End of an era: Volkswagen to quit iconic 'Beetle' cars in 2019

The VW Beetle has been dropped from production before and could yet make a comeback

The VW Beetle has been dropped from production before and could yet make a comeback

The car's popularity, already quite high, skyrockets and 423,000 units are sold that year in the United States alone. Perhaps it can take another in its stride.

While the Beetle did not originally sell well in the USA during the 1950s due to Volkswagen's Nazi origins, its popularity eventually took off in the late 60s and 70s, before American production ceased in 1979. It was designed by Ferdinand Porsche who had been commissioned by Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler to develop a "People's Car" (in German a "Volks Wagen"). After all, this wouldn't even be the first time what we still consider to be the "new" Beetle has had a Final Edition.

He also added that while there are "no immediate plans" to replace the Beetle, that he could "never say never".

Before the factory closes, it will be producing special edition Beetle models in both coupe and convertible styles.

Inside, all Final Editions are equipped with keyless entry, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, stainless steel pedal caps, automatic climate control, and three-color ambient lighting.

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

"Emotional cars are very important for the brand", Herbert Diess, Volkswagen brand chief, told AutoExpress a year ago.

More news: Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolinas as it nears landfall
More news: US Davis Cup team neutral on Serena Williams umpire controversy
More news: Italy jails man for selling fake TripAdvisor reviews

Bela Barenyi, an 18-year-old Hungarian student, submitted a chassis design for a "Volkswagen" in 1925 and is recognised as designing the basic VW Beetle.

Production of the Beetle will end in July at VW's Puebla, Mexico, assembly plant.

VOLKSWAGEN announced that it would end production of its iconic Beetle cars in 2019 following a pair of final editions of the insect-inspired vehicles.

The compact Beetle was introduced in Germany in 1938 during the Nazi era and came to the United States 11 years later, where it became a symbol of utilitarian transportation often used by hippies.

Fun Fact: Beetle has its own 1968 Disney movie of its own called the "Love Bug" in which the racing auto Herbie had a mind of its own.

It went on to become popular among US suburbanites in postwar America and later a symbol of the counterculture of the 1960s.

"In this environment the business case for cars in general, and small cars in particular, becomes increasingly hard to justify", Bauer said.

Recommended News

  • Super Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in the Philippines

    Super Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in the Philippines

    More than 15,000 people had been evacuated in northern provinces by Friday afternoon, the Office of Civil Defence said. Typhoon Mangkhut is the 15th storm this year to batter the Philippines - and the most powerful in the world this year.
    Liverpool stars catch train in Runcorn ahead of Tottenham clash

    Liverpool stars catch train in Runcorn ahead of Tottenham clash

    Bring your kids in the Champions League? We played possession football, but not to the same extent as Klopp's Liverpool . But I think both are very good players".
    US East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence

    US East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence

    Overall, unsafe storm surge is possible all the way from Edisto Beach, South Carolina , to the North Carolina/Virginia border. Hurricane Florence, growing in size despite its weakening winds on Wednesday, crept closer to the U.S.
  • Carolina Residents Who Refused to Evacuate Calling for Help

    Carolina Residents Who Refused to Evacuate Calling for Help

    At 7 a.m., the center of the eye was located about 5 miles (10 kilometers) east of Wilmington, moving west at 6 mph. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay, or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches of water.

    How to Watch Manchester City vs

    According to a UK Sun report, the 32-year-old midfielder prefers his baby boy Mateo to spend his formative years in his motherland of Gran Canaria.

    Australians told to chop strawberries as police investigate needles found in fruit

    Investigators plan to do forensic testing on the needles and say they're particularly focused on how the fruits were transported. New South Wales Police have confirmed the first case of strawberries contaminated with needles bought from a Sydney supermarket.
  • Samuel Vargas: Manny Pacquiao Will Stop Amir Khan!

    Samuel Vargas: Manny Pacquiao Will Stop Amir Khan!

    Thrilling, exciting, but always vulnerable. "I want Manny Pacquiao, Manny Pacquiao is my No. 1 pick", Khan declared. Khan returned to the ring following a two-year hiatus in April, when he demolished Phil Lo Greco in 39 seconds.
    Ariana Grande Was ‘Helpful and Effective’ in Mac Miller’s Sobriety

    Ariana Grande Was ‘Helpful and Effective’ in Mac Miller’s Sobriety

    Mac Miller was found unresponsive in his San Fernando Valley home by one of his close friends last week. And now Mac Miller's mother, Karen Meyers, has payed tribute to her son with a touching Instagram post .
    LOIS LANE Cast for DC-CW Crossover, and She's a Lookalike

    LOIS LANE Cast for DC-CW Crossover, and She's a Lookalike

    The CW has yet to reveal the storyline of the upcoming superhero crossover. Elizabeth Tulloch as Juliette Silverton in the TV series Grimm .
  • You Can Pre-Order The iPhone Xs In Australia Right Now

    You Can Pre-Order The iPhone Xs In Australia Right Now

    For those hanging on to an old set of favorite headphones, Apple AAPL -1.14% has a message for you: Two years is long enough. It was revealed after the launch of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR that they would be shipped without adapters.

    Florence dumps heavy rain on Carolinas, kills 7

    That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 10 centimetres of water, he calculated. FEMA teams were employing boats in the rescues and were determining which cases were the most severe. "I love hurricanes.
    US Davis Cup players try to stay out of Williams controversy

    US Davis Cup players try to stay out of Williams controversy

    Williams smashed her racquet, breaking it, bringing about her second violation for racquet abuse, resulting in a point penalty. He did what he had to do in that match because she overstepped the limit. "It's because I am a woman, and that's not right".

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.