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Ekosian Volkswagen Beetle (foreground)

Volkswagen Beetle was a car produced on Earth by the German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen in the late 20th century for civilian purposes.

An example of this vehicle was in 1986 seen making a left turn onto Columbus Avenue from Kearny Avenue. This was a convertible with a personalized license plate. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

By 2268, the Volkswagen Beetle was also recreated on the planet Ekos, as was shown in a publicly broadcast newsreel. (TOS: "Patterns of Force")

The Ekosian newsreel clipping was from an actual, historical German newsreel, apparently shot in the pre-, or very early stages of World War II in Germany itself. Conceived as a propaganda tool by the Nazi Party, no Beetles were exported before the war. A number of the relatively few pre-war produced Beetles have actually been drafted into German military service during the war. [1] With production started in 1938, but suspended during the war, the civilian Beetle went on after the war to become one of the most successful vehicles in automotive history.
The militarized World War II version of the Beetle, the Volkswagen Kübelwagen (for which the Beetle production was suspended), has, aside from "Patterns of Force", also been featured in the Star Trek: Enterprise fourth season episode "Storm Front".

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