Beetles worldwide

Here’s a fascinating list of the different names for the VW type 1 that are used all around the world.
Usually just the world ‘Beetle’ in their native language but these make for a very interesting read –

  • Käfer in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • Жук (Zhuk) (Bug) also in Russia (Former Soviet Union)
  • Volkswagen Sedan
  • Volkswagen Bug
  • Pichirilo in Ecuador
  • Pulga (“Flea”) in Colombia
  • Coccinelle (ladybug) or Kever in Belgium
  • Vocho or Vochito in Costa Rica, Mexico and Colombia (mostly a shortening of “Volkswagen”; Vochito is affective diminutive)
  • Fusca in Brazil and Paraguay
  • Escarabajo (meaning “Beetle”) in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, El Salvador and Venezuela
  • Peta (“turtle”) in Bolivia
  • Folcika in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Sedan, then Fusca (popularly, Fusquinha that means Little Fusca) in Brazil
  • Косτенурка (Kostenurka) (meaning turtle) or Бръмбар (Brambar) (meaning bug) in Bulgaria
  • Bug, Beetle, Choupette (Herbie’s name in the French version of the movies) or Coccinelle (ladybug) in Canada
  • Escarabat (means “beetle”) in Catalan
  • Poncho in Chile
  • Jiǎ Ké Chóng (甲壳虫) (means “beetle”) in China
  • Buba in Croatia
  • Brouk in Czech Republic
  • Chrobák in Slovak Republic
  • Boblen (the bubble), Bobbelfolkevogn (a distortion of ‘the bubble’ and a translation of ‘Volkswagen’, the people’s car), gravid rulleskøjte (pregnant rollerskate) or Hitlerslæden (The Hitler-sled) in Denmark
  • Cepillo (“Brush”) in Dominican Republic
  • خنفسة – Pronounced khon-fesa (Beetle in Arabic) in Egypt
  • Põrnikas (means “beetle”) in Estonia
  • Kuplavolkkari (kupla meaning bubble) in Finland
  • Coccinelle (ladybug) in France, Quebec and Haiti
  • Буба in the Republic of Macedonia
  • Jin-guei che (金龜車) in Taiwan
  • Σκαθάρι (Scathari meaning beetle), Σκαραβαίος (Scaraveos meaning Scarab), or Χελώνα (Chelona meaning Turtle) in Greece
  • Cucaracha or Cucarachita (Cockroach or little cockroach) in Guatemala and El Salvador.
  • Bogár in Hungary.
  • Cucarachita (little cockroach) in Honduras.
  • Bjalla in Iceland
  • Kodok (frog) in Indonesia
  • Folex(قورباغه ای) meaning frog in Iran
  • Agroga عكروكة (froggy)or Rag-gah ركـّة (small turtle)in Iraq
  • חיפושית (“Hipushit,” beetle) or Bimba in Israel
  • Maggiolino (may bug, cockhafer) or the unofficial name of Maggiolone (can indicate Super Beetle) in Italy
  • Kabuto-mushi (カブトムシ) (means “drone beetle”) in Japan
  • Kifuu in Kenya
  • Vabole in Latvia
  • Vabalas in Lithuania
  • Kura (turtle) or Kodok (frog) in Malaysia
  • Sedán, Pulguita (little flea), Vocho or Vochito (sometimes spelled “bocho/bochito”) in Mexico
  • Scoro-Scoro in Namibia
  • Bhyagute Car in Nepal literally: “Frog Car”.
  • Kever in the Netherlands
  • Boble (bubble) in Norway
  • “Pendong”, kotseng kuba (literally, ‘hunchback car’) /”pagong” (turtle),”Ba-o”, turtle in Cebuano dialect “Boks” in the Philippines
  • Garbus (literally, ‘Hunchback’) in Poland
  • Carocha in Portugal
  • Volky in Puerto Rico
  • Broasca / Broscuţă (little frog/froggy) or Buburuza (ladybird) in Romania
  • Фольксваген-жук(Folksvagen-Zhuk) in Russia
  • Буба or Buba in Serbia
  • Volla, Kewer – Pronounced Folla in South Africa
  • Chrobák in Slovakia
  • Hrošč in Slovenia
  • Volks / Beetle/ ibba (turtule) in Sri Lanka
  • Mgongo wa Chura” (Frog Back) or Mwendo wa Kobe” (Tortoise Speed) in Swahili
  • Bagge (short for skalbagge, beetle), bubbla (bubble) or folka in Sweden and Finland
  • Kobe in Tanzania
  • รถเต่า – Pronounced Rod Tao (turtle car) / โฟล์คเต่า (Volk Tao) in Thai
  • Kaplumbağa or tosbağa (meaning turtle) or “vosvos” in Turkey.
  • con bo in Vietnam
  • Bhamba datya in Shona – Datya is frog in the vernacular from Zimbabwe
  • Poncho
  • Popoy
  • Pulga
  • Punchbug
  • Tortuga in Panama
  • Escarabajo, Bocho o Rana in Perú
  • Foxi in Pakistan
  • Kupla in Finland
  • Цох in Mongolia
  • Escarabajo o Cucaracha in Colombia
  • Escarabajo (Bettle) and popularly Fusca or Fusquita in Uruguay
  • Pichirilo in (Colombia)
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