the Japanese. The car was in every other aspect also inferior. Where the Audi had mechanical fuel pump, poor electric generator, poor brakes etc. Mazda was just the opposite.
Already in the late 1950s the Japanese technological and quality superiority was obvious. Just compare the bikes above from BMW and Honda.
Mazda 1500 Luce 1966: 84 hp/86 PS, top speed: 160 km/h; accelerations: 0- 60 mph 14.3 s (declared by a cautious factory but usually faster). OHC, Alu top, 50/50% weight distrib. Kad all the latest safety devices etc that VW lacked. The most beautiful (did BMW copy it?) and reliable (compared to its time) sedan ever made? Remember that Mazda was the only one who managed to develope a functioning rotary engine! After the 1992 le Mans win Mazda's rotary engine was, of course, excluded from racing again!
Sweden's biggest motoring organization warns: This is why Audi/VW engines fail
Is Audi the world's worst "luxury" car?
compared to the best
Some voices from VW/Audi victims further down on the posting
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Japan makes the world's top technology - yet Europe gets the press! Why?
Why is the media shouting FIRST EVER when a bunch of European countries try to copy what Japan did a decade ago?!
Nissan rocket no. 1 with the Hayabusa robot first ever in the world to land and bring back stuff from a body (Itokawa asteroid) outside Earth/Moon
Nissan rocket no. 2 Nissan GT-R Nismo the world's fastest non-electric super car
With a lap time of 7 min 8 sec Nissan GTR is the fastest, (non-hybrid*) globally-homologated road car around the world's most famous race track Nurburgring in Germany.
The old GTR was the first car to go under 8 minutes at Nurburgring.
* i.e. using a battery and Japanese hybrid technology to get extra power for the short time the ride lasts.
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