Porsche designed the vehicle at the behest of Adolf Hitler but the Volkswagen auto didn't enter full production until after World War II.
The other would be the Volkswagen Beetle.
Re-launched as a civilian carmaker under supervision of the British occupation authorities, the Volkswagen factory was transferred in 1949 to the Germany government and the state of Lower Saxony, which still owns part of the company.More news: Outrage over Arizona man who killed teen for listening to rap music
The original "people's wagon" - designed by Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s on the orders of Adolf Hitler - survived its associations with the Third Reich in the years after World War II to become a counterculture classic. It's available in convertible or hardtop, with base prices of $23,045 for a coupe and $27,295 for a convertible. The 1968 movie "The Love Bug", which featured a zany anthropomorphic vehicle, stoked Beetle fever. It was powered by an air-cooled engine mounted at the rear and was known for its simple design and reliability.
"It's impossible to imagine where Volkswagen would be without the Beetle", said Scott Keogh, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America.
During its multi-decade run, VW built a total of 21.5 million Beetles, almost 5 million of which ended up in the United States.More news: Federer wins 100th Wimbledon match to reach 13th semi-final
Serenaded by a mariachi band and surrounded by proud factory workers, the final units of the retro, rounded compact were celebrated at a VW plant in Mexico's central Puebla state more than 80 years after the model was introduced in Germany. "While its time has come, the role it has played in the evolution of our brand will be forever cherished".
The advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach in 1959 rechristened the auto the "Beetle", and began touting the vehicle's small size as an advantage to consumers, according to the History Channel. "Anyone surprised or disappointed by this announcement better prepare themselves".
The last of 5,961 Final Edition versions of the Beetle is headed for a museum after ceremonies in Puebla on July 10 to mark the end of production. As a side note, Wolfsburg was founded in 1938 by the Nazi regime to house the German automaker's workforce.More news: UK MPs back same-sex marriage and abortion laws for Northern Ireland