The Volkswagen Beetle: The end of the road as the last model rolls off the production line

Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico.

Tuesday, 9th July 2019, 1:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th July 2019, 2:54 pm
Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle

It is the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolised many things over a history spanning the eight decades since 1938.

VW beetles are assembled in lines at the Volkwagen auto works plant, which manufactures nearly 900 automobiles each day, in Wolfsburg, West Germany
A model poses next to a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle covered in tiles made of a blend of 18 karat gold and glass at the annual Luxury Show in Bucharest, Romania

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