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Beetle to be buried
End of the road (Reuters)

Wolfsburg (Germany), June 6 (AFP): Volkswagen will bury its legendary Beetle model this summer, after selling more than 21.5 million units since its launch 70 years ago, a spokesman for Europe’s biggest car maker said today.

“Production is coming to an end. An exact date has not yet been set, but it'll be in the summer months,” a Volkswagen spokesman said.

He was responding to reports on RTL-online and the Stuttgarter Nachrichten daily which said that the production of the cult car, based in Puebla, Mexico, would finally be shut down at the end of July.

Volkswagen stopped building the Beetle in Europe in 1978. Global demand has been dwindling since the car maker launched its revamped new Beetle in 1998.

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