Volkswagen is discontinuing the iconic Beetle after 80 years on the market

  • Volkswagen announced it will stop worldwide production of the iconic Beetle by summer 2019. The move comes as the auto market continues its march toward SUVs and crossover vehicles.
  • The company sold roughly 15,000 Beetles in the US in 2017, a dramatic fall from the more than 420,000 units sold at the peak of its popularity in the late 1960s.
  • Volkswagen sold its most Beetles in the US in 1968, when it appeared as a race car named “Herbie” in the Disney movie, “The Love Bug.”

Volkswagen will stop making its iconic Beetle after nearly seven decades on the market, the German automaker announced Thursday.

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