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one more beetle shot
this one's from Acapulco


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THE VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE

Originally known as Käfer, German for "beetle", this economy car produced by the German auto maker Volkswagen (VW).

After 1978 mainstream production shifted to Brazil and Mexico, markets where low operating cost was more important.

The last Beetle was produced in Puebla, Mexico, on 30 July 2003.

The end of production in Mexico can be attributed primarily to political measures:
1. The Beetles no longer met emissions standards for Mexico City, in which the ubiquitous Beetles were used as taxicabs.
2. The government tried to outlaw their use as taxicabs because of rising crime rates, requiring only four-door vehicles be used.
3. In addition, Volkswagen has been attempting to cultivate a more upscale brand image, and the humble Beetle clashed with this identity

In 1998, a new and more upmarket Beetle was introduced by Volkswagen, but - let's face it - it's not really a Beetle, is it?

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THIS PICTURE was shot in Acapulco, one of the best places in Mexico for beetlespotting.

note: a bl/w version is included in the WS

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