The Volkswagen Beetle (VW Beetle) has been around for decades. The very first model was released by the German automaker back in 1938 and officially called the Volkswagen Type 1, affectionately called Bug in the United States and Kafer in German.
Over the years, the Beetle has gotten a number of upgrades and redesign, but always recognizable by the public for its Beetle-like shape. Even though a fan favorite, the company recently confirmed that it won’t be making any future generations of the Volkswagen Beetle.
Frank Welsch, Volkswagen R&D head noted that “two or three generations is enough now”. He continued by saying that the Beetle, “made with history in mind but you can’t do it five times and have a new new new Beetle. ”
With over 21 million units produced, the Volkswagen Beetle is officially dead. Unfortunately for lovers of the Beetle that was hoping for an all-electric Beetle, it won’t happen.
There’s an all-electric I.D. Buzz model recently announced which is the closest thing you will get to an all-electric Beetle.
There is a present 2018 model of the Beetle available on the market in a hatchback or convertible version. Both are super affordable with a manufacturer suggested retail price of only $20,000 and $25,000, respectively.