Volkswagen to end iconic 'Beetle' cars in 2019

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

The "Final Edition" Beetle will end production in Puebla, Mexico in July 2019. The automaker sold six times the number of Jettas in Canada.

Mercedes-Benz unveiled a one-seater Vision EQ Silver Arrow show vehicle that has a body made of carbon fibre, is powered by a rechargeable battery with a usable capacity of 80 kWh and has a calculated range of over 400 km. As the World War II began, Volkswagen had to halt its production. The Fuehrer formed a state owned automobile company in 1937, and among the first objectives of this firm was to produce cars for as low as 1000 Reichsmark (approximately $140 back in 1938). In Pic: Volkswagen Beetles are displayed during the annual gathering of the "Beetle club" in Yakum, central Israel.

The original Beetle, born out of Nazi Germany's quest for a low-priced "people's car" in the late 1930s, went on to become an icon of the counter-culture movement in the 1960s.

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U.S. sales ceased in 1979, but the vehicle continued to be produced in Mexico and Brazil, according to auto and Driver.

Its fame was solidified with Walt Disney's 1968 film "The Love Bug", which features a anthropomorphic Beetle named Herbie that makes a splash on the California racing circuit. The vehicle also has a racing style number "53" on the front trunk lid.

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess has been a driving force behind the slimmed down product portfolio since he took over the main VW vehicle brand in 2015. Yes, even he will not have a new generation in the usual way, but according to some new "beetle" will be the electric vehicle.

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But the original Beetle continues to enjoy a cult status that the newer version never did.

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

The Beetle still has its share of adherents - owners gather annually at Volkswagen festivals like Ohio's Volksfest - but while Volkswagen tried to update the classic look of the Beetle each year, sales for the model have been slumping in the USA, where consumers have a preference for larger cars.

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Brock Long, the head of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), warned that Florence could "kill a lot of people". Puerto Rico's government is run by the New Progressive party, a pro-statehood, Puerto Rico-only party.


United States consumers looking for a small Volkswagen vehicle overwhelmingly prefer the Jetta sedan, or the Tiguan compact sport utility vehicle.

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