BMW and Volkswagen have warned that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is causing shortages of some vital components, forcing them to reduce vehicle production in Europe.
The puppet, named Percy, has a circumference of nearly 40 feet (12 meters), and has 2,000 foam quills that it took a house-worth of paint to put stripes on.
The automaker said the stunt was meant to highlight its move toward electric vehicles.
The German car company eventually said it was “horrified” by the racist Instagram ad, which also featured the hand violently flicking the man.
Three current and former executives are accused of improperly influencing the car company’s share price,
Ford, BMW, Volkswagen and Honda had voluntarily agreed to recognize California's vehicle emissions standards, clashing with the White House.
The election underscores the challenges unions still face in organizing workers in the South.
At stake are 1,700 potential members and a major foothold in an area not friendly to unions.
The cute-as-a-bug car carried everyone from Hitler to hippies.
The last Beetle will be produced next summer, VW announced.