Annual World Volkswagen Day
Enlarge image (© German Embassy Colombo)
On Sunday, July 9th the Volkswagen Beetle Owner's Club of Sri Lanka celebrated the Annual World Volkswagen Day with a rally from Galle Face Hotel to Mount Lavinia Hotel. Ambassador Rohde, a Beetle fan himself, and his wife, participated in the celebration of this German automotive icon. The Ambassador stressed its international popularity and significance, saying: "For millions of customers all over the globe the Beetle represented mobility for the masses".
The Beetle, also known as the “Mighty Bug” was introduced to former Ceylon in 1953 and won popularity in all parts of the island. In the seven years until the restriction era came into effect in 1960 over 3500 cars were sold. To this day the Beetle has a steady place in the hearts of young and old and can regularly be spotted on the local roads.