Bee­tle bows out

Volk­swa­gen close door on Bee­tle made fa­mous on big screen


The clas­sic VW is be­ing con­signed to his­tory – and what a his­tory it’s had.

But sadly, a car that man­aged to sur­vive the Third Re­ich has fi­nally fallen to the grow­ing love of out­sized mo­tors.

And so, af­ter 80 event­ful years the Bee­tle is fi­nally com­ing to the end of the road.

THE Bee­tle car is com­ing to the end of the road af­ter Volk­swa­gen re­vealed they are to stop mak­ing the model.

Pro­duc­tion of the bug-shaped mo­tor will end at the firm’s Mex­ico plant next July when two spe­cial edi­tions are re­leased. De­vel­oped in Nazi Ger­many as the “peo­ple’s car” af­ter be­ing con­ceived – at the be­hest of Adolf Hitler – in the early 1930s by en­gi­neer Fer­di­nand Porsche, the Bee­tle went on to star in Dis­ney films as a ve­hi­cle called Her­bie.

How­ever, de­clin­ing sales in re­cent years, par­tic­u­larly in the US, has led Volk­swa­gen – who were hit by the diesel emis­sions scan­dal – to call time on the car.

The firm’s Hin­rich Woe­bcken said: “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.”

The fi­nal Bee­tle mod­els will be avail­able in both coupe and convertible styles.

Pic­ture: PA

THE LOVE BUG The Bee­tle from Her­bie films. ICONIC Hitler with ‘peo­ple’s car’ in 1938, top, and huge pro­duc­tion line

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