Volkswagen to kill the Beetle in 2019 as car sales plunge

Postado Setembro 16, 2018

Volkswagen announced on September 13 that it will be ending production of the iconic VW Beetle in 2019, but the company will celebrate the vehicle by adding two new models, Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL, that give the auto a whole new look.

Volkswagen announced that it will end production of the Beetle in 2019, finishing with the last ever models to the carry the name, the Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.

In a VIN deciphering document noticed by Autoguide, Volkswagen confirmed the 2019 Beetle will offered in four different trim levels. The result was a crescent-shaped vehicle called the "New Beetle", launched in 1998, which offered playful touches such as a built-in flower vase.

Volkswagen plans to produce a special "Final Edition" celebration Beetle series in the car's sole factory in Mexico.

After selling it on and off in the United States for almost seven decades, Volkswagen has made a decision to squash its iconic Beetle.

Rumors of the Volkswagen Beetle's death have been circulating for quite some time, but now, it's officially official.

Design work on what would be the Beetle began in the 1930s after Hitler had ordered that a Volks Wagen (German for people's car) be built that was affordable for all Germans.

1953: on July 3, the 500,000th Beetle is produced and VW opens a plant in Brazil. Additionally, VW will cover its bases with the recently announced T-Roc Cabriolet, which will serve as a Beetle Cabriolet replacement in some markets. But the U.S. market is very different and a number of models discontinued elsewhere continue to sell in big numbers in parts of North America.

VW's new special editions, which come in coupe and convertible body styles, get unique beige and blue colors in addition to the normal hues.

Volkswagen says it's focusing on larger family cars and electric vehicles.

But Mr Woebcken didn't completely rule out that the model could one day be resurrected: "Never say never".

Its fame was solidified with Walt Disney's 1968 film "The Love Bug", which features a anthropomorphic Beetle named Herbie that makes a splash on the California racing circuit.