Pop culture Volkswagen Beetle gone forever.
The iconic car also known as The Bug is ending its glory days next year.
It has been part of the automotive scene since 1938.
It took off in the 1940s.
And it became so popular that just about every neighborhood had one.
Its fame was solidified with Walt Disney’s 1968 film “The Love Bug.”
It features an anthropomorphic Beetle named Herbie that makes a splash on the California racing circuit.
The original version of the Beetle often decked out in colourful paints was a major hit in the hippie flower power era of the 1960s and 1970s.
This is not the first time The Bug has been squashed.
Production ended in 2003.
But popular demand brought it back.
The original Beetle was designed for Adolph Hitler in the 1930s.
At that time only wealthy Germans could afford to own a car.
The Beetle was aimed at everyday Germans.
And it worked.
Germans loved it.
Hitler himself was a big fan.
Pop Culture Volkswagen Beetle Gone
“The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” says Hinrich Woebcken , Volkswagen president.
The Beetle was designed by Ferdinand Porsche.
He was the prolific engineer that designed the luxury vehicle – Porsche.
At one point de decided to design a “people’s car” or “Volkswagen”.
The Beetle only entered mass production after World War II.
It made its debut in debut in North America in 1949.
And within 20 years it became one of the world’s best-selling cars.
And as a grand finale to Volkswagen fans the company will produce a special edition of the icon.
It is called – Final Edition – Beetle series.
It will be available in convertible or hardtop.
The base price is $23,045 (U.S.) for a coupe and $27,295 (U.S.) for a convertible.