Volkswagen to end production of iconic Beetle

Volkswagen to stop making its classic Beetle next year

However, six months on, it appears the end is nigh as VWVortex is reporting a Final Edition Beetle for the 2019 model year looks to be a possibility, according to VIN code information submitted to the NHTSA.

"I would say "never say never", Hinrich Woebcken, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, said in a statement.

The original VW Beetle, developed in the 1930s, made a journey from a product identified with Adolf Hitler to a symbol of Germany's rebirth as a democratic, industrial powerhouse after World War II.

It was also popular with the 1960s counter-culture types who extolled the Beetle's small, practical, but aesthetic qualities.

The famous auto sold for about 30 years before U.S. sales stopped in 1979.

The Beetle was an instant hit when it went back on sale as the New Beetle in Canada in March, 1998, but sales of passenger cars over all in Canada now represent less than 30 per cent of the market amid the boom in crossover sales. Demand for the Beetle and other hatchbacks like the Golf has come under pressure as customer appetite has shifted toward sport utility vehicles.

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Fun Fact: Beetle has its own 1968 Disney movie of its own called the "Love Bug" in which the racing vehicle Herbie had a mind of its own. And while its signature, model-specific colors are the Safari Uni and Stonewashed Blue pictured here, VW will offer the Final Edition Beetle in white, black and gray, as well. That plant located in the state of Puebla, Mexico, is expected to make its last Beetle in July 2019.

The iconic vehicle in its Final Edition will be available with both bodystyles, a coupe and a cabriolet and will be available in special body colours to mark the end of the era. Among its fans is Hollywood actor Chris Pratt, who took almost 12 years to restore a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, in 2016.

Volkswagen sold roughly 15,000 Beetles in United States in 2017, a signal of its diminishing audience.

The result attracted mainly female buyers. They also get standard extra chrome, new wheels and three-colour ambient lighting inside.

However, there is reason to believe that "history" VW Beetle will not end.

"The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over almost seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle's many devoted fans", Volkswagen CEO, Hinrich J. Woebcken, said in a statement announcing to move.

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