Final 63 Volkswagen Beetles Arrive in Japan

Society

Toyohashi, Aichi Pref., Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)--The final 63 units of Volkswagen AG's Beetle car for the Japanese market arrived at a port in the country Wednesday from a plant in Mexico where they were made.

The German auto giant stopped Beetle production in July. Beetle sales around the world are expected to finish within this year, putting an end to its history of about 80 years.

"I would like to say once more 'thank you very much' to the large number of Japanese customers who cultivated the love for the Beetle over so many years," Volkswagen Group Japan K.K. President Till Scheer said in a ceremony held at a pier exclusively used by the company at a port in the city of Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.

Official Beetle exports to Japan started in 1953, and cumulative sales in the nation have reached around 220,000 units.

In January-August this year, sales of the Beetle, popular for its unique shape, increased 12 pct from a year earlier on the back of last-minute demand.

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