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This Week in Car Buying: Goodbye Beetle, Hello Tarek; Ford Drops Diesel from Transit Connect; Used Vehicle Prices Firm Up; Fleet Sales on an Upswing


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Kelley Blue Book’s Senior Managing Editor Matt DeLorenzo writes This Week in Car Buying, a weekly column on KBB.com. In this week’s article, Matt, along with the rest of us, says goodbye to the Volkswagen Beetle as it rolled off the assembly line in Mexico for the final time. As further evidence of the shift away from cars to trucks, the vehicle taking the Beetle’s place on the Puebla assembly line will be a subcompact crossover called the Tarek (though VW says it will have a different name when it goes on sale here). Ford makes a change as well and decides to drop the 1.5-liter turbodiesel from the recent facelift of the 2019 Ford Transit Connect. On the used-car front, prices continue to climb with wholesale prices up over last year, according to the June Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index. And, it appears manufacturers are looking to compensate for softening retail sales by ramping up their fleet activity.

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