Volkswagen will end its third-gen Beetle production this week as the last model rolls off the production line in Puebla, Mexico.
The Beetle was officially retired at a ceremony in Puebla City yesterday after being on sale in various shapes and forms since the late 1930s.
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche to be an attainable motorcar for the masses, the Beetle overcame its somewhat dark origins and helped put Germany back on the industrial map after World War II.
Exported all over the world and soon built in other countries, this basic but dependable vehicle became a cultural icon: one particularly (and perhaps most ironically) embraced by the hippy movement that swept across America during the 1960s.
Fare thee well, cute Bug!