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Volkswagen to end iconic ‘Beetle’ cars in 2019

Volkswagen to end iconic ‘Beetle’ cars in 2019

The German company will introduce two special editions of the vehicle before it stops making the model altogether in July.

The company has not ruled out bringing the Beetle back in future but says it has no plans at this time.

The VW Beetle and the VW minibus became symbols of the small-is-beautiful esthetic of many in the post-war baby boom and the crescent shaped vehicle was revived with the "New Beetle" of the late 1990s, which featured a built-in flower vase. Volkswagen discontinued U. S. sales of the "bug" in 1979, but continued production for Mexico and Latin America. But the United States market is very different and a number of models discontinued elsewhere continue to sell in big numbers in parts of North America.

Sales of the carmaker's reboot of the "people's car" have fallen dramatically in the USA, where drivers are increasingly turning to larger cars and SUVs, and away from the modern version of the quirky auto that once starred as Disney's Herbie the 1963 "Love Bug".

The Volkswagen Beetle came in a variety of colours.

The company say the final Beetle models will be available in both coupe and convertible styles.




VW sold 15,166 Beetle models in the U.S.in 2017, down 3.2%.

Beetles became a global phenomenon after managing to shake off their Nazi roots.

In a VIN deciphering document noticed by Autoguide, Volkswagen confirmed the 2019 Beetle will offered in four different trim levels.

Beetle sales accounted for only 5 percent of Volkswagen's 340,000 USA auto sales in 2017. Inside, it's optioned with keyless entry and push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, a gloss black center console, rhombus-pattern cloth seating surfaces and three-color ambient lighting.

However, there is reason to believe that "history" VW Beetle will not end. Now, Volkswagen is gearing up to launch a wave of electric vehicles to appeal to a new generation of environmentally conscious consumers - children and grandchildren of the 1960s Beetle enthusiasts.

Announcing the end of production, Volkswagen, which was hit by the diesel emissions scandal, said it was ramping up its development of electric vehicles.


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