It’s sad news for all the Volkswagen Beetle fans out there. The company has decided to shut down the production of its iconic car after 2019. A.K.A the “Bug” was first introduced in 1930 as the “people’s car” (or Volkswagen in German) by Ferdinand Porsche and Adolf Hitler. The stunning car was solid, and after three decades, the “Bug” turned into an image of the 1960s. In the 1970’s the Germans’ decided to move on from the old-fashioned design and ended the manufacturing and sales. However, the car was in production in Mexico for South and Central America where safety and emission standards trailed the rest of the world. Volkswagen in 1998 revealed the New Beetle, with modern VW Golf platform recalling to the first Type 1 styling. It stayed that way through 2010 and was prevailing in 2011 by the vigorously styled Beetle (A5), which more resembled the first Beetle. A newer version was produced in 2012, yet the sales have been relentlessly declining down to around 15,000 a year ago from nearly 43,000 units since 2013.
Volkswagen will unleash two last models of Beetle, the Final Edition SE and the Final Edition SEL which will be available in both convertible and coupe body styles. It gets a 2.0-litre TSI engine with 174bhp and 248Nm, 6.3-inch touchscreen infotainment, part-leather seats Bi-Xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels with multi-colour design and 17-inch aluminium compound wheels for the SE variant.
“The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, boss of VW America.
“As we move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker in the U.S. and ramp up our electrification strategy with the MEB platform, there are no immediate plans to replace it. But as we have seen with the I.D. BUZZ—which is the modern and practical interpretation of the legendary Bus—I would also say, ‘Never say never.’ We’re excited to kick off a year of celebrating one of the true icons of the automotive world, with a series of events that will culminate in the end of production in Puebla in July 2019.”