After having served as a cultural icon for decades, and to people of all age groups and generations, the production of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle will be coming to end.
What started as a vague concept in 1931 turned into the production of over 10,000 Beetles by the end of 1946, and by the end of 1952, daily production had reached 734.
There were certain models throughout the car’s history that were landmark ones: the 1953 model saw the end of the split window, and instead the usage of an oval-shaped one was introduced, and the 1967 model saw the original sloping headlights replaced with upright ones. The changes have been infinite over the years, as the car kept adapting to the latest technology and demands of the people, but what remained intact was its status as an emblem.
To commemorate its last run, the marque is launching two special models, the Final Edition SE and the Final Edition SEL.
The German brand plans to move forward to become a ‘full-line, family-focused automaker,’ and speeding up their electrification strategy is also a goal.
The new models will come in two forms: convertible and coupe, both of which will come with exclusive features to separate the final edition from the rest.
Both will be powered by a two-litre TSI engine that generates 174HP and 184 foot-pounds of torque.
There aren’t any immediate plans to replace the Beetle, but the CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Hinrich J. Woebcken, hasn’t ruled out any thing. “I would also say, ‘Never say never.’ We’re excited to kick off a year of celebrating one of the true icons of the automotive world, with a series of events that will culminate in the end of production in Puebla in July 2019.”