Volkswagen Beetle goes out of production

Marco Green
July 11, 2019

Volkswagen on Wednesday celebrated the coming end of production of its most iconic model, the Beetle.

There aren't many things beloved both by hippies and Nazis. Above all, the vehicle remains a landmark in design, as recognizable as the Coca-Cola bottle.

The final Beetle was a Denim Blue coupe which will be displayed at Volkswagen's museum in Puebla, Mexico. It was Adolf Hitler who had appointed Ferdinand Porsche to design "the people's car".

United States production of Porsche's original design finished in the 1970s.

Volkswagon will use the freed-up factory space to build a new SUV, the company said.

Introduced to America as the Type 1, Volkswagen sold almost five million Beetles in the United States, and a worldwide total of 21.5 million cars.

This will mark the first time since Beetle production was restarted in 1945 at the end of World War 2 that the nameplate won't be in the company's portfolio, and there are no plans to resurrect it in the foreseeable future. The latest model was based on the Golf platform and had the engine transversely mounted at the front. But the Beetle wasn't dead yet. However, production continued in Mexico from 1967 through 2003.

Volkswagen's last Beetle produced is seen during a ceremony to announce the cease of the production of the VW Beetle after 21 years in the market, at Volkswagen Plant on July 10, 2019 in Cuautlancingo, Mexico.

The New Beetle was designed by American J Mays.

The Beetle was first built in Wolfsburg, Germany, but the auto was manufactured in more than a dozen locations around the world over the years before production was consolidated in Puebla, Mexico. The company is gearing up for mass production of the battery-driven compact ID.3, a vehicle that the company predicts will have an impact like that of the Beetle and the Golf by bringing electric mobility to a mass market.

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