Officially, VW started producing the Beetle in 1938 and ended in 2003. And during that time, they produced more than 22 million cars in 14 countries around the globe. Those numbers made the Beetle the first global car in terms of popularity, affordability and presence.
Interestingly, the official name of the VW Beetle was the Volkswagen Type 1. However, “The Beetle” was a nickname that was globally accepted. Soon, Volkswagen adopted the name for all their official literature and magazine ads. Simply, the design of the Type 1 was reminiscent of the beetle or bug, so the name stuck.