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Mexico City to scrap Bug taxis

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Mexico City is about to get rid of one of its most iconic symbols, AP reports. Officials said Friday that the last of the old-style VW Beetles will have their cab licenses expire by the end of the year.

The rounded, two-door sedan nicknamed the Bug – in Mexico, it’s a “Vocho” – has long been an informal symbol of this sprawling city, a tough, rattling reflection of its gritty urbanity and chaotic streets.

At its height in 2006, the little VWs accounted for almost half of all taxis in Mexico City, with about 50,000 cruising the streets. Today, there are only about 3,500 of the privately owned and operated Bugs among 130,000 taxis, AP reports.

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