The end of an automotive era today as the last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line in Mexico. Originally conceived by Adolf Hitler as the “people’s car” — or Volkswagen, in German — the Beetle eventually became the most popular vehicle in the world and the longest running vehicle in history. First designed by Ferdinand Porsche, yes, that Porsche, in 1938, it would surpass Henry Ford's Model T with 15 million built by 1972.
It was the counter culture of the 70's that really embraced The Beetle. It became the "hippie-mobile" along with the chosen mode of transportation to any Grateful Dead show, the VW Microbus. But the little car couldn't compete in the era of SUV's and crossovers, so the last "Bug" rolled off the line today and the factory will be converted to start making electric vehicles. VW is spending billions of dollars to shift from gas and diesel to battery power and has already announced plans to build an all-electric version of the classic Microbus, so maybe the Beetle could rise from the ashes one more time in an EV form!