DETROIT – Volkswagen AG’s Puebla, Mexico, plant will stop making the original rear-engine Beetle this summer, marking an end to the car’s nearly 70-year history. Puebla, which made fewer than 30,000 units last year, has been the only factory producing the original Beetle since 1978. One reason for the car’s demise is that the Mexican government wants to eliminate Beetle taxis. Another is tough competition from Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. and VW’s own New Beetle. In the ...

Premium Content (PAID Subscription Required)

"VW to Halt Beetle Output" is part of the paid WardsAuto Premium content. You must log in with Premium credentials in order to access this article. Premium paid subscribers also gain access to:

  All of WardsAuto's reliable, in-depth industry reporting and analysis
  Hundreds of downloadable data tables including:
  •   Global sales and production data by country
  •   U.S. model-line inventory data
  •   Engine and equipment installation rates
  •   WardsAuto's North America Plant by Platform forecast
  •   Product Cycle chart
  •   Interrelationships among major OEMs
  •   Medium- and heavy-duty truck volumes
   •  Historical data and much more!

For pricing and subscription information please contact
Lisa Williamson by email: or phone: (248) 799-2642

Current subscribers, please login or CLICK for support information.

Already registered? here.