July 20, 2024
Volkswagen presents the last Beetle as model's production ends in Puebla
The last Beetle at a farewell ceremony yesterday.
The last Beetle at a farewell ceremony yesterday.

It was a bittersweet moment at the Volkswagen plant in Cuautlancingo, Puebla, yesterday when, serenaded by a mariachi band playing Las Golondrinas and showered with flower petals, the last Beetle to be produced at the plant rolled out the factory doors to head to its final resting place, the Volkswagen Museum in Puebla city.

Volkswagen started producing Beetles in Wolfsburg, Germany, in 1938, and the car quickly propelled Volkswagen to international success. Production in Mexico began in 1967, and by the end of the 70s, most Beetles were being made at the Puebla plant.

The original, rear-engine “Vochos” became the car of choice for Mexico City taxi drivers, and are still used as illegal taxis in some parts of the city, although the government stopped renewing licenses for the cars in 2012.

The plant produced 21 million of the original Beetles between 1967 and 2003, when they were phased out by the sleeker, front-engine “New Beetles,” which had started production in 1997.

Between 1997 and 2019, the Puebla plant produced a total of 1.7 million New Beetles, which were sold in Mexico and 90 other countries around the world.

Roberto Berinstain, who has been working at the plant for 31 years, said he remembers the start of production of New Beetles in 1997 as a radical change.

“With the Vochos, we did almost everything by hand and when the Beetle came, everything changed, there was more automation, it was a trip into the future,” he said at the Beetle’s farewell ceremony.


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