Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Bye Bye New Beetle

I just found out this morning that VW plans to finally axe the New Beetle.

After producing the redesign back in MY 1998, the New Beetle has seen a few changes, including a "Super Beetle", convertible Beetle, Turbo, and a handful of special editions. The final run will consist of 1,500 sedans ($21K) and 1,500 convertibles ($30K) which will have a special 'retro' paint scheme, interior, special badges and special steering wheel. Only available in the 5-cylinder 2.5 gas engine with 6-speed tiptronic automatic transmission.

As many of you know, the classic air-cooled Beetles were finally killed back in 2003 with a final production run of the Ultima Edicion Beetles, which included similar 'retro' touches like white wall tires, Wolfsburg badging, chrome strips replaced, and special paint colors.

Both the New Beetle and the air-cooled Beetles were produced at the same factory in Puebla Mexico.

What will be next for VW?

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