Boom boom boom boom… that is a 21-gun salute to say goodbye to a great fallen soldier. They say that everything good comes to an end and that’s exactly what is happening to the sweet old Volkswagen Beetle. This iconic model is breathing its last breath, and Volkswagen will honor its long service with the Beetle Final Edition to be released in 2019. The new Beetle Final Edition comes with two body styles: convertible and hatchback. It is offered in SEL and SE trims.
What is the history behind the Beetle?
The Volkswagen Beetle was launched in 1938 during the Nazi era. Ferdinand Porsche and Adolf Hitler are the guys behind its ideation. It was known as the 'People's car,' and it is no surprise that remains as one of the most recognizable cars ever. The Beetle has earned its place in the Hall of Fame of the automotive industry. It boasts of selling more than 33 million units. The Beetle also has a sweet tooth for the finer things in life, and it will be remembered for giving Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie a run for their money. It was cast as “Herbie” in big Disney films.
What the hell does Hitler have to do with the Beetle?
Adolf Hitler is one of the worst dictators the world has ever seen, but although he killed so many people, we can at least remember him for one good thing. The company doesn’t like talking about this part of their history, but Hitler had a lot to do with the first Beetle. Hitler wanted a small, cheap car that would be produced for the citizens of Germany. The plan was to turn the country into a motorized nation. Porsche actualized the idea which gave birth to the Beetle we know today. The first convertible Beetle was given to the guy with a funny mustache.
What does it offer?
The 2019 Final Beetle maintains its original engine: a turbocharged four-cylinder with a capacity of 2.0 liters. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic. It now comes with unique upholstery. The SEL now offers real leather while the SE features leatherette and cloth seats that also have diamond pleats. The trims also come with black and beige fabrics to complement the dashboard finish. You will get 17-inch multispoke wheels if you choose the SE trim. On the other hand, you will have retro-style 18-inch wheels if you go with the SEL.
How much will it cost?
The 2019 Final Beetle is quite cheap when compared to the current equivalent model. Compared to the standard SE convertible, the new convertible costs $28,190, which is almost $800 less than before. You can also save around $1,000 with the new SE coupe which goes for $23,940. The Dune also costs around $800 more than the new $26,890 hatchback. The Final Edition SEL can’t be compared to its equivalent because there is no current SEL trim. Reports have suggested that there will only be 3000 Final Beetle units.
What does the future hold?
The Volkswagen Beetle has had many goods years, but it has been struggling with poor sales in recent years, especially in the key US market. This market now prefers larger cars like sports utility vehicles and crossovers. The massive investment in electric cars and the diesel emissions scandal are also thorns in the old flesh of the Beetle. The manufacturer has said that it will offer lesser models as it turns its attention to electric and family cars. This vehicle reminds me of WWE Undertaker who loves to make comebacks in Wrestlemania. The Beetle made a comeback after it was discontinued in 2003. Although not anytime soon, the company has hinted that the Beetle could make a comeback in the future.
What has Volkswagen said?
According to the President and CEO of the company, Mr. Hinrich J. Woebcken, they expect that the Final Beetle will evoke deep emotions from their loyal consumers and other car enthusiasts. They expect this reaction because people have gotten attached to this iconic car that has been around for nearly seven decades and three generations.
What are our final thoughts about it?
Although the Beetle was one of the best sellers in history, its downfall has come because of poor sales. The 'People's car' has also been having a hard time dealing with rivals like the Volkswagen Golf, Fiat 500, Mini Cooper, Honda Civic and Ford Focus. We feel that this car would still have made huge sales if it was equipped enough and priced correctly. We hope that Volkswagen will surprise us with another Beetle in the future.