Volkswagen confirms Beetle will not be replaced

The Volkswagen Beetle will not be replaced and will go out of production after its current generation, the company’s R&D boss Frank Welsch has confirmed.

The future of the retro-style Beetle has been in doubt for some time. Speaking at the Geneva motor show, Welsch said that the production version of the VW ID Buzz electric concept that takes cues from the Type 2 Transporter – would take the place of the Beetle as a retro-inspired model in the range VW.

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Welsch said that “two or three generations is enough” for the Beetle. He said that the car was “done with the story in mind, but you can’t do it five times and are a new new new Beetle”.

The Beetle is sold as a coupe and a cabriolet, and Welsch, has said that the recently confirmed that the T-Roc convertible is a replacement for the Beetle cabriolet as the Golf and Eos convertible models.

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The role of a ‘heritage’ model, in the future, for the VW, instead, be serviced from a VW recreation of the Microbus rather than a Beetle, with a production version of the ID Buzz due to 2021/22 based on the VW Group’s new electric platform.

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“With MEB [the VW Group’s electric car platform], you can take a bus and be a real vehicle with the original shape, and the steering wheel mounted like the original. You can’t do with a front engine. The shape you see, the concept is realistic,” said Welsch.

“People ask when to start the production of the car, so we decided to go that way. Better that than to have five generations of the new Beetle.

“We had all these Microbus concepts in the past, but all were facing the engine. The physicality of bring on the MQB, or PQ-something for life doesn’t work.”

Volkswagen launched the New Beetle in 1997, with a second-generation model following in 2011.

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