Volkswagen is hard at work filling out its lineup with new SUVs and electric cars, but while its looking to the future, some things from its past are about to be left behind. It’s been rumored that the fate of the VW Beetle was in jeopardy and now VW has confirmed that the current VW Beetle will be the last one.
Volkswagen R&D boss Frank Welsch revealed to Autocar at this week’s Geneva Motor Show that the retro VW Beetle will go out of production at the end of the current model’s lifecycle and that VW has no plans to replace it. Welsch stated “two or three generations is enough now.” and that the Beetle was “made with history in mind but you can’t do it five times and have a new new new Beetle.”
For those retro VW fans that are sad to see the Beetle go away, VW plans to fill the void with the production version of the Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz concept. A convertible version of the compact T-Roc crossover will also serve as a replacement for the VW Beetle convertible.
The official end date for the Beetle hasn’t been announced, but it will likely be around for a few more years.