Puebla, Mexico - The Volkswagen Beetle is now officially extinct, with the last third-generation unit having rolled off the assembly line in Mexico this week.
However, some might argue that the Beetle actually died when the original generation ceased production in that same country in 2003 after an extended production run, with most of the world having seen the last of the venerable ‘love bug’ in the 1970s already.
We say this because the two newer front-engined generations, based on the Golf 4 and 6 respectively, never really shared much other than a name and some retro styling cues with the original Beetle.
Expensive, in relative terms, the successors were never as popular as the original 'People's Car', which notched up sales of over 12.5 million, albeit over a much longer lifespan. The second generation of 1998, by comparison, only managed 1.2 million units, while the current model saw just 500 000 sales.
Will there ever be another Beetle?