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Old 09-15-2018, 06:55 AM
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Unhappy Volkswagen squashes the Beetle: End of the line for the iconic 'Bug'

I was saddened to learn of this. The Beetle has been around for decades, and the style is still basically the same so one can always recognize one. It's sad to see the end of an icon.

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After seven decades, the longest-running car in automotive history is about to disappear. Volkswagen will end production of its iconic Beetle by the end of the 2019 model-year, the German automaker announced Thursday.

Conceived in Germany during the run-up to World War II, the Beetle became an icon of the American counterculture during the Vietnam War. But it lost momentum following the twin oil shocks of the 1970s and, despite two attempts to rebuild its appeal with complete makeovers, it has been little more than a largely forgotten niche vehicle in recent years.

So, VW has launched what it calls the “Final Edition,” special versions of the Beetle coupe and convertible models that will mark the end of the run sometime next year.

“The loss of the Beetle after three generations ... will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen America.

But while Woebcken said that “there are no immediate plans to replace it,” he added, “I would also say, 'Never say never.'”

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/aut...m_npd_nn_fb_ma
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:56 AM
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This will greatly reduce the numbers of childrens' arms being punched...
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