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The last of the line (2)

The last of the line (2)
We saw a celebration earlier this week, to commemorate the fact that the last Citroen 2CV rolled off the production line on that very day. Well, here’s the next! On this day in 2003, the last Volkswagen Beetle was produced. And again, it was not in its hometown (of Wolfsburg), but this time in Puebla, Mexico, where Beetle production had continued after Germany stopped in 1979. That made the humble VW world’s most produced car after it surpassed the longstanding worldwide production record of 15 million vehicles, set by Ford Motor Company’s legendary Model T between 1908 and 1927. A grand total of 21,529,464 Volkswagen Beetles was built in total.

Like the two-tone grey 2CV, the production of the last Beetle was turned into a little party. Not with a brass band, but with a Mexican mariachi band this time and plenty of press. Contrary to the 2CV we saw on Thursday, the last Beetle produced in Puebla on that day has never been road registered and resides in the Volkswagen museum since 14 years now.

(Words editor, pictures Volkswagen PR)

Sunday, 30 July 2017