Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle: The end of the road as the last model rolls off the production line

Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico.

It is the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolised many things over a history spanning the eight decades since 1938.

VW beetles are assembled in lines at the Volkwagen auto works plant, which manufactures nearly 900 automobiles each day, in Wolfsburg, West Germany

1. 1954

VW beetles are assembled in lines at the Volkwagen auto works plant, which manufactures nearly 900 automobiles each day, in Wolfsburg, West Germany
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A model poses next to a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle covered in tiles made of a blend of 18 karat gold and glass at the annual Luxury Show in Bucharest, Romania

2. 2007

A model poses next to a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle covered in tiles made of a blend of 18 karat gold and glass at the annual Luxury Show in Bucharest, Romania
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Dick Darling portrays a "y2k lightning bug" as he rollerblades in front of a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle named "Y2K BUG" during the annual Greenwich Village Halloween parade in New York

3. 1999

Dick Darling portrays a "y2k lightning bug" as he rollerblades in front of a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle named "Y2K BUG" during the annual Greenwich Village Halloween parade in New York
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A Volkswagen Beetle is unloaded at Emden harbor, Germany, as the first shipment of 1600 Beetles made in Mexico arrives

4. 1977

A Volkswagen Beetle is unloaded at Emden harbor, Germany, as the first shipment of 1600 Beetles made in Mexico arrives
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