Volkswagen has decided to discontinue its legendary VW Beetle, or better known in Pakistan as Foxy. There were rumors that Volkswagen might a launch a new electric version of the vehicle but the company has denied the rumors and says that this is the end of an iconic Beetle era.
The beetle was part of the automotive industry since 1938. In the 1960s and 70s, it became a status icon and almost every other person was seen driving it.
In 2003 Volkswagen did end the production of Beetle but then it returned in 2011. Now in 2018, again the production of Foxy or Beetle is ending, let us hope that it will make a comeback, though the company has made it clear that it won’t be anytime soon.
Frank Welsch, head of technical development at Volkswagen said, “Two or three generations is enough now. The Beetle was made with history in mind but you can’t do it five times and have a new new new Beetle.”
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Welsch said that now the company will focus more on its electric version of VW Bus called Microbus. He said, “With MEB you can do a bus and be an authentic vehicle with the original shape, and steering wheel mounted like the original. You can’t do that with an engine in the front. The shape you see on the concept is realistic. People asked when production starts on the car, so we decided to go that way. Better to have that than having five generations of a new Beetle.”
Beetle has been there for more than 70 years, it has seen its ups and downs. It was initially developed in Germany before World War II. In the 1960s it got really famous and became part of the pop culture. In 1998 it got a reboot. Then in 2006, the vehicle was re-designed and in 2016 Volkswagen launched ‘Beetle Dune’. Now the legendary era of Beetle vehicle is coming to an end, which is just sad, to say the least.