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One of a kind: We introduce you to some individualists among Volkswagen models – and tell their stories.
Episode 1: The Vocho Teotihuacano.

The artists applied more than 19,800 semi-precious stones to the car.

The Aztec art Beetle.

Mexico and the Beetle – the combination has a long history. The final few of a total of 21.5 million cars were built there as late as 2003. For decades, Mexico City’s streets were characterised by the omnipresent green Beetle taxis. This exceptional “Vocho” (as it is called there) edition, definitely not designed for mass production, comes from a workshop in San Martín de las Pirámides, and is linked to various strands of history: One the one hand, the images, faces and ornaments on the body of the Vocho Teotihuacano (“Beetle from Teotihuacán”) reference Mexico’s cultural heritage and traditions. On the other hand, the artwork documents the close historical automotive bond between Mexico as a manufacturing location and the Volkswagen brand.

The mosaics on the body represent symbols of pre-Hispanic culture.

In figures.

Year the Beetle was built: 1994
Unique model completed: 2015
Semi-precious stones: 19,800
Extra car weight dues to the stones: 210 kilograms

The workshop of project head Héctor Garnelo Navarro and his five-strong team is located some 50 kilometres east of Mexico City, near the prehistoric ruins of Teotihuacán, after which the Vocho was named. The artisans needed nearly three years to apply more than 19,800 semi-precious stones such as obsidian, jade and aventurine quartz, among others, to the car. No one will really drive it anymore. The Vocho Teotihuacano is currently on a tour of various museums. It will subsequently be auctioned off to benefit a children’s cancer support organisation – and be given a place of honour.