Volkswagen’s classic air-cooled, rear engine Beetle is finally to get the chop after Volkswagen on Friday said it would stop making the nearly 70-year old classic “bug” in Mexico this summer.
Production of the last old Beetles at the VW plant in Puebla would “end this summer,” spokesman Fred Baerbock told the Detroit News, adding that an exact date was not set.
According to the paper, Baerbock added there had been falling demand for the original model, manufactured only in Puebla since 1978.
Citing Volkswagen, the Detroit News said the company sold more than 21 million of the cars over the decades, but produced less than 30,000 at Puebla last year.
The Detroit News said Puebla would continue to produce the New Beetle launched in 1998 on the VW Golf platform.