Volkswagen to end production of iconic Beetle


Sales of the original model ceased in the 1970s, but production continued in Mexico through 2003.

Production of one of the world's most iconic cars is to end next year. That plant located in the state of Puebla, Mexico, is expected to make its last Beetle in July 2019. Sales have been slow in recent years, as buyers opt for the more conventional Golf over the less practical Beetle.

Volkswagen brought the Beetle back with new generations in 1998 and 2012.

After selling it on and off in the U.S. for almost seven decades, Volkswagen has made a decision to end global production of its iconic Beetle from July 2019.

VW Group has been pulling the Beetle from select global markets as part of a broader effort to streamline its bloated product lineup.

Frank Welsch, Volkswagen R&D boss, a year ago told Autocar you can't have a "new, new, new Beetle" and, instead, "two or three generations is enough now".

Although the outbreak of war went some way to stall production, demand for the Beetle began to take off in the late 1940s, and by 1955 a million of the cars were driving on German roads.

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4th place: in the 1999 vehicle of the Century competition - an worldwide award given to what was considered to be the most influential auto of the 20th century - the humble Beetle came in fourth behind Ford Model T, the Mini and the Citroen DS.

Despite its foundation in Nazi Germany, the Beetle went on to be one of the biggest selling foreign-made cars in the U.S. during the 1960s, proving popular with hippies.

The company plans to roll out an electric version of the old Bus in 2022 called the I.D. Buzz.

While the company hasn't ruled out reinstating the model at some point in the future, Beetle aficionados yearning for one last brand-new vehicle will have two special models to choose from - the Final Edition SEL and Final Edition SE.

What is it: The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle continues the company's long line of cars for the people.

The special editions, which come in coupe and convertible body styles, get unique beige and blue colours in addition to the normal hues.

When asked if the Beetle will ever be resurrected, Woebcken said, "Never say never".