The celebration kicked-off early in the morning with a convoy of 138 Beetle cars making their way through the streets of Kuala Lumpur before heading to Putrajaya to join the Gathering. The parade comprised of Beetle cars of all colours, uniquely customised to reflect the personalities of their owners.
Erik Winter, Managing Director of VPCM expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the Beetle owners who had come from as far north as Perlis and from Johor Bahru for coming together. "It was an emotional moment for us to see the rows and rows of colourful air-cooled and water-cooled Beetle cars and I believe all those who were present today shared this sentiment."
"This is a car that has united people across all walks of life, and they all gathered in Putrajaya over one common passion - the Beetle. The sense of kinship was apparent everywhere, and we are grateful to all owners, and especially to our Beetle car clubs and classic Volkswagen communities for making the event a success."
Out of the hundreds of Bugs present, three Beetle cars stood out from the crowd and were awarded "Best in Show", while one Beetle car, which garnered the most popular vote on social media won "Most Liked Car". The winners of the "Best in Show" cars were Fairul Irwan, Raja Gopal and Thavanesan A/L Selvaratnam, while Siti Aishah Ismail's Instagram posting of her Bug earned the "Most Liked Car" title.
On display at the event was the Collector's Edition Beetle, launched in Malaysia just one day after the last Beetle rolled out from the production line at Volkswagen's Puebla factory. It comes decked out with a list of accessories worth up to RM12,000, including a rear spoiler, decorative film, chrome exhaust tips, aluminium sports pedals, scuff plates, VW Tint and an emblem marking its production run. Priced at RM164,390 only 75 units are available, and all 75 owners will receive an official Collector's Edition certificate of ownership.
The Iconic Gathering attracted visitors who spent the day celebrating the legacy of the Beetle, and enjoying performances by local acts, delicious food from popular food trucks, shopping at the Beetle car boot sales, test driving other popular Volkswagen models, and other fun activities for the family.