Employees at Volkswagen Communications made an attempt at an unofficial world record when 15 women and one man squeezed themselves into the interior spaces of a Volkswagen up!.
Two in the boot, one on the dashboard, seven on the rear bench, four on the front seats, two in the footwells – then the boot lid and doors were shut, and the windows were closed. That’s how VW set a world record for 16 people in the new up!.
Volkswagen, in its press release also states that back in the 1950s it was extremely popular to cram as many people as possible into a telephone booth. At a car meet in Australia, 17 Beetle friends spontaneously decided to squeeze into this Volkswagen icon. In 2010, 20 people raised the bar with a record in Wilmore, Kentucky (USA), which landed them in the Guinness World Records. Naturally, attempts were also made in the successor model. In January 2001, a record 27 students from the USA squeezed into a New Beetle.