Volkswagen's distributor in Thailand has gone to the Internet to decide who gets 100 New Beetles allocated to the kingdom for the year. To prevent a black market for the cars, and to give Beetle-fanciers a fair chance, Yontrakit started a monthlong e-auction. Online bids started at 1.5 million baht or $38,460. But all winners will pay the same price for the car - that of the lowest winning bid. 'If the highest bidder winns the car with an offer of 3 million, and the winner of the last car offers 1.9 million, then all the winners will pay 1.9 million,' a spokesman explained. Yontrakit says it only will accept list price of $38,460 for each car and will donate the remainder to an education charity. New Beetles have been fetching more than $64,000 in unofficial trading.
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