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Volkswagen to end iconic ‘Beetle’ cars in 2019

Volkswagen to end iconic ‘Beetle’ cars in 2019

The auto entered mass production after World War II, and it debuted in North America in 1949, and within two decades, became one of the world's best-selling vehicles. In Pic: Volkswagen Beetles are displayed during the annual gathering of the "Beetle club" in Yakum, central Israel.

"The nostalgia for the '60s is going away as the baby boomer generation is going away", Wolkonowicz said. Sales of the original model ceased in the 1970s, but production continued in Mexico through 2003. The beetle starred in a series of successful Disney films - starting with 1968′s The Love Bug - as a vehicle called Herbie, which comes to life.

VW Group has been pulling the Beetle from select global markets as part of a broader effort to streamline its bloated product lineup. Hitler yanked Porsche away from the Beetle factory to design tanks. 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.

Over the years, the Beetle became something of a cultural icon.

The Puebla plant will shift to building other Volkswagen models.

The iconic Volkswagen Beetle, possibly the most recognisable shape in the history of the automobile has come to an end.

Consumers in the USA have increasingly turned to larger cars such as crossovers and sports utility vehicles.

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Volkswagen revived it in the U.S.in 1998 as a more modern "New Beetle", but it attracted mainly female buyers.

The company is not leaving behind all of its well-known older models.

Among proud owners of Beetles in India are Bollywood Actor Imran Khan who had shipped a Beetle from Europe as a gift to his wife.

Last March, Volkswagen R&D Chief Frank Welsch confirmed at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show that the company has no plans of building another Beetle after the third-generation model.

"I would also say, 'Never say never, '" Woebcken noted in the announcement. There will also be standard extra chrome, new wheels and three-colour ambient lighting inside.

Even though it looks as though the Beetle as we know it is coming to the end of its time, it's hard to imagine this being the end of the Beetle name in the Volkswagen portfolio for good.


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