The beloved Beetle from Volkswagen has been around for almost 70 years and has been one of the most iconic cars of our time. Now, the car company has announced that from next year the production of the Beetle will stop in North America.
Volkswagen has said that it would stop production of the iconic Beetle after having made two special edition models for the third-generation bug in July 2019.
In a statement, Head of the Volkswagen Group of America, Hinrich Woebcken, has said that there are no immediate plans to revive the Beetle, but hinted at the possibility of electric cars in the future.
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. As we move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker in the US 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.”
The Volkswagen Beetle was first introduced in 1938 in Germany, during the Nazi reign. In just a few years, the car had gained popularity amongst consumers all over the world. And by the 1960s the car was a symbol of good vibes only.
The classic car continued to be sold for over 40 years in the United States, when it was taken off the market in 1979, with production continuing in parts of Latin America and Mexico.
The Beetle was then revived by Volkswagen in 1998 with the release of the more modern, New Beetle. The new version was further updated in 2012 to make it more appealing to the bigger market.
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