The legendary “Bug” got the opportunity for a second life in Ethiopia.

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Siyum Haile, 72, a retired United Nations (UN) employee and Jehovah’s Witness, poses for a photograph next to his 1977 model Volkswagen Beetle car in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Haile said that he had used the car for seventeen years because it’s strong, consumes less fuel and most of all it’s the only car he can afford to buy in Ethiopia.


Volkswagen Beetle, better known in the English-speaking world as the VW “Bug”, was produced in Germany from 1938 until 2003. Back in the ’30’s, the leader of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler ordered the creation of a simple car which can be mass-produced in the country for the people. In 2003, the official production of the “Bug” stopped.

Unexpectedly, the car found a fan-base in Ethiopia due to its low price, but local mechanics have faced challenges such finding spare parts.

People in Ethiopia like the “Bug” for its robustness, functionality and it’s drivability. Ethiopians regret that production was stopped.

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