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Volkswagen halt production of the last version of Beetle model
Volkswagen has halted production of the last version of the Beetle model at its plant in Puebla, Mexico.
The halting of production suggests that it’s the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolised a range of things over the eight decades it’s been in production.
The car was first built in 1938 and has been a part of Germany’s darkest hours as a never-realised Nazi prestige project.
After the war, it was a symbol of Germany’s post-war economic and rising middle class prosperity.
The car continues to remain a landmark in design, and some would argue it’s as recognisable as the Coca-Cola bottle.
The car has gone through a design change over the years and in 2012, the design was made a bit sleeker from the older style of the Beetle.
Evolution of the Volkswagen Beetle, 1951-1990. pic.twitter.com/yJjsy5Xw9z
— Life in Moments (@historyinmoment) 2 July 2019
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The last of the 5961 Final Edition Beetle is headed for a museum after the ceremonies signal the end of production.