Volkswagen Beetle production comes to a conclusion

Volkswagen Beetle production comes to a conclusion

The end has been looming large for the Volkswagen Beetle, and the final unit has rolled out of the sole third-generation Beetle production facility in Puebla, Mexico. The last of the third-generation Beetles is a Stonewashed Blue coupe, and this will go on display at Volkswagen’s local museum in Puebla, the company said.

Both the second- and third-generation Beetles were produced at the Mexican facility, with the former introduced in 1998 as the New Beetle and charting sales of 1.2 million units until the end of production in 2010. The third-generation car followed in 2011, with more than 500,000 units of the latest shape built since.

The original, known as the Type 1 in the US, accounted for 21.5 million units, the last rolled out also from Puebla in 2003. The two most recent generations of the Beetle have collectively been produced in 23 exterior colours, 32 interior trims, 13 varying powertrain configurations and 19 special editions – this includes the Dune, Denim, Coast and #PinkBeetle – being sold in 91 markets worldwide.

Volkswagen Beetle production comes to a conclusion

“It’s impossible to imagine where Volkswagen would be without the Beetle. From its first import in 1949 to today’s retro-inspired design, it has showcased our company’s ability to fit round pegs into square holes of the automotive industry. While its time has come, the role it has played in the evolution of our brand will be forever cherished, said president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America Scott Keogh.

The Beetle’s halt in production will make way for a new compact SUV to be manufactured at the Puebla facility, one which will slot into the brand’s line-up below the Tiguan. This will join the Atlas in being an SUV tailored for the North American market. Meanwhile, Malaysia has also received its own commemorative edition, the Collector’s Edition Beetle.

There’s certainly been a wide-ranging variety in the time the Beetle was produced. Which has been your favourite?

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  • suomynona on Jul 12, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Bon voyage baby

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  • panjang on Jul 12, 2019 at 10:45 am

    They should have shaped the limited edition plate like the shape of a beetle.

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  • john is otak batu on Jul 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    bye! dead bug!

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  • JOACHIM on Jul 12, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Auf wiedersehen for a legendary car that has equal amounts of reliability and unreliability.

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  • Danny Tay on Jul 14, 2019 at 1:12 am

    i live in KL and for the past few years have seen a couple of VW beetles got stuck at roadside. but the old beetle? never once. and also, the design is not practical at all; poor access to rear seats, small boot not even worthy to fit it monthly shopping loads. remember Scirocco?

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  • The best CBSA Dictionary in Los Angeles on Oct 06, 2020 at 2:04 am

    Really when someone doesn’t know after that its up to other people that they will help, so here it occurs.

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