As part of its European tour the Vochol ® is being exhibited for the first time in Germany. This stunning work of art on wheels also stands out for its originality and is the first piece of Huichol folk art displayed outside of Mexico.
In March 2012 the Vochol ® captivated visitors at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Washington. This spectacular 98 Volkswagen Sedan covered with 2,277,000 beads is on display in the Autostadt (City of Cars), a communication platform and amusement park of the Volkswagen Group located in the area around the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg (lower Saxony).
The Vochol ® in numbers:
8 Huichol artisans from two different Huichol families; 4,760 hours of work, 2,277,000 glass beads, 90 kilograms of beads, 16 kilograms of resin, (Read the full article, The Vochol, Huichol Art on Four Wheels.)
The Vochol ® is exhibited alongside historical models:
Flanked by two historical Volkswagen Sedans – the 72 VW that was the global sales champion with 15,007,034 cars sold and the Volkswagen Sedan Last Edition of Mexico, the last issue of a limited series of 3,000 cars is part of the collection of the ZeitHaus Musum of the Autostadt – the Vochol ® can be seen until January 5, 2013.
The Vochol ® will be auctioned at the end of its European tour:
Later, the vochol will be exhibited in the German city of Frankfurt and finally in the Belgian capital, Brussels, after which it will go on auction. The money raised will go towards the Association of Friends of the Folk Art Museum to promote the work of the more than eight million people supporting indigenous artisans in Mexico.
Some facts about the Beetle in Mexico:
Known as VW Käfer in Germany, Beetle in England, Escarabajo in Spain, Vocho in Mexico and Coccinelle in France, the Volkswagen Sedan was designed as a low-cost car and produced by the German manufacturer Volkswagen between 1938 and 2003. It was the first car of the brand.
Between 1946 and 2003, world production of the Vocho totaled 21,529,464 units.
March 1954, the first Volkswagen models arrive in Mexico on account of the exhibition, Germany and its Industry, which was held at the facilities of University City in Mexico City.
January 1964, the company forms Volkswagen de Mexico SA de CV in Mexico City.
On October 23, 1967 the first Volkswagen Beetle is built in the Puebla plant. (The most widely produced model in Puebla has been the Jetta.)
In 1968, in advertising, the Volkswagen officially becomes Beetle.
In 1971, it was selected to serve as public transportation, thus introducing the Minitaxi in Mexico City.
In 1978, due to the cessation of production of the Volkswagen Sedan in Germany, they begin to export this model, produced by Volkswagen of Mexico to various European markets.
In 1996, its production was carried out exclusively by Volkswagen de Mexico.
On June 23, 1992 the Volkswagen Sedan reached 21 million sales worldwide, launching a commemorative edition for Mexico.
In 2000, Volkswagen of Mexico set a production record. The Puebla plant reported a production of 425,703 units of the Jetta, New Beetle, Golf Convertible and Sedan.
May 26, 2004: On July 30, 2003, the last Volkswagen Beetle left the production line in a limited edition of 3,000 units called Volkswagen Sedan Last Edition. One of them was presented to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, by the Dealers Association VW in appreciation for his visit to Mexico at the end of July 2002.
In July 2003, it ends the global manufacturing of the Sedan, Volkswagen of Mexico was the only plant that produced it.
On May 29, 2012, Volkswagen of Mexico celebrated the production of the 9 millionth vehicle.