A BUG’S LIFE

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There’s been spec­u­la­tion for a lit­tle while, but on 13 Septem­ber, VW an­nounced the end of its beloved Bee­tle, as the brand moves to be­ing a “full-line, fam­ily-fo­cused au­tomaker.” Yes, this an­nounce­ment comes from the US of A. The Bee­tle had al­ready been re­moved from VW’s Bri­tish brochures, but the news from across the pond con­firms the car’s pass­ing world­wide af­ter 80 years. Mem­o­ries of free love and hippy liv­ing over­shadow the Hitler-com­mis­sioned 1938 re­al­ity, and they’ve shaped even the lat­est gen­er­a­tion, which ar­rived with a dash­board vase await­ing a plas­tic flower. We’ll miss the Bug but, let’s face it, it was about time it got squashed.

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