The VW Beetle is Dead after 7 Decades (Volkswagen News)
Along with the Smart for North America, the Volkswagen Beetle will be experiencing total annihilation as well. Though unlike the Smart, the Beetle is not being discontinued in select continents. Rather, it’s going to be gone from the entire planet. Mid-Late 2019 will be the final year of the beloved Volkswagen Beetle, as it is the next vehicle to experience declining sales in an ever-changing automotive market. Introduced back in 1945 and developed by the one and only Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, the Volkswagen Beetle has been sold in the millions throughout the world. Even a legend such as the Volkswagen Beetle, can succumb to declining sales.
In a world that is making its’ shift to Hybrids and Electrics, the Beetle is just not the right fit. One might ask themselves, why not just make the Beetle fall into the new categories of demand? The answer is simple, Volkswagen is just simply not interested, and sales have plummeted. Volkswagen’s focus is a heavy transition into SUV and Sedans that primarily emphasize Electric and Hybrid usability.
Volkswagen US CEO Hinrich Woebcken mentioned in a public statement ““As we move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker in the U.S. and ramp up our electrification strategy with the MEB platform, there are no immediate plans to replace it. But as we have seen with the I.D. Buzz – which is the modern and practical interpretation of the legendary Bus – I would also say, ‘Never say never.” If the Beetle is a vehicle that you desire, you have some luck! Now is your chance to, like the Smart, own a piece of history! The 2019 Final Edition Beetle will start just over $23,000 and features a 2.0L engine, developing 174 horsepower! If you own a car collection, why not add one in there for fun? The real question is, which car will be next to die? Manufacturers are downsizing their model range and are heading full force into Hybrid and Electrification Technology. It’s only a matter of time until more news surfaces.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is time we pay our respects to the legendary Volkswagen Beetle. Loved by the world, though its’ time has come.
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