Volkswagen Squashes Beetle Production
Volkswagen has announced that 2019 will be the end of production for the iconic Beetle model. Production of the Beetle is set to end at the factory in Puebla, Mexico, where it’s been built since 1997, in July 2019. The company has been making the Beetle for nearly 70 years. The car was first sold in the US in 1949.
The Beetle has fallen out of favor among American consumers as sales of passenger car have been plunging in the US. VW sold 15,166 Beetle models in the US in 2017, down 3.2 percent from the previous year. The German automaker will now focus on its SUVs and a range of new electric cars.
The last version of the Beetle will be offered in Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL special coupe and convertible models. Final Edition coupes have chrome accents, body-color side mirrors, heated washer nozzles, a sunroof, and 17-inch, 15-spoke aluminum wheels. SELs add xenon headlights and LED DRLs, LED taillights, fog lights, and 18-inch white aluminum wheels with chrome hubcaps.
All models will have a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and pushbutton start, automatic climate control, and three-color ambient lighting. The SE will have a 6.3-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, a USB port, SiriusXM radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SE will also have special interior appointments consisting of cloth and leatherette with rhomboid seat embroidery. The SEL will have diamond-stitched leather.
VW will offer the Final Edition Beetle in white, black, and gray, as well as unique colors Safari Uni and Stonewashed Blue. Both the convertible and coupe versions of the 2019 Beetle will be powered by 2-liter gas engines with 174 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. They will have an average fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon.
The Final Edition coupe starts at $23,045 for the SE and $25,995 for the SEL. The convertible models will start at $27,295 and $29,995, respectively. That price does not include the $895 destination fee.