Final Volkswagen ‘Beetle’ model rolls off Mexican production line

Employees take pictures of a Volkswagen Beetle car during a ceremony marking the end of production of VW Beetle cars. (Reuters)

Volkswagen launched the final edition of its iconic “Beetle” car from its Mexican factory in Puebla on Wednesday.

The bug-shaped metallic blue car rolled off the production line to rapturous applause as the last edition of a model first manufactured in the late 1930s.

Volkswagen announced last September it would end production of its iconic “Beetle” cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the insect-inspired vehicles.

The move comes as Volkswagen emphasizes electric autos and larger family-oriented vehicles, said Hinrich Woebcken, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America.

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