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Volkswagen Sedán (1967–85)

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Volkswagen Sedán (Typ 1). 1967–85 (prod. 21,529,464 all Käfer/Typ 1). 2-door sedan. R/R, 1192, 1493, 1584 cm³ (F4 OHV). Volkswagen began Mexican manufacture of its Käfer in Puebla in October 1967, initially with 1·2, but 1·5 introduced mid-1968, soon after Germany. A runaway success, with the 100,000th unit in June 1968. New bumpers and bonnet in 1970, similar to 1967 German model’s, but small windows retained. Adopted as the official taxi in Ciudad de México in 1971, and exports commenced. Larger windows from 1972 (following German models from 1965) and new taillights from 1302. Greater changes for 1973, including shift of fuel nozzle to outside (at right), and new dashboard. Larger 50 hp 1·6 from 1974, and larger rear lights. Four vents on engine lid in 1975 (again from 1302). Indicator signals on front bumper from 1977. With production in Germany ceasing 1978, exports to Europe commenced, but with 1·2 only, and appearance closer to the outgoing German model than the Mexican one. Millionth Mexican Käfer in 1980. New front seats in 1981 due to changing Mexican legislation, as well as the 20 millionth Käfer leaving the Puebla plant, with limited editions finished in silver (dubbed the Silver Bug). Adjustable head restraints from 1983; further limited editions in 1984 for Volkswagen’s 30th anniversary in México. Exports to Europe ceased 1985.

Manufacturing location: Puebla, Puebla, México

Marque: Volkswagen | Model: Volkswagen Käfer | Predecessors: Volkswagen Käfer (1960–80) | Successors: Volkswagen Sedán (1985–2003)

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