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Volkswagen to stop manufacture of Beetle in 2019

Volkswagen to stop manufacture of Beetle in 2019

Volkswagen released a statement confirming that it will end the manufacture of the Iconic Beetle in 2019.

The statement released on Thursday by Volkswagen Group of America said global production of the “Beetle” would cease in July 2019 whilst announcing two final edition models.

“The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” CEO of the unit, Hinrich Woebcken, said.

While there are “no immediate plans to replace it”, Woebcken added: “I would also say, never say never.”

The iconic car was introduced in 1938 after Adolf Hitler asked an automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche to design a people’s car (Volkswagen in German).

Sales dropped in the USA in 1979, after which newer models were introduced.

Last year VW sold only 15,166, according to Autodata Corp.

More than 21.5 million original Beetles were manufactured worldwide until the last one that was produced in Mexico in 2003.

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