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

A bug's life Beetles have reached the end of the line after a colourful history

A bug's life Beetles have reached the end of the line after a colourful history

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.

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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.

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