The last Beetle has rolled off the line

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Words: Nile Bijoux
12 Jul 2019

The VW Beetle, after eight decades, has been put out to pasture for good.

The final Beetle built was a coupe finished in Denim Blue at VW's plant in Puebla, Mexico, on Wednesday. It will be kept at the Volkswagen museum there, the last of 21,529,464 Beetles.

Mexico was the last country to produce the classic Bug and was also the place of manufacture for the New Beetle.

The retirement isn’t entirely surprising, as sales have slowed drastically. It hasn’t been offered new here for a number of years and over in America, sales were reportedly below 15,000 for the entirety of 2018.

There have been rumours of the Beetle returning as an EV but there’s nothing official yet. In the meantime, retro VW lovers wanting a clean green eco machine will have to make do with the ID Buzz, a spiritual successor to the Kombi.

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