Volkswagen marked the end of the Beetle production run with the Final Edition. Three months ago, the last example rolled off the assembly line in Mexico, and over the weekend, one of those cars was raffled off during the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival.
Proceeds benefit the Erlanger Neuroscience Institute, whose neurological specialists treat patients of all ages that suffer from a number of disorders, using the latest advancements in imaging technology to diagnose and come up with individualized treatment plans.
“We are so pleased to have further helped raise money for such a meaningful care facility”, said VW Group America’s CEO, Scott Keogh. “Volkswagen is continuing to seek out ‘Drive Bigger’ opportunities and working with the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival and the Erlanger Neuroscience Institute is absolutely one of those moments.”
The Beetle Final Edition was offered in two body styles, coupe and convertible, and as many trim levels. The vehicle drew inspiration from the first-gen Bug and packs a 2.0-liter TSI petrol four rated at 174 hp and 184 pound-feet (250 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to a six-speed automatic transmission and returns an EPA-estimated 26/33/29 mpg (9.1/7.1/8.1 l/100 km / 31/39.6/34.8 mpg UK) in city/highway/combined.
Prior to kicking off the activities at the festival last weekend, VW presented the Atlas Cross Sport at the factory, which is home to 3,800 employees and has received investments of more than $2.6 billion. The new SUV will be put together on the same assembly lines as the Atlas and Passat, and will launch next spring.