Volkswagen readying US Beetle ‘Final Edition’ as nameplate prepares to die

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Volkswagen is preparing to kill the Beetle as we know it. To farewell the last internal-combustion Bug, and potentially the nameplate entirely, the company is reportedly planning a 2019 Final Edition in the USA.

According to VW VortexVIN information submitted to the US National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirms a Final Edition will be brought into the USA as a farewell to the (second-generation) New Beetle, as Volkswagen prepares to push into the world of electric power with its ID brand.

Australia has already seen a Final Edition. Just 53 were built to see off the nameplate Down Under, after slow sales forced its axing in 2017. With retro graphics, chrome hubcap-style wheels and a black roof, it cost $36,990 before on-roads. It was one of numerous special editions, the ranks of which included the Guitar-inspired Fender Edition.

Although Volkswagen USA has done Final Edition models for the Beetle in past, farewelling the first ‘New Beetle’ with a special edition in 2010, there’s more to the story with this latest model.

Frank Welsch, Volkswagen RD boss, last year told Autocar you can’t have a “new, new, new Beetle” and, instead, “two or three generations is enough now”.

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