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The last of the original Volkswagen Beetle models has rolled off the assembly line.
The Volkswagen plant in Puebla, 65 miles southeast of Mexico City, was the last to produce the car.
The baby blue beetle was number 21,529,464.
Competition from newer small cars and a government decision to put an end to two-door taxis forced it to stop production.
The car will be sent to a museum in Wolfsburg, Germany.
"You didn't just participate in the construction of a car, but in the creation of a legend," Reinhard Jung, president of Volkswagen Mexico, told workers and managers at the ceremony marking the end of production.
The 300 employees working on the Beetle assembly line will be moved to other departments at the factory, which also produces Jettas and the new Beetle design.
Volkswagen produced 3,000 "last edition" Beetles to be sold in Mexico for a few hundred dollars more than the usual price.
The design stays faithful to the original model with a few small changes, including special tires and a CD player.
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