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The Bug Is Dead

The last country to the people’s car finally bids it

At 9:05 a.m. last 31, after 21,529,464 vehicles had built around the world, an era in the industry came to an end at Volkswagen’s in Puebla, Mexico. It had been the stand for a Beetle that had extermination for decades, the classic In 39 years, the VW de México plant 1.7 million examples of this icon.

The last Bug produced was the unit of a special production run the Sedan Última Edición Edition Sedan), and it was shipped to the of the Beetle’s germination at VW’s in Wolfsburg, Germany where production came to an end in 1978.

The VW Bug was under the VW Sedan nameplate, but affectionately nicknamed it the Vochito, derives from Volkswagen but is a made-up word.

Mexico was the last country in the where the classic Bug was produced, and it has the distinction of being the manufacturing for the New Beetle .

Just as in America, the had been a part of the lives of every Mexican family, and a lot of in that country learned to in one or had their first … accident, or breakdown in one of these

And it became an important part of the landscape, since it was preferred by cab just as Crown Victorias are in the In Mexico City alone are perhaps 90,000 green doing taxi duty.

mind that the car had long ago obsolete, it was appealing not only for reasons but also because it was parts were cheap, and it was easy to comprehend and fix. As it was popular with companies purchased the Vochito as a fleet And the driving experience, as many will remember, was unique, for and bad.

Problem is, the Bug started facing that were predictably modern, more powerful, and roomier.

A saving grace for the Bug was the decree by the Mexican government in that allowed a 20-percent in its selling price, making it the affordable car in that country. sales of Beetles tripled the year.

VW de México updated the 1.6-liter engine of the Vochito in the ’90s with electronic a catalytic converter, and fuel but the output of the engine was still 44 horsepower. The transmission remained an four-speed manual.

The rest of the car was updated also, three-point retractable seatbelts in and lap belts in the rear, as well as disc brakes and an electronic immobilizer.

But just as in the ’80s, again became a problem, into sales of the Bug, now there was no further government to reduce its price.


As a basis of The current bestselling car in Mexico is the Tsuru, the third-generation Sentra has been available since the end of and has changed little since. The Tsuru is powered by a 1.6-liter, engine that makes 110 The first quarter of this 27,295 units were The Tsuru in its most basic sells at the equivalent of $8200.

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The second bestselling car in Mexico is a model called the Platina, a 1.6-liter, 16-valve engine also makes 110 horsepower. sales of the Nissan Platina to 25,398 units in the first of 2003, starting at the equivalent of

Even VW’s own Pointer the third bestseller in the country at badly outguns the Beetle a 1.8-liter engine making 90

Proof that the laws of don’t care about or legend, the VW Bug had sold only units so far this year. had declined steadily over the several years, from in 2000 to 37,877 in 2001 to in 2002.

The Mexico City put the final nail in the Beetle’s when, in 2002, it required all to have four doors.

Currently, standard Beetles for about $7000, but some are marking them down to $6100. The farewell for the VW Sedan, the Sedan Última Edición, a collectors’ item, retails for It has a deliberate retro taste to it. offered in two classic colors: Blue and Beige. This features classic cues as whitewall tires, body-color steel wheels with hubcaps, chrome moldings, and Wolfsburg emblems on the hood.

In the the Last Edition Bug features appliqués for the glove compartment and surround, upgraded velour a rear package shelf, and a CD radio. The glove compartment has a Última Edición plaque, it is not numbered.

With the departure of the VW Bug, the New Beetle becomes the Beetle. At more than the price of an old Beetle, it’s not to ever be Vochito. Besides, how can be nostalgic about an old car when minted ones were, only months ago, out of the factory?

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