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VW to halt Beetle production

Final 'bug' will be made in July 2019

Bloomberg

A VW Beetle Dune concept automobile is displayed in Leipzig, Germany.
Bloomberg A VW Beetle Dune concept automobile is displayed in Leipzig, Germany.

Volkswagen will end worldwide production of its iconic Beetle, the model once so popular in North America that it prompted the German automaker to build its first factory on the continent in the 1960s.

The last one will roll off the line from the company’s factory in the state of Puebla, Mexico, in July 2019.

VW had been pulling the Beetle from select markets as part of a broader effort by the German giant to rein in its bloated product range, which spans more than 300 different vehicles and variants, including heavy trucks, motorbikes and passenger cars.

Cutting back on product complexity is one of the key ways the company is trimming costs and getting leaner in the wake of its diesel emissions scandal.

On Friday, Handelsblatt reported VW also plans to halt production for a week next month of the Golf at its huge factory in Wolfsburg, Germany.

The model’s woes include more complex emission tests and plans to replace the current version of the hatchback.

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