Sep 13, 2018

Beetle: Volkswagen's iconic car comes to the end of the road

Volkswagen is ending production of its iconic Beetle, closing the door on one of the world's most famous car brands. The Beetle has its roots in Nazi Germany with the creation of a "People's car", but went on to star in a series of successful Disney films as a vehicle called Herbie. "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 Woebcken, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America. Beetle was created in 1938 by legendary engineer Ferdinand Porsche - a name now synonymous with fast cars - at the behest of Adolf Hitler, who wanted to see a cheap and practical mass-produced car made available to the German people. Volkswagen sold 11,151 Beetles during the first eight months of 2018, down 2.2% from the same period a year earlier.

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