Volkswagen to stop making iconic Beetle next summer

The Beetle was given a modern revamp in the 1990s

The Beetle was given a modern revamp in the 1990s

VW revealed a Beetle Final Edition model on Thursday and announced that the 2019 model year will be the last for the nameplate. As the World War II began, Volkswagen had to halt its production. The Fuehrer formed a state owned automobile company in 1937, and among the first objectives of this firm was to produce cars for as low as 1000 Reichsmark (approximately $140 back in 1938).

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

The sedans made their USA debut in the 1950s and were popularized with the 1968 Disney movie "The Love Bug". Sales of the original model ceased in the 1970s, but production continued in Mexico through 2003. They will also have Bluetooth technology, SiriusXM radio, voice control, and the exclusive Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect smartphone integration system. The sentient race auto sporting red, white and blue racing stripes from the front to the back bumper headlined several follow-up films and a television series.

Could the Beetle eventually find new life once again?

This isn't the first time Volkswagen has ceased USA produciton of the Beetle.


Beetle sales accounted for only 5 percent of Volkswagen's 340,000 US auto sales in 2017. Their increasing popularity in the United States in the 1960s prompted Volkswagen to build its first manufacturing plant in North America in order to meet the demand.

The company revamped it for the 2012 model year in an effort to make it appeal to men.

Volkswagen plans to offer the two final edition models in both coupe and convertible styles before production is stopped.

"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", said Woebcken.

In a VIN deciphering document noticed by Autoguide, Volkswagen confirmed the 2019 Beetle will offered in four different trim levels. The German automaker's last three years have been rocked by the fallout from a scandal caused by its admitted cheating on diesel emissions tests. The carmaker says it will focus on more popular areas such as SUVs and electric vehicles.

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