The end of the long and winding road

Two thousand nineteen is apparently the last year for the Volkswagen Beetle.

One of the last VW Beetles

They didn’t announce this, of course:

According to VIN decoder documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and uncovered by VW Vortex, the Beetle line adopts ominous-sounding Final Editions for 2019. The same thing occurred in 2010, right before the transition from the annoyingly cheerful New Beetle to the slightly more serious, revamped Beetle. Of course, back then, there was something to look forward to. Now, as Phil Collins once said, there’s just an empty space.

The original Bug, in VW parlance, was the “Type 1.” No automobile, I submit, ever had a better designation.


  1. McGehee »

    13 September 2018 · 12:27 pm

    “But they’re bringing back the Bus!”

    I just looked at the new Bus. It looks like a cross-promo tie-in with Transformers LXXXIV: Planned Obsolescence.

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