Volkswagen Will Wind Down Production on the Iconic Beetle

Time for a new legend to be born.

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To all hardcore Beetle enthusiasts, sad news has recently come out of the Volkswagen camp, as the automaker sets to wind down production on its famed “Bug” vehicle. The oddly-shaped car initially broke ground in 1938, however, struck a chord with popular youth culture throughout much of the ’60s and ‘70s.

VW has, in fact, canceled production on the famed ride before — dating back to 2003, although ended up resurfacing some years later in 2011. With that said, rumors of the Beetle eventually succumbing to an all-electric version has been squashed, with VW denying any validity. It’s been said that Volkswagen is in the midst of finding a worthy replacement for the car, and currently has its sights set on the I.D. Buzz, a fully-electronic concept vehicle based on the age-old Microbus.

When asked to comment on the decision, Frank Welsch, Volkswagen head of research and development said that, “Two or three generations is enough now,” later adding, “[The Beetle was] made with history in mind but you can’t do it five times and have a new new new Beetle.”

In case you missed it, Volkswagen-owned automakers launch first electric touring car.

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