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 can slot into Volkswagen’s line-up under the present Tiguan. The ultimate Beetle, which incorporates a customized dashboard and quilted seats, will stay on a commemorative show at Volkswagen’s museum native to the manufacturing unit.
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The primary-generation Volkswagen Beetle “Kind 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, (apart from gasoline 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 step by step phased out the long-lived Kind 1 in Mexico and South America. It shared its underpinnings with the Mk4 VW Golf and was an early adopter of “trendy 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 offered. It was changed by the third (and ultimate) technology Beetle in 2011. Based mostly on the Mk6 Golf, it was out there in hardtop and convertible physique kinds and was provided with a variety of customisation choices.
For the reason that second-generation variant, manufacturing was dealt with fully by Volkswagen’s Puebla facility, which equipped automobiles to 91 markets worldwide. Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen America, summarised the passing of the Beetle saying: “It’s not possible to think about the place Volkswagen could 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 capacity to suit spherical pegs into sq. holes of the automotive business. Whereas its time has come, the position it has performed within the evolution of our model shall be without end cherished.”
Probably, 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 might be a extra genuine illustration of the unique automotive, with a rear-mounted electrical motor and rear-wheel-drive.
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