VW will stop making the Beetle amid slumping sales

The VW Beetle has been dropped from production before and could yet make a comeback

The VW Beetle has been dropped from production before and could yet make a comeback

VW said that despite the end of the Beetle's production in 2019, the auto could make another comeback someday. Volkswagen discontinued USA sales of the "bug" in 1979, but continued production for Mexico and Latin America.

The compact Beetle was first made in Germany in 1938 during the Nazi era and came to the United States only 11 years later.

The Puebla plant will shift to building other Volkswagen models.

Volkswagen recently introduced 2019 MY of Beetle in the USA and a VIN deciphering document revealed that lineup includes "Final Edition" but the company is yet to make an official announcement. The car's popularity, already quite high, skyrockets and 423,000 units are sold that year in the United States alone.

The Beetle's legacy harkens back to the 1930s, when Ferdinand Porsche, the prolific engineer behind the famed luxury vehicle brand, chose to design a "People's Car" or "Volkswagen" in German. The beetle starred in a series of successful Disney films - starting with 1968′s The Love Bug - as a vehicle called Herbie, which comes to life.

Last year, Volkswagen sold roughly 15,000 Beetles in the US.

Beetle sales accounted for only 5 percent of Volkswagen's 340,000 USA auto sales in 2017.

In a statement announcing the end of the Beetle, Hinrich Woebcken, head of Volkswagen of America, said as the company ramped up its electrification strategy, there were no plans to replace the Beetle.

Volkswagen has no plans to revive the much-celebrated vehicle again, but did not rule it out as a possibility.

The company is not leaving behind all of its well-known older models.

Those models were available in beige and light blue, and for 2019, the Final Edition Beetles will also be available in Safari Uni (beige) and Stonewashed Blue (as seen in the 2016 Beetle Denim). The cars also get three color ambient lighting; SE versions get cloth and leatherette rhombus-pattern seats with SEL offering standard diamond-stitched leather.

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.

There is reason to believe that "history" VW Beetle will not end.

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