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 will celebrate the Beetle's discontinuation with a ceremony at the factory.
Instead, the massive new plant in what was then countryside east of Hanover turned out military vehicles, using forced laborers from all over Europe under miserable conditions.
The final vehicle produced by Volkswagen de Mexico's Puebla plant-a Denim Blue coupe-will live on display at Volkswagen's local museum in Puebla as a lasting tribute to the automobile's rich and storied heritage.
The vehicle was very popular in the USA and has an iconic design that is among the most recognizable products of any sort in the entire world.
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Resources at the plant are being shifted to focus on the production of a compact SUV that is smaller than its popular Tiguan.
VW announced in September 2018 that it would manufacture a "Final Edition" Beetle series before ending production in 2019.
In a statement, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Scott Keogh said "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".
The current "New Beetle" model, first launched in 1997, is a far cry from the original that ceased production in 2003, but it retains the distinctive bug-shape and large headlights that appear like eyes on a smiling face. He added "While its time has come, the role it has played in the evolution of our brand will be forever cherished". As a side note, Wolfsburg was founded in 1938 by the Nazi regime to house the German automaker's workforce.