It's an homage.
Years ago VW had a commercial where you saw a man driving through snow in a beetle.
The announcer said, "Ever wonder how the snow plow man gets to work? He drives a Volkswagen."
Mad_Hatter is too young and daisy fresh to remember that oldie.
Learned to drive a stick on a 63 beetle. They did get though snow great with that engine behind the rear wheels and the tall skinney tires.
..... but I paaked my new caa with a clicka - it's wicked awesome.
It's a Sonat-er !