VW to stop making the iconic Beetle in 2019

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Volkswagen-To-Discontinue-Beetle-Soon

Volkswagen recently introduced 2019 MY of Beetle in the U.S. and a VIN deciphering document revealed that lineup includes "Final Edition" but the company is yet to make an official announcement.

Volkswagen brought the Beetle back with new generations in 1998 and 2012. It was Adolf Hitler, at the Berlin auto show in 1938, who introduced a prototype for a small, oddly shaped, cheap family vehicle that became the Beetle.

The original version of the Beetle, a rear-engined vehicle that owners often decked out in colorful paints during the flower power era of the 1960s and 70s, ended production in Mexico in 2003.

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.

The 21st Century Beetle stuck to what made the Beetle an icon in the first place - a fun curvy frame and class. Nostalgia is the draw for many buyers.

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Before production ceases, the company will offer U.S. customers two special models - the Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL - starting at roughly $23,000 (€19,670).

The Beetle marked a significant trend, led by Volkswagen, Fiat and Renault, in which the rear-engine and the rear-wheel-drive layout increased from 2.6 percent of continental Western Europe's auto production in 1946 to 26.6 percent in 1956. They will be available in coupe and convertible models.

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. 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.

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.

VW has hinted that the Beetle could be revived again as an electric auto.

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