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The last Volkswagen Beetle

October 5, 2018
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The last Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen has announced that it will end production of its venerable Beetle in 2019 after three generations that included the original rear-engine, rear-drive air-cooled model and two successive iterations of the front-drive liquid-cooled New Beetle. The 2019 VW Beetle Final Edition will mark the end of this remarkable run for a nameplate that began sales in the U.S. 70 years ago.

“The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “As we move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker in the U.S. and ramp up our electrification strategy with the MEB platform, there are no immediate plans to replace it. But as we have seen with the I.D. BUZZ—which is the modern and practical interpretation of the legendary Bus—I would also say, ‘Never say never.’ We’re excited to kick off a year of celebrating one of the true icons of the automotive world, with a series of events that will culminate in the end of production in Puebla in July 2019.”

Two models and trim levels

The 2019 VW Beetle Final Edition will be offered in coupe and convertible body styles and SE and SEL trim levels. The cars will come in two special colors, Safara Uni, a hue patterned after Harvest Moon Beige used on the New Beetle, and Stonewashed Blue, which is derived from the 1970 Jeans Beetle and the 2016 Beetle Denim. Also available will be white, deep black pearl and platinum gray.

Taking their inspiration from the 2003 Última Edición (last edition) models offered when the original Beetle went out of production in Mexico, Final Edition models feature standard chrome treatments, body-color side mirrors and a sunroof on coupes. The rear Turbo badge has been supplanted by a Beetle badge on the Final Edition.

SE models will be equipped with 17-inch wheels sporting a 15-spoke design, while the SEL has 18-inch rims in white aluminum-alloy designed to mimic the body-color steel wheels and chrome hubcaps of the whitewall shod Última Edición.

Pricing

The 2019 VW Beetle is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 174 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard. SE models come with a blind spot monitor and rear traffic alert, while SEL versions have front and rear park distance control.

The 2019 Beetle Final Edition SE coupe starts at $23,045, while the SEL is priced from $25,995. The Beetle Convertible Final Edition begins at $27,295 for SE models, while the SEL comes in at $29,995. Prices exclude $895 destination.

Source: KBB

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