Review and Test Drive: Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

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“No immediate plans to replace it” more than leaves the door open, as does a comment in 2017 by VW CEO Herbert Diess that he’s considering an all-electric Beetle on the automaker’s electric-vehicle MEB platform.

Meanwhile, the current generation Beetle, which made its debut in 2012, features a lower profile while continuing to maintain the overall shape that recalled the original Volkswagen Type 1, albeit with a more aggressive and modern appearance that distances it from the New Beetle.


The original, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1 and suggested in 1933 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler who, at that year’s Internationalen Automobil-und Motorrad-Ausstellung, asked the industry to come up with an inexpensive, simple people’s car (Volkswagen is German for “people’s car”) for the country’s new Autobahn network.

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Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, what became known as the Beetle made its debut in 1938 and was produced until 2003, with the exception of the period of the Second World War.

The Volkswagen Type 1 became known in Germany as the Käfer and in France as the Coccinelle (ladybug) and was produced in significant numbers only after the end of the Second World War.

Over 21.5 million were built during that timeframe, including 330,251 Cabriolets. This made the Beetle the longest-running and most-manufactured car on a single platform ever produced.

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