VW to stop production of the Beetle in 2019

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

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

Volkswagen announced on Thursday it would stop producing its Beetle compact auto globally in 2019 as the automaker prepares for a leap toward a future of mass-market electric cars.

The rumours of Volkswagen planning to axe Beetle have been around for a very long time, but the company has always clarified that they are yet to take a final decision on it and there were some reports about electric Beetle also.

The Beetle comes with lots of features like a touch-screen infotainment system, leather seats, cruise control, automatic headlamps and more. 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).

Earlier this year it was confirmed there was no immediate successor lined up for the current generation of the Volkswagen Beetle. Volkswagen has sold about 500 000 Beetles globally since 1998, the company said.

The iconic Volkswagen Beetle, possibly the most recognisable shape in the history of the automobile has come to an end. The Beetle with the license plate "LMW 28IF" on the cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road album was sold at an auction for $23,000 in 1986.

The iconic 1963 Volkswagen Beetle featured in Disney's Herbie film franchise starting with 1969 feature film titled "The Love Bug". Their increasing popularity in the U.S. in the 1960s prompted Volkswagen to build its first manufacturing plant in North America in order to meet the demand.

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The special editions, which come in coupe and convertible body styles, get unique beige and blue colors in addition to the normal hues.

The move was supported by Adolf Hitler, who in 1937 formed the state-run Volkswagenwerk, or "The People's Car Company".

Volkswagen will stop making its iconic Beetle after almost seven decades on the market, the German automaker announced Thursday.

As part of Volkswagen's drive towards electrified cars following the emissions scandal of 2015, the German firm is set to launch a new retro model, an electric MPV inspired by the 1949 Type 2 Transporter.

"Never say never", Woebcken said.

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