Volkswagen Beetle manufacturing lastly ends
The Volkswagen Beetle has ended manufacturing. The long-lasting automotive has been a staple of Volkswagen’s line-up since 1945, racking up greater than 21 million gross sales worldwide throughout its three generations. The final ever mannequin rolled off the agency’s manufacturing line on Wednesday 10th July in Puebla, Mexico.
The Puebla plant will quickly be reconfigured to supply a brand new, North American market-focussed compact SUV which is able to slot into Volkswagen’s line-up under the present Tiguan. The ultimate Beetle, which encompasses a customized dashboard and quilted seats, will dwell on a commemorative show at Volkswagen’s museum native to the manufacturing unit.
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The primary-generation Volkswagen Beetle “Sort 1” survived a 58-year manufacturing run, with the ultimate instance rolling off the road in 2003. The final examples remained devoted to the unique mannequin, (except for gas injection and disc brakes), sharing the primary Beetle’s traditional styling and rear-mounted air-cooled engine.
In 1998, Volkswagen launched the second-generation “New Beetle” in Europe and progressively phased out the long-lived Sort 1 in Mexico and South America. It shared its underpinnings with the Mk4 VW Golf and was an early adopter of “fashionable retro” design, predating the BMW MINI by two years.
The second-generation mannequin was discontinued in 2010, by which period greater than 1.2 million examples had been bought. It was changed by the third (and last) technology Beetle in 2011. Primarily based on the Mk6 Golf, it was obtainable in hardtop and convertible physique kinds and was supplied with a variety of customisation choices.
Because the second-generation variant, manufacturing was dealt with fully by Volkswagen’s Puebla facility, which provided automobiles to 91 markets worldwide. Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen America, summarised the passing of the Beetle saying: “It’s unattainable to think about the place Volkswagen can be with out the Beetle.
“From its launch in 1949 to in the present day’s retro-inspired design, it has showcased our firm’s means to suit spherical pegs into sq. holes of the automotive business. Whereas its time has come, the function it has performed within the evolution of our model will probably be perpetually cherished.”
Doubtlessly, Volkswagen might revive the Beetle nameplate sooner or later with a brand new, retro-inspired all-electric mannequin, based mostly on the identical modified MEB underpinnings because the I.D. Buggy. Official plans are but to be confirmed, however the brand new Beetle could possibly be a extra genuine illustration of the unique automotive, with a rear-mounted electrical motor and rear-wheel-drive.
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