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One more beetle shot the vaults...

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THE VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE is an air-cooled, rear-engined, rear wheel drive configuration. Between 1938 and 2003 the German auto maker Volkswagen (VW) manufactured over 21 million of them.

After 1978 mainstream production shifted to Brazil and Mexico, markets where low operating cost was more important. Production in Brazil ended in 1996. The last of the Beetles 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

And, oh yeah...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?

Anno 2010 Mexico still is a great place for beetlespotters.

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This beetle was shot while killing time at the Pochutla bus station, making our way from Mazunte along the Pacific coast to Acapulco, a long day's journey.

Pochutla itself is a small market town, which serves as a transportation hub for the southern coast places in Oaxaca.

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(hidden self-portrait included, quite unrecognizable)

Stay sharp, folks.

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song title reference: Miles Davis

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