It’s official: The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle would be the final manufacturing yr of the enduring Volkswagen Beetle, precisely seven many years after it first got here to america in 1949.
However the Beetle might be getting a year-long sendoff, starting with particular Beetle Ultimate Version fashions for 2019 and persevering with over the following a number of months.
“The lack of the Beetle after three generations, over almost seven many years, will evoke a bunch of feelings from the Beetle’s many devoted followers,” stated Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “As we transfer to being a full-line, family-focused automaker within the U.S. and ramp up our electrification technique with the MEB platform, there are not any instant plans to exchange it.
“However as we now have seen with the I.D. BUZZ—which is the trendy and sensible interpretation of the legendary Bus—I’d additionally say, ‘By no means say by no means.’ We’re excited to kick off a yr of celebrating one of many true icons of the automotive world, with a sequence of occasions that can culminate in the long run of manufacturing in Puebla in July 2019.”
The Beetle Ultimate Version coupe and convertible sports activities two distinctive colours that echo the beige and light-weight blue colours chosen for the tip of the first-generation Beetle manufacturing in 2003. Stonewashed Blue was final seen on the 2016 Beetle Denim, and hearkens to the 1970 Denims Bug, whereas Safari Uni is a brand new variant of the Harvest Beige coloration final seen on the New Beetle that was constructed till 2011. For these whose coloration decisions run to extra customary choices, there are additionally shades of white, black and gray, whereas the convertible has an non-obligatory brown high.
The Ultimate Version additionally has distinctive wheels, both a 17-inch aluminum alloy with a 15-spoke sample or an 18-inch alloy “disc” design with white trim, much like the body-color wheels of original-generation Beetles. Amongst many different touches, all Beetle Ultimate Version fashions supply out there driver-assistance know-how. SE fashions embrace customary Blind Spot Monitor Rear Site visitors Alert. Ultimate Version SEL fashions add customary entrance and rear Park Distance Management, and like all Beetles, the Ultimate Version makes use of the sporty 174-hp 2.Zero-liter TSI® engine, paired with a six-speed automated transmission.
Earlier than subsequent July, Volkswagen could have a number of extra occasions to mark the heritage and historical past of its unique mannequin. We’ll share our moments on-line beneath the hashtag #byebyeBeetle.
“The Beetle is greater than a automobile,” says Woebcken, “it’s what made Volkswagen an integral a part of American tradition.”