Volkswagen announced Thursday it would end production of its iconic “Beetle” cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the bug-shaped vehicles.
The curvy-topped sedans, which shook off Nazi origins to become a global auto phenomenon, are being sidelined as Volkswagen emphasises electric cars and larger ‘family’ vehicles.
But company officials, still trying to completely turn the page after 2015’s costly “dieselgate” scandal, opened the door to reviving the model at some point, alluding to the company’s 2017 decision to unveil a revamped Volkswagen Bus as a possible template.
“As we move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker in the U.S. and ramp up our electrification strategy… there are no immediate plans to replace it,” Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, said in a statement.
‘Never say never’
“But, I would also say, never say never,” he added. Volkswagen plans to offer the two final edition models in both coupe and convertible styles. The car’s popularity gained with the 1968 Disney movie
The Love Bug
, the story of a racing Volkswagen with a mind of its own.
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