I used to own a 1972 VW Super Bug, when I lived in Mexico. And before that I had a 1979 VW camper van for painting houses.
So, on this score, I don’t just suspect that the original logo was smooth – without the dividing line shown on the left – I know it was. I remember the logo very well.
But now, all VWs new and old have the “new” logo. And this is the official history of the logo.
Fortunately I am not the only crazy person who remembers the logo differently. Many VW buffs are similarly bugged by the change to history. And there is residual evidence that we are right:
Below, a three minute video by Mandela Effect explains further.