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another shot from my beetle series



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?



Oaxaca is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of the same name. The city relies heavily on tourism, which is based on its large number of colonial-era structures as well as the native Zapotec and Mixtec cultures and archeological sites. Along with the archeological site of Monte Alban, it was named a World Heritage Site in 1987.


For more beetles, check out Benny's Beetles. This picture is a variation on this one I posted earlier.


ISO-200 & some curves in PP

Have a safe ride!

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