Volkswagen to end production of the iconic Beetle next year

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The carmaker has released its last Final Edition to honor the auto after 70 years of its manufacture.

"The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over almost seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle's many devoted fans", said Hinrich Woebcken, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America.

The Beetle comes with lots of features like a touch-screen infotainment system, leather seats, cruise control, automatic headlamps and more. The last of the original "bugs", as they are called, were produced in Mexico in 2003. The first convertible Beetle was...

The group has no immediate plans to revive the Beetle again, but the company wouldn't rule it out. The Beetles have been made in Puebla, Mexico, since 1997 - but only about 15,000 were sold in the United States past year as many customers switched preferences to sport-utility vehicles and other models.

The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Editions is now available in the US.

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The Final Edition Beetles will range from $US23,045 to $US29,995 depending on the model unit. It's a move the company has taken with the similarly iconic VW Bus, which the company chose to revamp in 2017.

"The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over almost seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle's many devoted fans", Mr Woebcken said. Additionally, VW will cover its bases with the recently announced T-Roc Cabriolet, which will serve as a Beetle Cabriolet replacement in some markets. Their increasing popularity in the USA in the 1960s prompted Volkswagen to build its first manufacturing plant in North America in order to meet the demand.

Those models were available in beige and light blue, and for 2019, the Final Edition Beetles will also be available in Safari Uni (beige) and Stonewashed Blue (as seen in the 2016 Beetle Denim). Yes, even he will not have a new generation in the usual way, but according to some new "beetle" will be the electric vehicle.

Mr Woebcken added: "I would say "never say never". 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").

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